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Vogue Australia January 2019

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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editor’s letter

Feminism has long celebrated liberated female sexuality, but has had a less comfortable relationship with beauty. This month’s cover features the very beautiful Emily Ratajkowski, who recently visited Sydney to accept an award at the GQ Australia Men of the Year event. I handed her the trophy, which was in acknowledgement of her activism, rather than just her success in the modelling industry. Emily has used her huge influence through her 20 million-plus Instagram followers to campaign for voting and women’s rights and, recently, against the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court, which controversially resulted in her arrest with her friend, comedian and activist Amy Schumer. Emily writes lengthy essays on female empowerment, arguing that women should define and own their sexuality, which need not be contradictory to social…

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JOEL EDGERTON Actor and Boy Erased director Joel Edgerton makes his Vogue writing debut with an essay about his hopes for the Australian film industry: “When I see the success of recent movies such as Ladies in Black, I’m buoyed by the possibility of finding that story we can tell back home that not only has local resonance but can also find its way to resonate on a world scale … I’m so thankful for my success and really value the place that I’ve carved out in the States. But I miss my own country. And after all my experiences, the idea of coming home and the desire to participate in a bigger way just feels right.” New York-based Edgerton edited part of Boy Erased in Sydney last summer and says…

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heat of the moment

In some ways not much has changed since 1983, when Vogue Australia enlisted photographer Patrick Russell to shoot a swim special for our November issue. Today, our summers might be hotter, and our swim industry bigger, but summertime in Australia is still world class. Whether it’s the steamy pavements in the cities, lush tropical forests or the scorching sand on our beaches, there’s no doubt we live life best in the heat. Shot on location in Noosa, Russell opted for a posse of ‘surfie boys’ to act as male models. The result is wholly Australian – Speedos, a tangle of tanned limbs and the innocence of locals in their moment of glory. “[The surfies] completely disarmed the models, too. It was an easy sexuality. It was easy and fun,” Russell…

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making a splash

For many of us, it is impossible to separate our childhoods from the water. A thousand sensory memories flood back with every slop of sunscreen: windy days picking sand from our lunch, too proud to seek shelter; dragging boogie boards back and forth across a hot beach; the feeling of salt water drying on our skin, scratching us under our clothes. There are the memories of weeknights spent doing laps at training and weekends of Marco Polo. We swam until we were pulled from the water with purple lips and pruny fingers. What is more equalising than being outdoors in near nakedness among strangers? As people of the world’s driest inhabited continent, it is no surprise that water should have such an elevated role in our society. Indeed, it’s a fixation that…

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she’s got game

COLOUR CHAMPION Leave modest colour at the start line and get immersive with a shock of intense brights like Day-Glo pink and hazmat orange. Reticent? Introduce one piece at a time to a wardrobe. TRACK CHANGES The ultra-luxurious tracksuit has had its day for now and passed the baton to the street-riffing baggy variety. Slouch, not lean, into this. OUTER FIELD One of the reasons this trend has staying power? It hits that function-and-form sweet spot. A lightweight windbreaker layered over everything pulls it all together in a flash. ON YOUR BIKE With leggings a style mainstay, bike shorts were the inevitable next step. Dabble in colour and pair with crisp whites to nod to their sporting roots. ADDED EXTRA Accessories are a cinch with a high-speed lifestyle leading design. Bum bags, backpacks and now body-hugging pouches free up…

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any which way

Fashion brands design, make and sell clothes. Are we all in agreement on that? Certainly, there’s a plethora of different products out there, at different price points. And brands approach these core components in different ways: some make locally, others offshore. The pace varies, as do the channels for access: wholesale, flagship stores, only online. A few pioneers are looking at rental. But, essentially, this is what the business of fashion looks like: design collections, manufacture them, sell them. “But what if,” says Heidi Middleton, with a twinkle in her eye, “we reinvented the whole model? And kept on reinventing it? I don’t see why it can’t be a moveable feast.” With her new venture, Artclub, the Sass & Bide co-founder is redefining what a small, sustainable, creative fashion business can…