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David and Victoria Beckham split from business partner Simon Fuller

Couple buy ex-Spice Girls manager’s 33% stake for about $50mDavid and Victoria Beckham have bought out their business partner Simon Fuller’s 33% stake in the former England footballer’s businesses for about $50m (£38m).The deal gives the Beckhams full …

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The Beckhams: Britain’s real royal family? | Observer profile

Last week, 11-year-old Cruz became the latest Beckham to taste fame with a charity single, leading some to wonder if the family are developing a dynasty to rival the Windsors

At the top of a steep, snowy slope on Hampstead Heath a few winters back, so the story goes, a disparate group of north London parents were expressing mild concern to one another about their unruly children, tobogganing down the ice together on assorted tea trays and sledges. “It’s an accident waiting to happen,” agreed one slim man in a grey beanie hat, looking round good-naturedly. In response the other parents started edging away, as of one mind, and the friendly banter froze in the frosty air. Yet there was nothing visibly wrong with this father. Far from it. In fact, he was near perfect. He was also, they had realised, David Beckham.

For all the vast, enviable wealth revealed last week in the joint Beckham family bank account, each of its members – father, mother, three sons and a little daughter – are condemned to walk a strangely isolated path through the world. High levels of grooming, good looks and international fame ensure that David and Victoria, his wife of 17 years, and their children rarely pass among us without provoking, at most, a paparazzi frenzy and, at least, a moment of social awkwardness.

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A year in the life of the Beckham industrial complex

Brand Beckham marches on with news that Cruz is releasing a Christmas single, while Brooklyn aims for the book charts. What have the rest of the clan been up to in 2016?

With forays into fashion, sport, photography and philanthropy it has been a busy year for the Beckhams. It has also been a year in which Victoria opted not to sing, but now Cruz has decided to give it a whirl. Here’s how things are measuring up for the Beckhams …

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A year in the life of the Beckham industrial complex

Brand Beckham marches on with news that Cruz is releasing a Christmas single, while Brooklyn aims for the book charts. What have the rest of the clan been up to in 2016?

With forays into fashion, sport, photography and philanthropy it has been a busy year for the Beckhams. It has also been a year in which Victoria opted not to sing, but now Cruz has decided to give it a whirl. Here’s how things are measuring up for the Beckhams …

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David Beckham may launch fashion line after deal with clothing brands firm

Former England captain and business partner Simon Fuller sign deal with Global Brands, which also distributes Calvin Klein Continue reading…

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Wimbledon v Silverstone: who had the better celebrities?  in pictures

We report, you decide. A fearless set of snaps taken from the Wimbledon Royal Box and the pit lane at Silverstone. Whether it’s pong-pong-thwack or purr-purr-growl, we’ve got a famous name for you Continue reading…

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Backstage at Victoria Beckham’s New York fashion week show – in pictures

The entire Beckham clan were front row for Victoria’s latest collection, and backstage the Observer’s Jo Jones took these exclusive pictures of the preparations beforehand, where Harper and David almost stole the showJo Jones

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New York fashion week: Victoria Beckham’s family takes front row seats

Team Beckham gather round to see her latest collection, where the cool factor has been combined with trademark elegance

In pictures: Victoria Beckham’s autumn collection

It is a truth universally acknowledged that if David, Brooklyn, Romeo, Cruz and Harper Beckham make a public appearance together, it will be virtually impossible to get anyone present to pay attention to anything else.

And no one knows the power of the Beckham brand better than Victoria Beckham and Simon Fuller, business mastermind of the Beckham empire. So it was a striking display of confidence in the latest Victoria Beckham fashion collection that while the designer directed proceedings from backstage, and the backer looked on from the audience, the three Beckham boys made their first appearance catwalk-side, along with front row regulars David and Harper.

What’s more, the clothes on the catwalk held their own. With a 7,000 sq ft boutique on London’s prestigious Dover Street being prepared for an opening later this year, Victoria Beckham needed to deliver a strong collection to fill it, and this one was a hit. The past two years of the now five-year-old Victoria Beckham brand have seen it develop from its starting-block of glamorous dresses into more experimental territory, trying out looser shapes and androgynous elements.

The experimental spirit has been generally applauded, and has gained the brand respect and attention in the industry, but the clothes have not always felt as instantly desirable. With this collection, it seemed as if a fresh balance had been struck, the newfound cool factor distilled and used to pep up the elegance and femininity of the original aesthetic.

