Victoria Beckham and the Spice Girls energized a generation of young women in the 1990s with the bold and courageous motto of “Girl Power!” And it looks like two women who have taken that motto to heart are royal sisters-in-law Meghan Markle and Kate Middleton.
Both royal women chose to use their public platforms to advocate for women’s rights and equal opportunities, and both women also have ties to Beckham herself – she was a guest at their weddings.
As Victoria and David Beckham’s eldest son Brooklyn walks down the aisle, News week see how Meghan and Kate have spiced up their wardrobes with Beckham pieces and what makes the label appealing to both of them.
A sophisticated blend of aesthetics
In the years since her marriage to Prince Harry, Meghan Markle has shown that she possesses a distinctive and intuitive style that she has adapted to mirror her personal and professional development.
Her personal aesthetic is based on neutral tones with relaxed tailoring and updated classic silhouettes.
Kate Middleton has earned a reputation for adapting a more conservative and structured style with notable bursts of fun and color. There’s a brand that suits women who sit between Meghan’s laid-back yet put-together chic and Kate’s conscious, correct aesthetic.
Victoria Beckham enters.
Establishing a fashion powerhouse
The genesis of Beckham’s fashion brand began with an interest in design that began in its infancy. Even in her 20s, as a member of the global pop group Spice Girls, Beckham has been nicknamed “Posh Spice” known for her ultra cool style and demeanor.
In the early 2000s Beckham began modeling for friends in the fashion industry such as Dolce & Gabbana and Roberto Cavalli, before finally founding her own label in 2008.
Although Beckham’s name brought the brand immediate recognition on the world stage, its founder was reluctant to exceed his potential too soon and instead focused on creating small collections, learning from mistakes along the way.
In 2022 Victoria Beckham the fashion label went from strength to strength. It surpassed the novelty of being a former pop star’s passion project and became one of the top fashion brands active today, with customers wearing her pieces all over the world.
The brand describes itself as “the voice of modern minimalism, celebrated for its versatility, strong sense of sophistication and simple approach to women’s wardrobe for every part of their life”.
It is this aesthetic vision, which walks the line between minimalism and fashion, that appeals to both the established styles of Meghan and Kate.
While the true extent of Kate’s wardrobe isn’t known, there’s a Victoria Beckham piece she seems to fall back on over and over again. This accessory strongly adheres to the minimalist aesthetic of the brand and is called Quincy bag.
This white leather tote-style top handle bag sits on the larger side of Kate’s favorite bags – the Duchess is usually known for her love of clutches or small bags with stylish handles.
Kate has worn this bag multiple times, most notably to Wimbledon in 2016 and 2017. She also wore the bag to a charity polo match in 2018, where she and her children watched Prince William play.
Meghan is the sister-in-law who is a more conspicuous fan of Beckham’s fashion and wore key pieces from the brand’s collections during her wedding.
It seems Beckham is also a fan of Meghan, as the famous detached designer said in an interview with Charm magazine that admired Meghan’s speech at the British Fashion Awards in 2018.
She explained: “I liked what Meghan Markle said at the Fashion Awards. That it used to be good to be cruel, and now it’s good to be kind. Kindness has always been at the heart of girls’ power.”
Meghan’s wardrobe boasts a number of Victoria Beckham looks, the most striking of which is a suit the Duchess wore to the Commonwealth Day service at Westminster Abbey in 2019.
The outfit consisted of a chic minimalist overcoat, a cream colored midi dress with printed chain link details. The overall effect of the outfit garnered praise from the fashion press and social media users.
Another show of Meghan stopping Victoria Beckham’s outfits was immortalized in a series of iconic photographs taken of the Duchess with her husband at an event in London.
When the royals arrived at the Endeavor Fund Awards at the Mansion House in 2020, the skies opened and raindrops were illuminated against Meghan’s blue textured midi dress by the photographers’ flashing lights.
Although best known for her Beckham dresses, Meghan has also adopted many items from the brand’s daywear lines into her wardrobe.
For appearances since stepping down as a full-time member of the royal family, Meghan has appeared wearing a collection of neutral-toned Victoria Beckham blouses that appear to have been carefully selected to complement the tone of the royal family’s interior.
Since its launch in 2008, the Victoria Beckham brand has gone from strength to strength, becoming a large-scale operation that, while it may not always generate a profit, achieves its stated goals of providing women with versatile and sophisticated apparel that draw on a minimalist aesthetic.
Meghan and Kate developed their own individual style responses to the royal spotlight they entered after marrying their principles, but they never lost the fundamental element of female power.