trend, she has launched hundreds of them.
So what are the looks that have most ingrained themselves into popular culture, the ones that will surely, one day, be immortalized in The Museum of Kate Moss Style?
One of Moss’ most important pioneering moves, the one that got us out of our dreadful bootcuts (how could we!), was to embrace skinny jeans. Another was her championing of leopard print. When nobody else deemed it cool, she wore it all the time. Do you remember, too, those Mary Jane shoes from Manolo Blahnik? I have an image of her in a vintage chemise (way before anyone was doing underwear as outerwear), a pair of Mary Janes on those beautiful brown legs, and a strand of Tiffany diamonds given to her by then-boyfriend Johnny Depp. It is so much the height of cool, it makes me swoon. (But calme-toi, Christa, calme toi. She is only flesh and blood.)
The boho-chic look, that was all her doing, too: those Vivienne
Westwood Pirate boots that are still a sell-out; those low-slung belts, gilets and tunic tops. Ditto vintage clothing – yes, of course it had been done before, but it was the irreverence with which she paired it with designer labels, the way she made ‘found’ such a covetable notion, that almost single-handedly gave birth to a whole industry. Do you recall the blue paillette gown she wore to her 30th birthday party? That vintage dress – worn by Britt Ekland to the premiere of The Man with the Golden Gun in 1973 – teamed with blue eyeshadow and ringleted hair sparked a whole Biba trend. Or the image of her at Glastonbury, in the Pete Doherty days, in a ‘found’ gold Lurex tunic and muddy Hunter wellies? How many thousands of festival looks has that spawned?
“It is her seeming ARTLESSNESS that makes her such a unique STYLE authority”
It is her seeming artlessness, her refusal to kowtow to any rules that makes Moss a unique style authority. Remember when she cut her hair into an Edie Sedgwick crop? And how she popularized the oversized ‘Honey Monster’ coat, which has become a fixture for evening? High-waisted flares, a heavy fringe, lingerie as daywear: we owe all these looks to her.
But as much as Moss likes playing dress-up, she is also the queen of pared down. One of my favorite outfits of hers is a simple gray Narciso Rodriguez for Cerruti shift she wore on the 1997 Cannes Film Festival red carpet on the arm of Depp – borrowed at the end of a campaign she’d been shooting that day, worn with a slick of red lipstick, an Antibes tan and diamond earrings.
Our Kate. There ought to be a degree course on what makes her so appealing. Part girl-next-door, part sex goddess, part who-gives-a-toss: she effortlessly ticks all the boxes and then some. Beauty is one thing, but panache of that caliber is another.
Team a low-slung belt over a tunic for easy daywear.
The supermodel chooses love-worn denim for summer.
Finish with a slate gray bucket bag and statement boots.