The most eclectically put-together, iconoclastic and oft-copied figure in fashion is about to launch her insanely anticipated debut line — and it looks oddly familiar.
Like, really, really familiar. Kate Moss — who, two years ago, single-handedly launched the ongoing skinny jeans/ballet flats craze — is the first fashion model whose personal take on clothes is immediately replicated by fans and reinterpreted by designers.
Obscure pieces she's rescued from vintage shops and flea markets often trickle up to the runways, then back down to the streets; in this sense, she's regarded as not so much a model as a sartorial alchemist.
And yet, the line she's delivered for the British chain Topshop — available here at Barneys New York and Opening Ceremony on May 8 — looks like Kate copying a lot of other people's stuff Kate's worn before.
"If you're buying into the Kate Moss collection, you're buying into the Kate Moss image," says Kristina O'Neill, fashion news/features director at Harper's Bazaar. "And that's what she's delivered."