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ELLE Australia April 2020

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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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the future is in our hands

As we go to print with this issue, it seems the world is in crisis. Still fragile from the bushfires that raged through our country this summer, we’re now staring down the barrel of a global pandemic unlike any we’ve seen. And then there’s the resulting economic downturn. I’m not typically one to panic, but with my first baby due in May I can’t help but take everything just a little (read: a lot) more seriously than I would have before. Above all else, climate change, this century’s most pressing threat to humanity, has come into sharp relief. “BE PART of THE growing groundswell OF PEOPLE WHO ARE acting AS A force FOR NATURE” What kind of world we are leaving our children is a question no longer uttered with abstract detachment…

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the people behind this issue talk going green

JACQUI IVES @jacquiivesstylist Travelling to an orchard to work on our “Field Trip” story on p96, the prop stylist stuck to our sustainable brief. Every prop was returned, recycled or repurposed – she even stewed the apples for her breakfast the next day. WHAT’S THE BIG OR SMALL CHANGE YOU’RE MAKING FOR THE PLANET? I’m committed to using props and materials that can be returned or reused. Sourcing second-hand is a priority, and I’ve found that being thrifty has opened a new channel of creativity, which I’m loving. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE FEEL-GOOD FIND? While sourcing for the series Rain Dance, I discovered some of my best finds in the town of Katanning, in remote Western Australia. I propped an elaborate banquet scene with second-hand glassware that cost less than $40. WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST ENVIRONMENTAL PET PEEVE? Waste and…

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hot list

BAG CHECK Do the schlep hands-free thanks to Burberry’s latest bag from its Econyl capsule collection (which uses a sustainable yarn created from regenerated fabric scraps, fishing nets and plastic). A hybrid of a bumbag and backpack, it’s the perfect pairing of polish and practicality. FEVER PITCH If you haven’t witnessed the formidable Odette’s poetic lyricism and honeyed vocals in person – including the Hermitudecollab banger that is “Feverbreak” – now’s your chance. She’s playing shows in Sydney and Melbourne this month. CHANGE IN SEASON Don’t know peach season from pear season? Download the free In Season: Eat Better app and you’ll know which fruit and veg are ripe for the picking (read: less burdensome on the environment). WOMEN’S WORK Think you don’t like opera? Carriageworks and Sydney Chamber Opera are shaking things up with Breaking Glass,…

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mood: do it yourself

Knitted crochet dresses at Missoni and Ferragamo, natural raffia details and tassels at Jil Sander, and dip-dyed boilersuits at Dior: fashion is having an undeniable love affair with handicraft. Isabel Marant’s Coachella-but-chic collection was another sterling example, embodying everything we want to be wearing right now (think printed cotton tunics, folksy earrings and woven handbags). So what’s behind the rise of artisan-inspired style? Perhaps our ever-more temperamental climate means we have a growing need for loose, heatwave-proof pieces. That same climate crisis is also encouraging us to reassess our consumption habits, marking a renewed appreciation for beautifully crafted, often-handmade items. Injecting a homespun sensibility into your own wardrobe is easy. A tie-dye shirt from Romance Was Born (the brand has been sustainably minded since it launched in 2005) is a wear-all-year investment,…

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in focus: water world

It’s night. Overhead, a dark, velvet sky pierced with coldly glowing stars. I step from the dive boat into black water. My eyes take a second to adjust. I find myself immersed in an unknown world of luminescent alien forms… I grew up close to the beach and have always had a deep affinity with the ocean. At 12, on a holiday at the Great Barrier Reef, I went scuba diving for the first time. I still remember my first glimpse into the underwater universe – a surreal palette of colour and shapes that even the most talented artist would struggle to capture. I expected the ocean would always be as it was then, bursting with life – I could never have imagined it would be facing the threats it does…

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try this: statement sweaters

Sweaters aren’t a sexy purchase. They tend to conjure images of Mark Darcy’s Christmas atrocities in Bridget Jones’s Diary or scratchy numbers from your childhood – functional, but never flattering (or particularly fun). Yet change is afoot, thanks to a cohort of designers who are injecting a breath of fresh air into knitwear. Aussie label Wolfgang Scout and New Zealand-based Lonely are leading the way, using mindful practices to create classic-with-a-twist jumpers. The former utilises Australian merino wool and nonhazardous dyes, with each piece taking 50 hours to make by hand. For inspiration, look to the attendees of the SS20 shows, who experimented with interesting, colourful sweaters. In a glowing example of Italian maximalism done right, designer Gilda Ambrosio (above right) teamed faux snakeskin pants with a red zebra-print knit. On the…