ELLE Australia

ELLE Australia January 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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in this issue

2 min.
new year, new you? we think the old one is just fine

WELCOME TO 2019. YOU MADE IT. The new year is gleaming in front of you like a shiny new pair of boots, just waiting to be tried on for size. Oh, the places you’ll go. The new heights you’ll reach. Those shoes are so box-fresh it’s tempting to want to throw everything else out and start again. But while we love a wardrobe cleansing metaphor as much as the next fashion obsessive, the trouble with starting over is that you lose all the good bits as well as the bits you’d like to let go. The same goes for sweeping New Year’s resolutions that vow to overhaul your life, your look, your livelihood. Chances are, you’re already pretty damn amazing. (In fact, if you’re reading ELLE, we can guarantee you…

3 min.

MICHELLE JAGER The winner of our fiction competition (“Ghost Child”, published on p62) has a PhD in creative writing from the University of Adelaide and is obsessed with anti-heroines. She’s also the ultimate “odd-job lady”, working as a university tutor, research assistant, pet-sitter, court report editor, wedding photographer, pharmacy assistant and writer. On my playlist: Garbage, The Jezabels, Beyoncé, Nirvana, Kristin Hersh, Demis Roussos and Johnny Cash. I recently discovered Montaigne and I’m hooked on her song “For Your Love”. On my reading list: Yoko Ogawa’s The Diving Pool and Maxine Beneba Clarke’s Foreign Soil. On my to-do list: Keep a plant alive. I do not have a good track record. On my wish list: To publish a novel. And to have a home where I can keep a dog — or many dogs. On my…

2 min.
fresh take

HISTORICALLY, Resort season has been associated with lounging around Saint-Tropez or sipping Negronis in Positano bars – which is to say, not too readily associated with “real life”. But as we approach 2019 and our attitudes towards shopping continue to evolve, we no longer have much interest in buying pieces to wear for a three-week sojourn, only to relegate them to the back of our wardrobes along with our suitcase. Versatility is everything, which is why we were particularly smitten with the Resort 19 collections. They just felt so… wearable. Chanel showed fresh white two-pieces with simple boater hats (and layered strings of pearls – it is Chanel after all), Salvatore Ferragamo gave the blazer a summer-appropriate upgrade in eggshell linen, while Fendi made its signature monogrammed jumpers feel fresh in…

1 min.
see the light

No summer wardrobe is complete without touches of cream and khaki. Select suits, shirts, balloon-sleeve dresses and bucket hats in airy, breathable fabrics for the long, hot days ahead. Styling: Dannielle Cartisano. Hair: Keiren Street at Vivien’sCreative. Makeup: Kristyan Low at DLM. Model: Laura Kluenter at Priscillas…

2 min.
my world

A devoted Nike fan, Thomson-Jonville has a stash of more than 3O trainers, with her Off-White x Nike Air Jordan styles on high rotation. Monogrammed pouches and fashion blankets are also a favourite — one by Hermès is artfully folded in the bathroom, and a green Céline throw (much loved by her daughter Georgia, 4, and son Étienne, 20 months) is draped over the bannister. Very few Parisians can claim to live in an actual house, with its own front door, but Claire Thomson-Jonville, Scottish creative consultant, former editor-in-chief of high-glamour cult magazine Self Service and mother of two, is one such lucky resident. She lives in a charming three-storey maison. “A house, in the 8th arrondissement!” she says, still with a trace of disbelief. At weekends, Thomson-Jonville’s pace slows significantly and…

2 min.
the elle manual: how to dress for summer

There’s a temptation in summer to stick to your tried-and-tested rotation of white tees, denim shorts and linen day dresses. But why limit yourself when there’s a smorgasbord of fresh new trends to experiment with? More is more – so proceed without caution. CHECK YOURSELF Pretty, understated gingham or big, bold, bright plaid – why not throw caution to the wind and pair them together? ETCH A SKETCH Scarf print is the pattern du jour for 2019. Whether it’s a statement-making maxi or a demure silk shirt worn with jeans, consider this your easiest entry into on-trend summer dressing. SOLE PURPOSE This season we’re trading in our black sandals for brown. Why? It feels fresher and more modern – but still goes with almost everything we own. SHAPE SHIFTERS Handbags are, at their heart, a practical accessory –…