Victoria Beckham has shown off a different side to her personality by suiting up for the January '09 issue of American Harper's Bazaar. The shoot sees Posh dressed to display both her feminine and masculine styles, highlighted by a blue Gucci suit and Dior Homme tie (above, left). The Spice Girl-turned-designer celebrates the launch of her new dress collection this week, and spoke exclusively to The Times about creating the line. To read what she said, click on...


Here are a few of the pearlers that Victoria recently revealed in The Times interview:

On designing... "Do I draw? No. Then again, nor do lots of designers. But I put it all on myself and walk around in it, and I know what feels comfortable. I know how a dress should sit. I've worn so many and when I see the photographs I think, crikey, my boobs are up round my neck again because the corsets are too short and not cut high enough. Like I knew I would spend a lot on the best-quality zips because, like many women, I've had my share of crappy zips. I wanted a zip that undoes from both ends so you can put the dress on over your head or, if you don't want to mess up your hair, you can step into it - and, you know, going to the loo wouldn't be this big palaver."

On the price of her dresses... "In these recessionary times, and at these prices, women are looking for something that will be an investment, aren't they?"


On being in the Spice Girls... "Being in the Spice Girls, fashion-wise probably didn't open any doors. If anything it shut doors and I've had to bang them down. We all looked like we did later on when people thought we'd been manufactured. We even had our nicknames. Emma had her bunches, Mel C had her tracksuit on. I had a little black dress that everyone said was Gucci, which it wasn't - it was Miss Selfridge. I was never that good a singer but I think I am good at fashion. Even when I was at school, where I was bullied - sometimes physically, sometimes verbally - I was always customising my uniform."

On fame... "In LA at least we can be freer. I think the obsession with celebrity is actually worse in the UK than in America. I'm just really happy. I wake up every morning and I think I'm so blessed. I don't read the stuff that's written about us. I'm not interested in gossip. Some of the people that I'm friends with in America - you know, Tom and Katie - they get it too and we laugh about all these stupid things. We lead our lives in a much more low-profile way than people think. I'm not going to The Ivy in Beverly Hills. I don't think I've been to a premiere since we moved there. We're not courting fame. I can give you a list of numerous restaurants that have underground parking so no one can get any photographs. I know all the restaurant kitchens in LA. Underground car parks and kitchens. That's my grand entrance."

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