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Amanda Seyfried wears a Prada top and skirt. Tiffany & Co. earring. Max Black stockings. Cartier ring. Make-up from Tom Ford, starting with Traceless Perfecting Foundation in Fawn; on cheeks, Cheek Color in Love Lust; on eyes, Cream Color For Eyes in Opale and Extreme Mascara in Extreme Raven; on lips, Lip Color in Flash of Pink.


Fashion editor: Christine Centenera Photographer: Emma Summerton Hair: Danilo Make-up: Pati Dubroff Manicure: Marisa Carmichael Set design: Viki Rutsch Production: Kiori Georgiadis at Hinoki

20 EDITOR’S LETTER 22 THIS MONTH ON VOGUE.COM.AU 24 CONTRIBUTORS 26 VOGUE 180° Pip Edwards and Claire Tregoning of P.E Nation.


31 HIGH FLYERS A shift towards more laidback dress codes sees sport-influenced designs winning the race on and off the runway. 36 Good vibrations; Light and shadows; Bed of roses; Finding her feet. 38 MARCHING TO HIS OWN BEAT With his cool credentials and diverse creative skills, Off-White designer Virgil Abloh was never going to lead a conventional life. 40 STATE OF UNDRESS Tales of seduction are woven into the fabric on fashion’s runways. 44 THE GAME OF LOVE From what to wear, where to go and what not to do: dating 101 for 2017. 48 FIGURING IT OUT In an age of female empowerment, have our lingerie drawers caught up to our closets? 52 SPEAKING VOLUMES Breakout star designer Rosie Assoulin has secured herself a place among fashion’s best. 58 MIX ’N’ MAX Business, art and camel coats are all in a day’s work for the gregarious scion of the Italian fashion dynasty behind MaxMara. 62 MORE THAN A MATCH Katie Page is unrivalled in her championing of women’s sport.



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66 LET’S TALK ABOUT MATILDA She’s the daughter of famous parents but the multi-talented Matilda Brown has firmly asserted her own place in the arts. 68 LOVE IS LOVE British actor Joshua Sasse has vowed not to marry his fiancée, Australian pop queen Kylie Minogue, until same-sex marriage is legalised in Australia.


71 STRONG IS THE NEW SKINNY Empowerment has taken on a new meaning when it comes to women’s fitness and self-defence. 74 GET MOVING No matter how or where you work out, embrace high performance from head to toe. 78 ACTION HEROES For three women, discovering a passion for a sport was transformative both inside and out. 84 Peak practice; Line up. 88 HARDWIRED FOR LOVE Heartbreak can stop your heart, but the good news is a little self-love will lengthen your life. 16 FEBRUARY 2017

92 SWEET RETREAT Thwart bad habits, a lousy diet and a dwindling exercise regimen at far-flung havens of health.


98 BABY LOVE Actress. Animal activist. Crafter. Soon to be a mother. Amanda Seyfried on growing up. 126 THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN Strong, smart and sexy, Australian Rugby Sevens women are changing the face of women in sport. 138 KEEPING UP WITH KAYLA From Instagram sensation to technopreneur, 25-year-old Kayla Itsines is a global fitness powerhouse. 144 SEASON PASS Spring/summer ’17 swept away the fashion cobwebs and blasted out a new message. 152 TWO HEARTS Power couple Janice Petersen and Julian Hamilton are most content savouring their family life. 154 PAIN IN THE NECK Tech addiction can be the last straw for your spine. 156 ENDLESS SUMMER Fashion editor Pippa Holt has dived headlong into the realm of holiday style.


108 CLUB TROPICANA REPLAY Dressing for the summer party season, Australian style – cool, effortless, bursts of colour, glimpses of skin in cutaway dresses.


161 LAKESIDE LUXE New Zealand’s Matakauri Lodge sets the luxury bar as high as the mountains it looks out upon. 164 PURE BLISS Comfort, luxury and pristine riverside surrounds make Huka Lodge one of the world’s finest escapes. 168 WHERE TO BUY 169 HOROSCOPES 176 LAST WORD







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editor’s LETTER

While we can’t all hope to have a stomach like Kayla’s (see page 138), at Vogue we encourage women to strengthen their bodies and to engage in physical exercise so they can live at their best. The extraordinary women in the Rugby Sevens team love life, are performing at their best and winning. I first met some of the Olympic gold medallists last year at the Sydney Sevens tournament. With this year’s tournament around the corner, we celebrate the team and explore the secret to their success in what was a completely male-dominated sport. Katie Page, CEO of Harvey Norman and long-time supporter and promoter on women in sport, points to all the codes in which female participation is making a mark and reminds us that it takes time to build these sports with followings and sponsorships and so we “should all keep our foot on the pedal” – see page 62. Amanda Seyfried is all systems go with a new baby on the way, along with roles in the new Twin Peaks series, an as-yet-untitled Nash Edgerton project, and new film The Last Word. Amanda is a bombshell: funny, with a down-to-earth attitude and she has never looked more beautiful than she does newly pregnant on our cover this month and the story starting page 98. It’s not too late for a New Year’s resolution. Enjoy.

Edwina McCann Editor-in-chief

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he fashion industry has been much criticised for its role in promoting super-thin models and therefore an unhealthy body image for young women. Fortunately, Australia lends itself to an outdoor lifestyle full of physical activity, which may explain why some of today’s biggest social media starlets are personal trainers hailing from here. Let’s call them gym-istas … they rule Instagram and YouTube with their workouts and chiselled results. The queen of the gym-istas is Kayla Itsines, a 25-year-old global fitness phenomenon from Adelaide who, with her partner, has amassed a $46 million dollar fortune selling her Bikini Body Guide (BBG) e-books and app workouts. Her global disciples are part of a BBG community who have connected through her training guides and support one another. The #BBG hashtag has been used among them more than 4.5 million times. Kayla is not only a smart businesswoman and a positive influencer, but an empowered and healthy female role model who doesn’t drink or party, and whose squeaky-clean image has appealed to brands including Apple and Adidas. To me, this is represents a modern type of modelling and Vogue is proud to support Kayla and this healthy body movement.

