By KRISTIE LAU
Modern-day Marie Antoinette: Kate Moss is transformed into a renaissance woman for a new Vogue spread at the Ritz Paris, shot just before the hotel closed for a two-year refurbishment
We usually see her in skinny jeans and hipster fedora. But Kate Moss has been transformed into a renaissance woman for a new shoot.
Photographed for the April issue of U.S. Vogue, the 38 year-old supermodel posed as a modern-day Marie Antoinette in the Coco Chanel suite at the Ritz Paris hotel.
The pictures were taken by photographer Tim Walker just before the hotel closed its doors to undergo a two-year renovation.
The mother to nine-year-old Lila Grace, models pieces from the recent haute couture collections of Christian Dior, Alexis Mabille, Alexander McQueen, Chanel, Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci, Balenciaga, Armani Prive and Giambattista Valli.
All shopped out: The supermodel, dressed in a Chanel organza coat and strappy pumps, poses in the Coco Chanel suite amid a generous stack of boxes from the French fashion house
In a particularly striking image, Ms Moss sports a playful pouf of cornflower blue head wear to accompany a blue Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen gown. The sky-high accessory resembles something once seen perched upon the Queen of France's delicate head.
Elsewhere in the editorial spread, the supermodel is captured amid a sea of Chanel garment boxes slumped in a seat. Naturally, she wears a Chanel organza flower coat and pumps to match.
Ms Moss also looks enchanting inside the opulent Coco Chanel suite bathroom. Despite sorbet pink looking somewhat foreign on the grungy fashion icon, foaming bath bubbles surround her to create an ultra girly image.
The famous suite plays the perfect setting to Ms Moss’ dramatic costume wear. The shoot took place ahead of what is to be the hotel's most extensive renovation since its foundation in the late 1800s.
The supermodel told Vogue she is a fan of the Ritz Paris herself. The restaurant, L’Espadon, is a particularly treasured spot; she employed the head bartender to mix cocktails at her wedding to musician Jamie Hince last year.
Champagne dream: Inside the bathroom of the hotel's Coco Chanel suite, Ms Moss can be seen wearing a flirty Balenciaga cocktail dress and Miu Miu boots
She added that she would also visit the hotel with ex-boyfriend, Johnny Depp.
'He always stayed there,' she said. 'I had an apartment in Paris at the time, but he said, "No, we’re staying at the Ritz," so he came by and swept me up to the Ritz — he didn’t want to slum it in my apartment.'
Chefs, a bell boy and two housekeepers from the hotel have also been captured alongside the model.
The housekeeping can be seen in one frame fussing with the swollen hem of a multi-textured tartan gown by Dior.
While Ms Moss is no doubt the star of the show, the photographer's homage to the world-famous building is obvious.
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The Vogue shoot also shows a calmer scene at the Ritz Paris than seen earlier this month.
The hotel made headlines when a large fire broke out in the underground car park. More than 15 luxury cars had been destroyed while dozens of people were evacuated.
The full spread appears in the April issue of U.S. Vogue, on newsstands nationwide now, and online at Vogue.com