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Vogue Australia December 2020

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Vogue Australia epitomises the finest in fashion, design and journalism. It enlightens, entertains and inspires by focusing on its position as the authoritative voice in Australian fashion. Vogue Australia combines a modern mix of glamour, style and intelligence presenting the ultimate in fashion, beauty, health, and the arts.

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Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
News Life Media Pty Limited
Frequency:
Bimonthly
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6 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
editor’s letter

Looking back at the year that was is both painful and inspiring. Twelve months ago, in the December 2019 issue, this letter celebrated the 60th anniversary of Vogue in Australia. I wrote of Vogue growing with Australia and Australians over our six decades; our sadly lacking Indigenous storytelling to date, which we committed to change; and of our country indeed being lucky, but also a clever, creative and capable one. At the start of 2020 we thanked our brave firefighters and praised the scientists at the University of Melbourne who were the first to culture the coronavirus outside of China, thereby contributing to the rapid development of vaccines, which we are hearing a lot about today. I think Vogue has a role to play in encouraging young people, and particularly women,…

2 min.
contributors

ALEK WEK A total of 22 years after having first appeared in the November 1998 issue of Vogue Australia, South Sudanese model Alek Wek makes her return to our pages in the fashion feature ‘Flow motion’, from page 156. Captured by photographer Hanna Tveite in a series of looks styled by Melissa Levy, internationally renowned Wek says the shoot, which took place in New York, centred around “the energy, the movements, [and the] feeling of the clothes … It was about the looks that were put together and how excited we all were about the narrative, the colours, [and] the different cuts.” Calling out the team on set, she adds: “Teamwork makes the dream work, shout out to the team!” JESSICA DOS REMEDIOS Tasked with shooting ‘Good times roll’, from page 52, Sydney-based…

5 min.
alison bell on christmas chaos

2018. THE EMAILS started in March. Christmas plans take some forethought, particularly if you’re the family organiser, as my sister is, dealing with a frazzled nomad like myself. She made a compelling case on my behalf: “Every year Alison, Johnny and Augie travel from Melbourne to be with us for Christmas in Canberra, on top of all the travel they have to do for work. So let’s have it in Victoria this year and rent a place close to them.” Oh tidings of comfort and joy. I felt like crying when I read this. My little family is like a ye olde travelling theatre troupe, only loaded up with toys and luggage rather than lutes and whatnot, always in transit. I long to stay put, and this Christmas my beloved sister…

3 min.
good times roll

POLKA FACE Praise to the blouse, says Balenciaga’s Demna Gvasalia. Black polka dots get a refresh against a fuchsia backdrop for an out-of-office feel, and with sweeping sleeves, this version reads anything but prim. Go with the flow to let summer in. FEATHER WEATHER Michael Lo Sordo strikes a happy medium between glamorous gloss and low-key cool, taking cues from the prototypical WFH outfit: the pyjama suit. Pair with fuss-free flats. HAVE A BALL The old adage that less is more rings true in warmer weather. Rise to any occasion by trusting accessories to do the heavy lifting, like Tiffany & Co.’s drop earrings that offer an instant pick-me-up. TAKE YOUR PLEAT Christian Dior’s dress nods to both Christmas colours and the hue of the season. Sunray pleats mimicking beams overhead make for a happy holiday celebration. ACCESSORISE…

4 min.
sweet escape

“EYE CANDY.” THAT’S how Tomo Koizumi, Zooming from his home base in Tokyo, describes the optical rush that takes hold once his delectable dresses come into view. Frothy gowns with frou-frou skirts that appear frosted together have become his signatures, each assembled from layer upon ruffled layer of Japanese polyester organza, cupcake-esque, in ombré rainbow hues. “I’m making pieces that I want to see or that people might want to see,” the 32-year-old explains of his luxury loofah-like creations that are also in tune with the current mood that calls for clothes that perk us up. “Fashion, I think for me, is entertainment.” This philosophy squares neatly with Koizumi’s entrée into mainstream fashion. After working as a costume designer for nine years (and counting), the Japanese creative was discovered on Instagram…

2 min.
christopher john rogers

1. “I’ve always been inspired by mid-century interiors and furniture design. Wendell Castle’s lamps are quirky, colourful, dramatic yet functional, and a must-have for me!” 2. “I’m always thinking about colour and proportions of specific hues in space, more so than anything representative of a particular period. Lynda Benglis’s fallen paintings feel incredibly modern. The intentionality of the placement of pigment is balanced by the naivety of colour, and the idea of painting on a floor.” 3. “You rarely associate images or artworks from the 20s with vibrant colour, and that’s one of the reasons I love Series VIII . Picture of the Starting Point (1920) from Hilma af Klint.” 4. “Nils-Udo’s artwork Sans titre (1999), is simple but effective, and I enjoy the graphics applied to something organic and natural.” 5. “Intentionally kitschy…