Fashionistas have grovelled at her feet for years – but it’s all going horribly wrong: How Kate LOST her style!
09:02 GMT, 9 July 2012
Reader, forgive me. I am about to utter words of fashion blasphemy. It might get me struck down by the style police and make alarms go off every time I enter Topshop, but here goes . . . Kate Moss is turning into a style disaster zone. There, I said it.
This deep line of thought started with the pictures of her at Jade Jagger’s wedding a week ago. Yes, compared with Mick Jagger who, in his pink-striped suit, looked ready to sell candy floss, and Bianca, who in her dark suit and white gloves and hat seemed to be staging an homage to Cruella de Vil, Kate was no laughing stock.
But she didn’t exactly look great either. Actually, she looked a bit of mess. The blush-pink and black lace dress by McQueen looked as if it was covered in cartoon bats.
The many faces of Kate: Totally batty (left) and a net loss (right)
It was an odd mid-calf length and clung unfavourably to Kate’s body — quite a feat for a woman still blessed with an incredible figure. And as for the hair, did Jade have a pre-wedding crisis that meant Kate had to skip her hair appointment and rush to her aid
It looked an absolute state. Yellow rather than blonde. Unbrushed rather than elegantly dishevelled. Matted rather than shiny.
It made me realise it’s been a long, long time since I’ve seen Britain’s so-called style icon wear anything, well, stylish. And that someone needs to point the finger and say: this fashion empress no longer has any clothes. Not decent ones, anyway.
For the past 20 years, La Moss needed only to leave her front door for a new fashion trend to be born. When she stepped out in a see-through slip dress to an Elite model agency party when she was just 19, she prompted a sea of nightie-like dresses to hit the shops.
When she adopted a daytime look of ballet flats and skinny jeans, almost overnight bootcut jeans were out and women across the land were squeezing their thighs into skinnies. She was even responsible for making the humble welly a style statement (for which British brand Hunter will be forever grateful).
But now something has gone awry. In the past year there has been a catalogue of ‘Oh my goodness, what was she thinking’ moments.
Let’s start with the dress she wore the day before her wedding to rocker Jamie Hince a year ago. Was it a dare Was it fancy dress There is no other way to justify such a frock horror.
Kate's fashion disasters: From left: Disney Princess, no bra, no class and looking like a Quality Street
The vintage turquoise and blue gypsy-style dress, worn with knee-length blue suede boots and a blue-and-cream crochet pouch, made her look like a Disney fairy princess. And not in a good way.
Then, in November, the 38-year-old supermodel arrived at the British Fashion Awards looking as if she’d been caught in a fisherman’s net; either that or she’d stepped into a full body fishnet stocking. One waspish fashion blogger said she couldn’t decide if Kate looked as if she belonged in the ocean or on a street corner.
Kate’s evening look used to be foolproof — the dresses were always short, black and fitted. The shorter the better. But now something in her fail-safe formula has gone slightly awry.
In February, she attended a London Fashion Week event dressed as a Quality Street triangle — you know, that three-sided chocolate with the green wrapper. The iridescent cellophane dress was the creation of Maison Martin Margiela, a designer so achingly cool no one has ever seen him (yes, really), but it was awful.
And while her party looks have left a lot to be desired, her daytime style isn’t hitting the mark either.
Unbrushed hair and a make-up-free face seems to be her look du jour. That, and those ubiquitous grey skinny jeans.
Her approach to fashion has become so laid-back she’s been spotted out and about with her flies undone — most recently after leaving a trendy Mexican restaurant in London.
‘I have a problem with zips. Sometimes I just forget to do them up,’ she said in a recent interview. Well, write a note on your hand, Kate, because you’re in danger of turning Boho into Hobo.
THE JEANS THAT SCREAM 'STYLE CRISIS' YEAR AFTER YEAR…
And while we’re at it, Kate criticised us Brits for getting too much flesh out in warm weather. I couldn’t agree more — so why was she, on a night out in Mayfair, in a shapeless sheer black jersey dress that made it very clear to the world she was not wearing underwear In her own words… ‘Put it awwaaaay.’
At a Rimmel London press launch, she made a similar mistake. She tried for a businesslike look, with grey trousers and vest, but the effect was ruined by trousers that swung around her ankles and yes, yet again, a top worn with no bra which just added to the overall awfulness of the outfit.
So why has she started dressing badly Could it be that her marriage has made her so happy that she doesn’t care about her wardrobe If so, well, lucky her.
But perhaps, like the rest of us, the supermodel is having a hard time figuring out how to dress as she gets older. It is heartening to know that even Kate’s 20 years at the top of the fashion food chain doesn’t make the task any easier.
Kate says her husband doesn’t like her looking ‘like a wife’ and that 43-year-old Jamie, half of rock band The Kills, ‘likes me when I’m a rock ’n’ roll kind of girl’.
Which explains the bed hair, skinny jeans and shaggy fur jackets — but surely there is a middle spot between ‘supermodel’, ‘wife’ and ‘scruffy groupie’
Maybe, more along the lines of the tailored trouser suits she wears on occasion
Whatever it is, Kate had better find it soon — or, in a fashion world as ruthless as it’s fickle, she’ll be toast.