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Pip Edwards and Claire Tregoning have created a new tribe, healthy, on it, glowing, to which we subscribe. By Alison Veness. Styled by Philippa Moroney. Photographed by Hugh Stewart. 26 FEBRUARY 2017



Claire Tregoning (left), Pip Edwards and all female models wear P.E Nation.


eep breath in, deep breath out. Reach for the bars, reach for the stars. Start your own business: P.E Nation – well, why not? It’s been brewing for a while, got to get it out there and dress the nation, cause a sensation, ride the wave of athleticism, sculpt those hips, tone, monotone, add bright, brash flashes of 80s colours. A million reasons to look good, power through the gym, power through the day, take a road trip with Jane Fonda in a fading, beaten-up old Honda, end up in Bondi/Santa Monica/Ipanema and play it out on Muscle

Beach. Blue skies. Infinity. Gods and goddesses, abs all fab, an inner urgency, a true confidence, nice contour, job done. Obsession, these clothes are that good. Bodybuilders balanced, handstand, headstand, dumbbells, strength and precision. Pip Edwards and Claire Tregoning are the women inspiring us to seize the moment. In the age of the social, they are blazing a trail, making their mark. Together they are a force of nature, all endeavour, work, work and work harder, all energy and charisma. Pumping iron for blood. Angels up, hell yeah! ■ VOGUE.COM.AU 27

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Twenty years ago Tom Ford sent out a collection that ended with a series of white jersey dresses with cutaways revealing the hips and clavicle. One critic commented that it “lit the fuse of the sex bomb”, thrusting the 90s from an era of grunge to one of seduction. These rules live on, as seen at Dion Lee and Hugo Boss by Jason Wu, and at Alexander Wang, who called his spring/ summer ’17 collection “50 Shades of Grey meets Lords of Dogtown” for its clingy swimwear-esque looks that emerged straight from the surf and into the bar. ZW



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that clever quirk. Nicolas Ghesquière has a lot to answer for: his use of neoprene at Balenciaga spurred the fabric to become de rigueur, and now the ripple effect of his work at Louis Vuitton – focused on athleticism and women’s urban wardrobes – has taken over on the runways. Louis Vuitton’s parachute dress (fashion loves a buzzword), thanks to its light nylon-esque gathered shape, is a fresh take on fashion’s athletic spirit. Three female designers embraced this spirit for spring/summer ’17. At Versace, the parka was wrapped and ruched around the body, so the take was concertedly more body contouring – well, you wouldn’t expect any less from Donatella Versace. For her last collection at Marni, Consuelo Castiglioni emphasised the luxuriously voluminous shapes afforded by nylon, micro-pleating it for balloon sleeves in a modern interpretation of couture silhouettes, a technique also appropriated at Stella McCartney. It bucks against the idea that an athletic mood needs to be skintight and #bodyconfident – fashion now is all about pro-choice. The shapes shown by these designers were articulated with drawstrings, giving the garment wearer interaction, encouraging convertibility. Make what you want of it – literally. Zara Wong

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Club colours

No longer a symbol of affiliation and conformity, tracksuits are the domain of dissidents who seek to break the rules.



emember physical education? Or perhaps there are some who don’t because they were too busy cutting class to hang out in hidden corners in their tracksuits. Once the uniform of those who conformed – to a team, a school, a country – the spirit of subversion sees designers like Alexander Wang reworking basketball shorts and Donatella Versace doing sultry windbreakers. The key is rethinking the athletic staple and retaking it with a football hooligan-like disregard for rules; a Chas Tenenbaum-esque tendency to walk to your own beat. The attitude guides the styling: a cropped zipped jacket or jersey with jeans and heels for day, or wear it all together with sneakers to an evening engagement. The tracksuit once meant representing your team with pride – it’s now about flying the colours for yourself. Alice Birrell



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sport, athletes will don hyper-streamlined, slick performance wear. The closer to the body the faster they can move, or so is the idea. For spring/ summer ’17, Julie de Libran’s interpretation of an athlete at Sonia Rykiel was the modern woman, moving fast to take on the world. Kitted out in the label’s slinky striped knit dresses, slashed to the thigh, she can do just that as she can in Versace’s chevron-emblazoned swinging pleat tunics and tube skirts that came with pop studs so they can be converted to a mini in a hurry. De Libran spoke about liberating women in 2017, and despite their figure-hugging silhouette the season’s technical knits have versatility and ease like Missoni’s loose ribbed tank and pants and Sportmax’s graphic column dress, harking back to the days when knits were first taken up as sportswear in cricket, golf and tennis clubs. Today we’re just as likely to wear them après-surf, as Esteban Cortazar imagined, as we are flitting through city streets. Wherever women choose to go in them, it’s clear it’s some place fast.





Playing like a girl is the new way with athletic styling tricks that should join pretty with sporty. SWEAT 1gymNO Alexander Wang’s snow-white towel is crafted from the finest


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Good vibrations

Wearable technology aims to make our lives easier. Vanessa Lawrence tests the theory.


n an unseasonably chilly spring morning, I am standing on a train platform shivering and cursing the gossamer-thin layers beneath my black and white checked Courrèges coat. Instead of suffering, I simply tap a button, activating an internal-insulation mechanism that sends warmth radiating across my shoulders and back. Welcome to the new age of wearable technology. What began with bracelet activity trackers, like the Nike + FuelBand, and culminated with the Hermès Apple Watch, has grown to encompass temperature-regulating clothing, cocktail rings that send alerts when we receive calls and tweets, and mood-altering headgear. And unlike, say, the remote-controlled dress from Hussein Chalayan’s spring/summer 2000 collection, or the glowin-the-dark Zac Posen gown Claire Danes donned for last year’s tech-themed Met Gala, these wearables are more about function than fabulosity. Our clothes, it seems, are smarter than we are. Not long after Courrèges sent its heatpacked toppers down the runway, Nike introduced its selftightening HyperAdapt 1.0 sneakers, which will be able to fulfil your Back to the Future dreams. Michael Kors partnered with Google on a wearables line, starting with something called the Access smartwatch; and Caeden has released a bracelet that monitors your pulse – and your stress – and provides options for a meditation break. Microsoft, meanwhile, has a patent for a shirt that uses body sensors to gauge your mood – and alter it accordingly. And Levi’s has teamed up with Google on Project Jacquard to develop jeans that will send a message to your smartphone when they sense you’ve put on some extra kilograms. My jeans already tell me when I’ve gained weight, by refusing to zip. Nevertheless, I was intrigued, and took a few of these gadgets on a test run. “I’m designing for an attention economy,” says Christina Mercando d’Avignon, the creator of Ringly, a jewellery start-up whose offerings include a cocktail ring that syncs with social media apps, email accounts and phone and text contacts, alerting you to notifications with coloured lights and vibration patterns. (The latest version also incorporates a fitness tracker; and d’Avignon is partnering with MasterCard so wearers can use the ring to, say, buy jewellery.) Ringly acts like a private bouncer, letting through only the information you deem as priority. “I only want to know when something is important,” d’Avignon says. I decide everything is important, so I gleefully sync all possible options in the Ringly apps menu, and then watch as my emerald

