Am I the only one who’s getting, well, a little bit bored of Kate Moss? This week saw the launch of her latest collection for Topshop, and I can hand-on-heart say that I will not be buying any of it. Clearly this is the opposite of the teeming hordes of women aged anywhere between 14 and 40 who braved the tube strike chaos to get up to Oxford Street on Tuesday night. It seems that there’s still a large proportion of us that still want a little bit of Mossy. My question is: why?
Yes, she’s beautiful. Yes, she’s had an incredibly successful career. Yes, she’s lasted much longer than nearly every single model out there. I’m not trying to take anything away from the fact that she’s been the most successful model of the last 25 years. But I still don’t get the hype. Last week I read an article where Cara Delevigne was quoted as saying, ‘everyone wants to dress like Kate Moss’. Erm, everyone? I don’t know about you but I quite like wearing a bra, and clothes that aren’t distressed and/or see-through, and not looking like I’ve been dragged through a hedge backwards. There are many women out there who want to look groomed and put-together, more Kardashian than Kate, and who want to cover up a bit. Also, most of us are not the same size or shape as Kate Moss, and therefore can’t get away with pale grey skinny jeans or barely-there little dresses.
I get that there’s that unquantifiable ‘cool factor’ that people want to attain. Perhaps that’s why so many women buy Kate Moss’s clothes at Topshop – by wearing something that has the Moss stamp of approval, they’re a little bit closer to having her style and glamour. Well, if you want to go and spend a ridiculous amount of money on some beaded and fringed little scrap of nothing that will never actually make you look like Kate Moss, be my guest.
Everyone seems to have happily forgotten Cocaine Kate, the 2005 scandal that saw her dropped by H&M, Chanel and Burberry. Everyone seems to ignore the fact that she’s a strong advocate of the champagne-and-cigarettes lifestyle and has been quoted as saying ‘nothing tastes as good as skinny feels’. Despite Vogue and other fashion magazines stating that they’re against Size Zero and are campaigning for a healthier look in ad campaigns and on the catwalk, they’re still putting Kate I-Like-Feeling-Hungry Moss on their covers on a regular basis. In an age where female role models have more power than ever, is this really who we want today’s teenagers to be looking up to?