Preparing for the fourth season of her collaboration with Longchamp, Kate Moss was delighted to note the spectacular success of her Gloucester duffle bag, which even in the context of the acclaimed Kate Moss for Longchamp collection has already achieved cult status. She was even more delighted, because the Gloucester is her own personal choice a bag she picks up with the same pleasure day in, day out. "It's just so easy," says Kate, "that it has become a real staple of my wardrobe."
THE GLOUCESTER REVISITED:
A NEW SIZE, NEW SHADES, A NEW STYLE
She therefore decided to make this iconic design the focus of her fourth collection, introducing not only new colours, but also a new material suede and a new, slightly smaller size. Why was this? "You know," explains Kate, "the original Gloucester is great because it is so roomy, but if you don't have loads of things to put in it, it can feel a bit empty, so I thought it would be useful to have a smaller version, for those days when you don't need to carry so much around with you."
The Gloucester duffle bag, in both the smaller and the original size, remains the essence of Kate's own oh-so-easy-classic-with-a-twist elegance, and is fast becoming the canvas on which she can express her new inspirations every season. For Autumn 2011, Kate chose the touch-me texture of sensual suede calfskin "The suede is gorgeous, so soft," she enthuses which adds depth and intensity to the stunning new colour palette. First up, a beautiful raspberry pink and a peacock blue shades for which Kate was inspired by Monsieur Yves Saint Laurent, one of her favourite couturiers, whose vintage designs she collects. These are joined by khaki, the ultimate Kate colour. "I wear it a lot," she says, "because I think it goes very well with denim. For me, khaki is a basic colour, like black or beige, a kind of new neutral." Completing the collection are a lush creamy beige and a rich dark mocha, the latter with tone-on-tone smooth cowhide trim to create a subtle contrast, and accompanied by Kate's take on Longchamp's legendary all-in-one wallet.
For lovers of the classic all-leather Gloucester, the entire range both duffle bags and the travel bag is also offered in a new deep red, alongside timeless black and cognac. Each shade is complemented by a matching wallet.
Following on from the zebra print, the patchwork and the canvas of previous collections, Kate also wanted an exceptional, one-off interpretation of the Gloucester, for which this season she chose python. "I was inspired by a vintage miniskirt of mine," she explains, "which has a mixture of brown and black shades. I thought that was different and more interesting than the usual snakeskin, so I asked Longchamp to recreate the effect on calfskin." The result is truly stunning, giving the Gloucester a glamorous vintage vibe, which is accentuated by the dark brown calfskin trim and antiqued brass-finish hardware. "I can't wait to get my hands on that!" raves Kate.
THE FARAWAY HOBO:
A STUNNING STATEMENT
If the Gloucester is the quintessence of Kate's unique style, then the season's other star design is equally personal, though in a different way. "Quite a while back, Jamie bought me a fabulous hairy muff he found in a second-hand shop somewhere, and I was always intending to have it made into a bag," she explains. But such is the relationship Kate has established with Longchamp that she decided to ask them to create a new bag instead. In lustrous long black goat hair on a black calfskin shoulder strap with a nickel-finish buckle, the Faraway hobo bag is, as Kate says, "definitely a piece" a statement that will instantly lift any outfit. Kate herself is planning on wearing it for day with jeans and a black jacket "It's so stunning, it's all you need to dress up a casual look." A rare style tip from one of the world's most stylish women