Style Icons, believe it or not, are not created in a chemistry lab, by stylish geeks in white coats. Style Icons are evolved, like today’s example, out of sheer hard work, a pushy aspirational partner, in this case a wife, a strategic stylish approach and a shed load of media training. Now, this could not be more the case than with Mr David Beckham, Former Footballer, Fashion and grooming entrepreneur, Media supremo and one half of one of the biggest celebrity power couples since Antony and Cleopatra. Our friends over at Menswear Omni-Channel brand, Woodhouse have monitored his evolution from floppy haired footballer to Icon extraordinaire.
1998 – Golden Balls got in a spot of bother during the 1998 World Cup, resulting in a red card for reportedly kicking Argentian player, Diego Simeone. But was that his worst offence? In the same year, he was papped with new wife Victoria wearing a sarong he took from her wardrobe, teaming with a black tank top and sandals.
2000 – David and Victoria Beckham wore matching leather outfits at the Midland Hotel in Manchester for their Millennium New Year’s Eve party, and they certainly set off fireworks. The Versace two-piece made major headlines, with the couple knighted as style royalty during this time.
2003 – Teaming his Ecko Unlted tracksuit with an impressive set of corn rows, Becks ditched the leather in favour of some serious urban street style. The US brand Ecko Unltd, favoured by celebrities, was huge in the early 00’s before going into liquidation in 2014.
2006 – Another year another hairstyle, not to mention a wardrobe refresh. Beckham dyed his hair platinum blonde and rekindled his love for leather as he teamed leather jackets with 80’s washed denim and tight fitted tees.
2008 – Welcome to the year of the waistcoat. Pairing the formal garm with casual denim was a huge trend in 2008, and Beckham was the leader of the pack. He wore a classic combination at the Nickelodeon Teen Choice Awards.
2012 – Making headlines for his move to Paris St-Germain, Becks image reflected his London routes. Papped in the fashion capital, he wore a longline tailored jacket, flat cap and Chelsea boots.
2019 – Spotted in London earlier this year, Victoria’s fashion expertise has clearly impacted Becks style. Here he combines staple items to create a simple yet chic look, reflecting the style of VB designs.