Kate Moss’ collaboration with Carphone Warehouse caught everyone by surprise when it was announced earlier this month. Kate’s lent her eye for design to the high street before, working with Topshop on 14 capsule collections between 2007 and 2010, but Carphone Warehouse isn’t the most obvious partner for her rock-chic aesthetic. They’re better known for sensible phone plans and practical headsets.
But if anyone can make a phone case covetable, it’s Kate Moss. Her designs have all the signatures of her personal style – rivets, studs and black leather are everywhere - and the supermodel’s influence is instantly recognisable. The patent snakeskin pattern on an iPhone case was inspired by her favourite Dunhill lighter, and the chic anchor symbols mimic a tattoo on her wrist. If Marc Jacob’s cuter-than-cute puppydog cases weren’t your thing, this is the ultimate foil to their schoolteacher charm.
|Kate Moss with Nick Grimshaw, holding her iPad case|
My favourite is the Samsung flip case, purely for its anchor-print lining, but the nautical symbol does risk replicating JW Anderson’s logo a little too closely. Other standouts include the rivet-strewn star across the back of an iPhone case (does this remind anyone else of her spring 2009 Topshop collection?) and the iPad ziparound, which could have been mistaken for a classic clutch when Moss modelled it at the launch. Held against her black, full-skirted Prada dress and surrounded by London cool kids Pixie Geldof, Nick Grimshaw and Jaime Winstone, it looked right at home.
There might not be anything overly exciting or unexpected about this collection – it looks exactly how you’d imagine a Kate Moss range of tech accessories would – but that’s exactly what her fans crave most. Moss has never run after trends or chased novelties. She’s played to her biggest strength, her personal style, and proved that she can make almost anything into an enviable accessory.