Kate Moss in Couture for Vogue

Posted on March 22, 2012

Darlings, before we all dive into the deep end of the Project Runway finale pool tonight, let’s all take a moment and find our center. Here’s your pretty for the day, Kate Moss doing what Kate Moss does best: modeling couture at the Ritz Paris, for Vogue.

J’ADORE the shot at the restaurant table in the Alexis Mabille. People love to hate her but she’s a world-class model for a reason.


Christian Dior Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Alexis Mabille Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Chanel Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Christian Dior Spring 2012 Couture Collection

Alexander McQueen lace bustier jacquard dress and lace boots, made for Vogue. 


[Photo Credit: vogue.com, vogue.it, photographed by Tim Walker]

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  • MilaXX

    Pretty indeed. I do like the picture you mention, but I’m digging those McQueen lace booties. Oh If only I had the money and a reason to wear light blue lace booties!

    • Ms_Flyover

      I wish I had the ankles to wear them. I could make up a reason.

    • michelle shields

      and skinny calves! My heifers don’t stand a chance!

  • newleaf1

    Wow.  Gorgeous.  Old School Vogue.

  • Martha Deutsch

    The clothes are all amazing, and for the most part so are the photos. But the first shot is so silly/stupid, like some 5th grader’s idea of what a high fashion photo would look like. 

  • schadenfreudelicious

    i so much prefer photo spreads with actual models rather than the celeb of the month….i am not a huge fan of Kate Moss, but there is no arguing with her abilities in front of the camera, fabulous….

  • DeborahLipp

    She looks fab, but it’s a weird editorial.

    • Pinup Ghoul

       I don’t really find it all that weird. To me, it looks like a standard ‘pretty couture clothes in a pretty French building’ shoot.

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

      To me, it looks like an ad campaign for a French hotel with the scope and elegance of the rooms accentuated by a woman in a pretty dress. In most of the shots, I looked at the fabulous decor before I even noticed she was there.

      Edited to add: After reading the comments below regarding the temporary closing of The Ritz, I see that the feature truly was about the hotel.

  • http://www.facebook.com/whats.a.razvan Razvan Matei Dobre

    OMG i wanna wear that floral hat when i’m out at the grocery store!! 

    • http://www.wordydoodles.com WordyDoodles

       ME TOO. I’m a huge fan of that giant flower. I want to have the moxie to wear it.

  • mjude

    love all the photos especially the mabille.  i have to give the girl some respect.  she really is a fab model.

  • serenitynow02

    The shot you like reminds me of Gigi, which reminds me of Louis Jourdan, which makes me very happy.

    Love this shoot.

    • caitscott

      I LOVE Gigi! Her white dress with the black feathers at the shoulder is my dream “if I ever went to the Oscars” dress…

      Louis Jourdan’s bulge should have its own screen credit in that movie. Seriously, was he smuggling baguettes in his pants?

      • serenitynow02

        I adore that dress!

        You speak as if that bulge were a bad thing. Mais non 😉

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    The Chanel coat is a dream and the plaid Dior looks like Peggy Olsen couture (in a good way). I’d love to see JJ in the red Dior, with the right makeup. 

    The restaurant shot would be truly impressive. So much to get lost in but the eye goes right to Kate Moss.

  • VioletFem

    It’s interesting how they styled her to match her surroundings. In the first picture, she’s posed practically the same way as the painting behind her. Also, I would love to see someone wear that rose shaped hat to the Kentucky Derby. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Karen-Stephens-Bassett/1503492602 Karen Stephens Bassett

    The dogs are cute.

  • http://twitter.com/herong Heron

    UGH. Love. 

  • Laylalola

    I’m too distracted by the fact that Vogue apparently thinks this is the perfect climate for invoking the whole Let Them Eat Cake sentiment. 

    • Laurie Bergman

      I was trying to expess my feelings about the overall vibe of this editorial and you just did!  Thank you.  I do love the clothes and I love how Kate Moss wears them, but I definitely felt the ghost of Marie Antoinette hovering over several of the shots.

