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Marie Claire Australia December 2018

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12 Issues


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editor’s letter

This time last year, rainbow flags and champagne corks flooded the streets as we finally voted yes to love. For most of us, it was a collective celebratory cheer heard across the nation, but for thousands of same-sex couples that moment meant much more than a memorable glass of bubbly. This month’s reportage – one of my favourites as editor – is dedicated to six gay couples whose lives monumentally changed that day. For Luke Sullivan, who wed long-time love Craig Burns at the stroke of midnight on January 9 (the second same-sex marriage was legalised), the most poignant part was “staring into Craig’s eyes and finally knowing he’ll be mine forever”. Mahatia Minniecon, who married her partner Teegan also at midnight on January 9, says being married means “never…

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the ghan

It never rains in Coober Pedy, halfway between Alice Springs and Adelaide. Almost never. After travelling through the night, our team was stranded by a once-in-15-year deluge in outback Manguri that washed out the roads – silk dresses ready and nowhere to go. Of course, with one of the world’s great trains as their mode of transport, the team found its fashion moment right there, track-side. The Ghan itself mixes Australian legend with fine dining, impeccable service and off-board adventures. Our crew dined under the stars, settled in at the bar and slept in drop-down beds. In the end, Manguri’s stark red reality proved the ultimate backdrop for The Silk Road, page 120. All aboard! For details, visit greatsouthernrail.com.au/trains/the-ghan.…

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the lust list

1 CAT PERSON Louis Vuitton’s collaboration with legendary stylist Grace Coddington is infused with animal magic – namely dynamic sketches of her feline friends Pumpkin and Blanket. 2 POP ART Sculptural resin accessories splashed in punchy colour transcend the finishing touch. For those who dare, pair with graphic prints and high-contrast hues. 3 WHITE ON Ivory shoes are gaining ground – and for good reason! Lovely loafers bedecked with fringing and tassels are just the refresher course your wardrobe needs. 4 FRENCH DRESSING As seen on the Louis Vuitton resort 2019 runway: drapey separates, voluminous sleeves and classic-cum-quirky accessories. Add to lust list stat! 5 EYE CANDY Not feeling the super-skinny sunglass trend? Take heed: these scaled-up shades hark back to old-Hollywood glamour and grace. PHOTOGRAPHY BY MICHAEL NAUMOFF; PHILIP LE MASURIER. STYLED BY CHLOE BUTTENSHAW. HAIR AND MAKE-UP BY…

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the edit

LIKE A BOSS Impeccable cuts and clean lines define BOSS’ Made In Germany capsule, a collection of 12 reworked classics. “It’s about the precise workmanship that Germans are known for,” says Ingo Wilts, chief brand officer. Consider it your ticket to chic. Dive deep into the aquatic trend: Kailis’ Sugarloaf ring features a lustrous Australian South Sea pearl plucked from the ocean floor. NEW HORIZONS Textural totes, shimmering silks and cool clutches – Oroton’s summer range celebrates not only a change of season but also a fresh direction for the iconic Australian brand. WORKS LIKE A CHARM Available in sterling silver, rose or gold, Pandora’s Reflexions bracelet boasts clip-on trinkets that embody the beauty of bespoke. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JAN LEHNER/HUGO BOSS; HANNAH SCOTT-STEVENSON.…

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midas touch

“TRUE LUXURY COMES ONLY WHEN YOU KNOW THE HANDPRINT OF YOUR SUPPLY CHAIN”– Caroline Scheufele, chopard Dirty gold. No, it’s not your beloved bangle that needs a good polish, it’s a term for any of the precious metal mined in dangerous and disturbing conditions. In 2010, images emerged of child workers handling mercury in gold mines in Mozambique and Zimbabwe; five years later a damning exposé showed poverty-stricken miners in the Philippines – some only teenagers – being forced underground and underwater to search for gold. But that doesn’t have to be the way, says jewellery house Chopard, which has committed to using 100 per cent ethical gold in all its jewellery and watch creations. The family-owned business, founded in Switzerland in 1860, has long championed conscious style. A-listers Marion Cotillard, Cate Blanchett and…

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likes on bikes

Pink-mohawked helmets and magenta-hued burnouts: New Orleans’ first all-female motorcycle club, the Caramel Curves, isn’t your typical biker gang. Founded in 2005 by Nakosha Smith, the outfit stalled after the city was devastated by Hurricane Katrina but regrouped the following year as women began to ride together to heal. Today, it comprises 13 members, unified by their passion for motorbikes and their desire to project a feminine image into the sport. Together they’ve created a community that encourages confidence, camaraderie and riding while wearing five-inch heels (or Barbie-pink high-tops). “Riding with women is just different,” says member Rochelle Francis. “A lot of guys are cocky and think that women want them because they ride bikes. When women ride together, we can talk about women problems – fashion-wise, hair-wise, life-wise. And…