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Vogue Australia February 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

When our cover of Amanda Seyfried landed in my inbox, shot by US-based, Melbourne-raised photographer Lachlan Bailey, the significance of her emerging from water seemed poignant. Here she was having given birth just months before, seemingly being rebirthed. It felt like the tonic the world needs right now. With little certainty and with the influence of religion waning, it makes sense that so many of us are seeking reassurance and belief in something good. I find it fascinating how many people are taking a serious interest in mysticism and astrology. Though I confess to being a bit of a skeptic, as we were writing cover lines on December 21, it was brought to my attention by Vogue staffers who are more in tune with these things, that it was the dawn of…

2 min.

JADE HSU Sydney-based model Jade Hsu embodies the new season mood in a series of well-tailored styles from the likes of Celine, Chanel, Dior, Gucci and Prada for ‘Mixed business’, from page 30. “When I received the call, I was mildly in shock,” she says of the moment she found out she would be shooting with Vogue Australia for the very first time. Sharing just how much she enjoyed playing dress-ups on location in Sydney’s Centennial Parklands, Hsu adds: “It’s one of the coolest shoots I’ve ever done; I was super-thrilled to be a part of it.” HOLLY GIBSON “This experience was particularly special to me, as I have never had the opportunity to shoot for print, let alone for Vogue Australia – which has been a lifelong dream,” says Sydney-based photographer Holly…

5 min.
ash barty on family values

GROWING UP IT was instilled in us that no matter what happens in life – good bad or indifferent – your family is always there for you and in return, you’re always there for your sisters. As a young girl I loved having that bond and close relationship with my family. My parents put trust in us to be ourselves and to be unique to our own personalities, setting the foundation from a young age that this is the way the Barty girls are. The best way to describe our childhood in Queensland was fun. It was a life spent playing outside. We had a nice age difference, too. Sara is five years older than me and Ali is three years, so we were always going through different phases: Sara in…

3 min.
mixed business

HOME WORK Hermès’s value proposition is unmatched here in a cocoon coat that encapsulates the comfort habituated at home, in the softest of cashmere, but with clean lines for fronting up to the office. CLOCK ON Investment pieces go beyond clothing, and an assertive timepiece in classic gold straddles work and home spheres with ease. Omega’s molten De Ville Trésor is the ticket, and when you no longer need to watch the clock, it is elegant enough to stay on wrists 24/7. WORK LIFE BALANCE Denim? Not de rigueur for professional environs, that is until Chanel says so. In artfully daubed jeans, paired with a timeless tweed jacket, it’s all the permission we need, while doing double duty come weekends. TALK SHOP A shopping tote that fits a laptop, a few essentials picked up on the way…

6 min.
business or leisure

‘DRESS FOR THE job you want, not the one you have’ – well, 2020 obliterated that maxim. What job does anyone want? Sadly, for some, with devastating widespread job loss a reality, any. For those lucky enough to have weathered the financial downturn, the way people work, and where they do it, has been drastically altered. We face a reconfiguration of roles previously well-defined, our understanding of the shape of modern work being negotiated in workplaces the world over. Now, do we work between two workplaces, home and office, do we have hybrid days – half home, then out for an afternoon meeting? Or, no desk at all; a recalibrated work-from-anywhere job? How on earth, then, to dress? It’s no flippant question. What women will wear for work in 2021 –…

1 min.
line of work: a walk through moments in history that shaped dressing for the job.

1920: Berlin. Women did men’s jobs in wartime, demanding practical attire. 1952: active sports ensemble designed by Claire McCardell. 1987: suit by Donna Karan, who simplified getting dressed for work. 1990: Margaret Thatcher. Women at the top ensured the reign of the power suit. 2012: Phoebe Philo at Céline ushered in working minimalism. 2020: split-screen dressing for Zoom calls made us rethink dressing for professional life. CHARLIE DENNINGTON ARTHUR ELGORT/CONDÉ NASTVIA GETTY IMAGES GETTY IMAGES GORUNWAY.COM…