Kate was interviewed alongside Sir Philip Green, one of Britain's richest men and "Topshop's top dog," whom she calls Uncle Phil. (New York's first Topshop store opens April 2.)
When it comes to designing clothes, Kate says:
I'm not a designer. I've never been to school or been trained. I can't draw a dress, really. But I know what I like… I love clothes. I know how clothes should fit and feel. When I would go to shoots, stylists would say to me, "You really should do something. You should take it another step." But it never felt right until I met Philip and the whole atmosphere of Topshop.
I've never done it before. Now I know what is possible and what we can do, which is a lot. It's really just making things that I want: the little sundresses that I always wanted, the little bus-stop dresses that I always cut too short and now I can't wear anymore. Now I make them a couple of inches longer. Even before I started modeling, I was cutting up flares and making miniskirts. When I started modeling, I used to just go to jumble sales and have bags and bags of clothes and then the stylists would use them on shoots. Harper's Bazaar asked me to edit the magazine- the whole magazine!-as a fashion editor. I went into the office and, oh my goodness, there was no way. It wasn't right.
People want a dress which is not a thousand bucks! With Topshop, you can go in and … you're on budget, major … you can go in and not have to spend fortunes. I didn't want to be charging $3,000. The thing is … I know clothes. I just want a dress that fits and makes me feel good and makes me feel pretty. I don't really think about the masses.
On a possible underwear line:
I've got a clear idea of what I want for lingerie. I've just started wearing bras. It's a miracle. Not today, but I have been. Great timing for my lingerie collection. I've just grown breasts. I am a woman now! It's true. No, honestly, I've never worn a bra in my life. Ever! It's so awful, even my friends are phoning me up and saying "Are you pregnant?" And I'm like, "No! I just put on a couple of pounds, and they went in the right place." Isn't that weird? And how perfect for lingerie. Now I can fill a B-cup. My friend does say I've got horseshoes up my ass. I'm like, What does that mean? It means I'm lucky-I've got a horseshoe up my ass.
Kate: 'I Am a Woman Now' [New York]