Happy 40th Birthday Kate Moss!
She’s every designer’s dream and fashionista’s idol and believe it or not, this month Kate Moss celebrates her 40th birthday on 16th January.
Since the age of 18, Kate has been in the spotlight in front of the camera, on the catwalks and on 34 British Vogue covers. We’ve seen her evolve from a fresh-faced natural beauty on that infamous Calvin Klein campaign to a global supermodel with the personality of a rock star and effortless grace of a vintage Hollywood starlet.
Over the years her style has taken many twists and turns, and her hair has followed suit. Here, Katie Hamburger, stylist at Regis Salons creative team, The Edge, gives her analysis of some of Kate’s most iconic styles:
First runway for John Galliano in 1993
“Just year after her modelling career took-off, Kate made her runway debut for John Galliano. This centre-parted, straight and sleek hair was all the rage as straightening irons were introduced– it was a few years later in the mid-90s that straighteners became widely available and we’ve been a slave to those ceramic hot plates ever since.
“Sure-fire proof that Kate was a style icon from day one, this hair ‘do was seen on a-list celebs in the years following including Jennifer Aniston and Sarah Jessica Parker. Back in the 90s, straightening irons were basic to say the least but high-tech versions today such as the ghd eclipse will have your locks super straight and sleek in minutes – just remember to use plenty of heat protection, such as Kerastase Ciment Thermique before styling.”
Pixie Crop, British Fashion Awards 2001
“Toward the end of the 90s Kate made one of her best hair decisions – to go blonde, and she’s kept the golden hue ever since.
“At the turn of the decade Kate chopped her long locks into a long-layered pixie crop. Although she still pulls it off, this shape isn’t the best to complement her oval face. A better crop for Kate would have been to leave the fringe a little longer and swept to the side or to leave the hair in front of the ears a little longer like an elfin cut.
“Thousands of women rushed to salons to copy the style, as this was the year that the crop became a huge trend.”
Swarovski Fashion Rocks, 2007
“After a short break in her career, Kate made her red carpet comeback with a bang sporting a eye-skimming full fringe and a trend-setting mid-length style which was a modern twist on the classic Bardot 60s style.
“The longer fringe flatters Kate’s stunning features sweeping her eyes and the edges just resting on her cheek bones. Her make-up enhances the look with the smoky and highlighted cheekbones.
“Making waves in the celebrity world once again, there have been so many copy-cat styles by the likes of Taylor Swift, Alexa Chung and Zooey Deschanel. Of course, the masses quickly followed in her footsteps too, and fringe is still a huge trend nearly seven years later.”
Ad Campaign Shoot, 2013
“Relaxed but beautiful boho waves are the Kate look we all know and love. The hairstyle reflects her natural beauty – it’s simple, natural and not over worked. No matter what the occasion from Glastonbury to the Met Gala, Kate can work the ‘I woke up like this’ waves like no one else.
“To recreate the Kate waves, use a texturizing product like Kerastase Touche Finale, and curl random sections of hair with straightening irons. Keep the irons pointing down to create a longer, drawn-out wave and curl the hair in alternate direction so that it doesn’t look too ‘done’, but make sure the hair around the face is curled away to open up your face.”
“A few months before she turns 40, Kate is looking better than ever and is still securing high profile contacts as one of the world’s most sought after supermodels.
“Staying true to her winning boho style, Kate’s grown-out fringe blends perfectly into the relaxed, subtle wave. Kate rarely has body at the roots as she keeps the movement in the length, this is again indicative of her laid-back, natural beauty.
“It’s safe to say Kate has been a trend-setter since day one, and just like the clothes she wears, we all want to emulate her hairstyles to. Happy birthday Kate. Here’s to another year of head-turning styles!”