Unique Pieces For Fashion's Golden Girls (Part 1)

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A part of the London 2012 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony, we was asked to commission this set of pictures – working with star British designers to create unique pieces for fashion’s golden girls (and guy)

Kate Moss wears

Alexander McQueen

Sarah Burton’s sequin-encrusted, bias-cut grown with its seductively plunging neckline gently skims every curve before spilling out into a pool at the feet. What’s more, its slippery silk lining means it feels as good as it looks. Tailor-made for Kate Moss – who says her sporty credentials extend to yoga and walking her dog in the Cotswolds – it’s perfectly suited to the supermodel’s urban spin on glamour. How will Moss celebrate the Olympic Games? “By cheering on Team GB.” Leather wedges, Alexander McQueen.

Hair: Sam McKnight. Make-up: Val Garland and Petros Petrohilos. Nails: Marianne Newman. Digital artwork: Epilogue. With thanks to Park Royal Studios. Fashion editor: Lucinda Chambers

Description: Kate Moss wears

Stella Tennant wears

Christopher Kane

“As soon as I knew I was dressing Stella, I thought of a trouser suit. It just felt right,” says fellow Scot Christopher Kane, who constructed this slouchy suit using gold and aluminium chainmail together with Swarovski-crystal mesh, jigsaw-cut and linked together. “A really long process!” he adds, “but totally worth it. She looks like a beautiful Adonis, in a column of crystal and gold.” Leather boots, Christian Louboutin

Description: Stella Tennant wears

Lily Cole wears


Erdem’s ultra-feminine dress is a feat of workmanship comprised of brocade weaved in Italy and lace made in France, hand-embroidered in London. But for Erdem, it was the color that was hardest to fathom. “I’ve never made anything in gold, nor have lever explored the idea of metallic, so this project has been an interesting challenge,” admits the exacting designer, who also wanted the dress to be romantic and typically English. Erdem, who runs and swims, managed to score a seat at the Olympic Games: “I applied for tickets for diving, water polo, athletics and gymnastics – and I ended up with Graeco-Roman wrestling. So that’s where I’ll be.”

Platform shoes, Charlotte Olympia

Description: Lily Cole wears

Karen Elson wears


Christopher Bailey’s spaghetti-strap gown in golden lace takes the thigh-high split to racy, record-breaking heights – all the better to display Karen Elson’s primed pins. “I used to be pretty good at hurdles when I was a kid – my long legs helped.” Where will she watch the Olympic Games? “I’m probably going to throw a ton of parties at my house in Nashville and become very patriotic – I’m so proud to be British.”

Earnings and bracelets, Butler & Wilson. Shoes, Jimmy Choo

Description: Karen Elson wears

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