knocker shimmers and shakes while I type away at my desk. My Misfit Ray pendant (fitness and sleep tracker, alarm, and call/text notifier) is also vibrating, reminding me, every 40 minutes, to stand up and walk around. The only downside is that the high demand on my Bluetooth is draining my phone battery. So I whip off my Rebecca Minkoff bracelet (it doubles as a charge cord) and plug it into my juiced-up Ralph Lauren Ricky bag (interior LED light panel; phone charger). Removing my coat and accessories at the end of every day – save for the Misfit Ray, which I need in order to track my sleep – feels like taking out my SIM card. The next morning I’m awakened by a buzzing on my chest. Ah, my Ray alarm. A glance at the app confirms that I achieved six hours and 51 minutes of “restful” sleep. As I am about to leave for the gym, I realise I neglected to charge my Ricky bag, my Ringly, and the attachment for my fitness-tracking PoloTech workout shirt. I dump all the cords in my bag and run out the door. My one-hour boxing session doesn’t even register on my Ray (probably because I had it tucked into my sports bra to avoid being pelted in the face), and, according to the PoloTech app, I had burned only 500 kilojoules. Determined to make up the points for my Misfit Ray goal, I walk to work. By late afternoon, I am exhausted and listless. But I have a party to attend and need to rally. Thankfully, there is a wearable for that too! The Thync, a triangular white pod that affixes to your right temple via an adhesive strip, sends FDA-approved pulsed currents to your nerve endings, delivering, or so it claims, the effect of either a glass of wine or a cup of coffee, depending on the setting. And while it is true that the “energy” vibe provides a pleasant, buzzing feeling in my head, I received some interesting comments from my colleagues. “You look like a cyborg,” one tells me. I am starting to feel like one. What’s more, I am jumpy from all the vibrating. Even the “calm” Vibe on my Thync doesn’t seem to help. According to Ali Mattu, a clinical psychologist and behaviourist who is a faculty member of Columbia University’s Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders, nothing about this is surprising. “Each time you get a notification, you have to make a decision. That drains your brain,” he says. “We are not built to be constantly plugged in.” Ultimately, I ditch everything except for the Courrèges coat, which made no demands on my attention and wanted nothing more than to keep me warm. Sounds downright human, when you think about it. ■

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Figuring it out In an age of female empowerment, have our lingerie drawers caught up to our closets? By Alice Birrell.


t used to be that lingerie did two clear and separate things: make women look sexy, or fulfil a practical purpose. In 2017 would it not be a bleak outlook if our choice of underthings still dictated the kind of woman we can be, and, to boot, offers one of two routes: that of the sinner, or the saint? Thankfully, we’ve come far from the days when Flaubert’s fictional account of Madame Bovary getting into her underwear was used as evidence that the novel should be banned, and moved on from the phrase used in the puritanical 1850s for lingerie – “unmentionables”. Still, we find ourselves in an age where, despite the gamut of choices available to express ourselves hanging in our wardrobes, our underwear drawer is still relatively in the dark. “Lingerie is the first garment you choose every morning,” says Carol Fung, the Sydney-raised founder of lingerie brand Prae. She started her New York-based label working on the premise that underwear should be made to be revealed – under slips, open backs or sheer outfits. “There is a general misconception of what a bra is; just a cheap, semi-uncomfortable necessity that you’ll throw out in a couple months, or something ridiculously padded that screams sexy.” Instead she offers silky, albeit minimal triangle bras and microcrops with zero embellishment that could almost pass as shrunken ready-to-wear. In a Victoria’s Secret taut-limbs, definedabs saturated world, sexuality has been narrowly defined and arguably governed largely by the male gaze. It was this idea that pushed stylist Ruby Heery and Monica Nakata to found new e-boutique Par Femme. “There is often only one idea of ‘sexy’ being pushed in the world of lingerie,” says Nakata. “There’s no reason to stick to a particular aesthetic, particular fabrications or colourway. There should be as much diversity in lingerie as there is in women’s tastes, bodies and desires.” So what’s out there? For the low-key active woman there’s “leisurée”, being a portmanteau of athleisure and lingerie. Brands like Lively, Land of Women and

Baserange have tapped into this, as has local brand P.E Nation. “Our customers want less fuss and more bang for buck. They want practicality as well as fashionability,” says co-founder Pip Edwards. Indeed, Calvin Klein’s no-frills branded pieces in grey marle and plain white have seen sales rise for the company (while Victoria’s Secret has posted falling profits). For the romantics there are brands like Lonely, which chooses non-models for its campaigns, showcasing real bodies – like Girls’s Lena Dunham and Jemima Kirke – without compromising on sultry lace and feminine flourishes. “Women today are engaging brands that have a deeper understanding of their personal needs and that are more in line with their personal values,” says founder Helene Morris. “Our lingerie is an ultimate love letter to yourself, because it makes you feel special and beautiful. It’s about seeing yourself in your truest form and being happy with it.” What was formerly “comfortable” underwear – flesh tones, destined to grey out in the wash – has become edgy and sexually charged. “You can find more white cotton than black lace in our collections,” says Heery of labels stocked on Par Femme like Marieyat, which produces cotton basics with an edge of kink in straps and cut-outs. Cotton has grown up. And it’s breathable. But what about the filmy decadent bras, the 50 Shades suspenders and corsets? Agent Provocateur’s Sarah Shotton says women have taken back sexy lingerie for its feelgood factor. “Our customers are empowered, modern women who enjoy beautifully made lingerie,” she says. What’s more, those latticed filigree exteriors belie the construction. “The French are at the forefront of construction and innovation,” says Irene Michael, founder of IM Lingerie, which stocks labels like La Perla and Bordelle. If you look a bit harder, there are brands in the mix for everyone, some re-paving the once-secret sounding intimates into an egalitarian and feminist-friendly space. And isn’t it a great thing that our lingerie can re-shape standards in the fashion industry, quite literally from the inside out? ■