Design detailing and 360 degree dressing were the key words backstage. The silhouette was long, lean and fluid, with hemlines of skirts and coats mostly covering the knee. There was little cinching of the waist, and almost no flashing of leg; sex appeal came through the element of surprise, as the designer put it backstage, with unexpected slivers of skin shown at the back of a dress.

There was a generous helping of what is known in the industry as “fashion content”, which roughly translates as the depth and detail and messaging that makes clothes interesting. For example, coats fastened at the hip with bracelet’s length of heavy chain, but engineered so that they moved fluidly; a black and red tweed coat was based on a 1968 vintage coat, but the tweed remade in a rubberised, modern version; tunic-and-trousers offered as a cool cocktail hour look, a highlight being one all black look with a matt crepe top edged with silky black ruffles at the hip, over slouchy trousers.

“Mummy works, and Daddy works. We think that’s a positive message, and we wanted the boys to see what it is that Mummy does, because they’d never been to a show before,” said Victoria Beckham backstage, explaining the front row debut of Team Beckham. The older children “are taking one-and-a-half days off school for this trip, which is really unusual, we don’t usually do that,” she added.

David and Brooklyn were in suits and ties for the occasion, while the younger boys were in Burberry trenchcoats, showing an admirable understanding of the role of brand ambassador. (Romeo, 11, recently starred in a Burberry campaign.) Harper Beckham wore a grey silk dress pulled out by Victoria before leaving the hotel early that morning. Victoria said: “I’d love to say that David dressed her, but it wouldn’t be true.”

Victoria herself wore a fine black crew neck sweater with a calf-length black silk pleated skirt with pointed Manolo Blahnik courts, echoing the look of her new collection. She insisted, however, that “most of this week I’ve been in jeans, Chelsea boots and a knit”.

“Every season I can push my fashion message a bit more, really get into the detailing: so this season was loose, but with more detailing. Last season was boy meets girl, this is a little more feminine,” she said, singling out the intarsia knits as an innovation for the new season.

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Victoria Beckham ‘too chic’ for Girls, says Lena Dunham

Former Posh Spice had been linked to cameo role in the hit US series after she professed to loving the New York-set show

Girls creator and star Lena Dunham has joked that Victoria Beckham is “too chic” to be on the US show as she launched its third series in London.

The 27-year-old – who also produces and writes the award-winning show, as well as starring as aspiring writer Hannah Horvath – admitted that rumours about the Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer making a cameo appearance had been greatly exaggerated, after she said she was a fan.

“Victoria Beckham mentioned she loved the show in an interview and this has been metastasised into ‘Victoria Beckham is the fifth Girl’,” she said on the red carpet at Cineworld Haymarket in the West End. “We love Victoria Beckham but she’s a little chic for us.”

Jennifer Konner, the show’s executive producer, said she would welcome Beckham and her ex-footballer husband David on the show. “I’ve heard those rumours but they have not been directly put to us. Why not? It would be amazing!” she said, adding: “And I would insist on David as well.”

Dunham, who looked glamorous in a monochrome 50s-style floral dress by Erdem, was joined at the screening by co-stars Allison Williams, who plays her screen best friend Marnie Michaels, and Zosia Mamet (Shoshanna Shapiro) as well as long-time fan Richard E Grant, who guest stars in the coming series.

“I have a 25-year-old daughter who obsessively watches the show,” said Grant. “All the things she’s going through are the things the characters are going through so it’s a real window into the world of the young, who have left home and finished college or university and trying to make their way into the world – and the sexual politics are eye-opening, to say the least.”

Grant admitted he was not allowed to divulge details about his character, except that he has “a relationship with one of these younger ladies”, and hopes to reprise the role in the future.

“They all really get on with one another so it felt like going to someone’s house except it’s work. And Lena is a very unassuming boss – she is astonishing. She has such authority but does it effortlessly without being diva-ish,” he said.

The third series of Girls will premiere on Sky Atlantic on 20 January.

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Beckhams give castoffs to Red Cross shop to help typhoon Haiyan victims

Labels including Chanel and Manolo Blahnik are expected to raise large sums – and show how couple’s style has evolved

David and Victoria Beckham joined the effort to help the victims of typhoon Haiyan on Friday – in their own inimitable style. They gave a huge heap of clothes and accessories to the Red Cross shop in Chelsea, west London, to be sold off, with funds donated to the charity’s work in the Philippines.

The clear-out was sizeable – Victoria tweeted a picture of a heap of trademark heels she was discarding, with designer names ranging from Gina to Manolo Blahnik. Each pair, lined up along the wall of the charity shop, was sold for £100.

