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ELLE Australia November 2019

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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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3 min.
it’s the little things...

MY RESTING FACE is not a smiley one. It’s a fact I grew accustomed to long ago. I’m not an unhappy person. But every now and again, on the street, in an airport, riding an elevator, I’m reminded, usually by a complete stranger, that I should “smile”. “Cheer up.” “It can’t be all that bad.” The person requesting the readjustment of my facial features is typically male (there is a myriad of essays penned about why that is) and my typical reaction is to knit my eyebrows tighter in annoyance and add a stomp to my step. I don’t think I’m alone. No-one likes being told to smile on command. “THE IDEAS FOR WHAT CONSTITUTES JOY RANGED from A LIZZO SONG to DOG BOTTOMS that WIGGLE AS THEY WALK” What the under-utilised…

3 min.
the people behind this issue reveal their hit lists

KAI Z FENG @kaizfeng The Shanghai-born photographer, who’s snapped everyone from Selena Gomez to Cate Blanchett to Kate Bosworth, turns his lens to our cover star Elle Fanning on p90. On my playlist: New Music Friday on Spotify. On my reading list: The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck by Mark Manson. As rude as it sounds, it’s way deeper than that. On my to-do list: Making a short film. On my wish list: The new Mac Pro and [Pro Display XDR Retina] 6K screen. On my bucket list: The North Pole. On my blacklist: People who are unkind and have a bad attitude. ESTHER LOMB @estherlomb_ She only started modelling three years ago, but the German beauty is proving to be one to watch. See her take on this season’s boldest beauty trends in “Bright Idea” on p128. On my…

2 min.
hot list

NEW CLASSICS What do you get when you cross Superga’s timeless white sneakers with the coolness and ease of Australian It-brand Aje? Platform off-white trainers with playful raffia soles (aka the shoes you’ll want to wear all summer long). CHARMED, WE’RE SURE The cult-collectable charms you grew up with have had an of-the-moment update in recycled sterling silver and responsibly sourced stones thanks to Pandora Me. Make like campaign face Millie Bobby Brown and pick and mix your faves. au.pandora.net BODY OF WORK Designer Anissa Kermiche’s jewellery – often shaped into hips, boobs and butts – has many a cool-girl stamp of approval (Leandra Medine Cohen and Lena Dunham are fans). Go one better and add one of her new vases to your home. BOW OUT Resort season surprised even us with its biggest breakout trend: unapologetically…

1 min.
dream weaver

Fashion’s love for all things artisanal shows no signs of waning, with patchwork, fringing and embroidery still big on the runways. Among the stand-outs were the intricate woven totes Dior presented at its recent show in Marrakech – but they’re more than just the latest It-bag. Never content to only create clothes for clothing’s sake, designer Maria Grazia Chiuri tapped a slew of African craftsmen and textile-makers for the resort 2020 collection, helping support female artisans in the process. The result was a celebration of craft and craftsmanship we can all get behind. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MASON STEVENSON Photography: Mason Stevenson at Artboxblack. Styling: Caroline Tran. Hair: Koh at Vivien’s Creative. Makeup: Elsa Morgan at Reload Agency. Model: Aylah Peterson at Kult Australia…

1 min.
new territory

“THERE WERE HOMAGES to the ’70S, BUT CATAPULTED INTO THE MODERN DAY” HERE AT ELLE, we prefer to look to the future rather than dwell on the past – yet we couldn’t help but get swept up in the deja vu of the resort collections. Bohemian fringing, paisley prints, corduroy suits and floaty blouses – the season was riddled with homages to the ’70s, but catapulted into the modern day with new cuts, colourways and fabrications. Take Chloé, which staged a staggeringly beautiful show in Shanghai. Tucked in among the brand’s usual whimsical prints and feminine silhouettes were notable retro vibes – blouses fastened with trailing scarves, strappy leather sandals and an abundance of khaki. At Dior, the Marrakech setting made the collection’s tribute to Yves Saint Laurent, a one-time head of…

1 min.
practical magic

Put the fun in functional with a quirky-cute (and nostalgia-inducing) bag. Chunky wooden heels are made for urban adventuring. A cinched-in waist and unexpected fabric will help soften an otherwise masculine style. Don’t be afraid to swap standard beige for shots of colour – pretty pastels are perfect for summer. Photography: Mason Stevenson atArtboxblack. Hair: Koh at Vivien’sCreative. Makeup: Elsa Morgan atReload Agency. Model: Aylah Petersonat Kult Australia…