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FashionLondon EDIT But her pop ambitions ran parallel to hopes of a future in fashion. “I dreamed of doing my own clothing line even before I was a Spice Girl,” Victoria reveals. “Even though I loved every minute of my life as a Spice Girl, fashion is my passion, not music,” she says, and after the group split in 2000, Victoria has steered herself toward Prada and Dior, carving out an image that made headlines across the world. Her Roberto Cavalli blue and white Ming vase-inspired gown, worn to Elton John’s annual White Tie and Tiara Ball in 2005, made international front pages, and the variation of her trademark LBD dress she wore to Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ wedding in 2006 – an embellished black number complete with bow and a statement black fascinator to rival Pharrell’s now infamous Buffalo hat – got heads turning. Marc Jacobs and Roland Mouret became her go-to designers through the 2000s, alongside Giambattista Valli and Oscar de la Renta, as her personal style became infinitely more sophisticated. These days, of course, she’s likely to choose items from her own collections. Sitting FROW next to gal-pal Vogue editor in Chief Anna Wintour, it’s now her own designs taking centre stage, with her celebrity friends, including Eva Longaria, Gwyneth Paltrow regularly being papped in her creations; Kim Sears even chose to wear a mint green Victoria Beckham number on the day Andy Murray claimed Wimbledon victory in 2013. Victoria’s contemporary designs reflect her own sleek, minimalist tastes, and while it’s a look removed from the glitz of her Spice Girls days, she can see the similarities between her two vocations: “The Spice Girls were successful because we celebrated women,” she says. “That’s why I do what I want today. I want to be able to create beautiful and interesting clothes and other accessories for women... I want to get bigger and bigger - I absolutely want an empire.” “I absolutely want an empire” FashionLondon 15 With time and hard work (she balances family life with the demands of liasing with her design studio across continents), Victoria has managed to shrug off the WAG title she gained upon tying the knot with David ‘Golden Balls’ Beckham in 1999. She’s tallied up the column inches, but while critics and gossip mags had expected her fashion venture to fall flat, her collections earned her 38 million Euros last year. Many celebrities have tried their hand at a fashion line with varying degrees of success: Jessica Simpson has cornered the commercial end of the market with her shoes, while Jay Z’s Rocawear urban-lifestyle clothing brand redefined hip hop street wear. Kanye West is the first male musician to break into women’s couture, reportedly wor