”I want to empower women”: Victoria Beckham reveals motivation for new clothing line

It seems that despite putting her popstar days far behind her, Victoria Beckham keeps the Spice Girls’ ‘girl power’ motto close to her heart.

The fashion icon has revealed she designs her clothes in the hope of empowering the women who wear them.

Speaking to Elle Singapore, the 40-year-old brunette beauty said: “I want to make a woman feel her best. I want to empower women.”

Victoria appears on the cover of Elle looking fiercely powerful in a tan trench coat and nothing underneath.

The designer poses with her hands buried deep in her pockets and her head tilted to one side.

An inside shot shows Mrs Beckham wearing an embellished strapless bodycon dress and grey cardi as she leans on a cream sofa and gazes into the distance.

The former popstar looks a vision of elegance and class with her hair scooped back in a chic up ‘do and her make-up simple and sophisticated.

Speaking about her fashion line, VB told the mag she feels a strong need to be in control when it comes to making desicions.

“I just like to be very involved with every element of my business” she says. “And I have a great team of people that work with me.

But I’m very, very involved. My name is on the label, I have a point of view. And it’s important that it comes from me. I don’t want to hand that over to anybody else. I wouldn’t know how to…”

The mum-of-four also said she doesn’t get scared about her business failing.

“I’m not afraid. I think you can learn from everything. I don’t ever think of the negatives, I think of the positives. I’m not competing with anybody else out there; I’m just competing with myself.

“I never went into this to prove anything to anybody, other than myself. I think if you’re too afraid of failure then you won’t challenge yourself, then you won’t move forward. I like to challenge myself.”

Beckham’s missus then went on to say that despite her hard exterior, she’s always up for a laugh.

“People are probably surprised that I have a sense of humour,” she says.

“I like to take the mickey out of myself. As much as I take what I do very seriously, I also want to have fun. I like to poke fun at myself… And I think that surprises people.”

Kerry Washington fashion: The Limited announces ‘Scandal’-inspired clothing line

Followers of ABC’s hit show “Scandal” starring Kerry Washington love the political plotline, the suspense, the sexy side stories and the drama, but fashion retailer, The Limited, is betting big on the fact that the clothes, worn by Washington’s character, Olivia Pope, are a major part of the draw as well.

In late September, the Limited Scandal collection will launch at 250 Limited stores and on the company’s website. The 42-piece line ranges in price from $49 to $248 and includes mix-and-match tops, pants, jackets and outerwear in the neutral, feminine colors that have become a Pope signature. And here’s the big news, the star, who until now has been costumed in big name (as in expensive) designers such as Armani, Donna Karan and Gucci, will actually wear some of these clothes on the show.

The collection is a result of collaboration between Washington and the show’s costume designer Lyn Paolo, in partnership with Elliot Staples, head of design from The Limited.

“By creating a line inspired by the show, we are introducing a collection that embodies the elegance and power of the ‘Scandal’ aesthetic for real-life gladiators and everyday fashionistas,” Washington says. “The collection is a nod to our devoted fans, to fans of fashion and to women everywhere who are inspired to boldly pursue their passions and look good while doing it.”

Adds Paolo, “The whole team took great care in creating a collection that reflects Olivia Pope’s unique style. We believe the collection tells a story of confidence and professional sophistication as well as maintaining a strong feminine point of view.”

The Limited’s chief executive officer, Diane Ellis, told Women’s Wear Daily that Washington’s character “… represents a confident, powerful, but real and kind of vulnerable woman. Our sophisticated professional can really relate to that. She’s dealing with crisis, scandal and a life that is very complex and challenging, not maybe to the extent [as Olivia].”

Bottom line? Even if you’re not having an affair with the president, wardrobe dilemmas can be a daily crisis. Now, with The Limited Scandal collection, well … as Pope might say, it’s handled.

Women Tricking Men Into Wearing Tight Clothes

A good rule of thumb if you’re a man and you want to wear a “dress shirt” is, you put on the shirt and look in the mirror, and if you can see your nipples and also you are suffocating, the shirt is too tight. Well, your wife thinks it looks great on you.

If you’ve been to [JOKE HERE ABOUT HOLLYWOOD/ NEW YORK CITY/ HIPSTERS] recently, you know that baggy, loose-fitting suits are “out,” and tight, skinny suits and dress shirts are “in.” But why? Because they look better? Guess what, that’s what they said about the other stuff that is now “out!” We must look deeper, for a… deeper explanation.

