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Vogue Australia June 2021

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

2 min
editor’s letter

When we photographed Priyanka Chopra Jonas in London during a break in her filming schedule, we intended to feature her on our cover to celebrate her hard-earned career and the fact she is leading a host of Hollywood productions, creating her own scripts and has recently penned a memoir. But that was before Covid took hold in India with such tragic consequences. Today, it seems timely to spotlight one of India’s most famous women, one who is so passionate about her homeland where there is ongoing suffering at a terrible scale. Her advocacy has shone a light on how we, as a global community, might help. We’ve learnt how truly influential Priyanka’s voice is as she has highlighted the unfolding situation in India, calling for donations, alongside her famous husband Nick…

2 min

Bri Lee “This book deals with some big problems and while writing it, I had the sense I might have bitten off more than I could chew,” admits Australian author Bri Lee of her new release, Who Gets To Be Smart . Touching on “how race, class, and gender impact the way we allow some people to be smart but not others,” Lee says she set out to “make complex concepts and issues really readable.” She hopes the extract about bilingualism and its effect on the brain in this issue (see page 96) achieves that. Pete Lennon “Dynamic” is the word Sydney-based hair stylist Pete Lennon uses to best describe the look he created for 21-year-old Olympic hopeful, skateboarder Poppy Starr Olsen, who makes a stellar turn in ‘Air time’, from page 120.…

5 min
cate campbell on pressing pause

It’s March 23, 2020, 12.39pm and I’m at the supermarket check-out feeling on edge. It’s been a weird day; rumours have been dancing across my brain like dust devils, leaving a haze of uncertainty in their wake. My phone buzzes and I frantically check it. I’m not sure how long I stare at the screen – three seconds, three minutes, three hours? Time has lost all meaning, but dimly I become aware of the check-out lady. “I’m sorry,” I mumble, “what was that?” “I said,” she replies, loudly and slowly, “is that all?” The twinkle in her eye hardens to a glint. How could she know the world is suddenly a very different place? I pick up my bags and shuffle outside in a daze then re-read the message: ‘We’re not…

1 min
love in a cold climate

The pink pick-me-up Pink is the warmest colour – in idiosyncratic shades of flamingo, dusty peony and quartz to bruised hues of sweet pea and magnolia. Investing in one winter piece in the colour is licence to mood-boost to get through the coldest part of the year. A knit for all occasions Designers took the homely associations of traditional intarsia knits and flipped them on their heads, showing off the pieces’ colourful credentials for day or dressed up for night. A heady dose of hyper-saturation gives sedate Argyles and sweetly bucolic Fair Isle knits a subversive edge, and is the style thread to follow. The all-weather dress When winnowing down a whole pre-fall season into key pieces, look no further than the queen of versatility: the go-everywhere dress. With long sleeves in the main, tending…

2 min
you’ve got male

“I love the blanket fringe detail and exaggerated lapels on Christopher Esber’s coat which gives its roomy, oversized silhouette a decidedly outdoor feel for chilly weekend days in the fresh air.” – RACHEL FAIR, FASHION ASSISTANT “Traditionally, men’s coats prioritised practicality – until women demanded it too, something Max Mara’s Achille Maramotti gave women in post-war Italy. Today it is visible in the Italian house’s peaked-lapel, warm-as-toast wool overcoat in timeless dove grey.” – ALICE BIRRELL, FASHION FEATURES DIRECTOR “Some days you just need a coat that can be wrapped around you like a blanket. A tailored duster, like this one from The Row, is the evolution of your trans-seasonal jacket to buy into for winter. Wear doubled over a blazer on the daily commute.” – DIJANA MADDISON, DEPUTY ART DIRECTOR Over &…

7 min
breathing space

I’m laughing,” says Emma Jarman, one half of local label Commas, seated in the brand’s Sydney studio, recalling a memory from its beginnings. “Because, to give you a picture, we were in Florence and we had Bergdorf Goodman coming in and Mr. Porter coming in – all of these stores – and we genuinely had no idea what we were doing. They were asking, ‘And how much is this?’ And we’d say, ‘We’ll get back to you about that.’” Richard Jarman, partner in life and work with Emma and Commas’s creative director, nods in agreement. “We didn’t have a line sheet; we didn’t know our numbers. We really didn’t have our heads around anything.” They were at Pitti Uomo in 2017, the twice-yearly showcase of men’s fashion, only a year after…