With Halloween on the horizon and Pumpkins perched on every shop shelf, the style lovers among us think of only one thing…costumes; and how we’re gonna do it this year. We all wanna look good in our grizzly get up right? Well, one gal gets it right every darn time and looks as ace as ever in her witchy wares. Kate Moss never shies away from the chance to play dress up, whether it’s Jonathan Ross’s Halloween bash, an 80’s themed party, a masked ball or one of her own decadent parties; Miss Moss can be relied upon to bring out the very best vintage or designer look from her fashion repertoire. Kate keeps it cool and beautiful whenever the occasion arises, here’s her top ten fancy dress looks so far.
- Kate with Naomi Campbell in NYC, 1995
- At Jonathan Ross’ Halloween party, 2013, with Jamie Hince
- Day of The Dead, 2013
- Masked Ball with Pete Doherty, 2006
- Dressed as a Spider’s Web with Galliano, 1998
- At Fran Cutler’s 80’s themed party
- Kate’s ‘Beautiful and The Damned’ 30th Birthday party
- LFW 2013, with Jamie Hince
- Grease party, 2009
- On her 34th Birthday
Pssst…did you read my blog post about when I saw Miss Moss in the flesh? She definitely dazzles!
So, my favourite, Kate Moss, was the chosen cover girl for the 60th anniversary edition of Playboy magazine. And oh my, did she well and truly rock it. It’s pretty refreshing that, for such a prestigious edition, Playboy chose a British, 39-year-old who has no surgical enhancements, a bold move for a magazine that’s as American as Cheerleaders and is renowned for young, fake tanned and fake boobed girls. Go Kate! Sealing her status as a living Icon, Kate looked as effortlessley cool and beautiful as ever, this girl just gets better with age. Albeit that good lighting, great make-up and some expert airbrushing was used here, these pictures literally leave me spellbound.
The photography and styling is stunning. Shot by Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott, this 18 page spread is absolutely their signature style. More like a fashion shoot than a glamour shoot, these images are elegant and mezmerising. The colours are divine, with lush pinks and greens and the setting of a 1950’s bedroom, a real charm to the atmosphere. The images echo other photographers whose work I love such as Ellen Von Unwerth and Hemut Newton, the black and white tights image remind me of the Craig McDean shoot she did for iD magazine back in 2002.
Some gals may think Playboy is sexist and pornographic, I have always been a fan of the kitsch idea of Playboy in the 60’s, beautiful women being celebrated in beautiful photos, the images have always been pretty tame, there has always been far far worse depictions of women out there, in comparison, this magazine is pure sophistication. Women’s bodies will always be photographed, because, they are a damn beautiful thing, whatever shape or size. Of course Playboy tends to go for a certain type of woman, which is why I think the use of Kate, with her small natural boobs and untanned, unsculpted body is brilliant. Kate has chosen to do this, most of my generation has grown up seeing her naked in fashion magazines so there is nothing shocking about these images, she carries her usual attitude and dignity and, goodness, she looks amazing.
On my recent, rather super holiday, I stayed with my friend Kristin in Brooklyn, NYC. Much as I love Manhattan, I’ve been lucky enough to see it many times and so it was ace to spend more of my time in Brooklyn on this trip. I’ve visited Kristin here before and loved it, this time I wanted to explore even more. So, with my camera in hand, I decided to explore the neighbourhood of Williamsburg on my way to meet another friend of mine, Simon, who is based in this cool spot. I’m a bit of an observer in life and I rather enjoy walking around looking at people and places; anywhere in America is great for this. I walked around some residential streets, it was a glorious sunny day and the dappled sunlight was hitting the clapperboard houses and the sun faded flags, America and patriotism go hand in hand from my experience. I love the irony of ripped faded stars and stripes proudly hanging next to the tatty doorways and rubbish bins. Walking around Williamsburg, it almost felt like a small mid- American town, cute houses with personalized and kitschly decorated front gardens, quaint dated hair salons and bars, and the odd friendly local eager for a chatter. The fact that this cool, independent area, with a ripe character of its own is a mere moment away from the craziest city on Earth is a wonderful contrast, I really love it.
Sometimes good things come out of bad things. Losing my dearest Grandfather earlier this year was a heart break. But, he left me enough money to take myself off on a much needed, probably well deserved and long awaited holiday; thank you Gramps. So in honour of his memory, I headed off to one of my most favourite cities in the World, NYC and had an absolute whirl! Having our shop means that James and I rarely get away together, a real pain, but, I have a bunch of friends stateside, most particularly my favourite, Kristin, and so I went to visit friends and get away from it all for a couple of weeks. Yay. One of the best holidays ever.
Kristin lives in Brooklyn, I adore it there, so different from the choas of Manhattan, I also love it there but I spent the bulk of my time exploring Brooklyn. Kristin had a work trip to Miami while I was there (it cleverly overlapped with my visit) so I got to be an extremely lucky girl and tag along on her business class trip there for a few days….pheweeeee, I have never seen such luxury, or heat, amazing.
Then a couple more days in NYC before heading home. A superb time, good friends, amazing weather, fun adventures and lots of head space from real life. I took heaps of photos so there is a whole bunch of blog posts on their way, but for now, if you don’t follow me on Instagram (why ever not it’s so much fun there) then here are a few highlights of my beautiful holiday. x
- flying away….
- me in Brooklyn
- candy cane garden
- having a People’s Pop at the Brooklyn Flea
- new jumbo Leopard ring
- me and Kristin
- I love reading the city
- wherever I am I find fashion exhibitions; ‘Punk: Chaos to Couture’ at The Met
- the night is ours
- meeting up with my friend Simon
- me and Kristin watching Postal Service in Brooklyn
- wall art
- hello Miami
- stunning Art Deco district of Miami
- cocktails on the beach
- the Miami heat made us crazy, calm on flight there, jumpin’ on flight back
- bye Miami
- sunny Renegade Craft Fayre in Brooklyn
- love this
- byeeeeee Brooklyn, I heart you