Bloomberg’s trend desk today, in a single story on the rise of slim-fitting shirts, posits the following explanations for America’s newfound slim shirt trend:

-“the spread of social media”

-“actors, musicians, and athletes”


Those things can be blamed for literally every trend in society in all areas. The more likely culprit, as evidenced by the quotes that Bloomberg dredges up: lying women. Says a designer:

“Now you get online, you see blogs, all sorts of people in pictures, and it is a more tailored and a more European look,” he said. “When guys show it to their wives, their wives really think it is more flattering.”

But what does a man picked at random by the reporter to represent The Average Man have to say?

“[My wife] would say, ‘My God, you can fit four of you in this shirt,'” he said. “‘It’s not 1996 anymore!’ Once she level-set me, I developed my own interest in claiming how I present myself.”

There you have it: dudes were perfectly okay wearing whatever they had on the rack at JC Penney, and all of a sudden Mr. Tom Brady appears on the cover of your wife’s magazine, and the next thing you know you’re being sweet-talked into wearing a shirt with the same amount of fabric contained in the classic male handkerchief. Smarten up, American men. Are you “ripped” and “slim and trim” and a “fashionista” who has “someone important to impress” so you better wear a shirt that “fits you really well?” Statistically, it’s unlikely.

Clothes Aren’t for Men or Women Anymore. They’re Just for People. – Part Two

J.W. Anderson, unlike Hourani or Targon and Studenberg, has separate menswear and womenswear lines, yet a splatter-painted tunic from one line can easily end up in the other. And his clothes, for men and women, play with the idea of traditionally feminine details, such as ruffles, juxtaposed with tough fabrics like leather or suede. “These sources of tension—exploring different forms on different body shapes—make fashion,” Katherine Bernard, a writer for Vogue.com, says. “It’s exciting to see how a ruffle moves on a male body.”

And just as women have taken up oxfords and flat shoes, men are also incorporating previously “female” garments into their wardrobe. Take Kanye West, who wore a floral Celine tunic to Coachella a few years back; or Marc Jacobs, who for a good year was hardly seen in something other than a Comme des Garcons kilt; or A$AP Rocky, who has taken to wearing skirts by his friends at Hood by Air.

“Have I seen a J.W. Anderson ruffled shirt on the street? Probably not,” Bernard says. “But terms like ‘masculine’ or ‘feminine’ or ‘borrowing from the boys’ just don’t apply to the way we wear clothes anymore.”

Which is a reason why so many of these designers chafe at the term “unisex” or “postgender.” Unlike, say, Pierre Cardin or Rudi Gernreich—whose experiments with unisex dressing in the 1960s and ’70s had a radical, political edge—designers such as Targon and Studenberg and Hood by Air’s Shayne Oliver are merely creating clothes that fit the lifestyles of the increasingly diverse people who wear them.

Indeed, take a look at Oliver’s runway, and you’ll realize that gender—as well as race and nationality—is not only fluid, but almost beside the point. Hood by Air’s presentations are by far the most diverse in the Fashion Week calendar: with African Americans, Asians, whites, mixed-race people, females, males, and transsexuals all represented—many of them close friends of the designer. (The hair-whipping vogue-ers he got to close his Fall 2014 show? High school buddies.) “Sexuality isn’t something to be held down by,” Oliver says. “We take what people know of masculine, feminine, and make them veer away from the structure of it being associated with a man or a woman and instead have it be associated with a feeling, a moment, a look. It’s about an attitude or a gesture rather than being male or female.”

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Clothes Aren’t for Men or Women Anymore. They’re Just for People.

Women aren’t the only ones who can wear ruffles and skirts these days. And men don’t have a monopoly on hooded vests and slouchy pants. The high-fashion runways have gone gender neutral.

Hot summer days have officially arrived in New York, and our apartment—which, like most old New York City apartments, has no air conditioning—felt like a swamp. “I wish I could wear a dress,” my husband sighed with envy as I breezed through our bedroom in a diaphanous cotton frock, while he struggled with a necktie before going to a Christening Sunday morning. “Well, you know, you could,” I said. And though I knew my husband—a formidable 6’1” man with a full beard—would probably never wrap himself in a sarong or don a breezy caftan, I wasn’t entirely kidding.

