Kate Moss has collaborated with premium French label Equipment on a capsule collection for AW16, which will be showcased at a pop-up shop that opens in London’s Marylebone from today (2 June) until 9 June. It is also being sold worldwide on Equipment’s website and at NET-A-PORTER.COM.
The collection comprises around 40 items ranging from Equipment’s signature silk shirts to silk slip dresses, silk pyjamas and cashmere sweaters. Prices range from $78 for a star-print skinny silk scarf to $598 for a tuxedo blazer.
Moss, who recently amicably parted company with her agency Storm to represent herself, has been very particular about collaborations in the past and told Vogue that her decision to work with Equipment was “organic”, adding she had been made aware of the brand through her relationship with Kills frontman Jamie Hince, with whom the brand worked.
The collection has in parts a distinct 90s feel with slip dresses, an oversized army jacket and plaid flannel shirt in the line-up, which is very on-point right now. But there are also plenty of versions of the signature Equipment silk shirt, which has become a modern classic, realised in Moss’s signature “Celestial” print, leopard print and snake print, and one which literally features Moss’ signature in an all-over print design. Classic cashmere sweaters, which come in block colour, Celestial or lighting bolt (a reference to Moss’ late friend David Bowie) print options complete the capsule.
Moss’ most recent high profile collaboration was with high street giant Topshop, but this will appeal to an older, more affluent customer. While it wholly embodies Moss’ style, it is packed with quality classics that customers can make their own.
Equipment was founded in 1976 by Christian Restoin, partner of former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld, after he spotted a gap in the market for a quality shirt brand for men. After 20 years Restoin moved on with his career and the brand was resurrected as a shirt brand for women by Serge Azria in 2010. It went on to be a global success and its signature silk shirts are now a modern classic. The range has been carefully extended to include silk dresses, pyjamas and tops, as well as jersey, cotton, cashmere and tailoring options, which all stay true to the brands simple, timeless aesthetic.