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Vogue Australia January 2021

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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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6 Issues

in this issue

3 min.
editor’s letter

It’s incredible to think the tale of a humble magpie on Sydney’s Northern Beaches has inspired an Instagram account with 169K followers, two books (one of which has been translated into 13 languages), and now a major Australian film starring Naomi Watts. And yet that’s what happens when themes of strength, hope and healing come together in one beautiful Australian story centred on family. Like many, Watts was captivated by Penguin Bloom when her friend, producer Emma Cooper, sent her a copy. The book details how one little magpie helped mother-of-three Sam Bloom emotionally recover after a freak accident in 2013 left her confined to a wheelchair, and includes beautiful images taken by Bloom’s photographer husband, Cameron. As Watts recalls in our cover story ‘Watts in Bloom’ (from page 78), she read…

2 min.

CARIN BACKOFF In a fun-filled shoot at Pier59 Studios in New York City, celebrated photographer Carin Backoff captured actor Naomi Watts for our cover. “This was the first time I had worked with Vogue Australia and I was so grateful to be a part of such an incredible shoot. It was one of those magical days where everything just flowed,” says Backoff, who set out to show the “stripped back, but still cheeky and sexy” side of Watts, who this month stars in the film adaptation of Penguin Bloom . “I think my favourite moment was when James Brown came on my playlist and Naomi got all goofy and started busting a move,” she says. “It was the best day.” ELISSA SANTISI Former US Vogue stylist Elissa Santisi opted to outfit Naomi Watts…

5 min.
meg mason on starting over

BEFORE, I WOULD have said that the natural peaks and troughs in a working life are never that precise. More just a sense that you’re doing well at the moment, or vaguely, in a rut, the retrospective realisation that you found your flow around about then. Now I know there are also exact moments in a career. Having experienced one, a sudden, sharp culmination of something that has been a long time in the making. Unmistakable for the impact it will have on your career from now, and recognisable even as you’re in it. November 29, 2018, just on a quarter to 10 in the morning. The moment I decided or finally accepted what I already knew: that the novel I was a chapter off finishing and due in a matter of…

4 min.
hits of summer

HELLO SUNSHINE Forget colour blocking, a top-to-toe column of a brilliant bright hue is the uncomplicated way to give off an upbeat bearing. Optimist? Opt for a blazing cadmium yellow. WHITE HERE, WHITE NOW Don’t reset the style approach completely just rewrite the base palette, swapping neutral to seashell white so that shirting and tailored separates go everywhere, including the beach. Chanel’s Pepto-pink bag in plush towelling is a finishing touch nonpareil. HATS AMORE In our corner of the world sun smarts mean a wider brim, and happily, they’re the sophisticate’s choice for staying under cover, lending an air of refined poise when the heat is on. TRIM WITTED We’ve all been doing it as long as we’ve been going to the beach, but Albus Lumen just made the towel-as-skirt official (as part of its clever summer…

4 min.
uniform matter

LESSON #1 PARAPHRASE “How Miuccia dresses is very often a kind of uniform one way or another, and that was direct inspiration for me for the show,” Raf Simons explained following the eagerly anticipated spring/summer ’21 co-creative debut of both Mrs Prada and Mr Simons. His sentiments purr with an audience that is happy to rephrase Mrs Prada’s uniform in their own language: a pared down, super-streamlined wardrobe running on the simplicity and almost minimal 90s philosophy that has defined her work since her very first ready-to-wear collection in 1989. And so new Prada is a core collection of classic Prada-best narrow trousers; a weighty full skirt, a light silk opera coat clutched at the breastbone; geometric prints; futuristic teeny kitten heels and all with a Simons touch and the addition…

4 min.
story of us

KARIS ZANETTA Having a collection sponsored by Liberty London, mining a rich family history and tackling the mainstream fashion conversation is generally the domain of big-name designers, but for Karis Zanetta Cheng, it’s all in her third-ever collection. The University of Technology Sydney graduate draws inspiration from her childhood growing up in Australia, and tracing her lineage to New Zealand, 1970s Singapore, Malaysia and China, describing herself as a ‘third culture kid’. “It is the idea that when you grow up outside of your parents’ culture, your birth culture and adopted culture merge to form your own unique third culture,” she explains. Through her use of fabric and texture, she draws to the fore stories from places that, geographically, are part of our region but culturally remain outside the mainstream frame.…