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ELLE Australia January - February 2020

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2 min.
it’s time to live your life unleashed!

It would be a mistake to assume that Gwyneth Paltrow’s success — both as a Hollywood actor and the founder of cult lifestyle brand Goop — has been easily won, and it’s a notion her good friend Kate Hudson shuts down right away in our cover story this month. “Anybody who thinks that someone as successful as Gwyneth has just been floating around in kaftans all day is just being rude,” she says on p110. Paltrow is open and candid about her ambition and the fact she’s only come to embrace her drive later in life. Whereas once ambition was a “dirty word”, at the start of this new decade, it’s something to unleash. “WHEREAS once AMBITION WAS A ‘DIRTY WORD’, AT THE START OF this NEW DECADE, it’s SOMETHING TO…

2 min.
the people behind this issue share their summer loves and plans for the year ahead

JESS PW Renowned model Jess Picton-Warlow, who’s walked the runways for Prada, Dior and Alexander McQueen, shows us how to wear the new tailoring in “Strong Suit” on p98. MY SUMMER UNIFORM IS… The entire aesthetic of the TV show Euphoria. It’s got to be comfy, cute but quick to take off down at the beach. Lots of silver jewellery, too. MY SUMMER ANTHEM IS… “Going Down South” by Adani & Wolf. It’s a feel-good banger. MY DRINK OF CHOICE IS… Blueberry gin and tonic. MY CURRENT OBSESSION IS… Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari. I recently started reading it and now I can’t put it down. IN 2020, I’M MOST EXCITED ABOUT… A whole new decade of music, questionable fashion trends, parties, travel, discovery and realising stuff. I have a very good…

1 min.
mood: borrowed from the boys

Unisex pieces have long been the backbone of a great wardrobe – perfectly fitted jeans, button-up shirts, a polished blazer – but fashion’s love for quasi-masculine dressing has recently reached new heights. Brands like The Row are bringing a level of precise tailoring to women’s pieces, including well-cut trousers and sleek black blazers. Stella McCartney – who trained as a menswear tailor on London’s Savile Row – brings the same detail to her designs, including a sharp black tux punctuated by a flowing ribbon in her resort collection. Daniel Lee’s much-hyped tenure at Bottega Veneta has been dominated by menswear-inspired pieces as well. The belted suits from his resort collection were truly splendid, with lace-up sandals tied up over the legs of pants offering a feminine touch. Is a feminist psychoanalysis of…

4 min.
elle manual: the new workwear

Let’s face it: the “return to work” portion of summer can be a slightly depressing affair. Weeks spent email-free and wearing variations of the bikini-and-a-breezy-dress combo have come to an abrupt end, replaced with an overflowing inbox and back-to-back meetings. But there’s no need to get down about it! If anything’s going to put a pep in your step in the opening weeks of 2020 it’s a killer working wardrobe. And thanks to designers’ current penchant for unfussy, functional fashion, the options have never been more bountiful. the TRENCH THE PERENNIAL CLASSIC CONTINUES TO WOO US, SEASON AFTER SEASON As far as versatility goes, you’d struggle to find a harder-working piece than the trench coat. Light and airy for those cooler summer days, winter-appropriate when worn over your trusty cashmere sweaters, it’s no…

2 min.
insider: basic instinct

Cool, classic, fuss-free: Bassike co-founder Deborah Sams lives and breathes her brand’s design ethos. “When it comes to my daily uniform, I love anything tailored,” she says. “My go-to at the moment is a slouchy crepe tailored pant worn with a white T-shirt and an oversized man-style blazer, belted at the waist, and paired with our Leather Hiker Sandal.” Perhaps not surprisingly, this laid-back look has a lot to do with the coastal suburb she calls home. “I live on Sydney’s northern beaches, in the neighbourhood I grew up in. It’s a wonderful place to raise a family but also serves as a constant source of inspiration for my work.” “My home is a Spanish colonial-style property built in the ’30s and similar to the types of homes you’d find in southern…

1 min.
try this: spruced-up shorts

not so long ago, the notion of wearing shorts to the office felt outlandish, but there’s been a shift of late. Fashion has started reconsidering the value of well-tailored versions, as evidenced by the recent summer collections’ ultra-stylish show-goers, who embraced knee-skimming bermudas and more streamlined pedal pushers en masse. Street-style favourite Alyssa Coscarelli (left) gave a modern edge to the look, opting for a check shorts suit and PVC top, while Parisian It-girl Monica de La Villardière (above) offered a thoroughly French take in a billowy white top, sandals and zebra accents. Moda Operandi’s Lisa Aiken (below left) also chose a cool palette, pairing white shorts with an oversized beige blazer and lots of gold jewellery. One thing they all agreed on? The new generation of shorts look polished, professional and…