Five min­utes with Betina Holte.

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Af­ter work­ing with Zac Posen for three years, Den­mark-born, New York-based Betina Holte is launch­ing a name­sake col­lec­tion of “sea­son­less sta­ples” (from $200, beti­na­holte. com) this month. We found out what’s inspiring the model turned designer and mother-tobe. (Her hubby is Madonna’s ex Car­los Leon.)

What’s the most im­por­tant les­son you learned from Zac Posen? “My con­fi­dence in drap­ing. I learned where to start and when to let go of pieces that you think are go­ing one way but then end up look­ing dif­fer­ent. It’s also sort of a life les­son.”

What’s your favourite cre­ative medium? “I love chif­fon be­cause of the way it moves. It needs to be long; it needs to flow and be picked up by the wind. When you put a print on top of that, it be­comes mag­i­cal.”

How much does your na­tive Den­mark in­flu­ence your style? “There’s a min­i­mal­is­tic style there that I in­stinc­tively go for. When I de­sign, I start with my­self—some­thing that I would like to have or feel is miss­ing from my wardrobe. I like the idea of pieces that go from day to evening.

We’re busy girls—we have a life.”

What do you love most about your new col­lec­tion? “It’s about lay­er­ing. The same sil­hou­ettes and ba­sics will be avail­able year-round in dif­fer­ent fab­rics. It’s nice to have those go-to pieces in your wardrobe that al­ways work.”

Where do you see your line go­ing in the next five years? “We just de­signed a shoe col­lec­tion, and we’re look­ing at bags. I love lin­gerie, and I’m even think­ing of menswear. My hus­band is a huge in­spi­ra­tion—he has great style.”

With so much on the go, how do you stay cen­tred? “I breathe and count to 10 and take a mo­ment to fo­cus on the pos­i­tive. If ev­ery­thing else fails, I force my­self to smile and even­tu­ally my mood ac­tu­ally changes.” ■

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