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Harper's Bazaar Australia January - February 2020

Harper’s BAZAAR is the style resource for women who are the first to buy the best, from casual to couture. With style, authority and insider insight, BAZAAR focuses on luxury fashion and beauty, and covers what’s new to what and who’s next. Month after month, Harper’s BAZAAR showcases the world’s most visionary stylists and talented designers to deliver readers a visually stunning portrayal of the world of fashion and beauty.

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in this issue

2 min.
editor’s letter

January is supposed to be about clean slates and fresh starts — a month when we set out our resolutions for the year and leave bad habits behind. However, for many of us it’s the first chance we have to come up for breath after a hectic end-of-year wrap. We’re lacklustre and our energy levels are depleted, yet we grit our teeth and bolt out of the starting gate in the hope we’ll muster enough stamina to maintain the facade until at least March. Having a benchmark like January 1 can be poignant for our psyche, but wouldn’t it be wiser to use the first calendar month to prep ourselves for positive change and fully chill in the hope we’re setting ourselves up for success, and start in February instead? Embracing…

3 min.

Kate Davis-Macleod A career as a sought-after fashion and beauty photographer came organically to the former model, who captured the images accompanying our spa round-up on page 124. The London native’s perfect escape is to warmer weather in Cas Gasi, Ibiza — once there, it’s yoga sessions at L’Atelier Numero 74 to recharge and dining out, because with two kids, indulgence is enjoying someone else’s cooking. A glass of sulphate-free red wine hits the spot after a long day of working, since her job takes her from 4am shoots to scouting locations in the pouring rain. “It’s really not all glamour. I need to be mentally and physically switched on every minute of the shoot,” she says. Work/life balance, to me, is … “working hard, being kind, getting fresh air and…

1 min.

TROPHY LIFE A new year brings the all-consuming fervour of awards season. We’ll have all the red carpet action (with a healthy dose of drama on the side). READER’S DIGEST From beach reads to lengthy tomes, we highlight the new novels to devour the second you get some spare time. ROCKS OFF Interested in investing in something a little hardier than a handbag? We look at the new jewellery collections worth splurging on. HAUTE PURSUIT Lose yourself in the whimsy of January’s Paris haute couture week, where floor-length feathers and crystal-encrusted bridal looks are commonplace. GUEST OF HONOUR With engagement parties, weddings, baby showers and beyond on the social calendar, allow us to help you navigate the challenge of dressing for the occasion. BEST ON GROUND We spotlight the wardrobe essentials, up-and-coming designers and trends to invest in, week by week,…

2 min.
reese witherspoon

Don’t let her famously sunny exterior fool you — Reese Witherspoon pulls no punches when it comes to dissecting the deeper issues. As an early and continued supporter of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, the actor, producer and entrepreneur was perfectly suited to her latest role, in the new AppleTV+ series Morning Wars, which explores the complications that arise from allegations of sexual misconduct. Witherspoon’s production company developed the drama, further cementing her place as a champion of female voices in Hollywood, something echoed by her longtime partnership with Elizabeth Arden as the brand’s storyteller-in-chief. As she tells close friend Natalie Portman in our interview (on page 76), “It’s about storytelling for women, by women, and about getting more women behind the camera.” Witherspoon is still perfectly comfortable in…

2 min.
my wish list linda tol

STYLE I’d describe my style as SOPHISTICATED, COOL AND EFFORTLESS. My most worn pieces are my vintage Levi’s HIGH-WAISTED JEANS — they go with everything — and my classic Saint Laurent blazer. On my resort 2020 wish list: Miu Miu is a huge favourite … the BERMUDAS, the big-shouldered shirts and jackets. I’d love a black suit by The Row. And their bags and shoes are classic, good quality, comfortable and timeless. Also, everything from BOTTEGA VENETA: the suits, the bags and the shoes, not to mention the trench coats. Daniel Lee’s designs are modern, functional and what women want to wear. I love to wear everything a bit OVERSIZED; high-waisted denim and wide-legged pants. I don’t wear crop- or off-the-shoulder tops; I’m a big fan of oversized button-down shirts. I…

5 min.
divorced by the hour

When I was growing up, the women in my family were a practical lot. My mother married three times: at the age of 18, she fled a husband who was too controlling; she then married my father, who died young and left her with two children under the age of eight; and her third husband was an alcoholic and a gambler whom she later divorced. My aunt had similar experiences with her three husbands, one of whom had numerous affairs. So the conversations I had with my female role models when I was young were never about dream weddings but about financial independence. My mother’s mantra became: “Make sure the house is in your name.” Current statistics suggest one in three marriages in Australia will end in divorce, and this period…