STYLE STALK: Kate Moss goes brunette for AnOther Magazine

In September last year Kate Moss went brunette for an editorial shoot with Collier Schorr for AnOther Magazine, with amazing results.

Sultry, mysterious and exotic, Mossy rocks the brunette mid-length style, which amps up those bewitching eyes and brings those famous cheekbones into contrast.

Kate’s rocked many different looks over the years, cited by many as a hair and fashion icon with her chameleon-like style. She’s sported everything from Bardot bouffants, bangs, floss pink catwalk do’s, that famous pixie crop, and her famous sun-kissed bedhead strands.  As much as I think Ms Moss can pull off practically any hairstyle and any shade on earth, I must say I do have a particular penchant for her as a brunette.

To follow is a flashback from the AnOther shoot, followed by more pics of the ubermodel with darker locks throughout various stage her illustrious career; highlighting just how easily she swings from light to dark.

What do you think of her darker ‘do?

 AnOther Magazine

September 2014
Photographer: Collier Schorr
Stylist: Katie Grand
Make-Up: Val Garland
Hair: Sam McKnight

 

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STYLE STALK: Shirley Manson

The enigmatic Shirley Manson has long been a girl crush of mine. Ever since she entered my teenage world as front woman of dark pop ensemble Garbage in the 90s, I have adored the gutsy, sexy charisma she exudes by the bucketful. With her extraordinary style and exceptional talent she’s arguably one of THE female touchstones of 90s alternative rock and an empowering inspiration for women.  She defined the ’90s vixen, with that Scottish brogue that was sultry and empowering all at once.

With that amazing fiery hair, mega attitude, blood red lips, and a set of pipes that could out-snarl a wolf,  she engages audiences around the world with her intimate, vulnerable and honest lyrics about gender, identity and self-acceptance. Famously outspoken, she continually inspires legions of fans across the globe with her edgy, DIY feminist vibe and take-no-prisoners attitude.

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Listening to 2005’s “Bleed Like Me” on high rotation helped to nurse me through a particularly challenging time in my life, the end of a 7 year relationship. That album, with its bristling sleaze, gloom and noisy grungy pop, helped me release some kind of inner relationship demons and somehow assisted in the crawl through to the other side, a life of rediscovery. Songs about beloved freaks and lying lovers, designed to stoke the last dance at the end of days, were kind of a panacea at the time.

Fierce, brave and provocative are words that often spring to mind when I think of Shirley. Following her on social media for the last few years, I could also add whip-smart, utterly compassionate, open minded and wise to that mix. Shirley doesn’t have a problem standing up for what is unjust and cruel in the world, and I just love that quality in a person.

The lady has made a big impression on me throughout the years as a strong, iconic gutsy frontwoman and also as a style icon. I am just so in love with that amazing mane of hair which just seems to get better and more glorious by the day. I adore her alabaster skin, and am amazed by that beautiful pout that speaks so much truth and knowledge and wisdom about this big, dark, beautiful world. But most of all I love her mind and her soul.

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“I started wearing mini skirts in bright colours with Dr. Martens and lots of makeup – my obsession with makeup reaches fetishist proportions! It started when I was a teenager working behind the beauty counter at Selfridges.”

Shirley Manson styled by B Akerlund for & Other Stories

“Makeup is a bit like magic: it can completely change the way you look and the way you feel, and I find the process of putting it on very relaxing, almost like meditating. I particularly love lipstick (MAC’s Lady Danger is my all-time favourite), which in the 90s became my style signature.”

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“Focusing on sex appeal can be dangerous, since it’s the first thing to fade away, and I’d like to build my life on more solid ground than that. I want to enjoy getting older and be graceful as I grow up, which is why my style has changed with time… It would be pretty scary if I was still dressing like I did in my twenties!

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“Anyone can wear an amazing designer’s outfit, but it doesn’t make you stylish. Style is about who you are and how you live your life.”

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“The sensation of never feeling good enough or pretty enough will always be there. It’s a constant dialogue, and you just learn to be more powerful than that other voice. When you hear it come up, you shut it down.”

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“I have a certain tendency towards the dark that defines me as a singer. I’m not a show-pony girl. I’m not all bright and pink and fluffy. I look at the world with a slight melancholy, always. I think people who are attracted to the band share that. I see death coming and I don’t shirk it.”

