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
This may explain the Evoque VB's surprisingly masculine character, all stealthy matt grey and black wheels, enlivened only by subtle rose gold accents on the grille, alloys and bonnet (the rose gold was inspired by a chunky man's Rolex David gave to her). Inside, the seats are trimmed in soft aniline leather from Bridge of Weir, hand-stitched to resemble a baseball glove (a nod to the Beckhams' adopted LA home), and there's piano-black wood on the dashboard. The rich carpet on the floor was inspired by the lambswool rugs found in the Seventies Rolls-Royce Silver Shadow, the car Victoria's father owned when she was a child (a revelation that originally earned her the nickname Posh.)
"I like to think outside the box," she says. "Why shouldn't I design a car? Why not go from being a Spice Girl married to a footballer to being someone who's taken seriously in the fashion industry? Let's be innovative. People were cynical when I decided to go into the fashion business, and I enjoyed that challenge. I'm not trying to prove myself; I'm doing what I love. If people like it, great. If they don't, that's fine, too."