KATE MOSS has been Britain’s top model since the Nineties – but now a new catwalk star looks set to steal her crown as the queen of fashion.
Skinny-hipped Cara Delevingne is scooping major ad campaigns and top catwalk shows and was even rumoured to be dating One Direction’s Harry Styles after they were snapped out and about in August.
Then last week all eyes were on her at the British Fashion Awards as she sashayed up the red carpet and scooped the prize for Model Of The Year.
The gong topped off an amazing two years for the 20-year-old with the Brooke Shields brow.
With fashion in her blood — mum Pandora is a personal shopper and older sister Poppy also a model — Cara has starred in campaigns for Burberry, Chanel, Zara and H&M.
She has also graced the cover of top style magazine i-D and has been snapped by fashion supremo, and Kate’s mate, Mario Testino.
And even he agrees Cara is hot on Ms Moss’s heels, saying: “She’s great, I work with her on all the Burberry ads.
“She is like the new Kate in a way, if you think of her personality and energy and attitude.”
British Vogue described Cara as the star face of the autumn/winter 2012-2013 season after she appeared in shows for high-profile designers including Oscar de la Renta, Burberry, Dolce & Gabbana, Fendi, Stella McCartney and Chanel.
In September she was a regular fixture at the 2012 London Fashion Week, walking almost every show during the five-day event, from Topshop’s Unique show to Mary Katrantzou, to Burberry and sass & bide.
Cara also wowed at this year’s annual Victoria’s Secret show in New York last month after being chosen as one of three British “angels” to take part in the extravaganza.
The move took her from high-end fashion to the mainstream — with the show being televised in the US and streamed worldwide.
But it is not just Cara’s professional prowess that is getting her noticed. She is a regular on the party circuit and her wild antics rival those of Miss Moss — she actually out-partied Kate at her own book launch last month.
And when Rihanna’s 777 tour hit London in November, fun-loving Cara hung out with the singer and later said: “She’s calling me a rock star and I was like, ‘But you’re Rihanna. You’re mental. You’re amazing’.”
At a Vivienne Westwood event back in February 2011 Jessie J stopped mid-performance after spotting Cara in the crowd to give her a special shout out.
In the same way that Kate is considered to be rock ’n’ roll by even the coolest of stars, so is Cara. She also hangs out with a similarly star-studded set, counting Rita Ora, Nick Grimshaw, Alexa Chung, Georgia May Jagger and model Jourdan Dunn as pals.
Katie Grand, Editor-in-Chief of fashion magazine LOVE, cast Cara in the mag’s 2012 advent calendar and said: “Who doesn’t want to see Cara on rollerskates?”
With friends in high places, Cara has big plans beyond modelling. After landing the role of Princess Sorokina in recent cinema release Anna Karenina alongside Kiera Knightley, she is aspiring to an acting career.
Her kooky sense of humour and razor-sharp wit have also made her popular on Twitter, where she has 173,771 followers who she calls her “Delevingners”.
Like Kate, Cara knows how to hit the headlines. Having been seen with Harry Styles in the summer, she had everyone guessing again last month when she hinted that she was bisexual, posting on Twitter: “Don’t worry I play for more than one team.”
Unlike Croydon-born Kate, Cara grew up in very privileged circumstances. Born and raised in London’s posh Belgravia, she attended the exclusive Bedales school in Hampshire, whose ex-pupils include Lily Allen and Sophie Dahl.
She is the granddaughter of former English Heritage boss Sir Jocelyn Stevens and her father, Charles, is a property developer. Her godmother is Joan Collins.
She was taken on by top model agency Storm after her older sister, Poppy, was signed by them. Storm’s founder Sarah Doukas also scouted Kate Moss back in 1988.
When asked if she thought Cara is the new Kate, she replied: “There can never be another Kate. But I will say both have got phenomenal personalities, which not all models have.”
And in a week when fashion bible Grazia placed a picture of Ms Delevingne on its cover with the words: “The week this girl became cooler than Kate Moss”, maybe Cara is the new queen of the catwalk after all.