EVERYONE tells their parents that they are uncool, but David Beckham‘s children just don’t practice what they preach. Eldest son Brooklyn may say he’s embarrassed by his dad, but his wardrobe says something else entirely.
“With Brooklyn I keep having to remind him that I’m one of the cooler dads,” Beckham said today. “For his birthday I got him some of the Kanye shoes, so I was in his cool books for about five hours. He steals something from my wardrobe every single day. I had a pair of Saint Laurent leather trousers that I had never worn, and Brooklyn found them and wore them and is still wearing them. Those trousers were my trousers and they’re definitely not any more.
But Brooklyn needn’t feel singled out for criticism, his little sister – it seems – is no better.
“The second that Harper walks into the house she’ll put on her ballerina outfit and a pair of Victoria’s heels,” Beckham laughed, “but she’ll also put the boys’ football boots on, so she’s got both dimensions. It’s important that children have their own ideas on style and individuality. They’re all different – Romeo is different in so many ways, and Brooklyn and Cruz too. Harper has been recognised for what she wears but she likes it – she’s a funny little thing.”
In town to launch his new Gold Instinct fragrance, celebrating 10 years of his fragrance partnership with Coty – Beckham was in a jovial and relaxed mood, highlighting his comfort within the long-term partnership. The former footballer has sold more than 10 million bottles of fragrance with Coty over the last decade, making his the third most popular in the company’s UK portfolio after fragrance behemoths Calvin Klein and Marc Jacobs – so, what has he learned?
“I’ve definitely learned a lot in 10 years creating fragrances, but really I haven’t had to,” he added. “When I go into a project I like to know everything about it before I do anything at all, but with Coty you’re with this room full of experts who know every smell and every note. To sit with these guys – to learn what works with some things and not with others – that has been the nicest part of this process.”