Does Posh Spice ‘Wannabe’ a Hotel Designer?

By Stacy Straczynski, Associate Editor

Victoriabeckham_thumb 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.

Isla moda 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.

One Comment

  1. One side of me says "good for you Posh!" You saw an opportunity to reinvent yourself and you took it. Who am I to stop you? You have a flair for color (at least in your own mind) and you are a master of self promotion. Most of us can only marvel at the way you have drug your 15 minutes of fame into an extended stay at the Paparazzi Inn. You don't really understand the difference between interior decoration and professional interior design but that does not concern you because you have flair, style and you exist in a world of one week trends, couture fashion and disposable surface enhancements. I call it interior botoxification but I digress…I don't really listen to that side of me too much. Rather my rational side says "Posh you perfect poser you!" You took advantage (masterfully I might add) of the interior design professions inability to manage and promote it's true value and meaning to society. Yes anybody with a pulse and flair for color can claim they are an interior designer. It is a free country..isn't it? Well sure as long as you don't call yourself an interior designer in Nevada, Louisiana, D.C., Puerto Rico and Florida…at least for now. That may change if the Institute for Justice's lawsuit is successful- I digress again.
    Anyway Ms. Spice I welcome your self-proclaimed entre' into my profession. I have two hard earned degrees in design, 23 years of bust ass professional service and a lifelong commitment to actually making deep and meaningful improvements to people’s lives and livelihoods within interior environments that respond appropriately to their architectural context and respect their ecological impact. So yes my other side is a bit envious of your particular career path. I note that you are just one of dozens of over hyped uber-celebrities who are taking advantage of our career path fire sale. I see these decorators cum “interior designers” as the make-up counter attendants at the mall department stores that are cute but, but like mosquitoes, serve no real purpose other than to cover some odd smell or cosmetic imperfection. Sure they make you look better but do they really make a lasting improvement to your life? Good grief get me out of the cosmetics area and into the store where I can buy something that I actually need.