David Beckham was named Most Stylish Man at the annual German GQ Men of the Year Awards last night.
The retired soccer pro looked dapper in a black suit as he accepted the fashionable honor at a ceremony in Berlin, Germany, where he was praised for his ever-evolving style. Jose Redondo Vega, editor of GQ Germany, told the crowd, "Like no other athlete, David Beckham represents style and fashion influence. With his trendsetting and sometimes daring appearances he has created a bridge between the world of design, models, and photographers, and the world of world class sports, and brought glamour back to a male sport."
The 38-year-old hunk picked up his accolade just two days after his wife Victoria Beckham, 39, scooped the Special Contribution to British Fashion award at the annual Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards in London. The esteemed fashion designer was joined on the red carpet by her and David's eldest son, Brooklyn, 14.
David and Victoria - who also have sons Romeo, 11, Cruz, eight, and two-year-old daughter Harper - are known for their impeccable fashion taste. While Victoria has won acclaim for her eponymous fashion label, David has his own best-selling bodywear line for H&M.
David Beckham loves "dressing up" his daughter.
The 38-year-old soccer star - who recently announced his plans to retire from the sport - is smitten with his and wife Victoria's 22-month-old girl Harper and loves nothing more than treating her to a cute new outfit which makes her stand out from other celeb tots.
"Victoria has always dressed Harper beautifully, but lately it's been David who's taken the reins. David tends to pick her bright clothes, whereas Victoria is a fan of a more conservative, neutral palette. He adores doting on her and dressing her up," a source said. David - who also has sons Cruz, eight, Romeo, 10, and 14-year-old Brooklyn with the fashion designer - is so dedicated to styling his only daughter in fashionable pieces that he has a selection of clothes for her in his room at Le Bristol hotel in France, where he stays during his training with French team Paris Saint-German.
"He's always trying to pick up cool things for her to wear," the insider added.
Victoria and David Beckham are reportedly planning to move to New York City.
The couple are currently settled in Los Angeles with their children - Brooklyn, 13, Romeo, 10, seven-year-old Cruz, and 15-month-old daughter Harper - but are considering relocating to the Big Apple so Victoria can concentrate on her fashion line.
"Everything is up for discussion at the moment. David may well choose to stay at his team LA Galaxy, or he may leave and retire from football. There are big conversations to be had. Victoria is keen to move to New York to set up her business there and open her first store. She looked at a school while she was there. There are also business opportunities for David, too," a source told Grazia.
Victoria and David are also considering a move to London, but worry that uprooting their children across the Atlantic might be too dramatic and would spell the end of David's soccer career.
+ T: The New York Times Style Magazine published an interview with Emma Watson, who discusses how she used fashion to distinguish herself from her Harry Potter alter ego, Hermione. The profile is paired with images of Emma in some androgynous Ralph Lauren looks as well as one where she channels Twiggy.
+ Lana Del Rey's line for H&M isn't out yet, but the retail giant has unleashed photos of the singer in the clothes to get us talking about it.
+ Speaking of H&M, the folks behind the Swedish company's marketing team have done the ladies all the great service of erecting several statues of David Beckham at their stores across the country. Best yet, he's in his underwear!
+ In a personal and intimate photoshoot, Orlando Bloom photographs his wife Miranda Kerr for T: The New York Times Style Magazine. In addition to just being downright cute for doing this together, Bloom's photos aren't that bad for someone who has spent what seems to be more time in front of the camera.
Muhammad Ali is the new face of Louis Vuitton's latest Core Values campaign.
The boxing legend appears alongside his grandson at his Arizona home in the campaign, which was shot by Annie Leibovitz and will appear in the international press starting Friday.
"Muhammad Ali is the epitome of an outstanding personality - a true living legend in boxing and far beyond. We are honored that he agreed to be photographed for the Core Values campaign, and delighted with the way this beautiful portrait of the champion and his grandson captures the idea of transmission, which is of great significance to Louis Vuitton," said Louis Vuitton CEO and chairman Yves Carcelle.
