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No more Kate...

I think my heart broke a little when I heard this news. I am Kate





Kate Moss and Sir Philip GreenThe supermodel and the tycoon have had a three-year partnership.

A three-year design partnership between Kate Moss and Topshop is to end later this year.

When the supermodel unveils her autumn and winter range in October - it will be her 14th and last collection for the chain.

Ms Moss began working with Topshop through her friendship with the firm's boss, retail tycoon Sir Philip Green.

Both parties deny any rift, with Sir Philip saying the model had "other commitments".

"It has been fantastic for us and fantastic for her, but [the designs] take more and more time and she cannot do this full-time any more," Sir Phillip told The Times.

It is thought that Ms Moss, 36, has made at least £3m from the ranges - many of which proved popular with Topshop customers.

When Ms Moss's designs were first unveiled, thousands of people queued up outside Topshop's Oxford Street flagship store, leading newspapers to dub the event "Moss mania".

And Ms Moss was present alongside Sir Philip at the opening of his flagship US store in New York last year as well as its Knightsbridge outlet in west London in May.

The tie-up was the first in the long line of celebrity deals, with H&M subsequently hiring Stella McCartney, Madonna and Karl Lagerfield to design for them.

'Life-cycle'

David Shaw, an author and lecturer in fashion business, told the BBC that the news of the split was not a shock.

"Everyone was quite surprised it lasted so long. Topshop is notorious for quick change. It brings in brands and loses brands," he said.

"Celebrity brands tend to have a product life-cycle and where they go well, they go very well."

He added that customers may have had a little "fatigue" with the designs.

"There's very few celebrity endorsements which have lasted," he said.

"It's just tiredness of an old format but Kate Moss has done well. She's still on the front page of Vogue. She's still holding her own."

Contrary to wild speculation and rumour in recent days, Topshop has just released a statement stating that its partnership with Kate Moss is far from over.

Instead of putting her name to seasonal collections, timed to spring-summer and autumn-winter, Mossy will now be working with Topshop's design team to produce Limited Edition 'drop-in' collections.

The move makes sound business and fashion sense; much more attuned to Kate's spontaneous style. Rather than being tied to particular schedules, it appears she will now be more of a free agent, and like a 'fashion magpie', able to unearth looks as and when they take her fancy and have them translated into best-sellers.

To mark her new chapter with the British high street giant, Kate has personally chosen her Top Ten all-time favourites from her past 14 collections. These will be sold under a new label, 'Iconic Kate', and will include the pansy-print day dress from her first-ever collection, launched in May 2007, the black one-shoulder skating dress, and the panther mini-dress.

"Topshop can confirm that the inimitable fashion partnership between Kate Moss and Topshop will enter a new phase in 2011," the statement said. "In the new format, Kate and the Topshop design team will focus on creating Limited Edition drop-in collections, replacing the current Seasonal Collections".

Kate's last full "seasonal collection", will go on sale worldwide, on October 28th, and will feature the model's signature boho-chic, with pretty day-dresses, uber-glam evening gowns, vintage-inspired knits and a new range of semi-precious jewellery.





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