Kate lights up runway on 'No Smoking Day'
HANDBAG-maker to the super-rich Louis Vuitton lifted the curtain on the dark underbelly of love yesterday with a fetishist autumn-winter 2011-12 collection built around corsets, patent leather boots, handcuffs and other objects of desire.
In recent seasons, Vuitton has bucked the trend toward pubescent models, but in Paris yesterday the design guru opted for veterans, and brought out the big guns -- 90s supermodels Stella Tennant, Amber Valletta and Naomi Campbell.
When Kate Moss, who closed the show, emerged in a rubberised lace jacket, lace-up crocodile boots and hotpants, the crowd broke into applause.
Moss responded by taking a languorous puff on her cigarette and blowing the smoke out onto the crowd. It was a typically subversive flourish from the supermodel, who blew smoke in the face of Ash Wednesday, traditionally the day chosen as 'No Smoking Day' in many countries.
The show began when the first of Vuitton's army of kinky mistresses emerged on to the catwalk in a see-through skirt nipped to wasp-width at the waist by an extra-wide belt.
Hourglass-shaped coats in tweed and slick patent leather were worn with thigh-high stockings -- and nothing else. Black bustiers were layered over demure A-line skirts worn with shirts with round white collars.