Fashion has long played with gender stereotypes—from Coco Chanel, who, one critic groused, turned all of Paris’ women “into little boys” in the 1920s, to Jean Paul Gaultier, who has featured skirts and corsets on men’s runways since the 1990s. But recently, young designers have taken this concept to another level. At New York Fashion Week in February, cult streetwear label Hood by Air featured models whose genders were a mystery, thanks to long-haired wigs and unisex leather-laced bomber jackets, zipper-festooned jeans, and, yes, skirts and tunics. Baja East had its girls and boys switch clothes halfway through its presentation (their slouchy satin pants, hooded vests, and linen caftans looked equally cool on both sexes). In London, J.W. Anderson showed leather blouses adorned with ruffles, puff-sleeved sweaters, and floral jacquards for both his men’s and women’s lines. Even the Olsen Twins’ uber-ladylike The Row swaddled its models in body-obscuring cowl-necked sweaters and capes, worn with super roomy trousers, which you could imagine lots of guys appreciating, too. (Ditto Telfar Clemens’ equal-opportunity snuggies.)

“Clothing, fashion and adornment distinguish—they identify who you are. And one of the primary things we’ve identified, that we’ve wanted to identify, is our gender,” Valerie Steele, director of the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology, says. “But now, for a number of men and women, gender has become something that’s not so important for them to emphasize in their clothing. They feel there needs to be something that people can wear just as people.”

That’s what Rad Hourani had in mind when he launched his graphic, crisp, almost monastic-looking unisex haute couture seven years ago. “I realized that I don’t think of people in terms of gender or age or race or nationality, because these are all man-made constructs,” the Paris-based designer says. “If you look at history, men wore makeup and wigs and heels. The Romans wore skirts and jewelry. So who decided that a woman has to have makeup and a man not? We have enough limitations in life. That’s why it’s important for me to create something neutral, something that is free of any gender constraints or historical references. Something that reflects the way I want to live and dress today.” For Hourani, that means crisp white-collared shirts, black leather shorts, and minimalist structured black jackets in interesting shapes: clean, comfortable, almost monastic clothes that, when worn, don’t particularly look unisex, but fit both men and women equally well.

Same with Baja East, which designers John Targon and Scott Studenberg started after hearing so many of their female friends inquire about their clothing. “It’s our take on loose luxury: We’re rebelling against the tailored shirt and the designer dress,” says Targon of their fluid silk trenches and voluminous cashmeres. Instead of making everyone look the same, the gender-neutral garment can actually enhance the wearer’s individuality. “It takes on the attitude of who’s wearing it,” says Targon. “It’s made for you.”

The 7 Deadliest Fashion Trends Of All Time – Part Two

5) Maybe It’s Lead?

Makeup trends come and go, and some of them are more regrettable than others. The trend for heavy, pale foundation makeup in Elizabethan times was one of the most unfortunate. In those days, blending your own makeup was common and the makeup of choice, ceruse, was made by mixing a white lead compound with vinegar. Predictably, this resulted in a slow poisoning. Queen Elizabeth, who helped popularize the trend, may have taken ill and eventually died because of it.

6) Glowing Hair

Starting in 1917, the U.S. Radium Corporation began employing several young women in a factory to paint the faces of watches with a radium-based paint. Factory protocol called for the women to moisten their radium-laden paintbrushes with their lips to bring them to a point. At the time, radium was not considered dangerous, and the women would also use the paint on their nails to make them glow and even run some of it through their hair. Within a few years, several had died and the surviving ones had such acute poisoning that one woman’s hair even glowed in the dark.

7) Combustible Combs

Tortoiseshell-patterns have been coming in and out of fashion for so long that they’re now something of a classic. The methods used to make them, though, have varied wildly. At one point, tortoiseshell hair accessories were made from actual tortoiseshells. But then, in the late 1800s, a new celluloid compound was invented. Originally intended as a substitute for the elephant ivory used in making billiards sets, manufacturers quickly found other uses for it as well, including as part of women’s hair combs.

The new combs were cheaper and more easily made and quickly became popular. They were also, however, notoriously unstable and easily combustible. Critically, these celluloid combs didn’t even need to be directly exposed to a flame in order to combust. Simply being exposed to a heat source was enough to cause them to light up, and they were blamed for causing a number of fires, both in the factories where they were made and in the hands of consumers.

The combustion problem wasn’t just limited to combs, though. A number of other fashion products made out of the material — ranging from buttons to collars, even the occasional pair of dentures — experienced similar issues.

The 7 Deadliest Fashion Trends Of All Time

Keeping up with fashion trends can sometimes be uncomfortable and expensive. But trying a new style or two is typically not life-threatening — except in the case of these dangerous trends, that maimed (and sometimes killed) anyone brave enough to sport them.

