KATE MOSS ON TOP
HARPER’S BAZAAR: This is your second collaboration with Topshop. What drew you back to designing? And how was the experience putting together this collection different from the last one?
KATE MOSS: Topshop is the only brand I’ve ever collaborated with on a fashion collection. It just feels like home working with them again. With this collection we had more time, so we could be really selective about the pieces that are included. Each one is a statement piece.
HB: If you had to boil your style down to five key items, what would they be?
KM: A black tuxedo jacket, a really good pair of jeans, a pair of heels, a great bag, and, of course, a little black dress.
HB: So many women mention you as one of their style heroes. Who are yours? Is there someone who was like a style mentor for you?
KM: I didn’t really have a mentor, but I have always definitely been inspired by the ’70s—the Stones, Patti Smith, Anita Pallenberg…
HB: What things has your daughter taught you?
KM: My daughter, Lila, is my style critic. She’ll say, “No, Mummy, you can’t wear that.” She’s very good. I do trust her instinct.
HB: You love to wear your Topshop looks. What would you do if you ran into another girl wearing your outfit?
KM: I love seeing other people wearing the clothes! I remember seeing a gorgeous girl wearing one of the floral tea dresses from the first collection—she looked great. I was so excited that I called her over and we had a picture taken together.
HB: What’s your one fail-safe piece of clothing ?
KM: A good jacket. We’ve got plenty in this collection, like the gold-sequined one or the tailored tux jackets.
HB: What is something that you are better at now than when you were younger?
KM: Having the confidence to say no to things that I don’t feel comfortable with. I definitely feel more comfortable in my own skin since turning 40.
HB: What was it like meeting the queen for the first time at Buckingham Palace? What did you wear?
KM: It was a real privilege to be invited to the palace. I wore a vintage blue chiffon dress and a mink stole, and sat with Janet Street-Porter and J.K. Rowling.
HB: What do you want to do in the next 10 years?
KM: Keep busy and stay happy.