"Some stars show you the way. Muhammad Ali and a rising star. Phoenix, Arizona," reads the campaign's tagline.
David Beckham is "honored" to be the first male cover star of Elle magazine.The soccer ace - who is married to singer-turned designer Victoria Beckham - will be the first solo man to be on the face of the July issue of the prestigious British publication, which is dedicated to the London Olympic Games.
"Elle is a prestigious magazine with international recognition. I'm honored to be asked to be the first ever solo male fashion cover," he said.
Men have been featured on the front page of Elle previously but only in the company of a woman - Liam Gallagher once appeared with his wife Nicole Appleton in the January 2001 edition, and Kate Moss posed with Paul Weller in February 1997.
"David Beckham is a national hero, so we saw an opportunity to shoot a celebratory cover to support an historical and patriotic year. He is an icon and Elle is known for featuring icons on its cover. This is a first for us on the newsstand and I believe he is loved by men and women alike. Anyway, who doesn't want to see a picture of one of the world's most handsome men on the front cover of a magazine? It will be a collector's issue," said editor-in-chief Lorraine Candy, commenting on the development.
Stella McCartney was nervous about designing for men for Team GB's Olympics kit.
Stella has been tasked with creating the Adidas sportswear for the British team for the London 2012 Olympics and the womenswear designer admitted she worried about how to create a strong, masculine look for the male athletes.
"It's the first time I've really designed for men and I've been really cautious of keeping them feeling masculine; feeling strong; feeling like they're really representing the nation."
Stella was also determined to make sure the female athletes didn't feel left out and she wanted to incorporate "feminine elements" into the kit: "In the history of these events, it's all been very masculine and the girls have been slightly overlooked in the design process. They get the exact same strip as the guys and it's been important to me to bring in the feminine elements. This is not about me. This is about the athletes and Team GB. I didn't want to put a big fashion statement on it."
Stella McCartney changed the colors of the Union Jack for Team Great Britain's Olympics kit to ensure the athletes feel "identifiable."
The fashion designer wanted to respect the symbol's "beauty" while using it as the main focus on the Adidas sportswear for the London 2012 Olympics, but she amended the color scheme to avoid making the sign feel "overused" in the lead up to the spectacle: "I was also aware of the fact that it's something that might be overused in the build-up to the Olympics, in taxis, on cushions and mugs, so I wanted to do something different with it - but that was still respectful of its beauty. Actually, the colors of the Union Jack are similar to a lot of other flags and the athletes really wanted to feel identifiable as Team GB, so I just used different colors to say the same thing."
David Beckham still cringes about the time he and wife Victoria wore matching leather outfits.
The couple - who have been married 13 years - donned his and hers black Versace biker suits for one of the fashion house's parties in 1999.
Looking back on some of his style choices, David, 36, admits it was a low point: "Me and Victoria wore matching black leather outfits once. They were Versace. But that's one when I look back and am like, 'What were we thinking?' We laugh about that one. I remember that it's really good until you do it as a couple."
The father-of-four has never been shy of making a statement, having even once worn a sarong for a night out. "I look back on some stuff and think I can't believe I actually wore that. I have no regrets, though - I knew at the time it was good."
But he insists his choices have nothing to do with his 37-year-old fashion designer wife. "I was [once] a pageboy and had a choice between wearing some boring old suit or a pair of knickerbockers with ballerina tights and slippers. So I went with the tights. It's not that I always wanted to be different, but I knew what I liked."
David Beckham is taking a design cue from his wife Victoria -- sort of. Beckham is set to launch a line of... long johns!
The soccer heartthrob - who signed a deal to create his own collection of underwear earlier this year after starring in an advertising campaign for Emporio Armani men's briefs - wants to give the old fashioned items a makeover when he launches the range in February 2012.
"I sometimes wear them to go to sleep. They're very cool."
David - who is currently playing for Los Angeles Galaxy - is reportedly being backed in his plans by his manager Simon Fuller and fashion designer Stella McCartney's husband Alasdhair Willis.
He also wants Victoria to be heavily involved in the project: "The underwear is totally my design, things that I like to wear."
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