Top image: Green dress (dyed with arsenic), Mauve boots (dyed with coal tar), Men’s polished boots (with nitrobenzene), Men’s top hat (made with mercury) Green slipper (dyed with arsenic)/ BATA Shoe Museum; Queen Elizabeth / National Portrait Gallery of London

1) Decorative Gingivitis

Today, sugar is so ubiquitous and cheap that avoiding it involves some rather complicated culinary gymnastics. But, in the Elizabethan era, sugar was not only fairly rare, it was also incredibly pricey and only those at the very top of the economic food chain could afford to indulge. Unfortunately, much like sugar had yet to become commonplace, so too had flossing and a rigorous dental cleaning schedule.

Predictably, this resulted in teeth with a less than pearly white veneer. Instead of being much bothered by the decline in their smiles, however, the trendy Elizabethans merely declared tooth decay to be so hot right now and continued on their merry way. It even spawned a temporary fad for people who could not afford sugar to fake their own brush (yes, pun intended) with gingivitis by applying a black powder to their teeth. As both sugar and toothaches soon became more common, however, the trend was not a very long-lived one.

2) A Deadly Shine

In the early 1900s, people preferred their shoes to look as shiny as possible. If you were so unlucky as to be stuck with an older pair or a pair of the wrong color, though, you could still fake the look with the help of a little shoe-polish. A particularly popular variety of shoe polish was made with a toxic, but also highly shine-inducing chemical, nitrobenzene. When the polish was completely set and dry, the wearer would notice comparatively few side-effects.

Sometimes, though, pressed for time, people would put on their shoes before the polish had completely dried. And then the effects — which could include everything from passing out to turning blue — became painfully obvious. Curiously, the effect of nitrobenzene on the wearer were even more magnified if he or she had consumed alcohol and, on occasion, a seemingly-healthy party-goer showing up to an event with freshly-polished shoes would, after a few drinks, suddenly take ill and occasionally even die.

3) Green With Envy (And Also Arsenic)

Check out this green dress! Pretty nice, right? Well, in one sense (fashion), yes, definitely. In another (staying alive), not so much.

Far before the days of pantone, this bottle-green color was sparking a craze among Victorians the likes of which wouldn’t be seen again until the marigold trend. (Seriously, folks, get with me on this.) Besides being undeniably handsome, however, this particular shade of green dye was also undeniably toxic. The key ingredient in getting that bright jewel tone? Arsenic.

As unpleasant as it was for the wearers, though, arsenic poisoning was much more of a risk to the garment-dyers. The shade of green was regarded as so festive (not to mention pricey) that it was typically reserved for just the most special-of-special occasion outfits and only worn rarely. The men and women who worked on the cloth and on making the dress itself were exposed much, much more intensely. This was frequently the case, not just with dressmakers, but also notably with hatters, who often suffered slow poisoning from the mercury used in, among other things, giving top hats their notable shine.

4) Dye, Dye, Dye

Garishly-colored and brightly-patterned socks aren’t just worn today — men in the 1860s were also quite fond of socks in a rich array of patterned pinks, oranges, reds, violets, and more. Until, that is, some wearers began to be afflicted by a mysterious series of chemical burns on their feet, laid out in precisely the same patterns as those on their socks.

Though the burns were severe, sometimes so much so that their sufferers were unable to walk, doctors were mystified as to their cause. Adding to the mystery was that fact that the condition seemed to strike at random. Unlike the arsenic-based green dye or similarly toxic mauve dye made of coal tar, which would pretty much attack whoever wore it without distinction, whatever was causing the injuries was selective. Some people who wore the socks were afflicted by a painful series of burns, while others sporting the exact same footwear for the exact same amount of time, had no problems at all.

Eventually, chemists were able to trace the problem to dyes, particularly the new shades of red, used in the socks. But it wasn’t just the dyes, it was the alkaline compound used in them and how it reacted to human sweat. While most people’s sweat is slightly acidic, a small minority have sweat that is more alkaline. When this alkaline sweat came in contact with the dye, some of the dye would dissolve and burn the skin.

Engagement and wedding rings – where from and how much

Various designs and price ranges: The marriage begins with the engagement. Engagement rings are available in various designs and price ranges. As a rule, before the engagement period, the partnership rings are worn until they are detached from the engagement rings. When the wedding is taking place then, the wedding rings are used. Once the engagement was a promise of marriage, which was from the ladies also enforceable.

Especially in higher circles, a couple was in the state of betrothal already almost equal to the couple. Course earlier wanted the couple to show their engagement on the outside, because after the exchange of intimacies were quite common. The engagement rings have been developed to this.There is still the engagement, although the engagement itself no longer has exactly the reason as before.However, there are a social and legal meaning under fiancé.

