Another Beckham shows designing side

Staff Writer
Columbus Monthly

NEW YORK (AP) — As New York Fashion Week began its final two days, celebrities introduced collections and a preteen from Texas made a splash with her first runway show.

Among the highlights:



Getting a family of six out the door on time can be quite a challenge — even when you're a Beckham.

"With me and the boys, five minutes. With Harper, it's a lot more of a process and obviously with Victoria," said the former soccer star Tuesday at an event for his fashion collaboration with British brand Belstaff. "You see her (Harper) every morning getting her clothes out for school or, you know, changing her mind like 20 times."

The famous family has made a name in fashion with Victoria Beckham's high-end collection, which showed Sunday at New York Fashion Week, and sons Romeo, 12, and Brooklyn, 15, gracing magazine covers and Burberry ads. (The couple also has a 9-year-old son, Cruz.)

But it turns out that 3-year-old Harper is the one calling the shots when it comes to Beckham's personal style.

"She will come into my dressing room and she'll be like, 'Daddy, wear those shoes with those jeans.' You know she's got her own kind of mind and her own character already. So it's great," he said.

Beckham said he lent much more than his name to the six-piece capsule collection that includes leather motorcycle jackets ($1,950), a pair of distressed jeans ($395) and a classic, white T-shirt ($95).

"I have always been involved 110 percent," Beckham said. "People know that it's what I would wear and that's why people have loved the collection the way they have."

—Nicole Evatt



Waving to her guests like a pro after her runway show Tuesday, Isabella Rose Taylor at age 13 achieved something most designers never will: She made it to New York Fashion Week.

Oh, and there also was her launch last month of the Isabella Rose Taylor line for juniors exclusively at

The Austin, Texas, girl in bright red high-tops has soaked in fashion since she was 8, got serious about it at 9 after taking a sewing class and uses her own paintings as inspiration for some of her prints and designs.

She put graphic clouds with long fringe swinging freely or cute little raindrops on some of the clothes. Taylor called those references and a floral print in loungepants and a T-shirt a "little bit of irony, just because fashion can be taken just a little too seriously sometimes."

"I've always loved creating, ever since I was little," Taylor said of the dream, achieved in the case of New York Fashion Week with the help of sponsor Dell. "I've been painting as long as I can remember and doing fashion since I was 8," she added. "I just love being able to share it."

—Leanne Italie



Nicki Minaj, who has recently dropped her colorful and oddball style for a more natural and sophisticated look, says it's because she's more comfortable in her skin.

"I kind of feel now that I look more like my regular old self, like what I look like when I'm at home," she said in an interview Tuesday. "I think there's just a little bit more confidence and so I'm like, 'It is what it is. I am who I am. I look like what I look like.' I don't really have to change much of it anymore."

Minaj's new look includes her natural black hair color versus the wild and bright wigs she's worn that helped establish her name in pop culture. At the Fashion Rocks concert Tuesday in Brooklyn, New York, where the rapper performed, she wore a blazer and skirt that came off like a little black dress.

"I just thought it was really, really sexy, but without being tight," she said. "I thought it was different for me."

—Mesfin Fekadu


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