Kate Moss

40 in January 2014 – does that seem possible? It is only a couple of years ago that we saw the most breathtaking photographs of her wedding, with Moss looking like a young wood nymph surrounded by sprites. Kate Moss rarely speaks, gives interviews or tweets and witters for the public. The only thing she is quoted as saying was “Nothing, tastes as good as skinny feels” which I think is pretty pithy and sums up the whole size debate.

It is hard to sum up the appeal and fame of Kate Moss in few words here. Born 16th January 1974 – one daughter. Discovered at 14 years old and has been in the public eye ever since. A supermodel, trendsetter and one of the worlds 20 richest models. Beautiful, photogenic, instantly recognisable, her face and her name. In some way she sums up modern London, universal and yet inaccessible.

She has a stillness in her photographs - looking at us with absolute frankness and dignity, always elegant, never silly. Ludicrously sexy, but not at all smutty. For me, she tells us what an elegant woman looks like in the world of now. Marc Jacobs said about her “You can never make Kate look as good on the runway as she does in real life.”

Her own wardrobe defines our times; in her own choice of clothes we see pictures of her at Glastonbury, at an airport, in the street. Her style is very developed and she sticks to simple classics which she updates continually. Cool evening dress, bias cut in a colour. Leather jacket, tailored jacket, jeans, pencil skirt, boots, scarves, designer bag, dark glasses, very little jewellery. She really cuts the clutter.

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Moss has been asked a million times about her own style. This is her hit list or style tips. So let’s give her, her own voice to tell us how she does it. This is what she always says:-

On trends – “Focus on looking great rather than looking on trend, clothes go in and out of fashion, but that’s not style, style has to be classic.”

The key pieces - “I’m at my most comfortable in jeans and a blazer. The pencil skirt is one of the most useful items to have in your wardrobe. It’s always saucy, especially in black, and seems to work for almost everyone.”

Don’t be girlie - “You don’t have to be girlie, just because you’re wearing a pretty dress, it doesn’t have to be pretty-pretty.”

Look to the past – “It's important to have some inspiration or a reference point when you're dressing. I really love the late 1960s and 1970s, around the time of the Rolling Stones. I don't channel it in everything I wear, but it does seem to feed through most outfits.”

When in doubt, stick to black – “I just throw on whatever I feel like wearing at the time, which tends to come from the palette of black, grey or red. If I'm having an off day, I'll wear full black.”

Work your style - “It’s often only other people who notice you have a signature style. I don’t think I’ve got one. If you do tend to wear the same things all the time, it’s how you wear them, your attitude that counts. “

Finishing touches –“I always have a pair of Ray-Bans in my bag, and lots of pairs at home, because they seem to go missing. They're a real staple. It's important to accessorise and I always turn to the scarves, hats and sunglasses in my wardrobe. And jewellery? I don’t think you can ever have too much.”

Happy Birthday Kate, have a great one.