It’s no secret that Kate Moss is the darling of the fashion world, and even when she’s not in front of the camera for a new campaign or editorial she’s keeping busy. Her latest venture? Lending a design hand to French handbag house Longchamp. Moss signed on as the face of the brand in 2005, and according to Longchamp, the design partnership evolved naturally and mutually. And why shouldn’t it? Longchamp’s timeless aesthetic pairs perfectly with Moss’ longevity and icon status in the fashion world.
Moss worked directly with Longchamp’s Artist Director, Sophie Delafontaine, to procure the designs. Behind-the-scenes video from Longchamp’s Web site includes video of Delafontaine and Moss discussing the then-forthcoming collaboration, picking out fabrics and colors. Moss even seems like she’s (almost) just like the rest of us ladies (minus the international supermodel thing): she needs a go-anywhere bag, whether she’s traversing to a “festival, the country, shopping, or out for the evening.” Moss then adds a little-known tidbit about herself: she never knows what she’s going to wear. (Yet she always manages to look so chic. How unfair!)
In an interview on the Longchamp site, Moss reveals what she looks for in a fabulous bag, saying “It should be comfortable, it should be light… I want it to be durable, and for it to actually work as a bag.” Delafontaine adds that the first meeting of the two to discuss the collaboration was at Moss’s residence, where Delafontaine marveled at Moss’s immaculately organized dressing rooms. Delafontaine also notes, “In terms of material, [Kate] loves anything animal.”
Moss’s love for animal print is apparent in the collection. All styles are available in zebra print, save for the Glastonbury, which features the pattern inside. It features a tan outer with braided edge detail and lives up to Moss’s expectation of being universally flattering – easily transportable to a music festival or out to the country for a weekend getaway. Another hobo in the collection is the Ladbroke, which features side zippers and comes in the always-in-demand black as well as zebra. The Gloucester, a doctor’s bag, features the widest breadth of available color choice: you can choose from black leather, red leather, zebra, tan and white. If you’re looking for a companion for a night out, then feast your eyes on the Sohoclutch: a foldover bag in fun hues such as teal (in addition to zebra or black), the Sohoclutch is ideal for nights out when you’re packing light.
The launch was officially celebrated with 700-plus attendees at Paris’s The Ritz Club. You can check out photos and video of the soiree at the official Longchamp Web site, where you’ll also be able to peruse the collection, read interviews with Moss and the Longchamp team and watch behind-the-scenes video. You can also visit an interactive site Tell Me About Her, where you can submit your own Kate-ism. The collection is slated to hit shelves February 11.
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