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Bold beauty Aqua Blu creative director Kristian Chase brings haute couture flair to swimwear design with statement cuts and fabrics.


ristian Chase is not one to shy away from bold moves – in fashion or in life. Feeling the need for a “drastic change in scenery”, he swapped a life of high-fashion runways in New York for the easygoing lifestyle and beautiful beaches of Australia. Here, he talks about how he infuses his intrepid personality into his swimwear designs for Aqua Blu. How did you go from haute couture to swimwear creation? Kristian Chase: “My background is high fashion – I learnt my craft in Paris and honed my skills in New York. However, I wanted to break my own mould and embrace a more casual lifestyle. Australia has just that. The summer season is long here; people live in their swimsuits. I fell in love with swimwear because I wanted to combine my skills and create pieces that stand out in the crowd.” What is the aesthetic of your current swimwear line for women? KC: “My collection has drawn influences from Bondi all the way to Rio, inspired by

the idea of ‘pure shores’. To me, swimwear is not only something you wear at the beach or poolside. I want to create transitional fashion pieces – a design that can carry you from the beach to the bar, all the while looking fabulous. It’s not all triangle bikinis; I like to push people to try something daring. I love colours, prints and unexpected cuts.” Describe the woman you design your swimwear for. KC: “I design for a woman who wants the ‘effortless’ look. She’s a statement maker, and not a sheep in the crowd. I always say you should break the mould. Mix and match, try wearing colours, and if you’re all about black, then pick lush fabrics and focus on the details. It’s all about embodying confidence – she doesn’t look: she’s looked at.” If you could sum up this new collection in three words, what would they be? KC: “Chic, effortless and bold!” For more details about Aqua Blu collections and to buy online, visit


Speaking volumes

Her youthful vigour, wit and appreciation of what real women want has seen breakout star Rosie Assoulin secure herself a place among fashion’s best. By Alice Birrell.


n Rosie Assoulin’s New York office, the designer poses a question to the entire room: “What do we want our label to be known for?” “Joy!” she ejects suddenly over the phone, repeating a muffled answer from the group of her staff. “We want people to feel joy! That’s a good answer. What else?” she encourages. “We want women to feel comfortable in their clothes. I love that.” It is mid-afternoon and Assoulin is reflecting on the mission statement of her four-year-old eponymous label. She has spent much of that time asking a lot of questions. “What is you?” is one she asks herself continually. “Oh my gosh, that is the question,” she says. “Anyone can make something pretty; it is easy to make things beautiful, but what is true to what we are trying to do? I am always asking: ‘Can I wear this? Do I want to wear this? Does this skirt look too big? Do I want to wear heels with it?’ We constantly bring it back into our own personal lives and see if it holds up. If it doesn’t then it is just a pretty idea.” In an age where creative heads of luxury houses are sequestered in pristine design studios to labour over various confections, Assoulin is a force of the new guard. There’s a lack of pretension in her manner – she uses “we” rather than “I” to describe the label’s accomplishments – and presentations of her collections at New York fashion week are populated by buyers and editors, yes, but close friends and family, too. If you haven’t been up close to one of her pieces, known for their volume and beautifully looming couture shapes, you might miss their realness. Every piece is centred on an everyday application, even if it has a sculptural shoulder, an enormous peplum flipped on a pair of paper-bag waist trousers, or a  pineapple cut-out on a strappy back. She’ll put a pocket in wherever she can. “Sometimes it is a challenge, especially if you  have an asymmetrical loopy droopy thing going on,” she explains, “but we are up to it! We put them along seams and zippers and things like that.” For resort ’17 Assoulin showed tiered gingham and check dresses that swung out at exaggerated A-lines and floor-scraping skirts and pants in full volumes, which she’s made a signature. A happy kick of fruit and vegetables ran throughout – sugar-snap peas, watermelon or artichokes, embroidered onto an organza gown or making up the pieces of a camisole, like a fruit bowl cut and pasted. The crocheted earrings on models looked like hanging clusters of grapes. It’s that sense of fun that people relate  to. “Rosie’s playfulness and wit come through in all her designs; and because of that not-so-serious tone, her clothing is very versatile,” says Assoulin’s close friend Claire Olshan, owner of the New York boutique Five Story. “She’s phenomenal at creating clothing that has emotion and should be worn in synchronisation with how one’s feeling.” 52 FEBRUARY 2017


Adwoa Aboah models a Rosie Assoulin resort ’17 look.



