Kate Moss on Her Eclectic Style, Elizabeth Taylor, and Her New Jewelry Collaboration

It’s these very pieces that served as the foundation for the collection, covering the full spectrum of Moss’s wide-ranging tastes across 70 individual designs. A series inspired by ancient tattoo cuffs carry the decorative flair to elevate one of Moss’s iconic little black dresses, while bohemian head jewelry and stacked bracelets wouldn’t look out of place within one of her go-to Glastonbury looks, paired with mini-shorts and Hunter Wellies. So too do the Art Deco–inflected necklaces and earrings serve as the perfect tool to bring full-throttle glamour to the red carpet, or for one of Moss’s famously decadent birthday parties. 

As Moss remembers it, her hoarder’s instinct for jewelry extends all the way back to childhood. “As a kid I would always save the smallest present wrapped up under the tree at Christmas for last, hoping it was going to be a piece of jewelry, but it never was,” she says, before laughing again, “I suppose I’m making up for that now!” It was when her modeling career took off that Moss began splashing out on the pieces she still treasures to this day. “I remember being in Milan for the shows, and I went to Pennisi—it’s a jewelry shop that I think Miuccia Prada goes to—and I bought these emerald and gold antique earrings that eventually Craig McDean shot for Vogue Nippon. It was then I started collecting. I can’t pass a jewelry shop without looking in the window now.”

Kate Moss by Craig McDean, Vogue Nippon, September 1999

Photo: Craig McDean / Art + Commerce

A major source of inspiration also came from some of the style icons Moss has idolized throughout her life. “Because it’s high-end jewelry and they were talking diamonds, I was just thinking decadence, and imagining some billionaire hippy like Talitha Getty—that was my dream inspiration,” Moss adds. “Oh, and Elizabeth Taylor, of course. Nobody loved jewelry more than her.” As Moss describes it, her attitude to wearing luxurious jewelry is just as laid-back as the women of generations past she looks up to. “When I’m in Ibiza, I like to wear diamonds on the beach,” she says. “When I go swimming in the sea, sometimes I’ll just wear my emerald ring that I got from Jade Jagger, because the colors look so beautiful in the water. I know that sounds quite decadent, but that’s why I love jewelry—it gives me pleasure, it definitely brings me joy.”

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