Victoria Beckham's performance with the Spice Girls at Sunday night's closing ceremony of the London Olympics had fans across the globe raving. But her fashion label's appearance in the exclusive British Fashion Hall of Fame portion of the show was another matter.
The 38-year-old songstress-turned-designer stayed true to her "Posh" image at the Olympic closing ceremony, in an ultra-chic custom gown by Giles Deacon. But she seemed to draw just as much attention for the clothes she wasn't wearing - namely, the gold gazar dress worn by Georgia May Jagger (Mick's daughter) that Beckham designed.
The metallic gold fit-and-flare gown, which Beckham made especially for the closing ceremony, was part of a showcase meant to honor the best British fashion designers; all in all, only nine lucky labels were chosen. The other labels represented included renowned names like Burberry, Alexander McQueen and Vivienne Westwood. Beckham's inclusion among such a select group of industry titans has critics speculating that she may have negotiated herself into the event as part of her deal to perform with the Spice Girls.
In a recent interview, Beckham said she designed the garment with "the ideas of high performance -- in terms of quality, fit, fabric, and stitching," specifically in mind. But while Beckham herself considered the gown to be "high performance" quality, not everyone agrees. Most of the sources currently questioning her place on the high-profile fashion roster are pointing to the short lifespan of her label, which was established only in 2007.
"We somehow feel that Posh Spice's garms don't quite cut it right now when it comes to being named one of the best British fashion designers in the country," stated Entertainment Wise, adding the careful caveat, "but we're sure she would be proved virtuous of that title in a couple of more years."
Similarly, an article by The Daily Mail referred to the Victoria Beckham label as "the Spice Girl's fledgling brand."
But while some of the brands accompanying Beckham on the list like Burberry, Vivienne Westwood, and Stephen Jones are quite established names in the industry, many have not been around much longer than Beckham herself. Erdem, launched by British-Turkish fashion designer Erdem Moralioglu, was launched only in 2005; Jonathan Saunders' line took off the ground in 2003; and Christopher Kane's label, which has also been extremely positively reviewed by critics, was started in 2006, only a year before Beckham's.
But MStarz perhaps said it best, "On a more positive note, the mother of four did impress when she reunited with the Spice Girls on the Olympics stage. Her toned figure deserves to be in a British hall of fame."