Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Another Date with Kate

Kate Moss got the five-star Madison Avenue treatment when she toasted the stateside launch of her Topshop collection at Barneys New York. The retailer sequestered off the seventh and eighth floors of the store with velvet ropes and clipboard wielders, and nary a party crasher was admitted—not even at the after party at the rooftop of the Gramercy Park Hotel, where the supermodel stayed for her sojourn to the Big Apple and was joined by Daria Werbowy, Kate Bosworth, Ziyi Zhang, Marc Jacobs, and Mario Testino.
The lady of the hour arrived fashionably early at 6:30 p.m., setting off a flashbulb frenzy. In the spirit of her new high/low line, she floated through the room in a black and white chiffon tunic of her own design for Topshop, paired with an Ala├»a belt, Manolos, and Chanel clutch, before settling in to chat with fellow Brit Hilary Alexander, Topshop honcho Sir Philip Green, and his wife, Tina. “Hilary already bought some of the collection,” Moss shouted to Green, raising her voice above the music. “Yes, I’ve already bought four pieces from Topshop,” admitted the Daily Telegraph fashion critic, “and I didn’t even get a press discount.” Her catwalk colleague, Suzy Menkes, however, did not partake in any High Street shopping. “I had a chance to buy it in London, but I didn’t get anything,” she said sans explanation. “But Kate is such a cool chick, a real rock chick, and she just really knows how to put herself together.”

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