Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Better Kate Than Never; as Vanity Fair Gives Croydon"s Finest Top Billing in Its Best-Dressed List, We Honour Some of the Key Moss Looks That Have Inspired Us All

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Better Kate Than Never; as Vanity Fair Gives Croydon"s Finest Top Billing in Its Best-Dressed List, We Honour Some of the Key Moss Looks That Have Inspired Us All

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Byline: DAVID HAYES

KATE MOSS has just been named the world's " bestdressed" by Vanity Fair magazine. All right, you might think it's easy for her to get top billing. With a clique of stylists and designers as close friends it can't be that hard to spot a trend early on and make it your own, but Kate has always managed to give even the most difficult looks a certain just-thrown-on easiness.

And Kate doesn't just look good on the catwalk; it is her personal style that has made her one of the most copied women in the world. She looks great whether she's popping to the shops for a pint of milk, lounging around on holiday or just hanging out with friends.

Ever since she appeared on the cover of The Face back in 1990, shot by Corinne Day, wearing an American Indian headdress and very little else, Croydon's finest has gone through more looks than anyone. But you can date the turning point when she changed from clothes horse to trendsetter In the summer of 2000 she picked up a pair of vintage Vivienne Westwood boots from her favourite west London shop, Rellik, and suddenly there were a rash of slouchy Westwood lookalike boots in every high-street store. After that you couldn't open a magazine without Kate featuring in one of those "get the look" pages.

Since then, Kate seems to have got there first with just about everything.

The Mulberry Roxanne bag, Sass & Bide skinny jeans, leggings, the kaftan, the waistcoat, the Burberry trench coat, the mini, the trilby hat, Ugg boots, oversized sunglasses and ballet pumps all might as well have "Kate woz 'ere first" scrawled next to the label.

And as for the future? Kate's amazing "comeback" this year puts her at risk of being just a shade overexposed. And fashion being a fickle thing, it just might be that the recent magazine accolade could spell the beginning of the end for Ms Moss's current reign as an allpervasive fashion influence.

That is, at least until she picks up on the next hot trend and makes it her own well before the rest of us have even noticed.

THE HAT

Kate puts a spotty hanky and an orchid on a plain grey trilby, while student Olivia Hunt (above) wears a similarly shaped vintage Panama hat

LEOPARD PRINT

Kate goes wild, while Sophie Dean (above), fashion director at Wallpaper* magazine, wears a vintage animal-print coat

THE TEA DRESS

Kate goes feminine, while Hadley Freeman (above), the Guardian's acting fashion editor, wears a polka-dot dress from H&M

THE LEGGINGS

Kate comes over all sports-casual, while PA Lucy Jones (above, right) wears leggings from Topshop

THE MAC

Kate (left) wears her light raincoat over dark clothes, while fashion writer Anna van der Linden (above) wears a beige mac from Zara

FIVE MOSS-HAVES

Skinny Jeans, [pounds sterling]105, by Sass and Bide at Browns, (020 7514 0000) Kate was once quoted as saying she only wears Sass and Bide denim. …

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