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As New York Fashion Week approaches, it’s British style maven Victoria Beckham that seems to be at the forefront of many fashionistas’ minds. From her recent British Fashion Council nomination for designer brand of the year to landing the front page of
The New York Times
‘ coveted Sunday Styles section, Posh seems to have earned herself the unlikely respect of the fashion crowd—no easy feat in the overcrowded celebrity-designer space. Her secret? “I don’t do anything by halves,” she tells the Times. “If you’re going to do something, do it properly, I think. Otherwise there is no point in doing something at all.” That philosophy extends to her hands-on approach to the design of her wildly popular dresses—favored by A-listers like Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez. “I might get a piece of fabric and tie it around me, then ask an assistant to pin it for me,” she says. “I’m not claiming to be a master draper. The bottom line is: Would I wear this?” And that attention to detail, fit and construction is what has earned her respect among retailers and fashion editors alike, even if Posh herself admits that she has “a long, long way to go” as a designer. Still, there is one star client Beckham would love to add to her growing list: First lady Michelle Obama. “I really would love to dress her.” –Gillian Koenig