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Freja Beha Erichsen Ditches the Catwalk for Designing

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Freja Beha Erichsen in her Mother Denim collection

Although she’s been absent from the runway of late, Freja Beha Erichsen estimates that she’s walked over one thousand runways in her career. And while we’d love to see the veteran catwalker make a return to the shows next month, we’re not holding our breath. “It just felt natural, at a point, not to do as many shows,” she tells Style.com. “At the moment, I am not planning to do any shows this fall. I wouldn’t say I would never do a show again, though.”

In the meantime, she’s trying something new on for size: designing. Erichsen paired up with Mother cofounders Lela Becker and Tim Kaeding for a capsule collection, debuting in September. The Danish supe worked closely with Kaeding on the fits, washes, and prints for the wares, which include classics like the Muse skinny jeans in black and faux leather, and the Foxy Boxy chambray shirt—all signatures of the stunner’s much-loved personal style. “I felt like doing something I wear all the time was much more in my power, because, clearly, I am not a designer,” she admits. “I wanted them to be the thickness jeans should be, but also comfortable. We got the first pair really right, and I’ve been wearing them ever since.”

Freja Beha Erichsen in her Mother Denim collectionHere, Style.com has the exclusive first look at the offerings (which range from $145 to $300) before they hit Nordstrom this fall. Ten percent of the proceeds will benefit Doctors Without Borders, the international humanitarian organization the do-good model has been working with for the past few years (in between posing for Prada ad campaigns and British Vogue covers, that is). “Obviously, I would love to do more projects along these lines,” she says. “I need to come up with something else!”

Photos: Cass Bird

White Out

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Memorial Day weekend is finally a few days away, and although I wear white year-round, including during the winter, I especially can’t resist buying new white pieces for summer. It’s my go-to color for warm weather. One of my favorites in my wardrobe is a cotton dress from Jenni Kayne Spring ’11—I’ve worn it over and over again. But every year I add a couple of new summer white pieces to my collection. Earlier this year, during Milan fashion week, I was lucky enough to find a great full-skirted Alaïa number at the Corso Como outlet for a bargain, but besides that, I have yet to find the perfect new additions for this summer—until now. Here are a few items I have my eyes on.

From the top left: Acne Lucille denim dress, $353, available at www.mytheresa.com; Proenza Schouler sleeveless belted shirtdress, $850, available at www.kirnazabete.com; Diego Dolcini flat sandals, price on request, available at www.diegodolcini.it; Mother Runaway skinny flare jeans, $196, available at www.shopbop.com; Lanvin two-tone minaudière, $2,390, available at www.barneys.com.

Photos: Courtesy of My Theresa (Acne); Courtesy of Kirna Zabête (Proenza Schouler); Courtesy of Barneys (Lanvin); Courtesy of Mother; Courtesy of Diego Dolcini

Mother’s Specialty Prints

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Printed pants have been making their mark on both the runways and the streets for several seasons now, and they don’t seem to be loosing any ground. In Paris during the Spring ’12 shows, we spotted editors and models wearing leopard-print jeans, and wild pants of all sorts have popped up aplenty in the pre-fall collections (see Michael Kors, Kelly Wearstler, Ports 1961, etc.) as well. We were excited when we heard that one of our favorite affordable denim lines, Mother, has just joined the print pant parade. For Spring, Lela Tillem Becker and Tim Kaeding have created two print versions of the popular The Looker pant—one with a vibrant paradise scene ($250, available at Nordstrom and ShopBop.com mid-March) and another with orange and coral cherries ($230, in stores mid-February).

Photo: Courtesy of Mother

After Years Of Search, A Jean Worthy To Share The High-Design Racks

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Kirna Zabête is one of New York City’s premier retail destinations, carrying a coveted mix of Givenchy, Balenciaga, Alaïa, and Proenza Schouler. You can count on finding covetable designer labels there. But until now, there’s one thing you couldn’t get there: jeans. That changes with the first denim addition to the store’s designer roster: Mother, a line spearheaded by Lela Tillem (formerly of Citizens of Humanity) and Tim Kaeding (formerly of Seven for All Mankind), which launched for Spring ’11.

Several years ago, Kirna Zabête co-founders Sarah Easley and Beth Buccini realized the need to include a denim line in their store; even the most Balmain or L’Wren Scott-loving customer wants a good pair of jeans. But with the buyers’ exacting standards, it took years to find a label that measured up. “We do special clothes, not jeans,” Easley explained. But Mother fit the bill, especially at their reasonable price point—they retail between $155 and $242. “You don’t want to go to the park in $500 jeans,” she added. “We like to cross merchandise. You could wear these to the beach with your Alexander Wang T-shirt or pair them with your new Alaïa jacket when you travel.”

The skinny Wilder jeans ($205) and the wide-leg Lookers ($196) are now among the high-end offerings. And as Easley—who is, in fact, a mom—notes, they’re “great for someone 25, someone 45, and everyone in between.”

On sale now at Kirna Zabête, 96 Greene St., NYC, and at Kirnazabete.com.

Photo: Courtesy of Mother