Victoria Beckham sees the positive side of everything.

Victoria Beckham

Victoria Beckham

The 42-year-old designer - who has sons Brooklyn, 18, Romeo, 14, and 12-year-old Cruz, and five-year-old daughter Harper with husband David Beckham - admits it takes a lot to offend her but she was thankful she wasn't met with particularly harsh criticism when she launched her first fashion collection in 2008.

The former Spice Girls star said of the reviews: "I've got a pretty thick skin. It could have been worse. They could have said, 'We thought it was going to be rubbish, and it is.'

"Instead, they thought it was really good, and I look at that as a positive. I look at everything as a positive, to be honest with you."

And Victoria wasn't convinced she'd truly made it as a fashion designer until a chance encounter with former Gucci creative director Tom Ford on a plane, when he recognised her for her creative work, rather than her music career.

She told the new issue of America's InStyle magazine: "I'm really proud of what I achieved with the Spice Girls, but I'm also proud of everything I have done with my brand.

"So that meant a lot to me, you know? That's Tom Ford saying, 'We look at you as a credible designer,' which was very cool."

Despite her family's high profile, Victoria insists she and her spouse go to surprising lengths to avoid attracting attention, but she accepts it can't always be avoided.

She said: "I think people would really be surprised at how we try to avoid too much attention. But there are certain places where you cannot avoid being photographed. It is what it is. I've had this since I was 18 years old."