The 31-year-old Assoulin had close contact with fashion before she articulated her own interests in the industry, although not necessarily the front-facing aspects we all know. Her parents worked in manufacturing children’s wear and her great-great grandparents worked in handkerchiefs. Realities of the rag trade were ingrained, which is perhaps why she doesn’t get carried away proselytising about beauty or elegance for their own sakes. “I never wanted to be about wearing the concept. I am not really interested in doing that,” she says with certitude. “What we are trying to do is make that kind of dream fashion, runway moment. Then can we bring it into our life and can we feel powerful around it and not like it’s dwarfing us?” says Assoulin. A representation of this would be her sell-out Jasmine pants. Cut wide at the leg with undulating swathes of fabric, they’re simultaneously athletic and dressed-up. For resort 2017, a sundress with epaulet-like caps on its shoulders was decorative but still airy enough for a very hot day. A designer who melds traditionally opposed concepts like these is not only dextrous but clever, too. Assoulin applies this intelligence and pragmatism to dressing a range of body shapes. “Many things look great on certain body types, but what about the other non-standard body types?” she says. “How can we cater to all these different women who we see and work with and live with and know and are?” It’s another question she’s answered with universally flattering fit and flare silhouettes, with trousers – a focal piece every season – like her board-shortsinfluenced pair, and the A-line “B-Boy” styles, with silk-faille dresses that cinch at the waist and off-shoulder tops emphasising the collarbones. Assoulin (pronounced as-oo-lin) grew up in Brooklyn in the late 1980s. Her grandmother lent her a sewing machine when she was 13, before she helped future mother-in-law Roxanne Assoulin with her jewellery brand. After trying event planning, she turned to fashion with an internship at Oscar de la Renta at 18. “Maybe it was imposed on me,” she says of her career path. “[My memory’s] clouded by pictures of the crazy stuff your mum puts on you … a stuffed animal, or a flower, or a fruit or vegetable, or stripes and pinks, and bears,” she says. “My mother once pulled out all her baby pictures and laid them out on the table and said: ‘Now do you know why you do what you do?’” It would explain the organic motifs for resort and the beachumbrella stripes that surfaced for spring/ summer ’17. After de la Renta, whose work ethic and love of eveningwear rubbed off on her, she made her way to Paris, where she bravely ventured backstage post-show at Lanvin in 2009 and waited two

hours to ask Alber Elbaz outright if she could work for him. He said yes, and both experiences helped her find her voice that’s underpinned with couture sensibilities and gestural shapes. “There is always a little bit of every person I worked under in my head, but it was a great thing to realise that I had my own voice.” After her very first season in 2013, she picked up stockists such as Moda Operandi and Miami’s the Webster. In 2015 she won the CFDA Swarovski award for womenswear. Today her label is carried by Bergdorf Goodman, Matchesfashion and Australia’s Parlour X. “Rosie has quite an avant-garde, voluminous yet feminine signature that is not usually aligned with how people dress in Australia, but I do believe the market here will appreciate her theatrical DNA,” says Parlour X’s Eva Galambos. “The Rosie woman is chic, elegant and confident.” To preserve her voice, she keeps her head down. “Maybe because I Rosie Assoulin, have an inferiority complex and right, with I’m like: ‘Oh they are probably Sarah Jessica just doing it better than I am and Parker at a New York City Ballet I don’t want to do that,’” she says fashion gala in of observing others. “You can’t September look too closely at anyone, because 2016. I think as the creative person sometimes you can’t help being influenced by things. Otherwise it finds its way into the collection and you’re like: ‘What? How did that Oscar de la Renta get into this office? How did Gap 1992 get into this office?’” To date, Assoulin has created everything in New York in her 34th Street headquarters. “It’s hard. There are other ways, lots of people will tell us, but we are committed,” she says. As the company expands, the brand has access to artisans who work on details on pieces in other countries, which she hints will be evident in her autumn/winter ’17/’18 collection come February. “It is nice to have that crosscultural connection. That is what we are doing now – reaching out globally.” As a mother, she is propelled by life back in New York. Assoulin enjoys seeing real women – whether her mother-in-law or friend Leandra Medine – interpret her aesthetic. “They see things in a totally different way outside of the way we’ve been looking at it,” she reflects. She sees her role as putting pieces out as a suggestion, to blend into an existing wardrobe, mixing with other labels. “That moment we have when we are styling, that’s our last moment of control and after that it’s not about us anymore. I love that mix and match; that is what makes it alive.” Now she’s moving beyond the one-to-watch categorisation of a brand that fashion loves to employ and into stand-alone status. The voice is getting stronger. “Cool stuff that makes you feel good, I guess is what we’re trying to say,” she summarises after the impromptu team round-table wraps up. Only the clothes could have said it better than Assoulin herself. ■

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All looks from Rosie Assoulin spring/ summer ’17.

hen you lock down an exclusive to walk for Saint Laurent, particularly while it’s going through an incredibly buzzy time, you wouldn’t want a single thing to go wrong. “I couldn’t put heels on,” says 17-year-old Adelaide-based model Adut Akech. She was in Paris and had just come off a 24-hour flight from Australia straight to fittings and she had a serious problem with her foot, at least for walking in a poker-straight slink worthy of the French house. “I didn’t wear socks on the plane. No-one told me that your feet get swollen!” she says. “Every day [the Saint Laurent team] said: ‘We’ll see you tomorrow, we’ll see you tomorrow for your fitting.’ And I was like: ‘Okay, they haven’t even confirmed me.’ Then I was there every day until the show.” While Akech was making her international debut, Anthony Vaccarello was making his at Saint Laurent as its newly appointed creative director. The designer wanted the model so much he booked her as an exclusive, a much-coveted post and often the start of a swift rise for many modelling careers.

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How an Adelaide schoolgirl became Saint Laurent’s most wanted and where she’s heading next. By Alice Birrell.

What could have made matters worse was that Akech was travelling alone, although by choice: for the foreseeable future modelling is what she’s putting her mind to. “I wanted to get used to it, because I know that in the future my mum won’t be able to travel with me, so I’d just rather get into it now.” Backstage at the Georgia Alice show at Was she worried she was Australian fashion week. going to get cut from the Saint Laurent show? “I thought they were going to cut me, but they were really nice. They just did everything in their power. Literally at the last minute, the shoes got changed for my outfit because they said: ‘We’d rather you were comfortable than go out there and people can tell that you’re in pain.’” It’s impressive considering she’s Akech in still in high school. “I don’t Paris during really have any free time, so fashion week. whatever time I have I use it to catch up on schoolwork.” Akech is the daughter of South Sudanese parents who raised her in Kenya until she was five, when they uprooted and moved to Adelaide. “I didn’t want to leave my cousins and everyone I grew up with, but I got used to Australia pretty quickly,” she says. Captured here in her hometown for the Adelaide Fashion Festival, Akech’s languid stature, arresting soft eyes and short hair speak to the broader lean in fashion toward unique beauties rather than cookie-cutter runway clones. Happily, model agents at Chadwick recognised this and booked her on the spot when she walked into their Melbourne office early last year. Akech is part of a cohort of Sudanese-Australian models, including Duckie Thot and Adau Mornyang, breaking out, and Ajak Deng before them. Since then she’s been working hard, walking more shows than any other model at Australian fashion week last year. The model’s self-awareness could serve to be one of her greatest assets going forward. “Seeing that I’m Sudanese especially, I’m becoming a role model to a lot of young girls,” she observes. “I get 10 messages a day on Instagram always asking for advice: ‘What’s it like being a black model in the industry?’” she says. “I grew up looking up to people like Alek Wek and Lupita [Nyong’o]. I always aspired to be like them and now …” she trails off. Now, she’s well on her way to blazing her own way to the top. ■


