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Victoria Beckham x Mango: will Posh Spice's fashion collaboration have the hottest high street summer dresses?

 (Victoria Beckham x Mango)
(Victoria Beckham x Mango)

Victoria Beckham has averted her attention from Mayfair’s Dover Street (home of her swanky flagship store) and set it on the high street. Today the Spice Girl-turned-fashion designer announced she has worked on an affordable spring summer collection with Mango, available to purchase April 23.

Beckham launched her own luxury fashion brand in 2008, and since then — despite various reports of soaring debts — the show has become one of the most anticipated on the Paris Fashion Week schedule.

 (Victoria Beckham x Mango)
(Victoria Beckham x Mango)

The new capsule promises to include her signature offering of slick tailoring, slip dresses and knitwear as well as shoes and “stand-out bags”. While pictures released so far reveal a crisp white, palazzo leg suit, a bubblegum, spaghetti strap gown and a ruched, cream dress will be front runners for popular buys. And although the prices are yet to be announced, they will likely be a sliver of her mainline price tags (dresses start at £490 and bags £590).

Beckham’s partnership with the Spanish fast fashion retailer comes nearly a decade after her stint living in Madrid, between 2003 and 2007, when her husband David played for Real Madrid. Speaking to WWD, she said it was Jane Birkin’s character Penelope in the 1969 French film La Piscine that inspired her new designs — rather than her WAG era on the continent.

Justicia Ruano, Mango’s Womenswear Design Director, and Victoria Beckham (Victoria Beckham x Mango)
Justicia Ruano, Mango’s Womenswear Design Director, and Victoria Beckham (Victoria Beckham x Mango)

The announcement comes as Mango celebrates its 40th anniversary, in which time it has ballooned into a leading fast fashion behemoth — last year the company boasted €3.1 billion in turnover and a net profit of over €172 million. The Victoria Beckham x Mango capsule comes after a series of other collaborations, but is the most high profile by some margin — others have seen Mango work alongside LA lifestyle brand SIMONMILLER, French influencer Camille Charrière and Scandi stylist Pernille Teisbaek.

In tapping a luxury house, Mango follows a path well trodden by H&M, who have set the trend for tempting top fashion designers to guest design collections since working with Karl Lagerfeld in 2004. More recently, Uniqlo have been a successful purveyor of this tactic, and ongoing collections with JW Anderson and Clare Waight-Keller remain fashion editor favourites.

The wait is on for the whole collection to be launched at the end of this month — before then, though, Beckham will celebrate her 50th birthday on April 16. A question to chew on: could Posh Spice wear Mango to see in her half century?

Victoria Beckham x Mango, available April 23, mango.com