A date with Kate Moss
The ultimate party girl on how she likes to get ready with her girlfriends, never plans an outfit and the power of smoky eyes
What’s a good make-up look for a night out? You need “impact” make-up. Smoky eyes are always, always a good look.
What advice can you give on how to wear clothes? I don’t think of things as “outfits” – I throw together what I feel is right for the night.
Always make the best of your body type: if you have great legs, show them off with a short dress and heels or skinny jeans. If you’ve got a large bust, avoid high necklines. Learn what your best assets are and draw the focus away from the bits you’re not so keen on. Wear what suits you best, rather than following trends, and create your own style.
When it comes to dressing, I follow my feelings and just get dressed. For me, it’s not necessarily about trends or even interpreting catwalk looks.
That kind of intellectualising is something I never do. I go with a feeling or emotion and don’t necessarily plan, unless, perhaps, it’s a special occasion, or I’ve just bought something that I love and am desperate to wear (such as my new Balenciaga biker jacket).
At other times I get inspired by films, or I will have been looking through old record covers or books and certain looks have just stuck in my mind.
KATE’S HOT TIPS
- Never look like you’ve tried too hard – or, rather, don’t try too hard! Mismatching can add a much more personal touch to an outfit.
- Be brave and try a new hairstyle. It can completely transform your look just for one night and inspire a new way of looking at your existing wardrobe.
Don’t do the catwalk look head to toe. Mix old with new, designer with high street – the options are endless, and it’s good to make it your own vision. For example, I wore a beautiful Chanel maxidress to my friend’s wedding with a 1930s antique blue velvet cape and some huge, hooped Turkish earrings, which gave the dress a totally different feel.
- When you buy a vintage or secondhand piece, don’t take it on face value – it can be altered in so many ways. I’ve lopped the hem off many a full-length gown and made necklines lower. It does help to have a genius dressmaker, otherwise just do it yourself.
- If you’re going out for the evening, think about your outerwear, as well as the outfit underneath. Again, mismatching sort of accidentally works well and can look effortless. For example, don’t be afraid to wear a battered leather jacket with a full-length gown, or an extravagant embroidered evening jacket with old jeans and a T-shirt.
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