By Stacy Straczynski, Associate Editor
Forget “Bend it like Beckham.” “Design it like Victoria” could be the new catch phrase, at least for the hotel industry. Rumor has it that earlier this week Victoria Beckham, former Spice Girl turned fashion diva and recent guest judge on American Idol, was offered a whopping £25 million (over $40.5 million) by Dubai ruler Sheik Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum to design a new luxury hotel.
The property, according to London’s The Daily Mirror, is located off the Dubai coast on a man-made island called Isla Moda. The upcoming fashion-themed 250-room resort, designed in cooperation with Karl Lagerfeld, aims to set Dubai as one of the world's top fashion destinations by having a variety of famous fashion designers work with developers to create exclusive boutiques and themes.
While Dubai’s media office announced yesterday (Jan. 27) that the reports were false and that “the vice president did not send any e-mail, invitation of financial offer to Beckham, and this information is baseless,” a spokeswoman for Beckham earlier this week did not confirm or deny the rumors, mentioning that "Victoria is always keen to look at ways of growing her business but for now her focus is New York fashion week next month."
It seems that this is a case of someone letting the cat out of the bag too early. Either way, it’s obvious that Posh is looking to expand her design career, just like many other celebrities. (How can we forget that Paris Hilton says her official “career” is a handbag designer?)
No doubt a celeb moniker on a project’s design team list would automatically boost publicity and public interest, but I’m forced to ask, “Can they really design?” I mean, sure, designing hand bags and clothing lines is a tough field to master when trends change so swiftly from season to season, but do celebs have what it takes to create a lasting impression in structural and interior design beyond their name? Or will their designs resemble paparazzi-ed drama and quickly fade?
Let me know what you think by commenting below. I’m interested to hear your take on celeb “wannabe” designers.