MOSS BACKSTAGE: Topshop is not only giving consumers a slice of Kate Moss' wardrobe, it's letting them take a peek at the inner workings of the fashion industry. In the latest Kate Moss Topshop podcast on the retailer's Web site, filmed at the campaign shoot for the line, Ronnie Cooke Newhouse introduces herself to viewers as the creative director of the Topshop campaign, adding her role is to "try to interpret what Kate Moss wanted." Newhouse also explains the allure of the Kate Moss brand. "Whether she speaks or not, you get this sense from her that she's this great girl," said Newhouse. "She really understands what girls like, and the Kate Moss brand is really about a style icon creating clothes…and understanding fashion almost better than anyone."
Not surprisingly, Moss — who's known for not saying much in public — doesn't give a great deal away in the film, preferring to pose for candid shots with fellow model Irina Lazareanu, but she does let slip that she sees herself designing more than modeling in the future. — Nina Jones
MELLON IN COURT: Matthew Mellon, accused of hiring a detective agency to delve into the e-mails of his ex-wife Tamara Mellon, the founder and president of Jimmy Choo, during their divorce, went on trial at London's Southwark Crown Court this week. Mellon is charged with one count of conspiring to cause unauthorized modification of computer material, between July 1, 2004 and Feb. 4, 2005. Mellon denies the charges and, during an interview with WWD earlier this month, said he was innocent, that he now had an amicable relationship with his ex-wife, and that the two were raising their five-year-old daughter Minty together. Tamara Mellon is expected to be called as a witness during the trial, which is set to span two months. Mellon stands trial alongside four others, among whom are a retired police officer and two employees of AIS, who deny 15 counts of various charges, including conspiracy alleging fraud and criminal damage. A spokeswoman for the Crown Prosecution Service said it was possible those accused could be sentenced to a jail term, if found guilty. — N.J.