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Kate puffs, critics huff

Supermodel Kate Moss lit up the runway, quite literally, at the Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday as she strutted along the catwalk smoking a cigarette.

fashion and trends Updated: Mar 11, 2011 09:37 IST

Supermodel Kate Moss lit up the runway, quite literally, at the Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday as she strutted along the catwalk smoking a cigarette. Moss, 37, made an appearance for designer Marc Jacob’s Louis Vuitton show that saw her and Naomi Campbell, 40, join 70 other models in a mock-hotel set. Clad in tight hot-pants, a black jacket with fur sleeves, bondage style lace-up boots and leather gloves, Moss’s smoking act was seen as an open defiance of the French Government’s ban on indoor smoking.

The model, who is rumoured to smoke 100 cigarettes a day, looked pale and came under flak for setting a bad example. “Paris officials will undoubtedly have reservations about Kate’s ciggie stunt. In fact, it has probably left them fuming,” writes Simon Boyle for Daily Mirror. “Moss looked nervous, as you do when you haven’t been on a catwalk much for a decade,” writes Lisa Armstrong for The Times, Australia.

She adds, “But then she lit a cigarette and one section of the audience applauded as if she’d discovered the cure, rather than the cause, of cancer, so presumably she felt right back at home.” Moss recently got engaged to rocker Jamie Hince and is set to wed on July 2 this year.