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KATE MOSS, MEDIA MOGUL? Is Kate Moss ready to leap from billboard to boardroom? Not quite, apparently, though London’s Daily Mail seems to think so. On Monday, the British tabloid ran a story quoting unnamed sources saying Moss is set to partner with Topshop tycoon Sir Philip Green and TV producer Simon Cowell in their soon-to-be-unveiled global entertainment company. As reported in WWD, Green and Cowell are teaming to form a multichannel brand — inspired in part by The Walt Disney Company — that would own and create content for Europe and the U.S., and market products linked to the TV shows.
The Mail story said Moss would be in charge of “directing the style and image” of the new one billion pound, or $1.62 billion, brand as well as “giving fashion advice.” The piece went as far to say Moss would be “finding and signing new bands and promoting them,” and that she may even have the chance to develop “her own singing career” and start a music label. The paper quoted sources saying Moss’ fortune could double to 100 million pounds, or $162 million, if the deal with Green and Cowell were based on a profit-share arrangement.
Although Moss’ clothing collection for Topshop has been a runaway success — and she and Green are close pals — industry sources in London say they are not holding their collective breath for any of the story’s claims. Storm, Moss’ modeling agency, declined to comment on the story, but a source close to Moss said it’s just not true. A spokeswoman for Green also declined to comment. An industry source close to both Green and Cowell also denied the claims, however, and dismissed them as tabloids “making mischief.” — Samantha Conti