One of the most anticipated moments in the Depp vs Heard trial was the Kate Moss testimony. While the testimony could indeed prove crucial to Depp’s case, fashion observers meanwhile were eager to speculate as to what a true fashion literate would wear on the witness stand.
Much has been made of Moss’ pussy bow and jacket ensemble. While an untrained eye would take no notice of her seemingly unremarkable courtroom wardrobe, keen-eyed observers were quick to note its significance.
Historically, the pussy bow is associated with women who are brazen enough to invade traditionally male territory such as the workplace. It hints at “defiance” and is subversive without being crude or obvious. It was designers Coco Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent who popularised (if not radicalized) the look in the 60s. The fact that it was paired with trousers only cemented its reputation as a feminist fashion statement. Recently, Balenciaga’s Resort 2023 show at the New York Stock Exchange featured a model wearing a voluminous black satin pussy bow with a latex gimp mask.
Moss’ take was soft and subtle, wearing it with a classic black lapelled jacket- almost in direct contrast to Heard’s assertive take on power dressing. It feels less contrived, a genuine no-nonsense, “I’m not going to perform for the media circus” statement. The ensemble didn’t take the focus away from her arguably crucial (albeit short) testimony.