As one of the world’s most famous supermodels, Kate Moss is typically synonymous with glamour and high-fashion.
But when the catwalk star took to the stand to testify on behalf of ex-boyfriend Johnny Depp on Wednesday, she seemingly made it a point to put as much sartorial distance between herself and her designer diva persona in what style experts suggest was a calculated move to bring more ‘authority’ and ‘authenticity’ to her testimony.
Gone were the glamorous dresses, opulent accessories, perfectly-undone locks, and smoky eye makeup.
In their place, the 48-year-old supermodel donned a ‘smart’ $2,990 Saint Laurent tuxedo jacket over a ‘feminine’ undone pussy-bow blouse, an outfit that one fashion expert said helped her to achieve an ‘easy, casual, and authentic’ aesthetic during her brief appearance in Depp’s $100 million defamation case against Amber Heard.
According to TV personality Robert Verdi, Moss’s look enabled her to look as though she wasn’t ‘trying too hard’, all the while helping her to focus the attention on her face rather than her fashion.
A style expert has revealed how Kate Moss created an air of ‘authenticity and authority’ with her courtroom outfit as she testified remotely on behalf of her ex Johnny Depp on Wednesday
TV personality Robert Verdi said Moss’ look enabled her to look as though she wasn’t ‘trying too hard’, while helping her to focus the attention on her face rather than her fashion
The 48-year-old supermodel (seen this month) eschewed the glamorous fashion and red carpet makeup she is so often seen sporting in favor of a much more ‘natural’ toned-down look
‘The black and white color combo was smart because when there’s an absence of color it makes you look at the person’s face,’ Verdi told DailyMail.com.
The true meaning behind Kate Moss’ ‘authentic’ court look
Style expert Robert Verdi suggested that Moss’ ensemble and beauty look were both intended to help her create an image of authenticity and authority on the stand, something that she achieved through a handful of simple sartorial tricks:
- $2,990 YSL tuxedo jacket to give an air of ‘authority’
- ‘Feminine’ pussy bow blouse left undone so as not to appear like a courtroom ‘costume’
- Black-and-white outfit helped to keep focus on her face
- ‘Natural’ hair and makeup made her look at ease on the stand, but also in ‘control’
‘The jacket has authority, while the blouse adds a feminine touch,’ he continued, adding that Moss likely opted to leave the bow of her shirt undone in order to ensure she didn’t look as though she had put on some kind of court ‘costume’.
‘Leaving the blouse untied [meant] it [didn’t] feel fussy, [and gave Moss] an “I don’t want to look like I tried too hard” look.
‘If she were to have tied it in a bow, it would have come off looking like a costume. The way she’s wearing it, it looks easy and casual.’
When it came to beauty, Moss further added to the image of herself as someone with authority and authenticity, with Verdi explaining that her ‘very simple’ makeup look was intended to be as natural as possible – although he noted that the supermodel likely worked with a professional makeup artist to achieve the perfect pared-back style.
‘Her beauty is very authentic to her: her makeup is very simple, it looks like she has a blush pink lip, a little bronzer and a little mascara but probably still done by a makeup artist,’ he said.
In stark contrast to Depp’s ex-wife Heard, who has modeled a wide variety of perfectly-done ‘dos throughout the weeks-long trial, Moss made a conscious effort to tame her normally-messy blonde locks – but not to the point where she looked ‘overdone’, Verdi continued.
‘Her hair feels like she’s trying to control how she’s being perceived, it feels like she doesn’t want to overdo it,’ he said.
Still, Moss maintained one small connection to her ‘party girl’ image of old, eschewing a more traditional blazer in favor of a tuxedo-style jacket – a ‘surprising’ style that Verdi noted would be better suited to ‘5pm cocktails than court’.
Overall, her courtroom look was a world away from the overtly-glamorous image that she and Depp were famous for during their four-year relationship in the late nineties – when they were widely viewed as one of the most stylish couplings in the public eye.
According to Verdi, Moss (seen on screen being watched by ex beau Depp in court) ensured focus remained on her face by wearing a black-and-white outfit
Depp and Moss (seen in 1998) dated for close to four years between 1994 and 1998 – and the model was said to have been left devastated when he broke up with her
‘The shawl collar tuxedo jacket is a surprising choice,’ he said. ‘It feels more like 5pm cocktails than court.’
Moss’ hotly-anticipated appearance on the stand on Wednesday lasted less than four minutes, during which she denied Heard’s claim that her then-boyfriend Depp once pushed her down the stairs while on holiday in Jamaica.
Appearing briefly via live video from Gloucestershire, England, the famously-private model – who dated the actor from 1994 until 1998 – said that while on vacation in Jamaica she slipped and Depp came to her aid, insisting that her former beau ‘never pushed me, kicked me, or threw me down any stairs’.
Questioned by Depp’s attorney Benjamin Chew, Moss said, ‘We were leaving the room and Johnny left the room before I did. There had been a rainstorm and as I left the room I slid down the stairs. I hurt my back. And I screamed because I didn’t know what had happened to me and I was in pain.
‘He came running back to help me, carried me to my room and got me medical attention.’
Moss was appearing as a witness for Depp during a stage of the trial known as rebuttal, where he gets to challenge Heard’s allegations.
The supermodel was at the height of her fame when she began her intense relationship with Depp who was a teen idol thanks to his roles in films like Edward Scissorhands.
Both of them were notorious for their drink and drug use and became known as the ‘chicest, druggiest couple in LA.’
Among their favorite hangouts was the Viper Room in Los Angeles, which Depp owned, where they partied with the likes of Jared Leto, Keanu Reeves and Charlize Theron.
Moss later said that she ‘cried for years’ over the breakup, after which her drug use escalated and eventually led her to rehab.