Seemly a reasonable period of engagement, which should be between one and three years.The engagement rings are also wedding rings principally are made of gold. Nevertheless, there is a variety of engagement rings and wedding rings.Likewise, traditional as the engagement itself is the custom that the engagement rings are made as of the ladies diamond rings.There are currently significant differences in the diamonds, they can be framed both in the ring as well as be placed. Depending on the location, the couple went out and did the chosen engagement rings together, because after the entire bride should also like the engagement ring.Nevertheless, there are men who with her friend’s engagement, and the question “will you marry me,” want to be surprised, and then this man will get the engagement rings alone.

Whether the jeweller or the Internet, wedding rings are everywhere

Wedding rings are usually purchased from local jewellers. However, you should plan on some time. Although the wedding bands are usually available at the jeweller, but they are also usually still engraved with the names of the couple.Thus, any error in the engraving are still correctable, should later be ordered rings early.

Finally, it is also about the price of the engagement ring and wedding ring. The price issue is of course dependent on the budget that is available to a future husband or fiancé available.It should be noted that an engagement ring with diamonds or diamond would be much more costly than a simple ring.

Jewellery Fashion: Hoops

The children Hoops The Hoops are for children in 925 silver and with applications such as a horseshoe, e.g. Luv one. From the size to the children, Hoops are 10 x 3 mm. Earrings are also available without nickel shares. Joop Hoops By Joop there at Galleria Kaufhof in diameter, small earrings with 19 mm diameter, but quite thick and with an ornament in the centre of Sterling Silver.

The Joop Earrings could at ladies with a medium length or long hair cut or a short haircut. The ornaments in the middle consist of zirconia stones, so you will have bought the same earrings with cubic zirconia.


Plated Earrings Certainly, see gold hoop earrings, silver plated hoop earrings are so beautiful too. Neckermann there are half hoops as earrings in the middle with little stones for around 30 Euros – and 925 silver. They make a woman what her also, the Hoops with Cubic Zirconia stones. So that you may also impress your man!

Hoopsin small and large diameter Hoops are available in small and large diameter. Even for children. Of course women should pay attention to the weight of the earrings. The earrings should not be too heavy for the ear. They should be matched to the particular clothes and the outfit. The particular earrings act certainly very good. Hoops for example, evening can be a quite well solution for women.

My Opinion

My personal favorite among the ladies with hoop earrings hoop earrings are a lot diameters (from 50 mm upwards). From my perspective, the large hoop earrings look from 50 mm upwards are better than small ones.

The most popular manufacturer & designer of costume fashion

Traditional clothes are now available in large numbers, and no longer only in Bavaria. Clear that the amount of providers has increased significantly, and there are many more brands on the market, as it was a few years ago. The most popular costume manufacturers & designers, we have therefore put under the microscope and looked at closer.

Schatzi Dirndl

There is, for example Schatzi Dirndl. Behind the label puts designer Katharina Lukacs and likes to combine classic cuts with very colourful and bright colours. Nevertheless, the designer has a clear credo: it shows in her creations, no shoulders and no knees. These areas remain covered. Yet their designs are of course by no means conventional. Quite the contrary. The young designer has her very feminine and chic style fashion, but at the same time modern and imaginative. For this, it relies on loving embroidery or Svarovski crystals.


Lodenfrey is in terms of a real traditional costume fashion house. The Dirndl section is therefore quite modest, but the more sophisticated processing. Whether patterns and material mixes small details like embroidery and piping, at Loden Fry shows one likes trendy and goes with the times. This is particularly true on the colour palette. Because Dirndl in bright colours like purple or green are at Loden Frey on the agenda and speak particularly to the younger audience.

My Dirndl

Natalie Brault is the designer who is behind the brand My dirndl. A trained master tailor has their own style and brings a lot of it in their Dirndl collections. Their designs are young and fresh, bold, but also very classy and elegant. She sits by the way not only to traditional dirndl, but also conjures Dirndl for the areas directly or couture wedding. The uniqueness here is not a problem, because all is made with a lot of imagination.

Lola Paltinger

Lola Paltinger is a name that already enjoys in Munich a certain reputation. The designer creates Dirndl-models, which are full of glamor and elegance is the only way to provide the smallest silk fiber. She runs after any trends, but sets them. Those looking for fine and costume fashion is very sophisticated, with Lola Paltinger they are exactly to the right place.