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Kate's ready to mellow as she leaves party scene behind

After two decades of fast living, British supermodel Kate Moss says motherhood and creative work with major fashion brands have helped usher in a more mellow phase of life, though she's still haunted by existence in a celebrity bubble.

"I'm paranoid," she said. "Paparazzi are a nightmare. "I don't think you ever get used to some man hiding in a bush ... It's unnerving to be watched all the time," said the blonde 37-year-old, in Hong Kong to launch an Asian flagship store for French handbag label Longchamp.

A doyenne of the fashion world -- after breaking on to the catwalk as a precocious teenager with attitude -- Moss has weathered a string of scandals and remains a favourite of leading houses such as Dior and Louis Vuitton.

She was photographed allegedly snorting cocaine at a party over five years ago, and smoked a cigarette on a Parisian catwalk this year, drawing the ire of anti-smoking advocates.

Asked about her endurability in such a fickle industry, Moss said: "I haven't got a plan ... I just take it as it comes."

Longchamp's founding Cassegrain family enlisted Moss to design several lines of leather bags.

"What she brings to the brand is maybe a touch of rock and roll," said Sophie Delafontaine, artistic director of the leading French bag maker.

"She's very near to her customer because she's active, she's working, she has a kid, she's travelling, she's sometimes casual and sometimes she's very chic and glamorous."

Moss said it was premature to start thinking about her own brand just yet, given the demands of family. "I'm just kind of going along with the flow," said Moss.

She is, however, keen to launch a children's line of clothing, inspired by her own daughter. "When she has an outfit on, I've copied things of hers that I wanted made into grown-up size," said Moss. "She's got better style!"

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