That Marc Jacobs is a powerful man indeed. For the second season in a row, Kate Moss, the world’s most famous model, closed his Louis Vuitton show at Paris fashion week (although this time she left her cigarettes backstage while walking). But what did Marc have to do to convince Kate, who, now in her dotage of model years (their age is accelerated, like dog years) to step out onto his catwalk? Did he have a sack of diamonds ready to bribe the iconic beauty? A dressing room ready with candles and puppies? Apparently it was far easier than that. All he had to do to get her back up on the runway, or carousel, in this case – was say yes, because Kate is a great friend of Mr Jacobs and even suggested the appearance herself. Marc told journalists backstage ‘Well, you know, Kate is such a dear friend. And she asked to do the show. So why not?’ Plus, everyone was banned from asking Marc anything about C******** D***, so they had to think of some new, post-show questions.
Kate hardly ever walks for anyone now. The last two times we can remember in living memory, were Vuitton last year and her eccentric friend Jonny Blue Eye’s London show in London in 2008. Marc and the model are true mates in the notoriously fickle fashion industry. When she first met him he was obsessed with The Face magazine shoot, with photographer Corinne Day when he did his grunge collection for Perry Ellis in 1992 - and put her in that show. There's a great anecdote in the comprehensive tome, Kate Moss Style, written by Grazia Web Editor Angela Buttolph available from all good bookshops, and of course from Amazon.
We could, if we were being unkind, suggest the scenario where, sitting around bored after the excitement of summer and rock ‘n roll weddings has ended, Kate was frantically ringing round designers asking if she can have a spot in their show, instead of just sitting in her place on the front row instead, where she’d have to compete for attention with the likes of Anna Dello Russo and Uma Thurman.
But we won’t. Instead we’ll just say that beautiful beautiful Kate looked just as lovely in her innocent, doll-like white ballgown, all trimmed with feathers and encrusted with flowers like a beautiful fairy as she looked fierce and kinky in her hotpants and gorilla-fur jacket last season. And leave it at that.
- Naomi Attwood