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Kate Moss still got it at 40 Legendary Schiaparelli makes comeback

LONDON, Jan 14, (AFP): It’s been 26 years since the skinny girl from south London was spotted at JFK airport but Kate Moss, who celebrates her 40th birthday on Thursday, is still on top of her game.
The British supermodel greeted the landmark birthday in typically rocking style by posing as a bunny girl for Playboy magazine in black stilettos and rabbit ears.
She riled a few feminists but it was hard to deny that while the years may be rushing by, she’s still got it.
Moss has recently fronted campaigns by Versace and Rimmel and although catwalk appearances are now rare, barely a month goes by where her image is not on the front pages.
The Londoner is the fourth highest-paid model in the world, according to Forbes, earning $5.7 million, (4.2 million euros) between June 2012 and June 2013.
Behind the cameras, Moss has a busy few months coming up as she makes her debut as contributing fashion editor at British Vogue, and in April launches an eagerly anticipated new collaboration with high-street fashion powerhouse Topshop.

Moss is everywhere, but her reticence to speak to the media means she remains something of a mystery — the result of a strategy recommended by ex-boyfriend Johnny Depp.
“He told me ‘never complain, never explain’,” she wrote in her 2012 book, “Kate: The Kate Moss Book”.
“That’s why I don’t use Twitter and things like that. I don’t want people to know what is true all the time and that’s what keeps the mystery.”
This unknown element has only fuelled the curiosity, along with the rock’n’roll lifestyle — Moss used to date tortured Libertines frontman Pete Doherty, and is currently married to Jamie Hince, guitarist for The Kills.
She is rumoured to be planning an epic birthday party on Necker Island, tycoon Richard Branson’s private retreat in the Caribbean — possibly with a Playboy theme.
“Kate has always represented a rock ‘n’ roll attitude. From the movie star boyfriends to the wardrobe filled with vintage finds, Kate is simply cool,” said Katherine Ormerod, senior fashion news and features editor at Grazia magazine.
The glossy has dedicated 17 pages to Moss’ 40th birthday, and Ormerod says her readers have always identified with her fun-loving side.
“Her legendary parties and glamorous costumes make her more than just another model,” she told AFP.
“Plus Kate’s style — which has remained constant with a host of signatures, rather than following every single trend — is inimitable.” Moss’s birthday has been marked by a London exhibition of pictures taken from photographs throughout her career, and a biopic on French television, “Looking for Kate”.

Moss is not just a clothes horse but also a muse, inspiring the painter Lucian Freud, sculptor Marc Quinn and designer John Galliano, who she famously supported through his fall-out with Dior.
The daughter of a barmaid and a travel agent from Croydon, a famously drab suburb of south London, Moss has always lived on the edge of scandal.
Early in her career, after she was spotted aged 14 at New York’s JFK airport, the pale faced young model became the face of 1990s “heroin chic”, a fashion trend blamed for glamorising drugs and anorexia.
Moss was accused again of being a bad role model in 2009 when she quipped that “nothing feels as good as skinny feels”.
In 2005, she lost several major contracts after a video emerged apparently showing Moss taking cocaine, although she soon won them back.
Every few years, a model comes along who is touted as the new Kate Moss, currently Cara Delevingne.
“But there will never be a new Kate, in the same way there will never be another Coco Chanel or Marilyn Monroe — she’s a one-off,” says Ormerod.
At least, perhaps, until Moss’ 11-year-old daughter Lila Grace or another member of her family comes of age — her half-sister Lottie, 16, recently signed up to the same modelling agency, Storm.

More than 40 years after the death of its founder, Italy’s legendary Schiaparelli house makes its eagerly-awaited comeback at Paris fashion week, which kicks off Wednesday.
Elsa Schiaparelli, who died in 1973, was among fashion’s most prominent figures between the two world wars and became Coco Chanel’s biggest rival.
A close friend of Salvador Dali, who famously painted the lobster on her 1937 Lobster Dress, she created many surrealist fashion pieces such as the shoe hat, but her label closed down in 1954.
In 2007, Diego Della Valle, head of Italian leather goods company Tod’s, bought the house but it was not until last autumn that a creative director was appointed — Italian designer Marco Zanini.
As such, the Schiaparelli show on Jan 20 is the most eagerly-awaited event of Paris fashion week.
Will Zanini reserve pride-of-place to Elsa Schiaparelli’s signature shocking pink? Will her eccentric hats, lobster or skeleton dresses be part of the mix?
In July, Schiaparelli had already been given a hero’s welcome by Christian Lacroix, who celebrated the comeback in Paris with a special collection reinterpreting many of the late designer’s influences from fairgrounds and circuses to military uniforms and saris.
In one circus-inspired piece, a pleated symmetric bustier and oversized skirt were teamed with an embroidered clown’s hat.

The dress required 40 metres (130 feet) of silk and 350 hours’ work.
While Schiaparelli’s comeback is expected to be the highlight of the fashion week, other events are also highly anticipated.
Hussein Chalayan, the British designer of Cypriot origin, will showcase his collection for Vionnet, the fashion house created in 1912 by Madeleine Vionnet.
And French designer Bouchra Jarrar will also be a highlight. After 20 years working for Balenciaga and Christian Lacroix, she founded her own house in January 2010 and has just been awarded the “haute couture” appellation.
Haute couture exists only in Paris, where it is a legally protected appellation subject to strict criteria such as the amount of work carried out by hand, the limited number of pieces and the size of a house’s workforce.

Altogether, 15 French houses — including Dior and Chanel — have the appellation, and six foreign labels will also put on shows as will 10 guests including Britain’s Ralph & Russo and Belgian designer Serkan Cura.
These houses all employ artisans such as embroiderers or plumassiers — who work with ornamental feathers — to make jaw-dropping dresses for stars who borrow them for the red carpets or for the richest women in the world, who buy them.
Didier Grumbach, head of the French Couture Federation, said the sector had changed but was doing well.
“Today, people don’t only wear couture. A woman will wear pret-a-porter and for a special occasion, will wear couture,” he said.
“But there are more and more rich women in the world, so there are more clients than at the time of Saint Laurent.”
The haute couture section of fashion week kicks off on Sunday, and prior to that, menswear will be showcased for five days, amid more and more interest.

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