Jane Shepherdson, the brand director at fashion chain Topshop, has resigned amid reports of a clash with the chain's owner, billionaire Sir Philip Green, over the recent appointment of Kate Moss as a Topshop designer.

A statement from Topshop's parent company Arcadia, said: "Sir Philip and Jane have been in discussions over the past few weeks and as a result Jane has decided that after a long commitment to Topshop, it is time for a change.
"For clarification, Sir Philip and Jane would like to confirm their unanimous agreement to sign a design collaboration with Kate Moss for Topshop, and this has absolutely nothing to do with her decision to leave the business."

Moss was signed up two weeks ago to design and create new collections for the high street chain. But rumours suggest Shepherdson felt she was not properly consulted over the decision to hire the model.

The day-to-day running of the Topshop business will now be handed over to its buying director Karyn Fenn and its commercial and merchandising director Mary Homer.

Shepherdson's departure comes as Topshop is poised to open stores in fashion capitals such as New York and Paris.