Mix ’n’ Max

Business, art and camel coats are all in a day’s work for the gregarious scion of an iconic Italian fashion dynasty. By Zara Wong.


he name Maria Giulia Maramotti has that kind of smackingly good Italiana thing about it. It just rolls off the tongue, Mar-i-a, Giuu-lia Maramotti. How pleasing then for it to belong to the most Italian of women, and granddaughter of Achille Maramotti, the founder of MaxMara. During dinner at the Michelin-starred Seta in Milan’s Mandarin Oriental hotel, she cajoles the waiters into bringing extra dessert, and coaxes head chef Antonio Guida to the table. “This is my favourite restaurant in Milan,” she exclaims, wearing a fitted red MaxMara dress that matches her red lipstick. Back in her home country for Milan fashion week, Maramotti now heads up her family company’s retail strategy across North America. Design, she admits, was not her forte. “I have a business approach to fashion, and I’ve always had that kind of mentality,” she says of her role at MaxMara over pre-dinner drinks. After working in investment banking, she was initiated into the company by working on the sales floor. “It was the best gift I got, because you understood the dynamics. I strongly believe no matter who you are, if you want to have a successful business, you need to start at the bottom and have time to grow and build your own set of skills.” While design may not be her strength, it’s identifying creativity in others that has become her passion. When Maramotti was four years old, she remembers playing in her grandfather’s office, admiring an Arturo Martini bronze sculpture in the shape of a small dog. She reached out to touch it, and her grandfather chastised her. “You cannot touch that – it’s a piece of art!” she recalls, laughing at the memory. “And then after that, going to museums and exhibitions, that was when I connected with the world of art.” Today, the same sculpture can be seen at Collezione Maramotti, a private contemporary art collection at the MaxMara headquarters. Maramotti herself has begun to collect art, learning how to understand her own tastes only when she began to meet and engage with the artists themselves. She is particularly

supportive of emerging artists. “I love dealing with the artists, because it’s always about seeing life and the aspects in a very different way, like your day-to-day work. Their thought processes are so diverse, it’s so inspiring,” she says, mentioning artists such as Andy Cross, Natasha Law and Matthew Day Jackson who have become friends. “What I love about art is that no matter how bad a mood I am in, I can go to a museum and I’ll stay there for an hour and a half, and then I’d walk out and I’m in a good mood,” she says with a smile. “It’s like yoga for the brain – I just think about art the whole time.” While being one of Italy’s most pre-eminent fashion dynasties, the Maramotti family is fastidiously low-key. They support the arts not just through the gallery but also with initiatives such as the MaxMara Art Prize for Women, awarding emerging female artists with a six-month residency at the Collezione Maramotti.

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All looks MaxMara spring/summer ’17.

By establishing MaxMara as a label that manufactured highquality clothing for men and then women, Achille Maramotti ushered in the first wave of ready-to-wear clothing in Italy, in an era when many Italians were still visiting dressmakers. His three children now run the business: sons Luigi and Ignazio and his daughter Ludovica, Maria Giulia’s mother. When she’s home, she visits the headquarters in Reggio Emilia. “It’s so emotional … seeing iconic pieces like the camel coat that was designed in the 1950s and reinvented over and over, it’s a continuing process,” she exclaims. She’s gladdened each time someone’s first frame of reference is the tan coat: now a byword for a wardrobe classic. And yes, she’s a coat fan. (“I own maybe 50!” she said with a laugh earlier. She never wears puffers, even in New York.) “Thank you for bringing that up. That coat is like a good watch, or an Hermès Kelly,” she says, as she touches her own coat – necessary for the brisk Milanese winter. “Your grandmother wears it, your mother could wear it, and you wear it, too.” ■ VOGUE.COM.AU 59



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More than a match


No stranger to the challenges of business leadership and rugby league boards alike, Katie Page is unrivalled in her championing of women’s sport. By Jane Albert. Styled by Petta Chua. Photographed by Duncan Killick.

ot so long ago Katie Page flew to the Royal Pines Resort on the Gold Coast, where Australia’s female rugby league team, the Jillaroos, were running a training camp. In true Page style she wasn’t interested in simply watching the players, and decided to join in a game of beach footy. “Katie, being Katie, said: ‘Don’t take it easy on me, this is about you training and preparing,’” recalls captain Ruan Sims. One of the younger players took Page at her word and the next moment crash-tackled her, sending her sprawling into the sand. Sims was aghast. “I was that scary face emoji, that was me, I was freaking out. Katie was on the floor. But she bounced straight back up, she took it so well. Katie isn’t just about standing on the sidelines and watching; she gets involved and she knows her business. And that’s why she’s pretty fantastic.” The powerhouse that is Katie Page, CEO of retail giant Harvey Norman since 1999, has never been one for simply spectating, particularly if there’s work to be done. And right now that work involves supporting and promoting women in sport. Page’s attendance at Royal Pines was no coincidence. Harvey Norman has been naming rights sponsor of the Jillaroos since 2015. But her support of women in rugby league goes back years before that, and extends far beyond that sport. In fact, Page has been quietly working away behind the scenes striving for a level playing field for women in sport for well over a decade now. At a glance, Harvey Norman is the major sponsor for multiple sports: the Greater Western Sydney Giants women’s team, which will compete in this year’s inaugural national AFL women’s competition; the Jillaroos and Women in League (since 2006); the Auburn Giants, an AFL team largely made up of Muslim women; Supercar drivers Simona de Silvestro and Renee Gracie, otherwise known as the Harvey Norman Supergirls; Paratriathlete and gold medal winner Katie Kelly; and Olympic sailing silver medallist Olivia Price. Separate from Harvey Norman, Page and husband Gerry Harvey’s private company Magic Millions runs the Magic Millions Racing Women, a lucrative 2012 initiative to encourage more women to become involved in the ownership, training and racing of thoroughbred horses in acknowledgement of the important role they play in that industry. Happily, in 2017 you can’t move for a positive story concerning women in sport. Last October Cricket NSW announced a groundbreaking deal that saw the Lendlease Breakers women’s cricket team became the first fully professional women’s domestic sporting team in Australia; while the inaugural Women’s Big Bash League attracted peak televised ratings of 400,000,

