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Kate Moss makes catwalk comeback for designer friend Marc Jacobs

March 6, 2013
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All eyes were on Kate Moss as she closed the Louis Vuitton show on Wednesday morning at Paris Fashion Week. The supermodel famously retired from the runway in 2004, but she makes exceptions for her best friend Marc Jacobs, who is the creative director of the French fashion house – the blonde beauty closed his Louis Vuitton show in 2011 wearing black hot pants.

This time, the 39-year-old took to the runway wearing a transparent, crystal adorned maxi dress and a black wig, oozing confidence as she worked the setting – a hotel complete with numbered stained oak doors and old-fashioned wallpaper that saw the models, including Cara Delevingne, step out from the doors of a corridor. Kate had some support in the audience – wearing a cute biker jacket, her 11-year-old daughter Lila Grace had turned up to watch the show, accompanied by her dad Jefferson Hack and her stepdad Jamie Hince, who recently married Kate. According to Marc, the idea behind the setting and the collection was of a woman who was "all dressed up with nowhere to go" and ends up staying in her hotel room.

The collection infused with effortless glamour. Lace slips, silks shorts and embroidered transparent gowns were paired with baggy, boyfriend jumpers and big fur jackets. Speaking about the woman he had in mind while creating the collection, he said: "She's so many different women, there's a certain decadence, she likes luxury, she's kind of bored." "It's a mix of many eras," he continued. "There's some Gloria Swanson and a lot of Hollywood. It's friends of mine who were in the show but who will remain nameless."

Having just given birth to twins, designer Sarah Burton was understandably absent during the Alexander McQueen presentation. But the new mum, who designed Kate Middleton's wedding dress, had pulled together a 10 look collection that was shown to an elite group of fashion experts in the capital's Opera Comique.The intricate creations drew inspiration from "the high church", offering modern takes on communion gowns and cardinals' robes.Ruff collars, pearls and feathers referenced various religious iconography, while caged crinolines and billowing sleeves provided a futuristic vibe. The finale was a dramatic tribute to Queen Elizabeth I – an ornate ivory gown boasting a bodice of gold brocade.

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