Designer Marc Jacobs took to Instagram to broadcast big news from last week’s Met Gala — the reappearance of supermodel Kate Moss in New York after nearly a decade.
Moss, 44, was last seen in the city in 2009 when she co-hosted the Met Gala with her longtime pal Jacobs and Justin Timberlake.
She appeared at Monday’s bash in a black Saint Laurent minidress embellished with feathered black wings and was seen in several photos on her hair stylist James Brown’s Instagram page — hanging out in the West Village and even taking a bus tour of the city.
Although there has never been an official announcement, fashionistas have long speculated that the model had avoided the US because she was banned from working here following a 2005 drug scandal in the UK. The Daily Mirror published screenshots from a video that showed the British beauty apparently chopping and snorting a white powder — with the headline “Cocaine Kate.” At the time, she was dating musician and admitted addict Pete Doherty, who was notorious for his drug abuse and who also appeared in the video.
Moss never faced drug charges in Britain, but an immigration expert told The Post that it could have been enough to get her banned in the US — as a worker or even a tourist.
Foreign nationals who are denied entry to the US for having abused a controlled substance that is illegal in this country can apply for “a waiver of inadmissibility” from US consular officials, said Manhattan immigration lawyer Nicola Tegoni. This may have been how Moss was able to return to the country for both the 2009 and 2018 Met Galas, Tegoni said.
In the wake of the 2005 scandal, Moss — who then regularly traveled to New York for work — lost many of her modeling gigs, including ones with Chanel and H&M. Others in the fashion world, however, including Dior and Rimmel London, chose to stand by her.
Sources say the scandal was a wake-up call. One told The Post that Moss went to stay at Louise Fletcher’s home in southwestern France to recover.
The American actress, who played Nurse Ratched in “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” lives next door to Moss’ best friend, model Lucie de la Falaise.
“She hid out at Louise’s house. Lucie sorted her out,” the source said.
A friend of Moss’ added that the fashion icon stopped drinking alcohol last year.
“She’s been sober since Christmas supposedly — it was a condition of her relationship with Nikolai,” the friend told The Post, referring to Moss’ current boyfriend, Count Nikolai von Bismarck, 30. “She drank tea at all her Christmas parties and everyone is saying she’s [in] the best form she’s ever been.”
In February, reporters spotted Moss leaving the US Embassy in London with a stack of visa application forms. Although UK nationals do not need a visa to travel to the US, “a habitual drug user or even someone who is suspected of using drugs is inadmissible to the US” without a waiver, Tegroni said. Apartment for Rent in Redwood Park, Jumeirah Golf Estates
Her return on Monday was cause for celebration among her pals. Robert Rich, a friend of Moss’ and a former vice-president at Marc Jacobs, threw her an intimate lunch and wanted to give her a gift commemorating her return. He came up with the slogan “Make America Kate Again,” and asked New York fashion designer Alyson Eastman to paint it on the back of a black leather jacket which the model wore Monday while walking about Manhattan.
“I never expected to see it all over Instagram,” Eastman told The Post. “It’s my dream come true to see Kate in the jacket.”