According to Vogue:"Victoria Beckham was said to be distraught this weekend after up to 75 dresses from her spring/summer 2010 collection were stolen as they were on route to US department store Neiman Marcus in an attack on a delivery van. The dresses, said to be worth up to £350,000, were taken at knife-point from the driver after their collection from 19 Entertainment's head offices in west London on Thursday. The driver was not seriously hurt but was left bruised and shaken following the attack."
There are already conflicting stories on the mechanics of the robbery. One source said the driver was held at gun point. The other said he was knocked to the ground as the robbers burst from inside the van. Closed circuit cameras caught the heist but sadly the footage was out of focus and was ultimately useless. I'd be shaken too after a close encounter with the ultimate fashion desperados. My guess is that van driver will be even more frightened when the robbers find out that their haul is basically worthless. Maybe this is all a publicity stunt to get attention for a collection that I said earlier was more likely to grow hair than sell at 80% off.
The three images of Posh dashing with Hermes bags were the shots taken as she tried to decide what to wear to the crime scene. Personally, I thought the first was the most compelling......
"This operation was meticulously planned. The thieves must feel they can make a fortune selling the collection on the black market," a source told the Daily Mail. "Victoria was informed straight away about the incident and was shocked and deeply saddened, although her first priority was the well-being of the driver." That's a comfort knowing that Victoria's first priority was the van driver's well-being. Some PR statements have the most patently false ring to them......
"Beckham's spokesperson said it was hoped the spring/summer 2010 collection could be remade in time for delivery to Neiman Marcus before its launch and confirmed police were investigating the incident."
With the retail business as rough as it is , this is a horrible mess for any company/collection. It's so tough to do business, less so if you have a celebrity tag stapled to the frocks, but still very competitive. Just when you get a major break and have one of the premier department stores as your platform and then lose your collection is rotten luck. I would guess the clothes will be remade in a flash. I saw the collection and it was one that could easily be remade in a matter of days. There was little artistry or complexity to it. There were a core of about 6-8 shapes that were repeated over and over and over again. Victoria should rest easy and focus on the insurance claim that will surely net her more than she would have gotten had the clothes hit the racks this week. This way maybe it will be a benefit to her backers and to herself.
In situations like these , we all need to remember that God has neither a favorite Press Secretary, Golf Champion or Celebrity Fashion Designer.
These machine gun packin' babes are the prime suspects at this moment. Don't move from your monitors. This STORY IS HOT.