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Vogue Australia November 2020

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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

2 min.
editor’s letter

When we photographed Katie Holmes for these pages, the world was vastly different. The shoot, brought to life by an all-female cast, took place when Holmes was in Sydney late last year. The energy on set was dynamic but also light-hearted, with a confident Holmes moving freely to the background music photographer Bec Parsons had playing (I distinctly remember her singing along to Prince’s Kiss as it was blaring). We could never have foreseen the global shutdown that would transpire or the fact Holmes would spend much of this year in lockdown in New York. So to complement her powerful shots of femininity, we tasked her with penning an essay about poignant truths she discovered during this period and of finding new beginnings (see page 154). “Now the leaves of October are…

2 min.

BILLIEJEAN HAMLET Indigenous Australian model Billiejean Hamlet, who grew up in Ngurturwarta, an Aboriginal community in the Kimberley region, was photographed at Sydney’s McCarrs Creek Reserve for the fashion feature ‘Natural instinct’, from page 166. “This was a huge pinch-me moment – my first time shooting for Vogue Australia,” the 20-year-old exclaims. Revealing that she loved the Chanel look best, Billiejean says hopping into the water at sunset dressed in the label was the most memorable moment from the day. “It gave me goose bumps, quite literally. But the cold was worth it – it was a moment of magic,” she says. BEC PARSONS Celebrated Australian photographer Bec Parsons captured Katie Holmes for this month’s cover. “We wanted to portray Katie in a relaxed, pared back way so her strength and female empowerment…

5 min.
virginia trioli on life after lockdown

WE STAND, STRANGERS to each other, in the cold and crane our necks towards a glorious gum tree, silent and marvelling as if we were staring at the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. Nestled in the crook of a curving branch, a mother tawny frogmouth glares at us while her two impossibly fluffy chicks squat beside her. Mum is awake and wary, her babies blinking wide. More and more people join us – parents on bikes, their infants leaning out of their seats, older couples and curious joggers. It is mid-morning in Melbourne winter lockdown, and we have all escaped from home for our one-hour allotted daily exercise. The last time we rode through this wild park, a spry cyclist in full riding kit beckoned to my young son: “Did you know…

3 min.
face the sun

HIGH-TIED The must-have summer top is in fact a deftly knotted Hermès scarf that packs luxury, and versatility. UNDER WRAPS Tap oceanic blues that speak of salt and sea, then add the season’s elegant solution to tangled tresses: the headscarf, knotted at the nape. WOVEN WONDER Hands-free is the instant route to summer ease and in a solar yellow, this clutch, tucked under the arm, is the perfect optimistic statement to be making ventures outside. SETS ON THE BEACH A summer suit – that is lightweight shorts and a shirt (bucket hat optional) – will see the season through in total comfort and, in Louis Vuitton’s take on the pyjama trend, monogrammed style. PUT IT IN PRINT Swim and denim are already comfortable bedfellows that get an update via the printed shirt – the ultimate sun-safe companion. MAKE A SPLASH Dior’s…

2 min.
alexandra carl

1. “I treasure my dear friend Orit Elhanati’s beautiful crafted jewellery – she made our wedding rings and my engagement rings, and each piece is made by hand. Clothing-wise, I’m a huge fan of my friend Cate Holstein’s label Khaite. I always invest in pieces that are unique and timeless, so it’s my idea of the best staples with a twist.” 2. “I love exploring new paths – in January my husband and I journeyed to Patagonia on a three-week adventure. It was a lifelong dream to go and so humbling. I’m so grateful we got to have such a life-changing journey at the beginning of this unforeseen year.” 3. “[I love] Scandinavian mid-century furniture and probably appreciate it even more for the nostalgia from growing up surrounded by it. For ceramics,…

5 min.
spirited away

AS A SCHOOLBOY , Ian Griffiths remembers visiting St Petersburg in his dreams. He fell under the spell of Tolstoy and Tchaikovsky, and was lured by the murder of Rasputin, Russia’s mystic monk. That led him to Prince Felix Yusupov – the protagonist of Max Mara’s resort ’21 collection – and to Lost Splendour, Yusupov’s autobiography, where he details how he helped orchestrate the infamous assassination in 1916. Over Zoom from Reggio Emilia, Italy, where creative director Griffiths has worked at Max Mara for 33 years, he recalls with rapt enthusiasm how Russia, with its great novelists and neoclassical architecture, wooed him, sight unseen. It was still front of mind when it came time to choose a location – St Petersburg – for this year’s resort ’21 show, Reason and Romance,…