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.”

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“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!

 

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STYLE STALK: Natalie Dormer

Natalie Dormer recently debuted a punky new look at the 20th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 18, 2014 in Hollywood, giving her usual classic look some serious edge!

The Games of Thrones actress wowed fans with her awesome new ‘do, with the left side of her head completely shaved. Hot! The star counter-pointed her new undercut with a sparkly, intricate, interlocked silver ear cuff and an interesting french braid along her crown. Her smouldering dark eye makeup perfectly accentuated her feline peepers.

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She’s perfectly straddling that line between refined glamour and punk, wearing a sleeveless white gown with chain-metal inspired mesh sleeves by Marios Schwab, breaking entirely from her usual look as the future Queen of Westeros on GOT.

The actress commented on her new ‘do, noting that she had taken the plunge for her upcoming role in the Hunger Games: Mockingjay series of films.  The actress knew she would have to shave her head before she committed to the final two film installments of the action-packed series, noting that when she originally took on the role the idea was for her to shave her whole head for her part as Cressida.

However as the character was developed, it was decided she would sport a half-shaven do instead, buzzing off half of her flowing locks last October.

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“It’s been hidden for 3 months. I was waiting for the right moment,” she explained. “I was a little bit nervous [about shaving it], because as women for some weird reason we have a lot of our identity bound up in our hair,” she said “But just to get rid of it was liberating.”

I definitely think her new look is edgy and totally hot. It’s added edge and sass to her style which was always classic and classy. I love how the shaved side totally contrasts with her long flowing locks, and paired with those amazing blue cat eyes of hers, her style has elevated to a whole new level.

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Where are my clippers, I feel like shaving my head again!

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STYLE STALK: Audrey Napoleon

DJ, model, singer-songwriter, producer, remixer and style icon, Audrey Napoleon is the perfect combination of edgy, dark and individual style.

Napoleon began exploring electronic music and meandered along many different pathways before finding her signature sound which she describes as “dark romance, very fluid, and like you’re in a womb.” She hit the stage of Coachella this year with her signature style and appeared as the love interest/headlining DJ in a popular Heineken commercial along with her track #My Sunrise.

The fair- skinned beauty can usually be seen with black, navy or carmine coloured lips. She describes her style as romantic goth, frequently graces best-dressed fashion lists, and has a penchant for anything Alexander McQueen.  As testament, she has ‘God Save McQueen’ inked on her inner arm.

Behind the decks, she dresses to reflect her dynamic stage presence and can frequently be seen in anything from avant-garde ensembles to sleek, sexy leather bodices. She’s a fan of Kao Pao Shu dresses, Mother of London and Jeffrey Campbell. ‘I love being a woman and it’s a beautiful thing that I embrace. I feel that anyone who watches me on stage, in the studio, or listens to my music will hear that I’m not faking it. I exercise creativity in nearly everything I do; even in simple things like how I make my coffee and how I prepare to go to sleep. Even when I dream I’m dreaming of the things I want to do and I’ll wake up with all sorts of ideas.’

To emulate Audrey’s suave, edgy style, think leather, lace and black, black, black. Accessorise with bold pendants and statement rings, some attitude, perhaps a sleek raven mane; and you’re on your way to Napoleon chic.

Check out her edgy style below for a little inspiration, and following the visuals, a mixtape by Audrey via PodOmatic, ‘Sextape Volume 9’. Look and listen.

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Audrey Napoleon- ‘Sextape Vol. 9’

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