Today sees the launch of the last ever Kate Moss for Topshop collection. I feel rather nostalgic for this-when her first collection launched, there was such a buzz-she was really probably the first, or certainly the most credible, fashionable celebrity to successfully sell herself as a brand and in so doing, created a collection of clothing that everyone wanted a piece of. I remember the first collection launched online at 4am and I was at my ancient laptop in my pajamas with a cup of tea beside me at 3.45am. I was not going to miss out! The later that day my friend Law and I made the journey into town to visit the local Toppers and check out the pieces 'in the flesh.' The store was packed and I remember it being really hot, we tried on a few bits and pieces and left with our booty wrapped in posh black and purple 'Kate Moss for Topshop' paper bags.
Over the years I bought several pieces from the varying collections but as time went on I either gave them away or ebayed them-I was never precious about keeping them as such, though I do still have a pair of white wayfarer sunglasses with tiny silver swallows on the frame edges that I don't think suit me, but that I have never been able to part with for some reason! As Kate's collections continued to grow in popularity she branched out into handbags and footwear as well as jewellery, nightwear and underwear, and she managed to create a collection that spanned an age range-I remember picking up some very 'of the moment' pieces like the red skinny jeans with star stitiching on the ankles to reflect Kate's tattoos, the coin waistcoat, the ladderback tee, the Morroccan print Maxi dress, the 'classic Kate' indogo rinse kickflares, the Pansy Print blouse and a Chinese print silk dress, whilst my mum bought a beautiful wool belted cape which she still wears (and looks stunning in) now. The one piece I was always desperate for was the oversized leather weekend bag in tan, which was very structured and had a blanket stitched leather edge-it was £150 which is expensive, but probably not for what it is, but back then I couldn't afford it-I do keep my eye out for them on eBay but they are very rare.
Iconic Pansy Print Dress-£60
Kate has revisited some of the most classic (Read: Bestselling) pieces from her previous collections and relaunched them as part of her last. It really is like digging through your wardrobe and finding things you thought you'd forgotten about when you view this collection. Along with this dress, there is also the ruffled Poppy Print dress that got everyone in such a stir, and for evening, the Leaping Panther dress and the stunning Heavy Embroidered and Beaded dress, as well as the Red Flutter Sleeve Maxi she appeared in the Oxford Street Topshop window in when her collection launched, and the Victorian Leather Jacket that got us all reaching for our Biker's again. Sigh.
Butterfly Print Dress [Limited Edition]-£150
I love the shape of this and the butterfly print is whimsical but kept on the right side of being twee by the clever use of blacks in the fabric. Imagine if this dress had been any other colour, it would have just looked like a sugarplum, but the black shade adds a gothic feel which is so now. She's always on the money isn't she!
Chinese Print Bra-£20
Another thing I really liked about Kate's more recent collections were the inclusion of the lingerie and nightwear. I love this little bra and pants set.
Chinese Print Pants-£14
Grey Silk Pajamas-£80
How lush are these pajamas? I absolutely love silk pajamas and I could imagine lounging around the house feeling very vintage inspired in these. These were available to buy from last night as part of the Vogue Fashion's Night In-anyone snapped them up yet?
Pink Ruffled Bra-£25
I love the retro sexiness of this number-so pretty. And the matching pants are adorable!
Pink Ruffled Pants-£14
Velvet Lace Shorts-£60
I really love these little velvet shorts with the lace underlay-very 20's boudoir! They would look sweet worn with high heels and a little sweater and perhaps chunky socks for a modern day twist on the vintage look-so Kate herself!
The collcetions is quite heavy on jewellery this time round, lots of thin chains with star motifs and heavy round rings are on offer. The entire range really reminds me of Nicole Richie's Winter Kate line-a sort of upmarket and luxe boho/modern vintage vibe to the pieces makes them ideal to slot into your existing wardrobe.
I think I will probably buy something, more as an investment of a piece of fashion history than anything else! But I'm not sure what yet!
What will you be buying? You can shop the entire collection on the Topshop website, click here