Moss never hid the fact that a lot of her Topshop designs were
copied inspired by pieces in her own wardrobe and the reunion collection is no exception. In fact, it’s like a Kate Moss Style Hall of Fame, what with a gold bias-cut silk dress that is a dead-ringer for a vintage one she famously wore and had to tie up at her waist because Courtney Love stepped on the train and ripped it. Not to mention the one-shoulder lemon-yellow chiffon prom dress (£85), a doppelgänger of the frock that pretty much relaunched Moss as the modern-day style icon that she is now when she wore it in 2003. If prices seem higher than you remember, that’s not just inflation. A handful of the items are made from premium materials and attract a higher price point, with one beaded dress only available on Net-a-Porter for £600. Throwaway fashion this ain’t. In fact, some of the vintage-inspired pieces – like the gold fringed twenties style dress – are so convincing you could get away with telling people it’s a heirloom from your flapper great-grandma. Likewise, the LBD with feathered shoulders is such a great keep-forever party piece it may well become a hand-me-down itself.
For every classy LBD or slinky frock in this comeback collection, there’s an Stevie Nicks-wannabe blouse or a tunic that’s too boho for it’s own good. To wit, the jacket (or is it a kimono?) with a multitude of handkerchief hems seems to have been transmitted from the seventies via the nineties without retaining the appeal of either era, while the pink and crew, Pocahontas-goes-to-the-beach blouse looks like it got caught in the shredding machine. Elsewhere, practicality has been sacrificed in favour of retro authenticity: the woven waistcoat is messy, while the long, cream dress would look ridiculous in the city but would get filthy at a festival. Then there are the pieces that only look good if you’ve got the body and confidence of a supermodel, like the wide-leg trousers in an icky hippy print. Faced with the thought of wearing those, the idea of Kate Moss and Topshop together forevs is a very scary thought indeed.
Kate Moss x Topshop collection will be in store and online from 30 April 2014.