Remember when the Beckhams went everywhere in matching suits?

He wrote Oscar Holland, CNN

Entering the archives of pop culture history, “Remember when?” is a CNN Style series that offers a nostalgic look at the celebrity outfits that defined their periods.

The first week of digital fashion begins in London, offering an ideal opportunity to think about where British fashion is going – and how far it has come.

And as we look back at the country’s recent history of style, there is one couple that embodies Sartorian evolution: David and Victoria Beckham.

Today, the Victoria fashion brand is a credible feature of Fashion Week, and David is a Dapper-style icon, but that hasn’t always been the case. As one thing, who can forget when they went everywhere in clothes?

David and Victoria Beckham at the 2003 MTV Movie Awards in Los Angeles. Credit: Jon Kopaloff / FilmMagic / Getty Images

At the turn of the millennium, you couldn’t open a newspaper in Britain without seeing Posh and Becks ’coordinated colored approach to what we know today as #couplegoals.

At the screening of the cult film “Withnail and I” in 2001, they opted for a brown head-to-toe color, with David in a reckless jacket in a matrix-style jacket.

David and Victoria Beckham at the London screening of

David and Victoria Beckham at the London screening of “Withnail & I” in 2001. Credit: Justin Goff / UK Press / Getty Images

Two years later, at the MTV Movie Awards, they were looking for subtle white ensembles, embedded in a gem (later immortalized by Madam Tussauds). Then there was a married couple in 1999 where they got married in cream before changing into purple to cut a cake with an unnecessarily large sword.

But just a few weeks earlier, an even more iconic coordinated fashion moment followed.

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It was the height of Beckham-mania when at the Paris Versace party in London, the superdrive came out in skin from head to toe. Victoria was about to start recording the Spice Girls ’third album, and David had just helped Manchester United claim the English and European Championships. Their first son, Brooklyn, has just been born, and the couple recently bought a cozy family palace that the media called “Beckingham Palace”.

“What were we thinking?” said David Beckham as he looked back at some of his outfits with his wife. (Justin Goff / UK Press / Getty Images) Credit: Justin Goff / UK Press / Getty Images

Nodding to tonight’s host, Versace adjusted his clothes. The jacket and pants combined, shiny enough to reflect the paparazzi’s flashes, and firmer than might be expected in the baggy 90s – they stole the light and spilled it on the papers the next day.

It is often overlooked that the clothes were savagely inappropriate for the seasons. It was finally mid-June (although British summers are often so mild that you can wear all your skin without so much sweat damage). Perhaps this explains why both David and Victoria decided to lower the zippers from the attached collars, leaving the tiniest flashes of skin peeking through what effectively become cleavage from the locks.

Yet for such a daring look, he was almost completely devoid of attitude. They looked like a pair of pleasant cyclists stopping at an English country pub for orange juice. Back then, blonde David – who finished the suit with a pair of flat-soled shoes – didn’t seem at all convinced by the idea to start.

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That night a certain audacity appeared in his eyes, as if he knew that one day he would regret the decision. And indeed, he succeeded.

“Wow we really did it,” he wrote further Instagram, posting an iconic image to mark the wedding anniversary in 2017. He wrote in H&M magazine shortly thereafter: “They were Versace. But that’s one when I look back and think, ‘What were we thinking?’ We laugh about it. I remember it’s really good until you do it as a couple. “

Victoria, however, is less willing to dismiss the past. “I never look back and I don’t resent anything,” Grazia told 2018.

And why would she? For one, as an esteemed owner – though consistently unprofitable – a fashion brand, Posh now has enough reputation as a designer to avoid questions about previous wardrobe choices.

But perhaps more importantly: the clothes did exactly what they were supposed to.

Britain’s obsession with Beckham’s fashion may have been partly fueled by tabloid swearing at the idea of ​​nouveau enriching extravagance, but publicity served their purpose. Even the most reliable clothing has contributed to one of the most successful brand-building exercises in modern entertainment.

The coordinated style helped the couple transform from the unique Victoria Adams and David Beckham, into the “Posh and Becks” collective, a nickname so expanded that added in Collins’ concise dictionary of the English language. Their ability to create a unique identity far surpassed that of predecessors like Hugh Grant and Liz Hurley, while they laid the groundwork for upcoming superpairs (and unlike Bennifer, TomKat, and Brangeline, their relationship also went a long way).
The Beckhams were photographed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle in 2018.

The Beckhams were photographed at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle at Windsor Castle in 2018. Credit: Max Mumby / Indigo / Getty Images

These days the Beckhams are using a far more refined approach to twinning. Their collective style evolved from copying to complementing. Bring the retrieval navy they wore to Buckingham Palace in 2017 or dresses with white ties they wore on With Gala, where on the biggest stage high fashion did not look independent.
And sure, the skin was bad, but at least it wasn’t Britney and Justin all-denim bad.
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