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Kate Moss has lent her name and perfect face to clothing lines, perfume brands, fake tan and phone contracts. But the model is adding a new, more surprising string to her bow: she is embracing her inner Kelly Hoppen by designing wallpaper. This isn’t a Topshop line: it costs more than £1,000 per metre. 

Earlier this month Moss was photographed in her London home for Architectural Digest — the shots were taken by her boyfriend, Count Nikolai von Bismarck. There’s one in her bathroom with a rolltop bath and a striking silver floral print in the background.

And it turns out that Moss didn’t just pick it, she also designed it for a new line with de Gournay, a company renowned for its hand-painted wall coverings. Entitled Anemones in Light, the print will now join the brand’s permanent collection. “I’ve always loved what they do,” says Moss. “It’s like vintage jewellery — it’s special.”

Moss has previously designed collections for Topshop and recently worked on her own jewellery line. She was also a customer of de Gournay before teaming up for the design process — her countryside home has a powder room covered in its bird prints — and she created two versions of the anemone print: there’s a more summery option in her hall. “I like the feeling of when the sun is just coming up at a festival,” she adds, “and you have that glowy light. This one is pastels and neons — quite psychedelic.” 

De Gournay offers price on application but Architectural Digest says Moss’s designs will set you back $1,470 (£1,134) per three-foot panels. We’ll wait for the Ikea knock-off. 

How are world leaders finding Nemo?

Dog days aren’t over for Merkel: Emmanuel Macron

It’s been all kisses and warm handshakes between Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron up until now. But how will the German Chancellor react to the pitter-patter of furry feet? Macron has adopted a handsome labrador-griffon cross named Nemo, pictured. Will he introduce him to Merkel?

The pair met to discuss migration in Paris yesterday but Nemo was nowhere to be seen. Merkel would have been relieved: she is afraid of dogs, ever since she was bitten by one in the Nineties. Vladimir Putin brought one of his previous mutts, Konni, to a meeting with her a few years ago but denied it was an intimidation technique. Nemo has already met Mahamadou Issoufou, President of Niger, and was apparently well behaved. Good dog.

Quote of the Day

No trouser snake in his Lycra’s: Chris Hoy

‘From the front, men look like a percentage sign, and become see-through when wet. Enough said’

Writing in GQ magazine, Olympic legend Sir Chris Hoy gives one top cycling tip: avoid white lycra shorts at all costs

Stars and revellers keep cool at Carnival

The Londoner couldn’t resist the siren call of Notting Hill Carnival this weekend, as the Red Bull Music Academy Sound System hosted guests including singers Ella Eyre and Nicola Roberts, as well as model Jourdan Dunn, who wore an all-green ensemble in tribute to the Grenfell fire. 

In all the heat, and after twerking on the Shy FX stage, Lily Allen and friends were seen throwing water onto female revellers who had been chatting to her boyfriend MC Meridian Dan. Producer and chum Mark Ronson was apologising on her behalf. That’s one way to cool off.

FAREWELL to Irish Ambassador to the UK Daniel Mulhall, who is moving to Washington DC. But before he settles into his plush digs on Massachusetts  Avenue, maybe he could advise his new host, Donald Trump about diplomacy on Twitter. “I’ve not had any abuse directed at me — why that is I don’t know, but I tweet carefully,” Mulhall told the Irish Post in an interview. I don’t go out of my way to offend people.” And presumably never tweet after a Guinness. 

Hopkins remains rude

Better be sparing at first than at last: Katie Hopkins (Getty Images for Politicon)

Gob-on-a-stick Katie Hopkins has launched quite an attack on Remain campaigner Jo Maugham, QC. A tweet Maugham posted warned: “Staying in the single market and customs union are key steps in avoiding economic breakdown that could deliver fascism.” 

Hopkins, who left her job at LBC after questionable tweets, responded: “You are called Jolyon, son of Eton- educated Benedictus. You could not be further from the will of 17 million people.”

Maugham’s biological father is a theatre director and writer. He posted: “I did not know of his existence until I was 17.  He, through his lawyers, denied paternity and paid my mother £5pw… I was raised not knowing I was adopted. My mother and her husband brought me up until I was 16, then kicked me out. I worked as a cleaner, I have known poverty. Hopkins’s ill-informed attack on me is what I would expect from her and the far-Right.”

“Your life is of no consquence to me, son,” replied Hopkins, privately educated but rejected by Oxford. 

Tweet of the weekend

“Bernie would have beat Mayweather.”

After Floyd Mayweather crushes Conor McGregor, writer Jesse McLaren returns to an old US election trope.

Scurvy swabs of the day: Penzance missed the record for the largest gathering of pirates in one place when a group of three failed to leave the pub on time for the count. Where’s a press gang when you need one?

Trust Vogue to be on message

This morning journalist Patrick Wintour posted this snap of his sister Anna, the formidable editor of US Vogue magazine, wearing this jumper complete with a warning: “Never Trust a Vogue Girl”. The Devil wears Prada. Anna wears slogan jumpers.

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