ELLE Australia

ELLE Australia May 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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2 min.
“same, same, but different”

IT WOULD BE EASY to categorise Margot Robbie as just another big-screen beauty. You know the type: blonde hair, blue eyes, great smile. Only there is no such type. With grit and style, Robbie is leading the charge of female actors smashing fixed ideas of what it is to be a woman in Hollywood. More than just the ability to pick and choose from the roles that come her way, the Australian star is helping change the narrative via her production company, LuckyChap Entertainment. “When I was given scripts, I often found the male characters more interesting than the women. I wanted to change that,” she says. “We ALL use STEREOTYPES. BUT it’s IMPORTANT to REMIND ourselves that WE are ALL INDIVIDUALS” Robbie isn’t alone in challenging the status quo this month.…

3 min.

MAHALIA CHANG @mahaliachang ELLE’s digital editor is a constant cause of jewellery envy in the office and writes breaking news for elle.com.au in her sleep. On my playlist: Yellow Days, Eves Karydas, Bleachers and Hozier’s cosmic new album on (literal) repeat. On my reading list: Circe by Madeline Miller. The author behind one of my favourite-ever books (The Song Of Achilles) goes two for two. On my to-do list: Watch some television that isn’t just re-runs of The West Wing. On my wish list: Shell earrings. I just got my ears pierced (I know) and I’m obsessed with wearing weird flashy shells — different ones in each ear — with casual outfits. On my bucket list: I’m heading to Europe in June and while I know I should be planning Instagrammable adventures, I’m really just excited…

2 min.
hot list

COMPOSTING If you’re not composting by now, it’s time to consider it. (See Oprah’s 24-hectare composting farm). Compost Awareness Week is the perfect chance — you can get almost 80 per cent off the price of a worm farm, compost or bokashi bin thanks to your local council. May 5–11; compostrevolution.com.au SOUND OF SILENCE Ever since Lupita Nyong’o announced she gave herself a 10-day silent retreat for her birthday, we want in. No phones, no noises, no talking — it’s relaxation on X games mode. Intrigued? Take the plunge with a vipassana retreat in your corner of the country. dhamma.org.au FEATHER WEATHER Bring joy to your partywear with 2019’s most fun trend: feather trims. Italian It-girls Giorgia Tordini and Gilda Ambrosio of Attico have perfected the look, adding party plumage to tops, dresses and bags. ALL…

1 min.
global roaming

“INTREPID” IS A WORD that springs to mind when it comes to the spring/summer 19 season. Clothes seemed to be designed for the kind of woman who touches down in some far-flung destination, makes friends with the locals and scopes out the best markets in minutes. On the surface, the “adventure” trend came courtesy of safari suiting in a strong palette of beiges and khakis. At Burberry, Riccardo Tisci’s anticipated debut was rendered almost exclusively in beige tones and featured its fair share of “Oh God, I need that” new-gen pieces. At Gabriela Hearst, impeccable white shirt-dresses were paired with durable brown leather handbags. Acne Studios took the look out of neutral territory and injected a bit of zest by layering a sheer ochre wrap dress over a banana yellow…

1 min.
pop art

An anorak adds an active edge to a pleated skirt and heeled boot. Opt for safety-orange and rock around the clock. Safari and sportswear meet sophistication in a look that marries the best of all three. Update a khaki dress with bright tights underneath. Wear with stompy boots for maximum impact. Be it bucket hat, bucket bag or both – take time to accessorise and you’ll be strides ahead. Hair: Madison Voloshin atVivien’s Creative.Makeup: Claire Thomson.Model: Isa Coco at Priscillas…

1 min.
cowboy boots

GRANTED, COWBOY BOOTS are a hard sell. They’re kitsch, they’re “out there” and they’re guaranteed to earn you a few quizzical looks on the street. But they’re also so much fun – the footwear equivalent to declaring “I don’t take life too seriously!” They’re surprisingly versatile too. Yes, they look great with slip dresses, belted chunky knitwear and micro hemlines, but their potential spans far beyond that. A bright white pair under a block-colour suit; a utilitarian jumpsuit tucked into a calf-length patterned pair; Miu Miu’s pop art-esque blue and red pair worn with a clashing graphic print shirt dress. It’s probably no surprise that this look works best when devoid of any other Western-style tropes. Keep your vintage Levi’s, statement-buckle belts and fringed jackets in the closet for this one. Still-life styling:…