Tough time at New York Fashion Week? Victoria Beckham steps out to an event in the Big Apple with gaunt, dark features

By Georgina Littlejohn, Andrea Magrath and Marcus Barnes

Worn out? Victoria Beckham looked tired and gaunt at the launch of Britain's GREAT campaign at Grand Central Shuttle Station in New York

She's a busy woman, so of course Victoria Beckham will have moments when she's a little worn out.

And today was one of those days where everything seemed to have caught up with her.

The fashion designer, 37, appeared gaunt with dark rings around her eyes heavily covered in foundation, at the launch of Britain's GREAT campaign at Grand Central Shuttle Station in New York.

Taking on too much? The fashion designer looked tired at the event which was organised to promote the UK overseas

She looked bleary-eyed and worn out, no doubt the rigours of juggling playing mother to new daughter Harper and staying on top of business having an adverse effect on her appearance.

Victoria wore a black dress that washed her out and enhanced her pale appearance.

Throughout the week she has been seen at various meetings and, of course, her own catwalk show.

But perhaps she has taken too much on and needs a break.

Another day, another outing: Victoria with Hamish Bowles and Anna Wintour

Victoria joined Hamish Bowles and Anna Wintour for the launch which was organised to promote the UK overseas.

Earlier this week the designer was snapped out in New York last night in one of her creations as she headed for dinner.

The long-sleeved black shift dress looked lovely on her slender frame as was decorated with scores of tiny little dress prints all over it.

Behind the celebrity shades: Victoria relied on foundation to cover dark circles

Motherhood taking its toll: Victoria juggles three sons and daughter Harper

And before she headed out, she took to her Twitter page to debut the new print before stepping out and parading the pattern on the streets of Manhattan.

Despite the chilly weather, Victoria, 37, went bare-legged and teamed the dress with her trademark towering Christian Louboutin platform heels.

And although it was dark, she kept her large sunglasses firmly in place on her nose.

You're the best advertisement! Victoria Beckham steps out for dinner in New York last night in one of her own designs from her new collection

She is a big fan of prints, and a dress from one of her collections launched last year featured a cat print.

And speaking to the Guardian this week, she said it was essential this this new dresses are print-matched and said 'If you don't match up the patterns, you use 50% less fabric and that makes a huge impact on the bottom line.

Tiny steps: Victoria teamed the dress with her trademark towering Louboutin heels as she tottered into the restaurant

'I don't want my customer walking around with an upside-down cat's arse on the front of a dress.'

Victoria is in the city for its Fashion Week and has already debuted her autumn/winter 2012-13 collection which went down a storm among the fashionistas of the world.

The line, called Victoria, Victoria Beckham, is more affordable than her previous collections.

She said she was looking forward to wearing some of the outfits and speaking about a 3/4 length sleeve short dress, she said: 'I love this dress, it's a perfect weight for an English spring, I can't wait to wear it and solve any mid-season problems.

She added to Stylist magazine that she was also a fan of her pink and black scalloped dress, and said: 'This dress is so girly! I'd wear it with a high black shoe and a chain shoulder bag just to give it my own twist. But I think it would equally great with flats.'

Victoria has been making the most of not just the shopping in New York but also the chance to wear a variety of chic outfits.

But she has also been embracing other designers and a couple of days ago was snapped stopping by the Prada and Miu Miu stores in New York today with her entourage.

Shopping spree: Victoria Beckham was pictured at the Prada and Miu Miu stores in New York today with her entourage

The mother-of-four looked stylish as ever in a grey checked dress, maroon cardigan belted at the waist, and held a matching crocodile bag from her accessories line.

As always, Mrs Beckham was towering in a pair of sky-high platform heels, and hiding behind her oversize sunglasses.

Inside the Miu Miu boutique, the designer was pictured chatting animatedly next to a display of colourful boots.

Time to relax: After her own collection's success this week, the designer was free to enjoy other label's designs

All about the boots: Victoria was seen chatting inside the store as she browsed

Meanwhile, her husband David is back in Los Angeles, after he flew out to support Victoria's runway show in New York.

The footballer sat front row at the showcase, chatting with Vogue fashion editor Anna Wintour and snapping pictures for the family album.

Victoria spoke about her daughter and husband's support as she debuted her autumn/winter 2012-13 collection.

Heading home: Her husband David was pictured arriving back at LAX this week

'Oh, she is such a daddy's girl,' she told

'Harper comes to work with me. Last season she was here when we launched Victoria, Victoria Beckham.

'But this is David's first show. I think he has only just realised how hard I work. That it's not just a hobby.'

Supportive: David had flown to New York to cheer Victoria on at her runway show

VIDEO: Fall 2012 Victoria Beckham collection in New York