    • Glammie

      The actual editorial’s a bit more nostalgic.  The Ritz is about to undergo remodeling, so it’s kind of one last homage to it before it goes under the knife.  Features all kinds of pix of the Ritz staff.  It doesn’t actually have the Let Them Eat Cake vibe in its context.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CQPXLNCBM5CZSHZZXJDHPVFS7E Buffy


  • marilyn

    Every shot was a show stopper, except for the last one, and it isn’t her fault.  Alexander McQueen has a bizarre sense of reality and the whole blue outfit was awful.  The dress is probably okay, but the crazy hat and the funky shoes took it out of serious consideration.  It looks like a smurf hat. What is wrong with him?

    • Laughingworld

      Well, he has been dead for two years…

      • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

        Biggest laugh I’ve ever had on the internet. Thank you!!

  • Kate4queen

    Wow, I love these and I covet that Chanel coat. :)

  • ASK26

    Most of the clothes are lovely and the black flower coat looks great on the model. But overall I hate her pics. That first one in red and in the black floral. Ugh her facial expressions Suck

    • alyce1213

      I find her facial expressions comatose in this spread, and her face so small it may as well be anybody wearing those exquisite dresses.
      I don’t dislike her — in fact, I’d like to see closer shots from this shoot. With other facial expressions.

  • http://www.facebook.com/kasie.hilburn Kasie Hilburn

    she ruined the chanel dress :-( but everything else is divine… and yes the lace boots were brilliant!

  • http://www.wordydoodles.com WordyDoodles

    I deeply admire these Dior dresses and THAT HAT! But I wish there were another editorial story to be told besides the same old “pretty princess in a palace” one. Complete with lap dogs (which I love, but still).

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=625481017 Devilicia Reinededemon

    I’m ***dying***over the McQueen.  

  • howdoilook

    Girl can work a full dress and not look swallowed by it like no one I’ve seen.

  • http://eclectictsunami.blogspot.com/ Cassie

    LOVE. HUH. Bitch is FABULOUS and I don’t care what anyone says.

    Isn’t it amazing that she’s only 5’7? 

    • Celandine1

      Her legs alone look to be about 5’7″ in the Chanel coat!

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

      Ha! I thought you said she is only 57. Looks great for her age!

  • Judy_J

    Simply beautiful.  She definitely knows what works and how to work it.  Kudos to her for staying on top in spite of all her personal dramas.

  • TropiCarla

    Love, love, love the Mabille. I would have worn that to my wedding in a heartbeat! And I’m usually not a big fan of lace.

  • Wrenaria


  • k op

    Swoon!!!!  Beautiful shoot, so witty and fresh, gives such an uplift to the day.  Must go purchase the magazine immediately.

    Who hates Kate Moss?  I don’t understand at all.  Why?  I will stop and gaze over a Kate Moss (or Gisele Bundchen) spread every  single  time.  In terms of fashion pictorials, no one beats Moss.  It’s not accounted for by her classic good looks, either.  She’s atypical in all ways except she is skinny.  Moss is magic.

  • lrhoff

    Exquisite, and Kate Moss is incredible here. 

  • http://twitter.com/#!/Space_Kitty Space Kitty

    I want that Alexis Mabille for my wedding dress, and those McQueen lace boots for my something blue.  And while I’m dreaming I may as well hold the reception at the Ritz Paris.

    Thanks for sorting my wedding planning, TLo!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1013443339 Hannah Prutton

    I finally read my Vogue the other day, even though it’s been sitting in a pile waiting for a while now, but I LOVE this spread. It was so sweet the way they wanted to honor the Ritz Paris before it closes for renovation. There were some great little images and interviews of the wait-staff and culinary staff. It was amazing. I looooved how many people they interviewed about their time spent at the hotel. The pictures are a perfect complement to the article itself :)

  • sk8tfan

    Can’t stand her but dang! Girlfriend earned her paycheck on this one. Query-what is that white/gold backdrop to the Dior. I’ve seen it a number of times before. Is it an actual place?

  • j_anson

    Hah, those angry maids! They just make the editorial.

  • hughman

    All this Marie Antoinette story was missing was this :


  • BrooklynBomber

    Oh, yes, the restaurant shot is wonderful! The look (dress, shoes, hat) that makes my heart do somersaults, though, is the McQueen. Le sigh.

