Jean genie; team play.
Miranda Kerr lends her effortless elegance to a capsule collection for LA denim label Mother. By Lesley McKenzie.
Ihave too many pairs of jeans right now,” says Miranda Kerr. “One of my favourite things to do is cull my wardrobe and give pieces away to friends, family and charity.”
But this season, the in-demand supermodel has another good reason to make space in her closet: to house her debut capsule collection with Los Angeles-based premium denim line Mother, a late- 60s-influenced line (“with a modern twist”, says Kerr), comprised of tops, jeans, shorts, a cut-out jumpsuit and a skirt.
“These are the jeans I really want,” she says, gesturing towards her new line hanging on display in a private bungalow at LA’s Chateau Marmont. “They fit me to a tee, because I was the fit model,” she says with a grin, calling attention to her current ensemble: a saffron Maison Margiela blouse, tucked into the high-waisted, cropped dark-washed Audrey jeans from the collaboration, teamed with Chanel flats. This pair, she says, were inspired by her memories of riding horses while growing up. “The jeans I would wear would always be high-waisted, even though the hipster ones were in. They felt more chic,” says Kerr.
These personal touches are evident throughout the 12-piece capsule, from the Easy Does It shorts (inspired by her favourite shorts from the 90s) to the hip-grazing Open Your Heart sweatshirt featuring thick cuffs and a high neckline. “I was very specific about the neckline, because I like ones that are tighter, as opposed to looser, or a V-neck,” she explains.
Kerr’s decision to team up with the brand was driven by her love of creating – in 2015 she designed her first collection for jewellery brand Swarovski and she founded the Kora Organics skincare line. She was also impressed by Mother’s history of charity-driven partnerships, including one with model Freja Beha Erichsen for humanitarian aid organisation Doctors Without Borders, and another with model Candice Swanepoel for South Africa-based mothers2mothers, which fights paediatric AIDS.
The respect was mutual: “We were drawn to Miranda because of her grace and style and her desire to do good and be a positive force in the world,” says Mother designer Tim Kaeding, who co-founded the line with Lela Becker in 2010.
A portion of proceeds from the Miranda x Mother collection, which is due out in February, will benefit Sydney’s Royal Hospital for Women Foundation, dedicated to the wellbeing of women and newborns. It is a cause that resonates deeply with Kerr as both a mother to her six-year-old son Flynn and also from firsthand experience. “Flynn was six weeks premature, and without the Humidicrib [an incubator for premature babies] and other technology, I wouldn’t have survived,” says Kerr, who has been an ambassador to the hospital since 2015.
“Miranda prepared mood boards and concepts of what she envisioned in the line. We worked together to pick fabrics, washes and fits,” says Becker. “She was very specific with the details and the rises and we went back and forth quite a bit to get it just right.” Kerr also wanted the collection to be versatile and wearable for all occasions: “I see myself taking my son to school with a pair of sneakers in [Funday Flare] bottoms, and being able to go from taking him to school to a work meeting,” she says.
And at the heart of every piece in the collection is Kerr’s positive outlook on life, reflected in the affirmations embroidered on each piece, such as “In joy” and “Attitude of gratitude”, which appear screen-printed across white tees and also on the tags and interior waistbands of each garment, all in Kerr’s handwriting.
“I want to try and help people look on the bright side of life and to be grateful for what they have and not compare themselves to anyone else,” says the model, who is engaged to Snapchat co-founder and CEO Evan Spiegel. “When you come from that attitude of gratitude, you’re coming from love. That makes me feel good in my life and I wanted to share that with others.”
Miranda Kerr in designs from her Miranda x Mother denim collaboration.