OPULENCE, SPLENDOR, REFINEMENT, are what Kate Moss exudes in my favourite Tim Walker editorial. In the palatial Ritz in Paris, where the gilded interior combines with high ceilings, impossibly ornate wall mouldings and exquisite chandeliers that reflect morning light in a graceful and arresting manner, Kate is nothing short of a modern-day Marie Antoinette. She lounges in the lavish peach and gold-coloured Imperial Suite, with a gold framed baroque mirror and a four-poster bed said to be identical to that in Marie Antoinette’s bedroom in the Château de Versailles, dressed in an embroidered organza flower coat by Chanel, with dozens of Chanel boxes and shopping bags by her side. She wears full-skirted haute couture gowns by Alexander McQueen and Dior, and large headpieces by Julien d’Ys, in rooms overlooking Place Vendôme.
In the morning, pink bubble baths in the Coco Chanel Suite bathroom are followed by Boucheron diamonds and made-to-measure Balenciaga dresses, while at night, monochrome embroidered Givenchy and Armani Privé dresses are the ensembles of choice, to add a little mystery. Striking red gowns are, of course, essential when one wants to catch everyone’s eye upon entering a room. Kate opts for a dramatic tiered evening crimson gown by Dior, and a Giambattista Valli draped goddess dress in “a color so deep, so intense, you can almost smell it—like bougainvillea on the Mediterranean coast.” —Victoria