Finally, the sign of normality we've all been waiting for: Kate Moss has been papped again

Kate Moss has finally broken cover, and, as ever, you just have to admire the new clean, serene Mossy

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Kate Moss was spotted taking her new electric bike out for a ride near her Cotswolds home Credit: Spartacus/Splash News

Aha! At last a sighting of Kate Moss, “Mossy” to her friends, “The Tank” to her Circle of Trust (in recognition of her ability to consume a bottle of vodka in one sitting). You know things must be getting back to normal if there are pictures in the papers of KM, going about her business in town or riding her electric bicycle near her Cotswolds home. And as usual, we’re paying close attention.

For the past 20-odd years, Mossy has been our supreme zeitgeist channeller – from waif to hedonist to fashion brand, and now sober, yoga-practising, early-rising country dweller. Kate’s life phases mirror our own, up to a point, so when she breaks cover, it pays to look at what she’s up to. Here’s what we’ve noted from these latest sightings:

  • Mossy’s new, healthy look. Her sober existence is a source of fascination, and some envy, because it’s Mossy! Louche living was her thing and, just as we admired her for looking a million dollars while partying like Led Zeppelin, now we admire the clean, serene Kate, because that’s the fabulous life goal in 2020.

This summer, it’s the hell-raisers with the hangovers who are looking uncool and out of touch. We all want to be more fit and focused and present… and KM’s got there first.

  • Looking roughly four months (could be more) ahead of the fashion curve, in a good way. Although she’s arguably the most important British fashion icon of the past 20 years, Mossy has never been interested in wacky, where-do-the-arms-go? kind of fashion; her style is fairly relatable, pretty straightforward, invariably glamorous, and where she goes, others can follow. So this week she was wearing black jeans, ballet pumps and a dark knit top on her electric bike; and before that a black blazer and trousers with strappy sandals.

Two things to note here: one, it’s summer and Kate’s wearing head to toe black all the time. Now we kind of wish we were. And two, she looks… ordinary. Kate’s giving off a Less Fashion, More Style message, with a strong note of Don’t Sweat It. She’s always been a big recycler and now that she’s back out there, most of what she’s wearing (namely the pumps and the Mulberry bag) is about 15 years old. She’s exactly where we are in the fashion game: still in the game but ­taking it very easy.

  • The electric bike. You wait. Every fashion watcher will want one. They’ll have been thinking about it, worried it might be a bit losery, and now all their doubts will have vanished.
  • Low-maintenance hair and make-up. You know there will be a lot of “facials” going on in the background. Even so, Kate’s gone to the natural Scandi side: fresh face and fit body, rather than the skinny with a smoky eye look she used to be known for. Will she have given up heels for good? Will she become a vegetarian? Watch this space.
Is it just me…
Shane isn't convinced that Victoria Beckham has really been without a beautician throughout lockdown Credit: Instagram

Looking at Victoria Beckham’s manicured nails and streaked hair and wonder why it’s taken so long for fans to notice that she looks like she’s had a team of grooming experts working on her, throughout the lockdown? The Beckhams are currently building an underground corridor at their country house, leading to a wine cellar and garage that can house seven cars and blah blah blah. Have people like VB really been going without beauticians during lockdown? Are they really going without live sets performed by Beyoncé? Are they? Just asking…”

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Be amazed that Coleen Rooney and Rebekah Vardy’s public fall-out (last October, Rooney accused Vardy of selling stories about her to the press, Vardy threatened to sue) is ending up in court. Ladies. Do not go there. This is a classic girlfriend loyalty fracas: we ourselves have had them (How could you tell Her! Why did you tell Her and not Me! Etc.) It may feel worse, but really it’s no different. Vardy’s been humiliated. Everyone knows what has gone down, probably. Once it gets to court, we’re going to find out a lot of juicy things both of you will regret. Say sorry, or never speak again. Simple.