Victoria Beckham speaks at the UN as she is named goodwill ambassador

Victoria Beckham today told how she wanted to make a difference to the women of the world as she was made a UN goodwill ambassador for an AIDS charity.

The former Spice Girl told a press conference at the United Nations building in New York that she was ‘honoured’ to be made an ambassador for their UNAIDS campaign. Beckham – who missed the opening of her London store to be there – said she felt her public profile meant she had a duty to do more about woman’s health.

And she was inspired following a recent trip to South Africa, where she met with children stricken by the deadly disease.

The fashion designer visited Cape Town in February as part of the Born Free initiative, which tackles the issue of HIV being transmitted from mothers to their children

In August, Beckham hosted an online sale of 600 items from her wardrobe to raise money and awareness for mothers living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa.

At the press conference in New York, she said: “I am mother and I am a woman.

I will do whatever I can to raise awareness. I feel very passionate about this. I recently visited South Africa and was so touched by the women I met and felt inspired. I came home and I knew I had to do something.

It’s taken me to get to 40 to realise I have a responsibility as a woman and as a mother. For some reason people will listen to me. This is the beginning of an incredible journey for me. I have people mentoring me. I am going back to South Africa in a few weeks and then further afield next year.”

“I would do anything for my children and I think every woman has the right to health and every woman has the right to give their children a healthy future. [Sir] Elton [John] is a very dear friend of mine and David’s and we’ve been patrons of the Elton John Aids Foundation for 20 years so I have been working a lot with lots of Aids charities.

It’s why I realise I have to step forward and do whatever I can do. I want to get to know the women and understand them. It was life changing when I want to South Africa.”

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Public Appearances – 2014 – United Nation’s Goodwill Ambassador in New York – press conference- September 25

Suzy Menkes: V For Victory

Suzy Menkes goes on a tour of Victoria Beckham’s new London store.

“I don’t want people to be scared to come inside,” said Victoria Beckham, as the hefty concrete door, with its elongated panels, slid open to reveal her first store.

Where did that word “Posh” come from to describe the one-time Spice Girl? For the London shop that opens this week in Mayfair’s Dover Street is not “posh” – as in fake fancy – but rather a class act.

As Victoria walked up the monolithic, polished concrete staircase, designed by Farshid Moussavi Architecture, it is clear that in fashion terms she has arrived. The designer has nurtured every piece of walnut wood, green glass and even the diagonal-grid ceiling that gives the interior a monumental look in terms of space but warmth from its materials.

“It is very important that men can come and watch – like David, who sometimes goes shopping with me,” says Victoria, explaining that modular pieces of furniture can be placed and re-grouped in the large upstairs clothing space. This is where David Beckham could pop in for a shopper’s rest and refuel.

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Victoria Beckham’s Shop: What You Can Expect…

Victoria Beckham will be opening the doors to her first ever London store in two days. Yipee! And in the run-up to the big reveal, we thought we’d share with you what what we know so far.

The 7,000 sq ft Mayfair shop has been created by architect Farshid Moussavi, and will stock her main collection as well as her spin-off range, Victoria by Victoria Beckham, plus accessories.

‘Moussavi is a woman who loves fashion as well. She has quite a conceptual eye, which I like’, VB said of her choice of store designer.

‘We want to make something different without making it overly complicated. I just want it to feel real for me.’

And from the sneak peeks we’ve seen on Twitter, the interior will have an industrial-type feel, with concrete floors, walnut accents and an open plan gallery-style layout. Love.

Standing on 36 Dover Street, the store will mark VB’s first ever bricks-and-mortar outlet – and she’s even hinted that she may take to the tills herself to really get into the retail swing! Can you imagine?!

The store’s opening hours will be 11 – 7pm Monday – Saturday, and 12 – 5pm on Sunday, and we suggest you get down there early on September 25th if you want to be first in. Total pandemoneum will be guaranteed.

Victoria Beckham does ice bucket challenge

Victoria Beckham is the latest celebrity to accept the ice bucket challenge to raise money for charity. Her husband David and three sons poured buckets of cold water over her in aid of the neurodegenerative disease ALS.

She also nominated fashion designer Tom Ford, actress Katie Holmes and her son Cruz to do the same.

Victoria Beckham: SA visit ‘life-changing’

Victoria Beckham is touted as one of the world’s most stylish women with a wardrobe full to the brim of designer garments, including each and every one of her own highly sought-after designs.

And now, the fashion designer is giving fans the chance to snap up a piece of her wardrobe – quite literally – as she is set to sell more than 600 items for charity.

Victoria has partnered with theoutnet.com to sell hundreds of her items of her clothing in aid of the charity, mothers2mothers.

In February this year, following an invitation from Vogue editor Anna Wintour and American Vogue to visit South Africa, Victoria met with mothers2mothers (m2m) founder Dr. Mitch Besser.

The charity trains, employs and empowers Mentor Mothers, who are mothers living with HIV, in order to educate them on how to prevent the transmission of HIV from mothers to babies and improve the health of women and their families.

Victoria was so moved by the experience that she wanted to do all she could to raise money and awareness.

Speaking about the cause, she said: “After spending just a few days with these remarkable women and learning more about the charity from Mitch, and his lovely wife Annie Lennox, I wanted to do as much as I could. It really was a life-changing experience; I’ve never experienced anything like it.”

Victoria felt that a sale of items from her wardrobe could be an incredibly powerful way to raise both money and awareness.

She told Grazia magazine: “I have never met such strong women in my entire life. The work they are doing is nothing short of absolutely remarkable.”

With help from her mother and sister, Victoria carefully selected iconic pieces from her wardrobe – pieces from her early days with the Spice Girls, that she wore out with David Beckham, and from catwalk appearances, parties, awards shows and other events that have been heavily documented and photographed by the world’s press.

“I laughed a lot when we were going through my wardrobe as the pieces hold so many happy memories for me, David and the children. A lot of the clothes have been specially designed for me by the most talented designers and I’ve loved wearing them, however I now feel it’s someone else’s turn to enjoy them,” she said.

“We approached The Outnet, part of The Net-a-Porter Group, as they have an incredible global reputation and are the perfect partner for us to build awareness and raise as much money as possible for mothers2mothers.”

The Outnet will be selling the items as a private online sale. The pieces include hats, shoes, bags and jewellery, designer ready-to-wear, costume pieces, coats, skiwear and evening dresses.

Dr. Mitch Besser, Founder, mothers2mothers, said: “We are honored and extremely grateful to Victoria Beckham and The Outnet for their very generous support of mothers2mothers.

“The funds that are raised will help mothers2mothers’ Mentor Mothers reach even more HIV-positive mothers with critical health education and support, to stay healthy and protect their babies from HIV infection.

“HIV infections in children and maternal and infant deaths from AIDS are unnecessary and unacceptable. With the right education and empowerment, no baby should ever be born with HIV and no mother should die of AIDS. I’m sure everyone will have lots of fun shopping such a fashion treasure trove, and we’d like to thank those who do for joining us to eliminate HIV/AIDS in children and keep their mothers alive.”

The Victoria Beckham Charity Sale for mothers2mothers will be available exclusively at www.theoutnet.com/vbcharitysale from August 20th-25th, 2014

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