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Victoria Beckham and Stella McCartney at WAR after Posh poaches long-term designer

STELLA McCartney and Victoria Beckham are locked in a secret battle over their fashion firms.

Designer Stella is said to be unhappy after top stylist Jane How quit to work more with Victoria.

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Stella McCartney and Victoria Beckham, pictured with husband David, are locked in a secret battle over their fashion firmsCredit: Getty
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Designer Stella is said to be unhappy after top stylist Jane How quit to work more with VictoriaCredit: Getty

She is understood to be the third person to make the switch.

And two years ago she was said to be furious because Victoria had hired a pal’s nanny.

The designers and their kids are close friends away from work but a source said: “To say there is some top-level professional rivalry is an understatement.

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“Both are hugely successful through sheer hard work and talent.

“They respect each other enormously. But in the workplace there is quite a bit of tension.

“Stella feels quite a few of the A-list names she used to dress have deserted her for Victoria.

"And everyone in her office is discussing the fact that Jane is no longer with Stella.

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“Jane is a brilliant stylist and technically still freelance so it’s not a case of ditching Stella for Victoria. But it is still a blow obviously."

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“Their rivalry is intense but exciting.

“They hate the unfeminist idea of women being pitched against one another... and prefer to see it as simply a bit of ‘healthy competition’.”

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