Queen’s New Year Honours 2017: Victoria Beckham and Anna Wintour

Victoria Beckham OBE

Victoria Beckham OBE and Anna Wintour DBE


There’s a lovely nod to the fashion industry in this years Queen’s New Year Honour’s List. To kick start the New Year, Conde Nast’s Anna Wintour will receive the honour of becoming a dame (or the full title of Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire-DBE) for her services to fashion and journalism, while Victoria Beckham will receive an OBE (Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire) for her services to fashion.

Kisses on New Years Day x VB

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It’s been an interesting fashion journey for Beckham, starting with her iconic role in the UK girl band The Spice Girls, to overcoming fashion snobbery and skepticism to create her namesake line in 2008. Her label is now showcased each season at New York Fashion Week, and in 2014 she opened her Dover Street Market store in London. This year her luxury business has branched out into beauty and fast fashion, thanks to a collaboration with Estee Lauder on a make up capsule collection and a new deal for a Target collaboration that will be released this spring. Now, she will become Victoria Beckham OBE.

Anna Wintour’s honour comes at a great time too, the current editor-in-chief of American Vogue and artistic director of Condé Nast, has edited the US edition of Vogue since 1987, and previously received the honour of OBE back in 2008.

The statement from The Foreign Office states: “Anna Wintour is recognized for her enormous and long standing contributions to the fashion industry and journalism. She has been a tireless advocate for established and emerging designers; in the U.K. alone, she has promoted the careers of such talents as Sarah Burton, John Galliano, Christopher Bailey, Erdem Moralioglu, and Christopher Kane.”

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