resulting in Network Ten increasing the number of matches screened on free to air. In November Jillaroos captain Sims became the first female to sign an NRL player’s contract, after her club the Cronulla Sharks endorsed a one-year semiprofessional deal for its players. This year the NRL will have its first national women’s competition. Last October NAB followed in the footsteps of Westpac and the Commonwealth Bank’s longterm sponsorship of elite netball, announcing it would sponsor this year’s inaugural AFL women’s league competition, a wellsupported code at both national and club level. But the landscape looks vastly different today to the paucity of sponsors, broadcast opportunities and even player and supporter interest of just a few years ago. Which makes it even more remarkable when you consider Page has been quietly but effectively championing women in sport for 12 years now, since she joined the board of the NRL. Page was brought on at a time when rugby league was suffering reputational damage following various ugly player incidents. Page had a good grasp of rugby league, given Harvey Norman’s long-time sponsorship of the State of Origin, and was brought on in the hope she could improve the organisation’s approach. “After I started I had a phone call from [journalist] Roy Masters who said: ‘How does it feel to be the first female on a sporting board at that level?’” Page recalls. “And I said: ‘What are you talking about?’ I just assumed women were there. But they weren’t. Six months after I was appointed, the AFL put on a female commissioner. So it started the ball rolling in this country.” It was a pivotal moment for Page, and for women in sport generally. With an interest in cricket (she Ruan Sims was appointed to the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust in 2013) and her connection with the NRL, Page was well aware how many women were involved in sport, not just from the players’ point of view but as volunteers, supporters, and through general involvement with the game. “That got me interested in women in sport,” Page says. “[Asking] how were we supporting the female players? What was happening in coaching, refereeing? And it led me into other sports as well and was something I spoke to the Harvey Norman board about. When you gave them the statistics it was just so glaring that in so many sports that recognition wasn’t there. It wasn’t just about the players; it was the women involved with all these sports. So that’s how it started.” She began working with the NRL, then turned her sights to horseracing and AFL. But Page doesn’t just talk about these things. Her philosophy is simple: listen to what people want




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and need, whether they’re Harvey Norman customers or members of a sporting team. Then do something about it. “I love that we involve the women in these decisions – as if I know! I’m not playing AFL, I’m not in an NRL team. We want to understand where they need the money to go: is it flights? Insurance? Medical expenses? Look at the Bathurst wildcard girls, Renee and Simona. As if I’m ever going to be able to drive 300 kilometres per hour around a racetrack at Bathurst. Those girls have taught me so much.” Page is referring to Supercar drivers Simona de Silvestro and Renee Gracie. Harvey Norman will this month announce a  groundbreaking three-year sponsorship deal for Silvestro to drive for Nissan Motorsport, the first female driver in the Supercar series for more than 40 years. “Who says women can’t drive?” demands Page. “It’s ludicrous. So I’m giving Simona an opportunity to really shine, because she’s outstanding. There are very few women in this sport: she’s committed, articulate and an extraordinary young woman. And she is as good as many of those male drivers.” It’s worth pointing out Page has done her research on Silvestro: she knows her family, her history, and exactly what she’s capable of, should she be given the chance. “When we did this it was like a lightbulb moment for so many people. What I think we’ll see is other people coming in and wanting to sponsor her, and other girls. But you’ve got to go out on a limb sometimes and support people. A company has to be brave enough to do this.” Make no mistake: this is not a case of philanthropy. Page believes females in sport and the associated sponsorship opportunities are a lucrative and still largely untapped market.

She and Harvey attended the 2016 Bathurst 1000 and she was overwhelmed by the turnout, not only from traditional racing enthusiasts but families and the local community. “The economic benefit for that town is enormous. But the longest line-up for autographs was for those girls. And the coverage they got!” Page is quick to point out she isn’t alone in championing the rights of women in sport, highlighting the forward-thinking work being done by Cricket Australia, Netball Australia, the AFL and in particular Surfing Australia chair Layne Beachley, the seven-time world champion whose work with that sport stretches back years. Page – who has somehow managed to design a new limited-edition HP laptop in her very limited spare time – is also at pains to highlight it isn’t just in the sporting arena that disparity in pay and opportunities exist: the glass ceiling is very much in existence in business, on boards, in education. “All these areas where you need women at the top, that’s the balance you’re trying to get.” But the lengths Page has gone to and the achievements she has made can’t be overstated. If you need proof, simply ask one of those athletes for whom Page’s support has been pivotal. “Katie’s presence has really driven things a lot quicker than people anticipated. She lends it that credibility and is so empowering and knowledgeable that it’s taken us further forward in a shorter period of time than we might have otherwise been,” says Sims. “Harvey Norman’s support of the Jillaroos gives us a lot more commercial viability than we would otherwise have. She’s been a pioneer for women’s sport and business and I’m very, very proud to know her because I think she’s incredible.” Page is the first to admit there’s plenty more work needing to be done. While it was a win for the Cronulla Sharks to be the first women’s club team to go semi-professional, the money only goes so far. Sims and her teammates still have to juggle their football commitments with regular jobs. And they are by no means the only code where this occurs. “The downside is you can’t look after everyone: there’s a great need out there,” says Page. “What we have to do is make sure we keep our foot on the pedal. I don’t want everyone to get so excited they think it’s all done and will continue. It won’t. You have to consistently invest over time. We’re under no illusion it takes time to build these sports and build these codes as far as viewership is concerned. We have to make sure these women are getting coverage on cable, on Fox, and on free-to-air. But words are cheap. Anyone can say good things about their company; the proof of the pudding [is in the taste] and where this goes in the future. Let’s revisit this conversation in a couple of years. It’s all ■ positive, but you’ve got to deliver. That’s all I care about.”


