Spice Girl turned Fashion designer Victoria Beckham is featured on the cover and in the pages of the new issue of Glamour magazine. While that news isn’t all that surprising (Vicki B. is featured on the cover of Glamour often), I must also inform you that for the first time ever … Victoria is the guest editor of this month’s issue. Dubbed The Fashion Issue, VB does double duty as both covergirl and magazine editor. Click below to see her 2 Glamour magazine coverphotos, read her Editor’s Note as well as some excerpts from her coverstory feature.
I’m often asked, if I weren’t designing, what other job I would love to do. Once upon a time I would have said I’d be a ballet dancer—I trained as one for years! But if not dancing, I’d be a fashion editor. I’ve always loved fashion magazines, and I’ve collected international ones for as long as I can remember. So when Cindi called to ask if I would like to guest-edit the September issue, I jumped at the opportunity to collaborate with her. It’s been exciting for me to see my ideas come to life, from type colors to photo selection to casting. (I have a soft spot for The Wanted—they’re a great British export and such nice guys. They taught my son Brooklyn to play guitar!) I even made my own list of Glamour fashion Don’ts to keep out of the issue: boat shoes (unless of course you’re designer Alber Elbaz or on a boat!), Bermuda shorts, nose rings, Crocs, and American tan tights (that’s nude pantyhose to you).
Now, five months after we started working on this issue, it’s finally here. You’ll see my touch throughout the magazine and mostly in the stories on pages 271 through 309. I especially love the Lily Collins portfolio because she looks fresh and less polished—it’s important to me that everything feel real, not overly retouched. (I love her little freckles and frizzy ponytail.) I also suggested who I’d like to see on future covers: actresses Chloë Moretz, Clemence Poésy, Bella Heathcote, Kate Bosworth, and Léa Seydoux—and singer Taylor Swift, who’s so gorgeous and wholesome that I want my son to date her someday!
My hope is that this issue inspires you, takes you places you haven’t been before (the Chanel story is a journey in itself), and makes you feel good. Tweet me and let me know!
—Victoria Beckham, Guest Editor and Cover Star of Glamour, September 2012
Considering how seriously Vicki B. takes her career in fashion, I have no doubt that she worked really hard in her role as guest editor (even if her Editor’s Note photo looks beyond hilariously staged). I don’t read Glamour magazine but this is one issue that I plan to pick up and check out. I’m curious to see how well VB does as a magazine editor. Here is the alternate Glamour coverphoto along with some excerpts from VB‘s interview:
Victoria on guest editing the September issue: It’s been exciting for me to see my ideas come to life, from type colors to photo selection to casting. I even made my own list of Glamour fashion Don’ts to keep out of the issue: boat shoes (unless of course you’re designer Alber Elbaz or on a boat!), Bermuda shorts, nose rings, Crocs, and American tan tights (that’s nude pantyhose to you).
On why she is never seen smiling: Do you know, I don’t know?! I actually used to smile a lot in pictures. I think I only stopped smiling when I got into fashion. [Laughs.] Fashion stole my smile! I’ve created this person. And I’m not saying that’s not me, but I wouldn’t say that’s the whole me…. It’s an armor that goes up.
On reading 50 Shades of Grey: I’m halfway through the second one. I even bought my mum the book! But every time she tries to engage in conversation about it, I kind of dodge the subject. I don’t really want to talk to my mother about S&M.
On her husband, David, coming to see her fashion show in New York this past season: It was the first time! He’s always been working or training. But I was nervous about this show. I was feeling a lot of pressure. He phoned me the night before, and I just said, “I want you to come be with me. I want a cuddle. I really do.” And it was great to have him there. I think he was surprised; I don’t usually bother him with much detail. And then you get there, and the models, the hair, the makeup…I think he was blown away!
On where she sees herself and her family in 5 years: I’d like everybody to be healthy and happy. I’d like to be growing the business at a steady pace, and to be making more women feel empowered, beautiful, and confident. And I’d never say never about another baby. It’s a juggling act—a career, family, a husband who’s busy. But I’d never say never!
Oh lord … 50 Shades of Grey, really? Et tu, Vicki B? Hahahaha. Honestly, these are great interview answers. VB always sounds so jovial and funny in interviews, and sour and emotionless in photographs. She is an enigma, that robot. But, she’s a bizzy little bee so, you gotta admire her ability to work full time and care her for children full time and be fierce and fabulous full time. I’m exhausted just thinking about it. This issue of Glamour magazine hits newsstands next week!