Kate Moss’s Cara Delevingne Fashion Fatwa
According to the British tabloids, the fashion icon has ‘blacklisted’ current It Girl Delevingne and is allegedly siding with pal Naomi Campbell. What gives?
According to one very confident source, British supermodel Kate Moss has “blacklisted” trendy eyebrow Cara Delevingne. While the source insists that “they’re definitely not friends at the moment,” it’s hard to say just what a high fashion blacklisting entails (talking trash to Anna Wintour? Burning each other’s Liquiteria punch cards? Sneaking Kalteen bars into craft service?). It’s even harder to fathom what precipitated this falling out.
In addition to a possible deviated septum, Moss and Delevingne have a lot in common. They were both teenagers when they were discovered by Sarah Doukas, the founder of Storm Model Management. While Kate Moss (and her size zeros) quickly became iconic during the ’90s heroin chic movement, the 22-year-old Delevingne is currently cementing her place as one of fashion’s most arresting faces. Delevingne is the rare supermodel whose personality extends beyond her smize; from her burgeoning acting career to her famous silly faces, Delevingne is the kind of runway walker you’d want to get a beer (pint?) with. She’s also ubiquitous, appearing in five films in 2015 alone, while dating St. Vincent and dope walking with A$AP Ferg.
At 41, Moss boasts a similarly sparkling career—and a similar penchant for indie musicians. In addition to making clearly defined ribs de rigueur on the runway, Moss has designed her own collections for retailers like Topshop and Longchamp. Moss, who’s married to The Kills guitarist Jamie Hince, shares one other weakness with Delevingne—and no, we’re not talking about Delevingne’s taste for takeout. Both supermodels have faced cocaine scandals; Moss was surreptitiously photographed doing lines, while Delevingne was caught dropping a bag of mysterious white substance outside of her flat.
With their parallel careers and apparent mutual need to take frequent trips to the bathroom, it follows that Delevingne and Moss would be guaranteed chums. The supermodels have worked on two Burberry campaigns together—the most recent debuted just this month—and are the faces of Mango’s upcoming Autumn/Winter campaign. Cara has gushed that “it’s always fun when Miss Moss is around,” calling the senior model “a true fashion icon.” She also claimed that their Burberry shoot “was just us, being friends and having a good time,” before boasting about her favorite pose, “when we were both naked and she had her legs wrapped around me.” Moss has also praised Delevingne, explaining that she’s “a great model” who “doesn’t need advice.”
Naturally, this sudden cold war between two of fashion’s most beloved pixie sticks has the fashion world in a complete and total tizzy. Faster than you can say Rimmel London, fans of both blondes have donned their own Burberry detective coats, entering the trenches of fashion’s most evasive feud (hey, anything to put off actually seeing Paper Towns). So far, the rumored points of contention are shadier than Vogue’s Cara Delevingne profile. The original source cites Delevingne’s break with Storm, and her alleged catfight with Naomi Campbell back in March. The problem is, rumors of Delevingne dropping her agency were online as early as June—surely, fellow Storm model Moss wouldn’t have just started to make a fuss. Similarly, the alleged Campbell-Delevingne feud, when “Naomi accused Cara of ‘disrespecting’ Rihanna and started yelling, before Naomi pushed Cara, who pushed back,” happened way back in March. And if Moss really is trying to help her longtime friend Naomi, it seems like calling Cara out would be the last thing that Campbell wants, since the supermodel tweeted a strong denial of any Delevingne foul play.
While Moss is apparently “annoyed with some of Cara’s behavior,” it seems like the younger model is the only one with real cause for complaint. Back in 2014, the supermodel formerly known as “cocaine Kate” poked fun at her protégé, dressing up as Delevingne for a Halloween party. In an iconic frenemy move, Moss rocked a loose T-shirt, unzipped sweatshirt, skinny jeans, and wedge sneakers—along with a conspicuous smudge of white powder on her nose. The getup was clearly an allusion to Delevingne’s recent cocaine controversy, as was Moss’s tactic of “pretending to fall over” for the cameras in reference to Cara’s hard-partying reputation. Keep your friends close, keep your paparazzi closer?
While the “lethal combination” of Kate and Cara has apparently turned fatal, there’s no way to thoroughly trace the bad blood between these Brits. Let’s chalk it up to the simple fact that one island might not be big enough for the two of them.