Miss Moss

As promised, a super, bumper Kate Moss post. Courtesy of the Sunday Times, where I’ve nabbed this interview from:


How do you get ready to go out in the evening?
I get my girlfriends round, put some music on and have a drink to get in the mood.

What is your fail-safe party item?
A little black dress, of course. If I’m going dancing, then I wear the highest heels with the shortest dress.

Can you describe your perfect night out?
My favourite nights out are nights with lots of friends. I also love going to gigs. At the moment I enjoy going to Punk on a Thursday with Queens of Noize, they always play a great eclectic mix. I’ve always had great – probably my most memorable – nights out and some brilliant parties on my birthday, particularly my 30th. I later found out that the dress I wore that night was owned by Britt Ekland, and she wore it to the premiere of The Man with the Golden Gun. I love it so much, I used it to inspire a dress in my Topshop Christmas collection. It is intricately covered in midnight-blue sequins, so we have only produced 10 of the full-length version. There is also a shorter mini version, which will be more readily available. It’s perfect for Christmas parties, and looks best when worn with casual, rocky hair and ankle boots. Another one of my all-time favourite birthdays was spent with some of my closest friends at a Rolling Stones gig, which, as always, was amazing, and something I’ll never forget.

What does a girl need in her handbag for a night out?
Black eyeliner, keys and money.

What’s your favourite drink right now?
Vodka tonic.

What do you like to dance to?
Rock’n’roll and happy house.

Who do you like to dance with?
My girlfriends and men that can dance!

What perfume for a night out?
Kate Moss Velvet Hour. My first perfume was Anaïs Anaïs, and the first perfume I ever loved was Chanel No 5.

When you first started going out, what was your look?
High-top trainers and a black leather goose jacket with a fur collar.

Where do you get your ideas from for your designs?
Through work, I have travelled the world, and on the way I’ve built up the biggest collection of vintage and secondhand pieces. They are often love-worn, each with its own story. Retro styles and vintage clothing inspire so much of what I wear. I found a similar dress to the panther one in a New York flea market when I was 17, and I’ve kept it ever since. I chopped off the bottom and used it as inspiration for this version.

What’s the oldest item of clothing you own?
When I was 14, I modelled for John Galliano, and he gave me clothes as payment. I still have his bias-cut slip dresses.

What do you most want to pass on to your daughter?
All my couture dresses, especially my sequin “shampoo” dress that Johnny Depp had made for my 21st birthday. [It was a red satin dress. Johnny told her they were going out for dinner, and just as they were walking out the door, he grabbed a pair of scissors and lopped the bottom off, making it considerably shorter. He then took Kate to his club, the Viper Room in LA, drew back a curtain and revealed all of her friends who he had flown in especially for the party. John Galliano, Michael Hutchence, Christy Turlington and Helena Christensen were just some of the people there, and Gloria Gaynor sang Happy Birthday].

Over-the-knee boots and miniskirts – how young do you have to be to get away with this?
For a girl in her teens, twenties and thirties, it’s fine. Someone in their forties could wear boots and minis with thick black tights in the evening. Just remember that, ultimately, dressing is always about attitude, feeling comfortable and confidence.

What’s the most successful dress you’ve designed so far?
My print dresses are always a huge success, and the red pansy-print one from this year’s spring collection was the best ever. The neckline suits all body shapes and the colour was great for summer. It was perfect for day with sandals, but worked just as well at night with tights and a heel. [Kate sold 6,500 pansy dresses at £60 each.]

Is there a perfect leather jacket?
Yes. It’s something you can throw on every day and looks better with age. I’ve just bought a Balenciaga leather biker jacket – it’s gorge!

Talk us through the new long-sleeved minidress with the Bowie-esque black and gold pattern ..
It was inspired by a vintage find. It’s the sort of dress you could wear to a dinner party or a club – I wore it to the new Ivy club recently.

Tell us about jewellery. What would you wear on a night out?
I love antique diamonds.

What’s a good make-up look for a night out?
You need “impact” make-up. Smoky eyes are always, always a good look.

What advice can you give on how to wear clothes?
I don’t think of things as “outfits” – I throw together what I feel is right for the night.

Always make the best of your body type: if you have great legs, show them off with a short dress and heels or skinny jeans. If you’ve got a large bust, avoid high necklines. Learn what your best assets are and draw the focus away from the bits you’re not so keen on. Wear what suits you best, rather than following trends, and create your own style.

When it comes to dressing, I follow my feelings and just get dressed. For me, it’s not necessarily about trends or even interpreting catwalk looks.

That kind of intellectualising is something I never do. I go with a feeling or emotion and don’t necessarily plan, unless, perhaps, it’s a special occasion, or I’ve just bought something that I love and am desperate to wear (such as my new Balenciaga biker jacket).

At other times I get inspired by films, or I will have been looking through old record covers or books and certain looks have just stuck in my mind.
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Love her or hate her, you’ve gotta give it to Miss Moss, she’s one of a kind. I don’t think the interview revealed anything amazing or groundbreaking to be honest, but if it’s an interview with Kate, I gotta read it. What do you think of Kate?

* Source Vogue Ideas, Grazia, Philly, Style Frizz, The Sun, Sunday Times

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Reena Rai

Reena Rai is a 30-something London-based fashion, travel and lifestyle blogger. She has been blogging for 10 years (!), previously at fashiondaydreams.com before launching her self-titled blog.

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11 Comments

  1. Sunniva
    October 23, 2008 / 11:06 am

    Oh I just love Kate! Thank you so much for posting this interview 🙂

  2. THE HOUSE OF STYLE
    October 23, 2008 / 11:10 am

    thanks for sharing this interview of moss with us. she never reveals much of her personal self. I think all her new pieces will sell out like all the past just cause its the Kate moss collection. I’ve never bought one myself.xMarian

  3. Emily
    October 23, 2008 / 2:11 pm

    short dress, high heels. love it!

  4. Bella
    October 23, 2008 / 3:24 pm

    Great interview… I’m thinking I still love her!I’m adding you to my page… hope it’s okay!xoxox

  5. Sharon Rose
    October 23, 2008 / 3:40 pm

    Hi there-I read this interview too and I really like her!! She’s edgy, stylish and wow, I’d love to see her private collection of clothes!!

  6. Juliet
    October 23, 2008 / 4:05 pm

    Thank you so much for the award!juliet xxx

  7. The Clothes Horse
    October 23, 2008 / 4:34 pm

    I do love her. I found the story about Johnny Depp bittersweet–is he her most fondly remembered ex?

  8. Fashion Pariah
    October 23, 2008 / 10:06 pm

    I really like this interview, and the editorial with it was one of my favourites. Her christmas collection looks awesome.

  9. Dana (MODAna)
    October 24, 2008 / 1:24 am

    ok firstly I have to say AWWW I miss Johnny and Kate together. Secondly I think it’s hard to believe this woman is in her mid to late 30s what with all the partying, and partying strategizing. I mean, I get ready with music on TOO. but I don’t wear my highest heels to go dancing! I wear flats, or I risk death.anyway she’s gorgeous and apparently super human.

  10. Kira Fashion
    October 24, 2008 / 5:21 pm

    she is adorable and super cool!I do love the fact that she is not that perfect, it makes her to be even more interesting :0a kiss!!

  11. lisa
    November 7, 2008 / 8:36 pm

    so love kate…

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