To celebrate our second anniversary, Kate Moss, one of the most famous supermodels in the world, covers our March Creativity issue. Shot in Paris by Luigi & Iango for Vogue Hong Kong, the British star – who shot to stardom in the 1990s – has been at the top of her game for more than 30 years. She embraces her iconic rock-chic aesthetic and wears Raf Simons and Miuccia Prada’s debut Prada collection and Messika jewellery.
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What do you see as the most defining period or moment in your career thus far?
Probably when I got my first British Vogue cover, I thought that’s it, I’m done, it can’t get better than that…
You have embarked on design collaborations in the past, most recently the Messika by Kate Moss jewellery collection created with Valérie Messika. What was it about Valérie and the brand that inspired your involvement?
I was introduced to the brand when I shot the Lucky Move collection campaign. Valerie and I got on really well, we share a love of fine jewellery and it felt right to continue the relationship by designing a collection together. I admire Valerie’s aesthetic, she has given Messika a really unique identity.
How would you describe the Messika by Kate Moss collection and what was your inspiration behind the designs?
We took inspiration from my own jewellery collection, for our first design meeting Valerie and I met and went through my jewellery box together. My taste is quite eclectic, I have pieces from different eras and countries and wanted the collection to reflect this which I think we have managed to achieve within the various sets.
What is style to you and how does jewellery play into that?
Style is really individual, I think it’s really important to feel confident in whatever you wear. I don’t like to follow trends and love to mix current designs with vintage pieces. It’s the same with jewellery for me. I had this in mind when designing the collection, I wanted there to be bohemian pieces you could wear on the beach but also the chicer classic styles more suited to a cocktail party.
Do you have a most treasured item in your wardrobe?
I have kept a lot in my archive although lots haven’t survived being worn, I don’t have one favourite piece, each holds a different significance.
Your daughter Lila has followed in your footsteps to become a model, making her debut appearance on the runway this year. What do you hope the future of the modelling industry holds for young models today?
It was a very proud moment watching Lila’s first show for Miu Miu. The changes in the industry in recent years including codes of conduct has meant that young models are much more protected which can only be a good thing.
What one piece of advice would you share?
It’s a very competitive industry, you won’t get every job so try not to get disappointed.
What was it that spurred you to launch your own agency, the Kate Moss Agency?
I decided to launch Kate Moss Agency as I wanted to represent talent creatives, not just models. We have a small board which means we can really focus on managing each individual, it’s been really exciting developing new faces too. We have recently created some sustainable merchandise too, it gave us something creative to do over lockdown, there’s a second drop coming soon.
What one beauty or wellness ritual do you swear by, that keeps you feeling balanced amidst a busy schedule?
I love yoga because it’s good for your body and your mind.
You’ve visited Hong Kong in the past. What’s your enduring memory of the city?
The many fun nights spent at The China Club.
Photographer: Luigi & Iango
Fashion Editor: Patti Wilson
On-Set Stylist: Sasa Thomann
Stylist: Luigi Murenu, Eddy Scudo @Julian Watson
Makeup Artist: Georgi Sandev @Forward Artists
Manicurist: Cam Tran @Artlist Paris
Casting Director: Marina Fairfax
Production: Margaux Huguet @2b Management
Styling Assistants: Taylor Kim, Peter Aluuan
Hair Styling Assistant: Eddy Scudo @Julian Watson
Photography Assistants: Fabio Affuso, Talos Buccellati
Digital Technicians: Victor Gaultier, Louis Clerc, Chloe Cairns @D Factory Production Editor: George Major
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