Watching Kate Moss and Charlotte Tilbury together reminds you of those ultra-cool and popular girls in school you so wanted to be best friends with. With their heads bent forward in a conspiratorial way, you long to lean in and be part of their crowd.
The enduring supermodel and makeup queen have virtually grown up together in the fashion world. “Forever, a lifetime, I don’t know!” laughs Kate when Hello! asks how long they’ve been bosom buddies.
“Charlotte’s always been around. Well, I’ve always been around. We would always meet when we were out, then it became more than just work.”
So much so that there was never any doubt that Kate would star in the campaign for Charlotte’s divine first fragrance.
“I said yes because I was so excited,” says Kate. “I’ve been there from the beginning, when Charlotte started doing her own product. I had to do it.”
The campaign for Scent of a Dream was, explains Kate, like recreating a fun night out for the pair. Asked whether there was a highlight of the shoot, Kate, 42, says: “Oh, so many,” before rhapsodizing about a scene where she gets spun on a turntable.
“The music [“You’ve Got the Love” by The Source featuring Candi Staton] is such a classic. When we see each other and when we’re dancing to it at a party and when you say, ‘You’ve got the love,’ it’s for real.”
“I knew a lot of [the dancers] – it was Charlotte’s family and old friends. Everyone was feeling really up for it. It’s great to have that connection with people rather than being on set by myself,” says the fun-loving mom of teenager Lila Grace. “We could have stayed there all night having a rave!”
The fragrance – with notes of lemon, tuberose, jasmine, frankincense and patchouli – was inspired by Charlotte’s childhood in Ibiza and her many travels.
“When I met my ‘nose,’ I told him, ‘I want sexy, I want seduction but I also want sophistication,'” Charlotte tells Hello! “I want the sort of scent that makes a man fall in love with you and a woman want to be you.’ Who doesn’t want that?”
“Scents have the power to transport you,” says Kate. “They trigger memories – Mexico 1989, New York 1992. I’ve worn a scent that my mom wears and friends have said, ‘Oh my God, what’s that smell?’ Because their mums used to wear it in the ’70s.”
For Charlotte, her debut scent had to be all about that emotional pathway between your sense of smell and your memories and emotions.
“I want to ignite people’s senses. I want people to be intoxicated. Like makeup, scent is the universal key to attraction,” she says. “But be warned, it’s addictive.”
“I’m really excited about it – for everyone to be able to feel the euphoria,” adds Kate before dancing off to be with her friend.