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ELLE Australia May 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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contributors the talent behind this issue talk strength, success power and the of a good outfit

LEVON BAIRD @levonbaird The New Zealand-born, Sydney-based photographer’s unique, genre-spanning style has seen him work with the likes of Bassike, Lee Mathews, David Jones and the Sydney Dance Company. This issue, we tapped him to shoot Saint Laurent’s strong-yet-sensual new collection for “Power Moves” on p114. What makes you feel powerful? “Everything coming together perfectly with a photo series – thinking about what I want it to be, and then making that a reality.” MIRANDA TAPSELL @misstap Known for The Sapphires, Love Child (and that inspiring Logies speech), the Darwin-born actor and producer has added another feather to her cap: author. In her new memoir Top End Girl, she reflects on how she felt like an outsider growing up and the importance of sharing more Indigenous stories on screen. Read the thought-provoking extract on p86.…

3 min.
down but not out!

Like many, I’m currently working from home. I’m supposed to be sitting studiously at my makeshift office desk, but I’ve migrated to the couch with snacks by my side and the ELLE team at the other end of a Zoom call. I count myself incredibly fortunate that I am able to do this. It is a privilege I am acutely aware of and one not possible for everybody around the globe experiencing varying degrees of this health crisis that is scary and confusing and unlike anything we have known. To those who have continued on the frontline to keep us safe, care for us and generally keep the world turning, we send our deepest gratitude. To the medical workers whose faces bare the bruises of endless hours wearing the protective masks…

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hot list

IN THE AIR(POD) Whether it’s in Bottega Veneta basket weave, Chanel quilting or Dior’s classic logo print, now your AirPods can be as on-trend as you are. Consider a chic case the new accessory du jour. RAF X MIUCCIA Just when we thought Prada couldn’t get any better, Raf Simons has come on board as co-creative director. We’re waiting with bated breath for his first collection, set to show in September. HER STORY In need of a feel-good flick? On our must-see list of female-led stories: Misbehaviour (based on the 1970 Miss World competition), I Am Woman (about the life of Helen Reddy) and Saint Judy (the story of US immigration attorney Judy Wood). Stream them when they land in the coming months. VIRTUAL REALITY There’s no shortage of ways to get a culture fix while at…

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mood: jean genies

here’s an unsexy conversation topic: the wastefulness of denim. Or rather, it was considered an unsexy topic for a long time, until a coterie of designers decided to tackle the issue head-on. The main concern? A single pair of jeans requires nearly 7,000 litres of water to produce, and about six billion pairs of jeans are made every year. They’re frightening figures, but through a mix of upcycling and clever waste minimisation, the denim industry is becoming more sustainable. ELV Denim creates zero-waste pieces out of its London studio; Ganni has launched a capsule collection of upcycled responsible denim accessories (we call first dibs on the bucket hat); and the skirts and wide-leg jeans Clare Waight Keller created for Givenchy’s SS20 show were made from vintage ’90s fabric. In short, your pursuit…

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in focus: playing it cool

“ i had this idea of creating something that looks sexier, edgier and more irreverent [than our previous collections],” explains Reed Krakoff, Tiffany & Co.’s softly spoken, highly intelligent chief artistic officer. “It’s an attitude and a look that really didn’t exist in a meaningful way [before].” He’s discussing Tiffany T1, the brand’s new collection that will roll out via a series of launches throughout the year. First up, nine rose-gold designs and a high-jewellery necklace. Each new piece features a simplified “T” design, in homage to a classic Tiffany motif that launched in the ’80s. Krakoff – who made a name for himself turning Coach from fledgling New York label to the billion-dollar megabrand it is today – had been reacquainting himself with the company archives when he came up…

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try this: preppy polo shirts

with our working lives thrown into a spin this year, we’re on the prowl for smart, simple pieces that magically make us shrug back our shoulders and feel ready to face the day. And if you go by off-duty models, street-style aficionados and a handful of our favourite designers, this season’s hero buy is the polo shirt. Plenty of credit for the polo’s recent resurgence lies with designer Louise Trotter, who’s spent the past 18 months transforming Lacoste into one of fashion’s buzziest labels. Trotter has reimagined the brand’s trademark polo shirts in bold pops of colour and boxy silhouettes created in durable fabrics – the final result being the meeting point between sporty-prep and Parisian cool. Wanting to dabble yourself? Plenty of labels are offering their own unique takes on the…