They’re style icons on each side of the Atlantic: Kate Moss is the supermodel with a fashion cult following and US actress Chloë Sevigny have topped Best Dressed lists since her 1995 debut in Kids. Moss have already cashed in on her much copied style with a clothing line for high street giants Topshop and now the turn has come to Chloë.
But, true to her indie credentials, Sevigny is not working with GAP or Banana Republic (first ever UK store opens March 15 on London’s Regent Street) but with the obscure New York boutique Opening Ceremony. Her explanation (“I just came up with stuff I’d want to wear”) sounds like something Moss said but Sevigny looked back to her adolescent teens for inspiration – rock bands, friends and her good self influenced the range; a mish-mash of dresses, tops and skirts.
Sevigny have for long been an indie film icon and her individual style – on and off screen – have attracted both highflying directors (Woody Allen, Lars Von Trier, Larry Clark) and famous boyfriends (Harmony Korine, Jarvis Cocker). Her low Hollywood profile makes her a smaller tabloid target than Moss and therefore less vulnerable on the crowded celebrity- turned-designer circuit.
Surprisingly (or maybe not), Barneys (NYC) bought Kate’s Topshop collection and in the UK, the prestigious Mayfair store Dover Street Market carries the Opening Ceremony line. The world is full of Lily Allen dresses, Victoria Beckham perfumes and Kelly Brook bikinis but in Chloë Sevigny’s taste we trust.