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Vogue Australia

August 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

3 min
editor’s letter

Vogue is known for fashion but fashion is really the prism through which we celebrate and document the culture of eras in which we live. This issue is brimming with talented performers and artists who are defining our times and is led by Billie Eilish, who has been labelled the voice of Gen Z. This is Billie’s second cover for Vogue Australia; the first one was shot in Brisbane while she was on tour and ran in July 2019. The world had no idea of what was around the corner then, and frankly, as a 17-year-old, neither did she. Superstardom followed for her and well, much has happened to all of us since. This second cover, which was shot by Australian photographer Emma Summerton and styled by British Vogue’s Dena Giannini, coincides…

2 min

Mindy Kelly “I haven’t worked with Billie before, but she is a bad ass,” says Mindy Kelly, the Los Angeles-based stunt coordinator who helped our cover star execute her daring new shoot that gives the illusion of her gliding with the wind. “Billie is a true warrior! She slayed through all the shots without even breaking a sweat and her energy was exactly what I had imagined it would be,” says Kelly. Working with Eilish wasn’t the only highlight for the stunt coordinator. “It’s been a dream of mine for some time to get the opportunity to collaborate and create art with [stylist] Dena,” she reveals. “She worked her magic and that’s what really made this project so special to me.” Diablo Cody Writing an essay for Vogue is a dream for Diablo…

5 min
diablo cody on the power of performance

I can remember the exact moment when I first heard Alanis Morissette’s music. Honestly, in retrospect, it’s kind of crazy that I remember it, because I listened to so much music as a teenager. I was 15 and sitting in my bedroom in Chicago listening to the radio. The DJ said: “I’m about to play a song, and I think it’s going to blow people’s minds.” I was surprised – this was a big corporate radio station and they didn’t usually talk about the music. I thought: ‘I gotta hear this.’ And that song was You Oughta Know. Theatre is primal. It has to be one of our earliest collective experiences as humans I sat there riveted. Because that song is more than a song, it’s an exorcism. It builds and builds and…

1 min
seeing shapes

REACH OUT A touch grunge, a touch devil-may-care, designers stretched sleeves to finish well past fingertips as embraced in Max Mara’s Aran knits, Raf Simons’s sumptuous sloppy joes and Sportmax’s knee-grazing versions. Even if you don’t see the practical side, the surprisingly flattering effect of attenuated arms holds appeal. HAUTE AIR As if knowing we’re all craving room to move about as comfortably as we have done under lockdown, labels like Louis Vuitton, Loewe, Simone Rocha and Roksanda proffered their takes on bulbous, aerated forms that emphasised the female form like modern sculptures, nipping here and ballooning there for dramatic and surreal effect. LOW RIDER The waist has had its moment in the sun so three cheers for designers exalting that hypnotic part of the body – the hips. Anthony Vaccarello lowered waistbands at Saint…

2 min
pattern piece

FEW THINGS CONVEY energy like a graphic print. This season, those who drew on pattern play reigned supreme, breathing life into wardrobes waking up to the world again. This time however, it’s not all about colour. Look to legendary op-artist Bridget Riley, who celebrates the impactful power of black-and-white geometrics. Just as she blends musical influences in her combination of 1990s R&B, soul and electronica, 27-year-old Sydney musician Maina Doe blends prints from tie-dye to animal. Counting among her style icons Cher, Aaliyah and Eartha Kitt, she says she feels like Andre 3000 if she clashes pattern together just right. “Prints just add movement to your walk, your dance and your physique,” she says. “It can elevate a simple design and turn it into something unique – it’s that extra…

6 min
reality check

“Digital fashion is about trying on an exciting garment that couldn’t exist in the real world” Anifa Mvuemba didn’t set out to revolutionise fashion with the digital runway show she created for her brand Hanifa in May 2020. The designer, who was born in Kenya to Congolese parents and moved to the US as a three-year-old, was simply looking to creatively display her latest collection in the face of pandemic-imposed gathering restrictions. But her show, which featured animated 3D renderings of clothing walking down a digital runway seemingly by themselves, was unlike anything the fashion world had ever seen. The presentation went viral, and Mvuemba officially cemented her place in fashion history. Though her instinct toward the digital is what set Mvuemba apart, she’s ultimately less of an outlier than a harbinger of…