 

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“To me, who you are is the most important thing. What you do says more about your value in the world than how you look. I really believe that, and those are the strengths you can rely on when things get tough, because they inevitably do. That line of thinking stops women from believing in themselves as artists, from being curious and brave. “

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“I like the feeling that I’m giving young women self-confidence. It sounds so cliched, but it can be very moving.”

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“I admire people who are really put together, but standing next to them, I feel very shambolic… So I guess the way I look somehow stems from that sense of vulnerability.”

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“Western cultures are fixated with youth to the point of hysteria, but there are great things that come with age: comfort, confidence and self-knowledge. For instance, it took me a long time to feel comfortable with my red hair, but now I actually colour it to make even more intensely flaming… turns out I love it!”

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STYLE STALK: Daphne Guiness

Its no surprise that the ever-changing and always intriguing Daphne Guinness is a massive style inspiration for many, including myself. She possesses a discriminatingly strong personal style, wearing haute couture effortlessly.

The heiress of the Guinness fortune, Daphne has become an icon through her many roles as an artist, actress, muse, model, designer and collector of couture. Since 1994, she has been in the International Best Dressed Hall of Fame and in was included in Tatler’s top 10 best-dressed list in 2010.

She’s also collab’d with MAC to create her own make up line, spent two years mounting an exhibition of a hundred displays of her clothing for the Fashion Institute of Technology, and is notorious on the Brit social circuit a very close friend of the late great Alexander McQueen. Scheduled to model for charity on the runway the day his suicide was announced, Guinness veiled herself in mourning.

As a fierce style icon, and pioneer for the industry, her style, attitude and values stand in sharp alignment with a high couture aesthetic I am drawn to. Many look to her intensely cultivated style and elegance for inspiration.

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Daphne’s individuality is a defining feature. Despite growing up into a life of privilege she created her own independence and unquestionably original style, whilst still retaining her class and elegance.

With her sharp defined features, and two toned black and platinum hair, her signature edgy and high fashion style sees her heralded as a luminary of edgy chic. She is the muse of many photographers who are fascinated by her beauty and feel for artistic performance.

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Her influence on fashion has been large; her imaginative mind always seeing the legacy in fashion as important historical art. “It’s a very mathematical, artistic, ancient tradition. I would never dispose of anything that I’ve had made, it has my personal stamp on it.”

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Her vision of preserving and valuing fashion shows her remarkable passion in devoting herself to an ideal.  Hail to the great Daphne, who never fails to inspire and delight with her amazing, flamboyant and cutting edge style!

 

Daphne Guinness

 

xDS

FASHION OBSESSION: NYFW Street Style Accessories

We all know the power of the accessory in making or breaking an outfit.

Accessories present endless opportunities, helping you make the best of each and every item you own- the important details needed to complete each look.

Sometimes all it takes for your ensemble of carefully curated clothing to completely graduate to a ‘Look’ is that one defining accessory.  A change of a shoelace, the addition of a bracelet, an unusual piece of jewelry, not only make a fashion statement but are great conversation starters.

The pro-dressers of New York Fashion Week, which wrapped last week, have this rule down to a fine art.

Photographer Mark Iantosca captures the spirit and the vibe of NYFW on the street, finding the best odds and ends, bits and baubles, and all the arm / foot / eye candy the week had to offer.  Great hats, bags, rings, statement jewellery, and sunglasses all help these fashion mavens further emphasise their personal style, taste, and preferences.

And don’t forget, above all, your smile might just be your most important accessory – one that you can wear as often as you like!

xDS

Ryan Storer Silver-Plated Swarovski Crystal Ear Cuff, $320, available at Net-A-Porter.

Monserat De Lucca Friendship Puzzle Necklace Set, $84, available at Shopbop.

Forever 21 Spot-On Phone Case, $7.80, available at Forever 21; Diane von Furstenberg Round Pyramid Studded Tech Leather Gloves, $185.50, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.
Modekungen Skeleton Gloves, $46.13, available at Modekungen; h0les Pixel Sunglasses, $90, available at h0les.
Debenhams Isotoner Red Stitch Leather Gloves, $26.22, available at Debenhams.
Karen Walker Orbit Sunglasses, $349, available at Karen Walker.
Adorn By Sara Lewis Turquoise Flower Ring, $88, available at Adorn By Sara Lewis.
Karen Walker Orbit Clear, $349, available at Karen Walker.
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Barneys New York Lynn Ban Silver Bulletproof Armor Ring, $290, available at Barneys New York.

PS. What is your go-to accessory to really make an outfit turn into a look? Feel free to post your accessory tips, challenges and questions in the comments section below 🙂