Miranda Kerr, all doll-like dimples, lustrous waves and sparkling blue eyes, has built a career on embodying the glossier girl next door. But it’s the 32-year-old Aussie model’s swift evolution into a modern-day guru of sorts that has her briskly building a band of devotees: she’s the founder of skincare brand Kora Organics, the author of teen self-help book Treasure Yourself and the consciously uncoupled mother who brings a particular polish to denim staples and breezy blouses. Now, after serving as the face of Swarovski for two years, she’s leading the design charge for the Austrian jewellery juggernaut with a glitzy limited-edition holiday collection.
The jump from muse to maker was an easy one for Kerr, who boasts a 19-year career that shows no signs of slowing (she has graced 10 covers in the past year alone). Her creative bent began in the small town Gunnedah, New South Wales, with a childhood defined by expressive hobbies—singing, dancing, drawing, writing and piano playing among them—but she also credits a well-stamped passport for her rich education. “So many different cultural experiences have been subconsciously embedded into who I am,” she says. “The world feels like my home.”
Kerr has translated her accumulated passions into a 25-piece capsule, which includes a luxed-up version of the collectible charm bracelets of our girlish youths. Personally meaningful emblems, such as an evil eye, a heart, a wing, a four-leaf clover and, most significantly, a star (saluting her mother’s early words of encouragement: “She’d say, ‘Let your little light shine,’” explains Kerr), hang from delicate chains and bangles, flanked by Swarovski’s impossibly blingy jewels. As it happens, her fondness for crystals goes all the way back to her girlhood, when her grandfather would bring home large gemstones unearthed during his construction work. (Australian soil is rife with them.) “He’d place them in a big tub and put them under a willow tree for me to play with,” she recalls.
In true of-the-earth-yet-stylish Kerr form, the collection is imbued with mystical symbolism, such as clusters of three, her lucky number. But, more importantly, it’s a reflection of her nurturing, non-fashiony sensibility. Inspired, she says, by “a feeling inside” rather than what’s cool or trendy, the line is meant to remind its wearers to “constantly live from love.” Considering the source, we’ll buy that.