  • OneTwoThreeFashion

    Love it

  • http://twitter.com/PhDKnitter marlie

    I’m in love with the black and white plaid Dior. 

  • OneTwoThreeFashion

    Love. Lace. Boots…. Where to buy where to wear how to explain them?

    • Linzenberg

      You wear them EVERYWHERE and explain them as being your ALEXANDER MCQUEEN BLUE LACE BOOTIES, SO BOW DOWN, BITCHES.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    i never quite understand why people hate her so much. she has the most interesting face until very recently of maybe even the last few decades in modeling & she does a good job. anyway.
    also love the restaurant shot, she looks so very aware that she’s wearing a giant flower on her head for no reason even vaguely explicable in any other context. & i like the rest of the clothes too.

  • holdmewhileimnaked

    i never quite understand why people hate her so much. she has the most interesting face until very recently of maybe even the last few decades in modeling & she does a good job. anyway.
    also love the restaurant shot, she looks so very aware that she’s wearing a giant flower on her head for no reason even vaguely explicable in any other context. & i like the rest of the clothes too.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6RS6NLL44AED3E4QWIYTDQGU6I Psy_Chick

      I’m pretty sure people hate her because for years she was shockingly (grotesquely) thin. When people criticized her for it and said that it would lead young girls to eating disorders, her answer to that was basically that everyone else is too fat and they should stop eating if they want to be thin and pretty like her. She could get pretty nasty about it, as I recall. I believe she has softened over the years, and now she looks far less grossly thin. As someone who has fought (and conquered) anorexia, I am glad to see her looking healthier. I can only hope it is an outward manifestation of a new attitude and lifestyle.

      • Corsetmaker

        A ‘cleaner’ lifestyle all round I expect. 

      • Glammie

        Hmmm, did she actually say that much?  The thing that’s always struck me about Moss is how seldom she gives interviews.  She was a thin teenager, but she’s small-boned and her weight always seemed pretty stable.  Some people are ectomorphs and she’s one of them.  I don’t think she was “grossly thin”, though I think other women at the same weight and height would have been–it’s a question of body build.  I have a thin daughter–and though she’s 11, she has gotten plenty of comments about eating and being “skin and bones” over the years–but if you look at her very slender hands, you can see it’s how she’s built.   She’s going to be that skinny teen who will, no doubt, fill out a bit later.  It’s pretty normal.

        THat said, all the more power to you for overcoming your anorexia.  Good health to you.

        • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_6RS6NLL44AED3E4QWIYTDQGU6I Psy_Chick

          She went through some phases of being so thin it was scary, but so did I before I ever became anorexic. Everyone in my family starts out just willowy thin. One of my aunts once referred to my cousins playing in a sprinkler as looking like “a summer day at a TB ward.” I’m sure Ms. Moss is naturally thin, but there were times it got worrying. Being naturally thin was how I was able to hide my disorder until I got down to 84 pounds. People thought I was anorexic long before I ever was. I hope your daughter can hold her head up high knowing that there’s nothing wrong with her. Kids can be very cruel. My niece is going through the same thing. It’s never easy being different, and no one has sympathy for the skinny kids.

          • Glammie

            My kid seems to let comments roll off at this point, but she’s not quite at the age where looks become so damn important.  She has, already, though, a very strong sense of style, which has the weird effect of throwing other kids off just a bit.  

            I think with Moss, she started so young that she was really in adolescence–wasn’t she 14 when her career started? So she’d shot up, but hadn’t filled out–no hips.  Later on, in her 20s, she developed both hips and thighs.  

            With Moss, I tend to think cigarettes and drugs had more to do with her thinness than an eating order, per se–as I say, her weight has been reasonably steady with a gradual gain as she’s aged.  Her longevity as a model is striking.  

  • anotherkate

    Props to everyone’s favorite couturier, Christian Siriano! That dress is fantastic.

    • ballerinawithagun

      I don’t see anything credited to Christian Siriano. I only see Christian Dior.

  • carolclark12

    The red Christian Dior took my breath away.  Kate’s pose reminds me of a little girl playing dress up and copying the picture.

  • http://twitter.com/Eovaai Eovaai

    She’s wearing my favourite pieces from the Spring 2012 collection and she looks amazing in everything.

