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Marie Claire Australia

August 2021

Marie claire’s unique editorial mix delivers you an entertaining, exciting and intelligent read every month with the perfect balance of substance and style. From the latest fashion and beauty to lifestyle and food, be informed and inspired each month by Australia’s No. 1 fashion magazine.

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in this issue

3 min
editor’s letter

Fashion’s back, baby, and it couldn’t come soon enough. Admittedly, I’m typing this letter in lockdown dressed in my usual COVID dregs, but I’m still on a sartorial high following the whirlwind of Australian Fashion Week. After a two-year hiatus, AFW returned with gusto, colour and creativity, confirming the undisputed uplifting impact of fashion. It was just the antidote needed after endless months of dour global news and drab leisurewear. While our favourite veteran designers dazzled as always, including spectacular shows from Romance Was Born, Aje, Ginger & Smart, Christopher Esber and Bassike, a crop of newcomers ushered in a fresh, energetic mood. Jordan Dalah, Bondi Born and Beare Park prove the future of Australian fashion looks blindingly bright. But most poignant and powerful of all were two parades by…

1 min
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1 min
the luxe list

CULT CLASSIC Embrace the enduring allure of Chanel tweed with a timeless yet headturning handbag. TO HAVE & TO HOLD Following a leather shortage after World War II, the house of Gucci started crafting bag handles from bamboo. The result? A collection of carry-alls so chic they’re still in hot demand today. SEEING DOUBLE Match your tote to your micro-purse à la this Christian Dior duo – it’s a surefire sartorial statement, but high on functionality, too. ARM CANDY With a dainty shoulder strap and rectangular body, this Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello beauty nods to noughties nostalgia. CHAIN REACTION Show your metal: shiny hardware and bold embellishment define this Louis Vuitton design. PHOTOGRPAHY BY LEVON BAIRD/THE ARTIST GROUP. STYLED BY MONICA RUSSELL. MAKEUP BY PETER BEARD/THE ARTIST GROUP. HAIR BY KYYE/H-M DIVISION. MODEL: JOSIE MUSGRAVE/IMG. WORDS BY KATHRYN MADDEN.…

2 min
trending now

THE LOOK FUTURE GAZING Shimmery sequins, lots of silver and bolts of black befit a modern sci-fi star THE LOOK POP PRINCESS Hark back to the noughties in slinky shapes and head-turning hues THE LOOK PATTERN PLAY Layer rich and earthy prints to your heart’s content – more is more! THE LOOK PAINT BY NUMBERS Slip out of neutral: colour-blocking makes a joyous return to fashion GO RUNWAY/SNAPPER IMAGES. COMPILED BY ELLA BLINCO JURY AND TEANNE VICKERS. WORDS BY KATHRYN MADDEN.…

1 min
bags of style

From Marilyn Monroe’s glittering diamonds in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes to the delicate Halo tiara Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge wore on her wedding day, Cartier’s jawdropping jewels have been immortalised in history. But the Parisian house, founded in 1847 by Louis-François Cartier, has quietly forged a niche for fine leather goods, too. Vanity cases and sweet minaudierés in the early days gave way to leather satchels, clutches and top-handle totes, and now, the newest bag on the block: the Double C de Cartier. Available in two sizes in either neutral black, cherry red, powder pink or fuchsia, the boxy design hints at the house’s heritage with a lacquered double-C clasp. “We handled the logo like a piece of jewellery … For the first time, its presence is both aesthetic and functional, not…

1 min
step back in time

’70s-inspired shapes and a feeling of freedom underline the designs Since 1966, the Saint Laurent woman has worn the pants. That year, young French couturier Yves Saint Laurent debuted Le Smoking, a sleek and tailored tuxedo defined by strong shoulders and an air of androgyny. At the time, it was controversial for women to wear pants in public and the original couture collection garnered only one order, but soon the style set caught on and took to the daring silhouette with gusto. For Fall 2021, creative director Anthony Vaccarello explored the Saint Laurent archives to create a collection with a distinct 1960s and ’70s flavour. There are pants – lots of pants – in highwaisted, leg-lengthening cuts, velvety textures and earthy shades of olive and rust. Blazers are neat and nipped-in, blouses…