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ELLE Australia March 2019

ELLE Australia is the ultimate destination for the sexy, spirited and stylish woman. Immerse yourself in gorgeous images, chic ideas, moving writing and thought-provoking features, with unparalleled access to the coolest celebrities and most fascinating people, the essential heads-up on pop culture, and the very best beauty and lifestyle in the country.

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“fashion is the armour to survive the reality of everyday life”

FOR THE LONGEST TIME, especially when I started out working in fashion, whenever anyone asked me what I did, I’d deliver the answer with an apologetic wince. I was pre-empting their response, which was inevitably a casual dismissal (from anyone outside the industry) or wide-eyed credulity (from anyone desperate to get in). It didn’t occur to me at the time to defend my position, to explain that it was neither the mindless indulgence or glittering non-stop party they were suggesting – even if I had wanted to I  probably couldn’t have found the words back then. Even now, I find myself playing down a compliment on a  hard-to-find pair of heels, not wanting to seem like I put too much thought into the purchase and hoping to appear like I…

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HANNAH JAMES @hannahjameswordsA self-confessed book, nature and trekking nerd, writer and editor Hannah James has joined the ELLE team to curate our features section.On my playlist: Spotify’s French Chill playlist has the rare quality of being perfect both for working and for relaxing – and for making me feel like I’m Brigitte Bardot-ing my way around the French Riviera. Ah, oui.On my reading list: Always Virginia Woolf, particularly with the upcoming release of Vita & Virginia (cannot wait!).On my to-do list: Exercise. At some point. Definitely.On my wish list: Gigantic golden shell earrings from Christie Nicolaides. I’m  really feeling my ‘80s power earrings right now.On my bucket list: Walking the length of New Zealand on the Te Araroa trail.On my blacklist: I’m all about the love, but if you repeatedly follow then immediately…

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hot list what to get around, now

ALL THAT GLITTERS Bikini, $328, OSEREE, farfetch.com Swimsuit, $368, OSEREE, farfetch.com Bikini, $295, OSEREE, farfetch.com(@kourtneykardash)(@victorialee)(@patriciamanfield) Don’t get stuck in the “black one-piece on rotation” rut –  new Italian swimwear label Oseree elevates your favourite minimalist silhouette with shimmering metallics. Wear them with wide-leg pants post-pool for maximum wear. STAR STRUCK Forget constant messaging/tagging/meme-ing, if you’re not synced up with your BFF via Co-Star, an app that links your real-time horoscope insights with those of your friends, do you really know them? costarastrology.com PERMANENT HOLIDAY  Ukranian designer Svitlana Bevza makes vacation-appropriate clothes you’ll want to wear all year round, with her eponymous label Bevza. Think floaty dresses, loose blouses and pretty silk slips in sorbet hues of lavender, limoncello and musk. bevza.com KINGPIN Hulu network’s The Act, based…

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california dreaming

Bag, $279, RESPIRO STUDIO, valetstudio.com Hat, $39.95, ZARA, zara.com/au Earrings, $230, DINOSAUR DESIGNS, dinosaurdesigns.com.au Hair clip, $30, VALET, valetstudio.com Etro MSGM Proenza Schouler Calvin Klein 205W39NYC EVERY FASHION WEEK we’re bombarded with dozens of inspirational runway shows and thousands of individual looks – but from the visual overload, a dominating and defining theme always emerges.This was certainly the case for spring/ summer 19, where a look best described as “surf’s-up chic” was presented every which way, but loose. Think the kitschy tie-dyed Jawssinglets at Calvin Klein 205W39NYC in New York and the refined take — covetable bags and belted skirts — spotted at Prada in Milan.Speaking in simple terms, tie-dye was a  defining print of the season, popping up at too many shows to mention, from jewel-bright colours at…

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bike shorts

Shorts, $74, ONZIE, shopbop.com Shorts, $103, HEROINE SPORT, shopbop.com Shorts, $490, DION LEE, dionlee.com Shorts, $59.95, MICHAEL LO SORDO, michaellosordo.com Acne Studios Jacquemus Blumarine Chanel Prada Fendi IT WAS ONLY A MATTER OF TIME before the SoulCycle obsession infiltrated our wardrobes. Cue: the unexpected emergence of bike shorts.We were dubious when the Kardashians started touting the leggings-as-pants look last year but the spring/summer 19 shows made converts of us. Jacquemus sent bold orange bike shorts with loosely tied white shirting down the runway, Bella Hadid made athletic navy iterations look corporate-chic at Fendi and Acne Studios took them into PM by teaming them with leather. But it was Chanel who really led the charge, with black or printed cycling styles cropping up throughout the beach-themed show.The easiest way to…

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hear me roar

Dress, $69.95, BEYOND HER, gluestore.com.au; top, $440, MICHAEL LO SORDO, michaellosordo.com; earrings, $176, PETITE GRAND, petitegrand.com (worn throughout); bracelet, $10,200, CARTIER, au.cartier.com; bag, $4,400, GIORGIO ARMANI, (02) 8233 5888 A Victorian-style blouse takes tiger print into more refined territory. Add KiraKira-sprinkled accessories for day to dark. Dress (worn as top), $370, LONELY, lonelylabel.com; pants, $595, ZIMMERMANN, zimmermanwear.com; heels, $465, MARA & MINE, maraandmine.com; watch, $1,610, GUCCI, gucci.com/au; bracelet, $4,300, CARTIER, au.cartier.com; bag, $299, OROTON, oroton.com.au; yellow bag, $609, KATE SPADE, katespade.com Repeat after us: sporty stripes and animal prints really do work together. Consider this your sartorial homage to the 2019 Spice Girl reunion. Leopard-print dress, $595, AJE, a-j-e.com.au; dress, $220, BEC + BRIDGE, becandbridge.com.au; bag, $795, COACH, coach.com Logic be damned. Romantic florals and flirty leopard make for…