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Agent Provocateur Drops Kate Moss

Oct. 27 2008, Published 7:07 a.m. ET

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Kate Moss may have made a huge comeback after her brush with the coke fairy, scoring a handful of marquee campaigns to keep her bank account in fine form, but it seems she's having a somewhat complicated week.

The mannequin is about to get ousted as the face of steamy, A-list-vetted lingerie brand Agent Provocateur when her contract expires next month—and it's not because of her saggy knees. Serena Rees, a creative director with the purveyor of expensive, skimpy things (along with her husband Joe Corre), might like it to appear that it's because Moss has lost her lustre.

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This week, Rees announced that she wouldn't be renewing Moss's £500,000 contract, and had already selected a fresh face to represent the brand. But buzz in bitchy style circles has it that Rees fell out of favor with Moss when she began a home-wrecking affair with Clash bassist Paul Simonon, leaving La Moss to side with his bereft wife.

Moss wasn't the only person whose lacy thong got into a bunch because of the imbroglio. Rees has also burned her bridges with another member of fashion royalty—Vivienne Westwood is Joe Corre's mother.

Could a panty boycott be on the horizon in fashion land?

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