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Victoria Beckham named 'greatest style icon'

Fashion designer and former Spice girl Victoria Beckham has been named 'greatest style icon' in a survey of 1,000 women for Hello! Fashion Monthly.

Victoria beat off stiff competition from actress Emma Watson who came second and model Kate Moss who was third.

Victoria Beckham named 'greatest style icon'. Credit: Charles Guerin/ABACA USA/Empics Entertainment

Seven out of the top 10 women in the list are British and include Alexa Chung, Cara Delevingne, her sister Poppy and Rita Ora while American's Olivia Palermo, Jessica Alba and Kim Kardashian also feature as stylish stars.

"It's great to see such a high percentage of British women represented within Hello! Fashion Monthly's new list of the most stylish stars. As a nation, we are really dominating the industry at present.

– Hello! Fashion Monthly's Editor-At-Large, Hilary Alexander

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Dolce and Gabbana cool on Victoria Beckham's designs

Dolce, right, with Gabbana, left, and Victoria Beckham in Milan in 2008. Credit: Empics

Italian fashion giants Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana have said their "friend" Victoria Beckham may well be a designer but they list her alongside high street names.

When asked in London this evening what they thought of new designers such as former Spice Girl Beckham, Gabbana said: "She's a friend. She make a good job but... for us, she don't make the same way like a fashion designer.

"She become after many, many, many different things. She's a designer but..."

When asked if he admired her designs, he said: "She's a fashion designer but it's another... it's different."

He added: "John Galliano is a designer... Alexander McQueen."

Dolce described them as "professional" designers, adding: "Victoria Beckham, Zara, H&M...there's a lot."

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Beckham: US more accepting of successful women

Former Spice Girl Victoria Beckham said she loved living in the US because it is “more accepting of successful women”.

Victoria Beckham. Credit: Doug Peters/EMPICS Entertainment

The singer-turned-designer is now back in the UK after launching her successful fashion collection in Beverly Hills.

Beckham, formerly Posh Spice, told Allure magazine: "Living in America for six years was the happiest I think I've ever been. It was much more accepting for a woman to have a career, as well as a man. And I loved it."

The 39-year-old mother of four, who is about to open her first store in London, insisted: "I'm not saying I'm not happy now. I'm just as happy now."

Victoria Beckham reveals teaser for new documentary

Victoria Beckham has shared a first look at an upcoming documentary charting her journey from Spice Girl to acclaimed fashion designer.

The film, entitled Five Years - The Victoria Beckham Fashion Story, includes behind-the-scenes footage of the designer at work.

In the trailer, Victoria says: “I always dreamed of designing a collection, it was always my passion.

"I was a Spice Girl, married to a footballer, I was trying to do something that no one had really done before,” she adds.

Victoria Beckham to open her first store in London

Victoria Beckham has announced she will be opening her first fashion store later this year. It will be on Dover Street in central London:

She said: "It will be the first time that the people will really be able to see the brand through my eyes."

Victoria Beckham's wedding tiara fails to sell

The gold and diamond tiara had been expected to fetch between £18,000 and £25,000. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The gold and diamond tiara Victoria Beckham wore on her wedding day has failed to sell at auction.

The coronet-style headpiece had been expected to fetch between £18,000 and £25,000 at the Bonhams sale in central London today.

The then-Victoria Adams and David Beckham pose for the cameras after announcing their engagement in January 1998. Credit: John Giles/PA Wire

However, the "fairytale" piece failed to reach the undisclosed reserve price, with the highest bid being £14,000.

The then-Victoria Adams commissioned Irish jewellery designer Slim Barrett to make the tiara for her 1999 wedding to footballer David Beckham.

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