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Harper's Bazaar Australia

Harper's Bazaar Australia April 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

3 min.
force of nature

My two girls, aged 14 and 15, shop for fashion very differently to how I did as a teenager. For starters, when buying something pricey, they think about whether they can recoup the cost (which hits my credit card, I might add) by hiring it out to friends. Likewise, if they want a new outfit for a party (which they always do), 90 per cent of the time they’ll hire it. Their friends and acquaintances think nothing of hitting them up with a DM on Instagram to ask if that outfit they’re wearing in their post is up for grabs. And they’ll return the favour. Renting (and renting out) your clothes is among the most environmentally friendly things you can do right now, but it still makes me wonder. If the…

3 min.

KRISTIN RAWSON Having got her start in magazines and styling at just 18, Rawson calls herself “one of the lucky ones”. After her career in fashion took her to New York for nearly a decade, Rawson returned home to Sydney to study her passion of interior design. She now resides on the Northern Beaches with her family, while contributing as a style editor to Beauticate and working with private clients to style their dream homes. She styles Angelica Arnott, photographed by Kara Rosenlund, on page 165. I’m inspired by … “people who work hard and don’t take advantage of others along the way”. Interiors in 2020 will be … “soaked in grounded, neutral palettes, natural materials and raw textures”. I’m currently streaming … “podcasts! I love anything to do with alternative…

2 min.
gisele bündchen

Supermodel, author, glamazon — Gisele Bündchen wears a lot of labels, but perhaps none more fittingly than her status as global goodwill ambassador for the United Nations Environment Programme. Through her role, Bündchen has backed a number of eco causes, working for clean water access in remote communities and endangered wildlife protection. She’s an advocate for sustainable fashion, too, often opting for eco-friendly garments on the red carpet (she wore a Versace dress made from 100 per cent recycled materials to the Met Gala). On set for BAZAAR’s cover shoot, she lends her timeless, bohemian aesthetic to each S/S 2020 look courtesy of those bombshell waves and bronzed limbs. Now, as the face of Dior’s new Capture Totale C.E.L.L. Energy range, Bündchen brings her enduring appeal to the brand’s conscious…

3 min.
laura may

STYLE I’m PRACTICAL BUT EXPERIMENTAL. I’d describe my style as SPONTANEOUS, INSTINCTIVE AND SPIRITED. On some days, I dress like a TOMBOY in OVERSIZED silhouettes, and on other days I like to show some skin and be more SENSUAL AND SUN-KISSED. I wear brands such as Eckhaus Latta, Maison Margiela, Sandy Liang, Marques’Almeida, Acne Studios and Jacquemus, styled with lots of vintage and Nagnata. These days, it takes a lot for me to purchase something, and I appreciate these brands’ UNIQUE AESTHETICS.And I have long admired Stella McCartney for her work pioneering sustainability. I live in JAPANESE VINTAGE DENIM WORKWEAR. I love how well the fabric ages and how it is still rich in colour from the natural indigo dyes, and they often have handpatchworking. I like clothes that hold stories.…

8 min.
possessed by possessions

MARIE KONDO IS A CLEVER WOMAN. In January 2019, she spun her bestselling book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, into a Netflix series, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, which convinced the masses that an orderly home begets an orderly life. The Kondo-ites were evangelical in their commitment to following the KonMari method, which advises people throw out anything that doesn’t “spark joy”. For many, decluttering was a born-again experience. Then, in November last year, she launched her online store, selling more than 100 items for the home. “Once you’ve completed your tidying, there is room to welcome meaningful objects, people and experiences into your life,” the site reads. No one can accuse Kondo of being malicious. Human beings are possessed by possessions, and an online store is the inevitable next…

5 min.
hero to zero

Getting my first one-star review as a host on Airbnb hurt almost more than any romantic failure. Reading it was like a violent rejection of everything I stood for: my house, my level of cleanliness, my taste in furniture — even the books on my shelves. My Airbnb was my home; I put it on the site when I was travelling. It was a far cry from a soulless serviced apartment. My clothes were hanging in the wardrobe. There was food in the fridge. I left a note to guests to “help yourself”. It was going well, until an elderly woman and her middle-aged son stayed. It didn’t meet their expectations. They were disgusted with the place. It was full of my stuff. The public, one-star review they left seethed with…