  • formerlyAnon

    How OCD is it that it really, really bugs me that her flower-holding arm does not mimic the curve of the corresponding arm in the painting behind her?  Though it’s the photographer’s fault if he didn’t get that shot & the editor’s fault if he got it and they didn’t use it – I’m not blaming her. And no doubt this was the better shot, overall. Still bugs.

    Otherwise, I really enjoyed this. Love the over-the-top glam staging, the beautiful excess of the clothing, and the job she does convincing me that all of this silliness is just the dernier cri.

    • http://www.GiftedCollector.com Nancy Abrams

      I don’t have OCD but I was bothered more that her face is not turned the same way as the lady in the painting.

  • Aarjullor

    So happy to see that red Dior, it’s divine! I had hoped someone would wear it at the Oscars. Kate Moss looks amazing. Giant flower hat for the win!

  • Glammie

    She has a way of making the runway models look insipid.  She really inhabits clothes.  Loved the editorial, though you left out my favorite photo–of Kate posing on a mantelpiece, the lit electric candelabra she replaced on the ground below her.  She’s in a red silk grecian-style gown by Giambattista Valli.

    Sigh, I miss models on the covers of magazines–it’s just one damn celebrity portrait after another.  JLo’s wasn’t bad, but I miss Fashion with a capital F.

  • ccm800

    Does no one else get work besides Cokey Moss here? 

  • ccm800

    Does no one else get work besides Cokey Moss here? 

  • TieDye64

    Freaking fabulous! My fave would be the picture that you guys mentioned. Love!

  • quiltrx

    I SO love the grey plaid Dior.  But she should have been in a Givenchy for that room, no? :)

  • http://www.thechipsterdiaries.blogspot.com/ Jess

    She looks like Marion Cotillard in the last picture!

  • geeeque

    ooh those boots! i can’t believe i am saying this cuz i am a kate moss FAN but jeez i think she needs a looong vacation. girl’s gotta make dough, i get it, but she just looks tired and over it to me. 

  • marywv

    Good Lord, she is a world class model and she looks fantastic beyond belief! Sigh. 

  • JustJenn142

    Okay cranky. Love, love, loved the first shot.  Seriously loved it.

  • http://twitter.com/dysfashional Tilda Donner

    And Kaiser Karl couldn’t make a Chanel Couture look as well. Would rather swap that for a Dior. 

  • Ediths_Head

    How on earth could they have this editorial and put JLo on the cover? When will Vogue stand up for models? Most actresses, including all of those who have appeared on Vogue’s cover in recent years, cannot model. Witness Mila Kunis’s stiff-necked ads, Rachel Weisz’s embarrassing Bulgari campaign, or Julianne Moore in any of her many awkward commercial outings. This is just wrong. Models have skills that actresses don’t and this reliance on celebrities is smothering fashion. 

  • Larkin21

    In love with the fourth dress!

  • KLeigh

    DAMN that bitch gives good face. I think I just fell in love.

  • http://twitter.com/thelilerin erin l.

    Tim Walker is phenomenal.

  • Beth G

    The first shot, I thought she had a third arm coming out her boob til I realized it was the painting behind her… weird…

  • Merridith Kristoffersen

    Is she unable to bend at the hip?  Her favorite pose is apparently “nearly horizontal in a chair.”  Or is she just THAT tired from wearing couture?

  • janedonuts

    I could never hate Kate. She never pretends to be anything other than what she is — an effing great model. 

  • Warmheartedgirl Seattle

    The restaurant shot reminds me of Gigi.  Very pretty spread.

  • Adriana_Paula

    Not sure why a hotel maid is hemming couture (and Jeez, you couldn’t let her take her apron off?) but I love her pump popping off: that makes the picture.

  • http://twitter.com/WaxPoesis WasPoesis

    First glance, I thought the table WAS the dress! Lulz, which would improve the picture I think. How’s that for whimsy?

  • Bree The Vole

    Laaaaaaaaaaaaaate comment, but I just had to come over and say that what I love most about Kate is that she is always shamelessly Kate, no matter how much people don’t like that. I respect and encourage that, though it helps that she can also model the hell out of everything. Go severe-faced waif, go!