After a launching denim and sunglasses to mixed reception, Victoria Beckham took the plunge into the high-end dress business. Some speculated the line was the work of one of her favorite designers, Roland Mouret, but with this line, Beckham — like the Olsens — has managed to eschew stigma associated with celebrity designers. Her dresses are worn by celebrities and the cast of Gossip Girl with none of the chintzy flair or stifled laughter associated with so many other celebrity-"designed" clothes. Her status as a style icon undoubtedly has something to do with that, but whatever magic is behind the venture, it's landed her a nomination for a British Fashion Award in the Designer Brand category, along with Burberry, Mulberry, and Pringle of Scotland. So Posh Spice — Posh Spice! — is now viewed in the same design caliber as Burberry.
Other notable categories include best model, in which David Gandy's fatless pecs will battle Lara Stone and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley's famous bosoms. And stylist Nicola Formichetti, who turned Lady Gaga into the crazy disco creature she is today, is up against Nick Knight and Rankin for the Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator. The full list of nominees:
Pringle of Scotland
Emerging Talent Award - Accessories
Husam El Odeh
Emerging Talent Award - Ready-to-Wear
Michael van der Ham
Emma Hill for Mulberry
Christopher Bailey for Burberry
E.Tautz, Margaret Howell
Isabella Blow Award for Fashion Creator
Designer of the Year
Phoebe Philo for Céline
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