The sale of the Beckhams’ castoffs is likely to raise significant sums. Unlike most old clothes thrown away in an annual clear-out, these have added star power. Fans of the couple queued up outside the tiny Old Church Street shop for a chance to buy their idols’ castoffs, and there was a frenzy inside for this one-time-only opportunity to buy into the celebrity wardrobe. Labels showed which Beckham each item had once belonged to – a rack was dedicated to David’s suits, while Victoria’s old Spice Girls hoodie was on display. Prices ranged from £25 for one of Victoria’s old belts, to a pair of David’s box-fresh Adidas for £100. Shoppers came out with buys including Victoria’s old Chanel jacket and a Dolce & Gabbana blazer once worn by her husband.

The Beckhams’ style has, of course, gone through something of an evolution in recent years – as the clothes on sale here demonstrate. Victoria’s pop star moment is evident in that hoodie, but also in fitted denim jackets far too casual for her current polished-to-perfection look. A white suit and black shirt displayed in the window recalled David in the golden days of his Manchester United career, when he might have worn it with curtains for a hairstyle. While the potential for any of these clothes to become museum pieces might still be in doubt, the popularity of this generation-defining couple – and their style – clearly isn’t.

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David and Victoria Beckham’s charity clothing sale – in pictures

A Red Cross charity shop in west London hosted a sale of clothing which was donated by David and Victoria Beckham. The sale was to help raise money for the typhoon Haiyan appeal and included discounted items by designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Louis Vuitton and Manolo Blahnik



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The best charity shops for finding celebrity castoffs

The Beckhams have donated clothes to a charity shop. If you fancy bagging a similarly swish bargain, and doing a little good too, here’s our guide to the swankiest charity shops in the countryEmine Saner

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Brand it like Beckham: family empire boasts combined profits of £4m

Beckham Ventures, the firm linked to Victoria Beckham’s clothing label, was star performing business for family brand

Three companies at the heart of the Beckham family branding empire have posted combined profits of more than £4m and one director – thought to be David Beckham – has received £14.1m in pay for his success in exploiting brand and image rights.

Beckham Ventures, the firm linked to Victoria Beckham’s clothing label, was the star performing business with sales jumping from £6.8m to £15.4m last year. It is now close to the level of turnover at Footwork Productions, a sister company dedicated to exploiting the David Beckham brand.

Victoria Beckham has built a growing following in the designer fashion world, letting her pop career as a Spice Girl fade. She presented her first catwalk collection in New York in 2008.

Meanwhile, David Beckham’s Footwork Productions reported sales up 8% to £16.5m last year, but generated profits of just £390,500 after incurring £14.4m of “administrative expensive” – largely accounted for by a £14.1m payout to the highest paid director.

This is thought to have gone to David Beckham, though Victoria and her father Tony Adams are also on the board, as is their lawyer Andrew Thompson.

Another winner from the success of the Beckham brand is the couple’s manager Simon Fuller.

His investment vehicle XIX Management owns an equal one-third stake in Beckham Ventures and another sister company, Beckham Brand. These two companies give their principal activities as “exploiting the brand of David and Victoria Beckham”.

The biggest success among the Beckham’s three UK brand and imaging companies was recorded at Beckham Ventures, where a £2.1m loss in 2011 was transformed into a pretax profit of £2m for last year.

The Beckhams put this down to the company’s significant investment in launching the Victoria Beckham fashion line.

“This additional line has proven to be successful and has been a key driver in growing revenues,” the accounts state.

While company papers suggest the actvities do not extend much beyond exploiting the family brand, the accounts make clear the business has invested in considerable fashion production, leaving it holding £3.6m of stock at the end of last year. The business owed a similar sum to trade creditors.

All three Beckham branding businesses paid taxes on their profits.

Victoria Beckham is also listed at Companies House as a member of a film financing partnership called Inside Track Productions, one of a number of complex investment vehicles popular with wealthy celebrities and bankers. It is linked to Ingenious Media, a company involved in constructing multiple film financing schemes which have been heavily criticised for aggressive tax engineering.

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Romeo Beckham, 10, stars in new Burberry ad campaign – video

David and Victoria’s second oldest son, Romeo Beckham, stars in the spring/summer 2013 Burberry campaign

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David Beckham: a last hurrah for the one-man brand | Observer profile

The most famous player in the world has made his final appearance in America. So where next for the star who, at 37, says he has one more challenge left in him? Maybe he should ask his wife…Last night, David Beckham lived out the final minutes of his…