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Kate Mossthe face that launched a thousand...campaigns. Who would've guessed that her massive, legendary and far-from-over modeling career began in a regular airport, one which you and I pass through without thinking anything of the history that's gone down there.
Moss was discovered at New York-JFK Airport in 1988 by Storm model scout Sarah Ducas. At the time, Kate was only 14 and was simply returning to Britain after a Bahamas vacation with her family. It was the most chance occurrence, but the waifish Moss signed with three modeling agencies and got her first big break on two covers of Brit mag The Face, followed by the biggest deal, becoming a face of Calvin Klein.
Jack Nicholson is still living the good life. The 72-year-old actually (yes, really! That old!) has been partying it up on the French Riviera over the past few days doing things that normal old folk would do. You know, like puffing on a cigarette while floating toes up in the Mediterranean and doing the limbo with a PYT in Cap Ferrat. Well, we bet we know what kind of museum-goer Jack is.
Meanwhile, the annual celebrity retreat to Saint-Tropez is moving into full swing. The Daily Mail reports that smoking cigarettes and drinking on a yacht called Serenity yesterday as it cruised through the French Riviera. Also reported in the area were some more old people--Ivana Trump and former French president, Jacques Chirac. Hmmm...how long until Beyonce and Jay-Z get there?
Sir Richard Branson and Kate Moss just did a photo shoot on the wing of VA's Lady Penelope here at Heathrow. The two were later joined on the wing by Branson Next, Sam and Holly. Kate Moss? She is British right? Guess that explains her appearance on the wing.
Today is Virgin Atlantic's 25th birthday and the celebration, which is now ongoing in London goes trans-atlantic later this morning. While the 1984 inaugural VS1 flew from Gatwick to Newark, today's birthday flight will go from LHR to EWR.
Branson just announced that Virgin Atlantic has placed an order for $2.1 billion worth of Airbus A330-300 aircraft. Delivery of 5 planes will be in 2011, while the second 5 will arrive in 2012. These planes are 10% more fuel efficient than todays and will all have USB ports and power sockets as well as email capabilities.
New Virgin Atlantic destinations were also just announced: Beijing, Vancouver and Cancun were mentioned by Sir Richard at his LHR presser today. Furthermore, Branson noted that it is "likely inefficient big carriers will disappear, and in a sense they should. In a forest, when some big trees die new saplings can get going." The VA founder went on to lament that upstarts like his Virgin America can not get additional slots at JFK because of legacy carrier squatting at NYC's biggest airport.
Since sheís been menacing the Caribbean since December, Amy Winehouse hasnít graced London with her presence for a while. Most of us are rejoicing that we donít have to see her nightly escapades in the papers every day. But itís a bit of a blow for The Hawley Arms. The Camden pub is her local drinking hole, and whenever Amyís around, itís guaranteed to get mentioned in the press.
But for us lot, Amyís absence could be a good thing. Because it means that, instead of being crammed with journalists feigning nonchalance as they stalk the Winehouse, you might even get a seat.
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Into every trip, a little rain must fall. There's nothing to do but grin and bare it, whether you are a surprisingly placid Paris Hilton in line at Sydney's Kingsford Smith International Airport or Neil Patrick Harris spreading good cheer at LAX. Sure, you could make a Kate Moss stankface when you get wanded at security, but what good will that do?
Cameron Diaz and "Grey's Anatomy"'s T.R. Knight were loaded down with bags, but Jessica Simpson and her pet football player Tony Romo looked lighter than air--even though his team, the one she supposedly jinxed, is out of the playoffs.
· Airport Photo Shoot: Everything's Coming Up Whitney [Jaunted]
· Airport Photo Shoot: No More Family Togetherness, Thanks! [Jaunted]
· Celeb Travel coverage [Jaunted]
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The Glastonbury Music Festival is perhaps better known for its epic mess than its gritty performances. But this year's fest was remarkably dry, bringing the stars out in record numbers. There was rain, don't doubt it, just less than usual, so Kate Moss' boots looked more like a fashion statement than a meteorological necessity.
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Since it's a huge weekend for holiday travel, we shouldn't be surprised to see so many celebrities passing through airports themselves, even if they don't necessarily celebrate Thanksgiving.
Sienna Miller and her current flame Rhys Ifans got into Heathrow yesterday after a fervid party weekend (in which Miller and Kate Moss nearly came to blows over Ifans) and looked like they needed the rest of the week off. (Maybe they were just a little soused.)
Any way we can get a TSA ban on Rhys' ridiculous shoes? Bet they're much harder to remove at security than Sienna's flats. His man-bag can stay, but we reserve the right to laugh at it.
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In an industry based on people telling other people how to dress, at least one model is moving to the other side of the table. Kate Moss's long-awaited clothing collection goes on sale today in Britain's Topshop chain -- a precursor to our Forever 21 and H&M which established itself as the fashion spot in the '90s. Last night on trendy Oxford Street, some 500 rabid fans waited in line for a preview of the designer duds described by their creator as "edgy but playful," according to Bloomberg News.
Moss even made an appearance at the preview, despite allegations by the New York Post, among others, that the entire collection copies clothes Moss has worn in the past. (We mean, isn't that the idea?) Not sure if they gave her the $10,000 fellow supermodel Linda Evangelista used to require to get out of bed, but Moss was already paid a cool 3 million pounds ($5.9 million) to create the line and model it, too, so maybe that was incentive enough.
Can't get your passport in time? Moss's line will also be making its bows at Barneys in New York starting on May 9 -- which is lucky, because the Topshop website is being a little fickle.
· Kate Moss for Topshop [Official Site]
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Supermodel Kate Moss took her junkie boyfriend to the smartest place a junkie can holiday...Thailand! She and ex-Libertine rocker Pete Doherty got 'married' in Phuket this weekend, though the legal validity of the ceremony is doubted. The tabloids are reporting that they'll tie the knot for real in London later this month.
Kate most likely footed the bill for their stay at Amanpuri, an Aman property where a five-bedroom villa runs about $9000 a night--pretty standard for the chain. The resort was rumored to be riddled with celeb guests at the time--also pretty standard for the chain. Another secret celebrity-friendly Aman outpost in the region is Amanpulo in the Philippines.
Given the good judgement she's shown recently, we trust Kate will drag Pete to Bali next.
· Let's Hope Homegirl Got a Prenup [Dlisted]
· Thai bride Kate to marry Doherty again in London [Daily Mail]
· Crack Now Basically Legal in UK for Pete Doherty [Gawker]