Jean ge­nie; team play.

Miranda Kerr lends her ef­fort­less el­e­gance to a cap­sule col­lec­tion for LA denim la­bel Mother. By Les­ley McKen­zie.

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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.

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