IF YOU think leggings are every girl’s worst fashion nightmare, now might be a good time to prepare yourself for something even trickier. Come Christmas, a new trend is set to make leggings seem like a walk in the park. Ladies, it’s time to embrace the zentai.
Granted, a black satin all-in-one zentai with a plunging back and a low halterneck front might not seem the best candidate for a Christmas number one.
But if Kate Moss says it is cool, then it probably will be. Teamed with a silver sequin bolero, the zentai was Moss’s outfit last night as she hosted an intimate dinner at Annabel’s to launch her Christmas collection for Topshop. With her newly-cut long fringe, her eyes underlined in heavy black kohl, the black zentai was the perfect accompaniment to Kate’s sexy new glam rock look — one which Sir Philip Green will hope keeps the tills ker-chinging.
As guests dined on lobster and blackened cod, they were treated to a catwalk show featuring Moss’s latest designs. Unlike her first collection, which rejigged vintage finds from her own wardrobe, the new collection has a more separate identity from Moss’s own look, though in essence it still captures her spirit. Trouser suits with long tuxedo jackets and wide-leg pants came in black or white, accessorised with long-fringed scarves. For younger customers (and those thirtysomethings still blessed with legs like Kate’s) there was a gold lamé racerback playsuit with ultra-short hotpants, a black and white strapless, polka dot mini dress with a bustle, and a tight black jersey sheath dress with plumes of feathers at the cuffs.
Previous designs have been criticised for looking too “young”, but these were more sophisticated. Flapper-style dresses looked particularly strong, with jet beading on the bustline and cute little fringed skirts. Green’s daughter, Chloe, wore one in black and silver which is sure to be an office party hit.
Moss, 33, did not model but watched from the top table, which she co-hosted with Sir Philip. She looked far less nervous than when she unveiled her first collection in May, laughing with Simon Cowell, who sat to her right, and draping an arm around new boyfriend, Jamie Hince. Also on the top table were Elle Macpherson,lycra zentai, Jade Jagger and Richard Caring, owner of Annabel’s. Guests supporting Moss included Bob Geldof, Naomi Campbell, Sophie Dahl, Jamie Cullum, David Walliams, Sadie Frost, Bobbie Gillespie and Princess Beatrice.
Christian Slater was also present, fresh from his first night in Swimming With Sharks, accompanied by Tamara Mellon.
As soon as the show was over, people ran outside for a cigarette. But they were back in time for pudding and to enjoy a performance by Grace Jones, who entertained into the small hours.