There was once a time when Victoria Beckham notoriously only wore sky-high heels. These days, however, the designer is embracing a wardrobe with a bit more ease — and even... sneakers. So much so that she teamed up with Reebok for an activewear collection that's equal parts chic and workout-friendly (or more accurately, Posh meets Sporty).
Marking her first foray into athletic-wear, the first drop of Victoria Beckham x Reebok features sleek sports bras, tracksuits, and a turtleneck-esque sweatshirt that (sadly) sold out in less than 12 hours. For Beckham, it was important to design a wearable collection that worked for everyday women and men all over the world. "I don't want a 'woman's' trainer, I don't want a 'woman's' hoodie...I want a trainer, I want a hoodie," Beckham explained at a press preview for the collection's launch, calling most of the pieces unisex.
With her own namesake brand, Beckham says she focuses on designing clothes that empower women. Her Reebok pieces are no exception, staying true to her own personal style and the core aesthetics of her ready-to-wear line. In fact, when asked if anyone or anything in particular inspired the collection, she shrugged: "Just me, really." With VB-esque shades of camel, minimal silhouettes, and some of the chicest sweatshirts we've ever seen, it shows.
After a morning of showing off the new collection to a group of editors, Beckham sat down with BAZAAR U.S. to talk about her collaboration with Reebok — and her biggest style inspiration: herself.
Harper's BAZAAR: The high-neck sweatshirt is my favorite piece from the collection, I’m so bummed it already sold out!
Victoria Beckham: I know, it’s a great top.
The Victoria Beckham x Reebok sweatshirt that instantly sold out.
HB: So you’ve gone from wearing nothing but high heels to designing a collection with Reebok. How did you start embracing sneakers and activewear in your wardrobe?
VB: I mean, I’ve been wearing trainers for quite a long time and I love mixing them with ready-to-wear. I think that’s the great thing about sportswear, is that you can really mix it and make it your own.
HB: Is there anything or anyone in particular that inspired the collection?
VB: Just me, really, and everything that I need in my life.
HB: How do you mix and match activewear with pieces from your own brand on a regular basis?
VB: I think a lot of this really does work when you wear it with men’s tailoring, like a really cool men’s tailored coat that you might throw over your shoulders or the bomber with some high-waisted vintage jeans.
HB: Is there anything happening in fashion right now that you’re excited about? Especially now that more luxury brands are delving into activewear collaborations like this.
VB: Um, not really. I don’t really know what to say, I feel that this is exciting and feels different and new and fresh.
HB: I know your kids and David are really into sportswear, did they have any input with this collection or the design process?
VB: No. I mean, they like it and they want to wear it so I think that’s a good sign.
HB: You’re doing more collections with Reebok in the future. Is there anything that you didn’t get to do in this first collection that you’re looking forward to doing in the next?
VB: Yeah, there are some things that time-wise we couldn’t get into the first collection. And also, I wanted this to be a very focused collection, so there’s lots of great pieces that we started working on that will be in the next collection.