The day Top Gear met Victoria Beckham
Jason Barlow spoke to the designer of the Range Rover Evoque as she unveiled her personal vision...
Posted: 17 Jul 2012
"Do you like the car?" Mrs Beckham says, fixing me with a surprisingly focused stare. She seems genuinely relieved when I nod. The Beckham Evoque is refreshingly unshowy, tastefully anti-bling and fits in thematically with Victoria's main business these days: fashion design. The Victoria Beckham line has won her a British fashion award and plaudits from the notoriously prickly fashion media. Career-making American Vogue editor Anna Wintour loves her; her British equivalent, Alexandra Shulman, was partly responsible for hooking her up with Land Rover.
"When Gerry [McGovern, LR's design director] approached me to do this, it was certainly a challenge," she says. "I'd never designed a car before, so I think I brought a naivety to the project, though I've enjoyed customising the cars David and I have bought over the years. Many of which have been Range Rovers, coincidentally. I wanted to design a car I wanted to drive. It wasn't a question of fixing something that was broken - the Evoque's been a huge success and Gerry has done a wonderful job - I just wanted to put my little... taste on it. I didn't want a car that was particularly feminine, I wanted something that David also wanted to drive."