Days before she walked the runway at Stella McCartney and Chanel’s Spring 2014 Paris Fashion Week shows, we met up with Miranda Kerr at the chic rooftop of the Gramercy Park Hotel. There, the star of Mango’s new grunge-inspired fall campaign talked about her fave looks from the ’90s (“An oversized blazer, ankle boots and leather jacket with studs”) and let us in on her style and beauty essentials.
You always look so well put together. How would you describe your look?
I try to go for classic and effortless and experiment a little bit depending on my mood. I like functional clothes especially, because now I’m a mom and go to the park. But when I go to work, I enjoy putting on a heel and embracing that feminine side.
How has your personal style changed since becoming a mom?
I keep it more practical now. It’s all about fabrics that don’t crease because I’m always holding [my son. Flynn] always wants to be in my arms or swinging on swings. I think comfort is important and wearing fabrics that make you feel good and accentuate the parts about yourself that you like. It’s not necessarily about following a trend, but finding pieces that work with your body type.
You live in New York now. Talk to us about closet space.
It’s not enough! But it’s good because I’ve gotten rid of so much stuff I actually feel lighter. I have three little closets that I try to squeeze everything into. I’ve stripped it back to the basics and gave at least a room full of stuff to my friends and charity. I’ve also learned to maximize space. Now, I fold my jeans so they sit up, so when you open the drawer you see them.
If you were traveling and could only pack a small bag, what would go in?
A great pair of jeans that fits well, a blazer, a couple of T-shirts, a pair of loafers, a scarf and a hoodie — and one little black dress. I always pick up scarves at the airport, like airports in Asia, because it’s not what you normally see. You’ll find something different there.
You know how to rock a red lip. What are some of your beauty tips?
If I’m tired I just put on a red lip and sunglasses and it’s a simple and effective way to uplift the face — just add a splash of color. Sometimes I’ll use a bit of the lip color on my cheeks so I look a bit more alive — like the blood is pumping, the circulation is going. I also apply my KORA Organics lip balm to highlight my cheekbones. It makes you feel fresh.
3 red shades she loves
Revlon ColorStay Ultimate Liquid Lipstick in Top Tomato, $10.99, www.revlon.com
Chanel Rouge Coco Shine Sheer Lipshine in Rebelle, $34, www.chanel.com
Ellis Faas Milky Lips in Dark Blood, $35, www.sephora.com
You’re a certified health coach. Any new healthy habits you’ve incorporated?
I have hot water and half a lemon in the morning. It’s a very simple tip that cleanses the digestive system when you wake up and it really kick-starts your metabolism. Then I have a cold pressed green juice, like kale, spinach and celery with lemon, and then I have a smoothie that I make myself. I think it’s really important to have a balance in life and fill your body with nutrients when and where you can, but then also know that you’re a human being and you can’t be too hard on yourself. I try to be 80 healthy and 20 percent indulgent. I just don’t believe in depriving yourself because life is short and we’re here to enjoy it.
Yeah, no one likes hanging out with people who don’t eat cookies.
Yeah, it’s no fun. But to feel your best you have to take care of yourself. I know what to do to feel my best and be energized: my smoothie, my juice, my lemon water, getting enough sleep and drinking alkaline water throughout the day. I do mediation, yoga or Pilates four to five times a week. I also like acupuncture and massage. Be good to yourself, and then you’ll be able to give a lot more to your family, to your friends and to your work.
Kerr’s smoothie ingredients
Sun warrior protein powder