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Kate: 選 Am a Woman Now’

Her Topshop line will finally hit New York this spring. Just to get it out of the way, she’s not pregnant. She does, rather suddenly, have curves, which she enjoys. But here様et her tell you.


Photographs by Bert Stern

Model is not really enough of a word to describe Kate Moss. Even supermodel is similarly wrong, in spite of the fact that she is one of the few with legitimate claim to the title. When it comes to cool, Kate Moss is simply on a different plane than everyone else.

In a world of models on juice fasts and yoga retreats taking bit parts in movies because 途eally the plan was always to act, Kate Moss is a fantastic bit of sex and rock and roll. She doesn’t bore us with talk of green tea or locavore cuisine; instead, she dates grungy-hot rock stars様ike Pete Doherty, admitted heroin addict and bona fide rock god預nd then appears on the Internet dancing around topless to their songs. She’s something from another era, when there was no question that celebrities’ lives were nothing at all like our own: They were far, far more fun.

She is, of course, very pretty. But it’s more than that. She has an innate understanding of how to wear clothes謡earing clothes is what a model does, but Kate Moss can whip up a global frenzy with a single walk down her North London block. It doesn’t have to be high fashion or expensive fashion: Quite often, it’s the opposite, as she makes the mundane look so magnificent. When Kate wore Hunter-brand Wellington boots in the mud at the Glastonbury Festival, the shoe of the year was suddenly a dumpy rubber clomper previously preferred by ruddy Englishmen out for a hunt.

Enter Topshop, the most fashion-y of London’s so-called High Street chain stores, which translates in American to 堵reat big thumping shops on Lower Broadway or on the middle of Fifth where trendy, well-designed clothes cost relatively little money and all the salespeople are weirdly cute.

Sir Philip Green, who is Topshop’s top dog (as well as one of Britain’s richest men), bid 」60,000 at a charity auction in 2006 for a kiss with Kate Moss. The happily married mogul won the prize揺e quickly turned his smooching rights over to hot socialite Jemima Khan傭ut most important, he met Kate Moss and a collaboration was born. They’re both from Croydon in South London and speak in a dialect where th is sometimes pronounced like an f (so: Sarf London). He’s a born Daddy Warbucks, expansive in every sense of the word. They make each other laugh: She calls him Uncle Phil, and he plays the overindulgent benefactor, quick with a gift and a deeply affectionate roll of the eyes.

The first Kate Moss for Topshop collection sold out on the spot. And why wouldn’t it? The clothes all looked as if they had been plucked from Moss’s own wardrobe: sweet, nostalgic riffs on Moss’s legendary flea-market finds, all of it with the charming magpie, Ibizan bohemian aesthetic that Moss works ever so well. It was inevitable that such a phenom would, eventually, land in New York, and now, after delays and false starts, it arrives in Soho on April 2.

Moss and Green sat down to explain it all in Green’s swank London office.

Kate: I’m not a designer. I’ve never been to school or been trained. I can’t draw a dress, really. But I know what I like.

Philip: It’s not easy. Before Kate, there wasn’t anybody we’ve ever wanted to work with. I mean, when you look at what Kate’s done over 25 years ...

K: Twenty-five? I’m not that old!

P: If you look at what Kate’s done over those twenty years, 25 Vogue covers?

K: Twenty-seven. That’s British Vogue. My agent told me the other day. The next one is less than half that.

P: I think from Kate’s point of view, becoming a designer was a natural progression. Kate was at a particular moment

K: I love clothes. I know how clothes should fit and feel. When I would go to shoots, stylists would say to me, 添ou really should do something. You should take it another step. But it never felt right until I met Philip and the whole atmosphere of Topshop.

P: This wasn’t something we needed to do, either of us. We didn’t need to make money that week, that month. Make Kate a part of our family. The types of things Kate had to learn about葉hese things take time.

K: I’ve never done it before. Now I know what is possible and what we can do, which is a lot. It’s really just making things that I want: the little sundresses that I always wanted, the little bus-stop dresses that I always cut too short and now I can’t wear anymore. Now I make them a couple of inches longer. Even before I started modeling, I was cutting up flares and making miniskirts. When I started modeling, I used to just go to jumble sales and have bags and bags of clothes and then the stylists would use them on shoots. Harper’s Bazaar asked me to edit the magazine the whole magazine!預s a fashion editor. I went into the office and, oh my goodness, there was no way. It wasn’t right.

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