by Fawnia Soo Hoo
Victoria Beckham closing out her fall 2014 runway show.
Fresh of off showing her well-reviewed Fall 2014 collection during New York Fashion Week, designer and businesswoman Victoria Beckham graced the stages of the brand-spanking-new John L. Tishman Auditorium at Parsons last night for a question-and-answer session with the school's dean (and fellow Brit) Simon Collins. I didn't think it was possible to love the former Posh Spice any more than I already do, but last night proved me wrong. Victoria, of course, looked drop-dead chic in a tuxedo pantsuit and her trademark sky-high stilettos, and she was just so sweet, humble and charming-and best of all, funny.
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The energy was palpable in the room as ecstatic fashion students waited in anticipation for the pop-star-turned-legit designer to share some insight on her success and just maaaaybe talk about the Spice Girls (which, yes, happened). During the student Q&A, a couple of kids blurted out openers of "oh my god, I've been dreaming about this for 14 years" and "you inspired me to become a designer," so I wasn't the only one crushing hard in the room. I'll remember last night forever (I was in the same room as Posh!), plus I'll always have these takeaways as memories:
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Let's get the Spice Girl reference out of the way first. To open, Simon Collins cheekily asked if being a designer fashion was something she "really really wanted." Victoria's quick response? "Is there a pun in there? It is what I really really want. There you go." Thanks for throwing us a bone, Posh.
Her first fashion memory is of her mom. "My first fashion memory was when I was a child and my mum, she had very big '80s hair, very big '80s shoulder pads. She really, really celebrated being a woman and loved to take pride in herself in the way she looked-hair and makeup and shoes and accessories-and as a kid I used to love sitting and watching her get ready." And yes, Posh read and collected fashion mags, too.
In a world where "designers are the new rock stars" (per Simon Collins), Victoria is happy being the former. Because, of course, it always comes back to the Spice Girls, right? ("Viva Forever," people.) "I had a great time being in the Spice Girls and I'm very respectful to the other girls and all the fans," she said. Victoria emphasized that fashion has always been her "passion" and she feels "very blessed" to be where she is and she has lots more plans ahead. "I'd say right now is where I feel comfortable. I've got a long way to go and there are a lot of things I want to do. I was never going to be the best singer or the best dancer and that was okay. I had four other people with me. I didn't do badly, but I kind of hid behind the others a little bit." Hey, you'll forever be my favorite Spice Girl, Victoria.
For the full interview, click here.