Your morning fashion and beauty report: Kate Moss launches last line for Topshop. Taylor Swift signs a fragrance deal. And Emma Watson covers British Vogue.
About 200 invited shoppers crowded into Topshop's London flagship Monday night for the launch of what is being billed as model Kate Moss' "last official collection" for the retailer. The wardrobe group includes 109 styles -- including some of her past bestsellers and some limited-edition pieces -- and goes on sale at Topshops worldwide Tuesday. But wait. I'm confused. Topshop top guy Sir Philip Green says he and Moss will keep working together. He says the collection still works and that his business relationship with Moss is as strong as ever. But apparently they both need a break. [WWD]
Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration on Tuesday plans to introduce six initiatives to bolster New York City's fashion industry, already one of the most vibrant in the world. [WWD] (Subscription required.) It makes me wonder what Los Angeles could do with similar municipal support. Our mayor told Los Angeles Times writer Adam Tschorn recently that the city is supportive of the industry -- as long as someone else takes the initiative.
Hannah MacGibbon won "Designer of the Year" at the Harper's Bazaar Women of the Year Awards. Among other recipients: Emma Thompson for acting, Net-a-Porter founder Natalie Massenet for innovating, Annie Lennox for lifetime achievement and Manolo Blahnik for making it as a man in a woman's world! [The Telegraph]
Distancing herself from long-time character Hermione, "Harry Potter's" Emma Watson first cut her hair and now looks fresh and glamorous on the cover of December's British Vogue. [Vogue UK]
L.A. fashion journalist Monica Corcoran Harel collaborated with "Mad Men" costume designer Janie Bryant on the just-published "The Fashion File: Advice, Tips and Inspiration from the Fashion Designer of 'Mad Men.'" When she's not busy working, Harel likes to go to Lucques for steak frites or the Cube for pasta, shop at Veno Cada, or relax at Runyon Canyon, she tells Mondette.
Plus-size model Crystal Renn (she's a size 10) has some ideas about how to get larger models onto runways --- like making sample clothes in size 8 instead of size 2. To show just how whack today's modeling scene is, 1980s supermodel Paulina Porizkova stood side by side with Renn at a panel at the Glamour Women of the Year conference Monday in New York. Porizkova says she is the same size today as she was when she modeled swimsuits several decades ago. If anything, she looked larger than Renn. "This is a plus-size model in 2010," she said, gesturing toward Renn. She pointed at herself and continued, "This is an average-size model in 1980. Times have changed." [The Cut]
Celeb deal of the day: Taylor Swift, who signed on as the face of Cover Girl about six months ago, now has a deal with Arden for fragrance. [WWD] (Subscription required.)
-- Susan Denley
Photo: Kate Moss. Credit: Stuart Ramson / Associated Press