Let’s talk about Matilda

She’s the daughter of famous parents but the multi-talented Matilda Brown has firmly asserted her own place in the arts industry. By Cushla Chauhan. Styled by Philippa Moroney. Photographed by Hugh Stewart.


atilda Brown has just finished a yoga class, so maybe that’s why she looks so radiant. Or perhaps it’s just her warmth and charisma that gives her that aura and glow. The 29-year-old writer, director and actor has swung by a cafe to meet me on route to collect her just-completed second season of Let’s Talk About, the Foxtel short-format web series she wrote, directed and starred in. “It’s exciting, it’s done!” she enthuses. The smart, funny series, about a young couple who accidentally fall pregnant early in their relationship, is just one of the many projects she has on the go. As well as other acting roles, she directed The Caravan [an off-shoot of Offspring webisodes] and stars in the upcoming film The Death And Life Of Otto Bloom. While grateful to be busy given the uncertainty of employment in the arts industry, Brown also feels that it’s only recently that she’s really established her place in her chosen field. This a result of confidence gained through experience, and having carved her own path – one beyond the weight of her lineage. As the daughter of Rachel Ward and Bryan Brown, her name, she reflects, has brought both benefits and drawbacks. “When people know your parents they can’t really separate you from them. As a creative you’re already trying to work out who you are, but people always want to compare,” she explains. “It’s happening less now, I think probably in the last year and probably also since I’ve found my own place. Before, I never really knew if I was where I was because of them or because of my own merits. Then there comes a time where you’re like: ‘Well, I know where I am now.’” It’s an affirmation also reflected in the film industry, which has labelled her part of Australia’s next generation of filmmaking talent. When Brown announced at age 17 that she wanted to be an actress, her mum’s response was less than enthusiastic. Despite her own huge success on screen, Ward didn’t like acting and was reluctant to see her daughter to go through the setbacks and criticism that comes with the territory. “She was never thrilled because she didn’t find it easy,” says Brown. “But my mum was really the reason I went to film school, the reason why I started making films. She said: ‘Well, if that is what you want to do at least go university and get some other skills so that you can have power and create your own work.’ I’m very happy that happened.”

Three years at film school at Melbourne’s Swinburne University were followed by two years studying professional screenwriting at RMIT. Since then she’s combined all her skills, enjoying the differences the roles offer: “Writing is a solitary sort of thing, but I’ve always written, even when I was a kid. I don’t know who I’d be without it, because it’s so part of my identity – it makes life so exciting to be able to draw from it and include it and it’s so expressive to me. Directing is completely different, because it’s so collaborative, you’re working closely with people, and it’s so fun. They’re like different rides in a theme park, with different challenges.” While Ward encouraged her daughter to broaden her horizons, her father gifted her with his vigorous spirit. “He’s externally optimistic,” says Brown. “This industry can get you down, you’re like: ‘It’s too hard, I want to give up.’ But my dad is like: ‘No, you’re not giving up, it’s persistence.’ His whole thing was – because he sold insurance before he was an actor – he had to get through a whole lot of nos before he got to a yes. So he applied that to acting. With every ‘no’ he’d be closer to a ‘yes’. You need to recognise the yeses, because sometimes they’re so small you miss them. I think that’s been a big thing for me: just to recognise the little things that I’ve set for myself along the way that I can be proud of.” Brown’s close relationship with her parents and two siblings is one of the reasons (along with an aversion to US politics) she hasn’t moved to LA to like many of her contemporaries. She adds, with a laugh: “I’m much happier creating than being a sort of puppet in someone else’s creations.” Right now, she has a feature film in progress that should be ready to set in motion later this year. During her career she’s worked professionally with both her parents, most recently acting alongside her mum in The Death And Life Of Otto Bloom and with her dad – as her dad – in ABC’s Lessons from the Grave, which she wrote, produced, directed and acted in. He’s also her on-screen father in Let’s Talk About. While there’s an easy rapport with her father on set, working with him also comes with the usual familial frustrations. “It’s a team of about 15 of us on set all under 35, and then there’s … Dad,” she deadpans. “He loves being around young people and they all respect him, but I’ve heard all his lame jokes and they haven’t, so he gets to make everybody laugh!” ■

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Matilda Brown wears a Romance Was Born dress. Salvatore Ferragamo shoes. Her own faux fur coat.


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Love is love

British actor Joshua Sasse has vowed not to marry his fiancée, Australian pop queen Kylie Minogue, until same-sex marriage is legalised in Australia. Here he explains why he started the Say ‘I Do’ Down Under campaign. “Love looks not with the eyes, but with the mind, And therefore is winged Cupid painted blind.” A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Act 1, Scene 1


hen we speak of love – of love lost, love gained, love endured and love that remains – we don’t speak of an emotion we could call capricious, do we? We speak, I think, of a universal bond; of a beautiful warmth that binds us, heals us and carries a torch for us across the chasm of mortality. Love is the colour of life! And it’s everywhere, isn’t it? It’s not always groundbreaking or necessarily worthy of remark, but it’s all around us. In the meal lovingly cooked, hugs saying hello, kisses saying goodbye, parents gazing in sumptuous wonder at the child carefully cradled or the glint in a grandparent’s eye. We cannot quantify this emotion. We cannot comprehend its depth nor question its origin; it is, and has been, at the heart of who and what we are since the dawn of time. When we see the care an animal has for its cub, its calf or its pup, we recognise there that same sensitivity we all possess, us creatures of this  Earth; fathers and sons, mothers and daughters, brothers, sisters, old friends, new friends: each and every one of us shares  that predisposition to love. We all bear that capacity, that potential for the most wonderful and beautiful expression,  something inexplicable, some eternal magic that

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boils up from our very core that fills and fuels us day by day. Not something we were taught, or something one can teach, but something ever present nonetheless and something that can never, ever, be taken away. Though God only knows, some people are trying. You see, I think in this modern age, where every city has become a cosmopolitan cornucopia, we all share a vision of a world run by conscientious, morally driven individuals, a world without war, a world whose oceans aren’t dying and whose sky doesn’t choke; a world where freedom, peace and equality are the foundations on which our society is built. Naturally, as with all good things, it’ll take time, but every journey has a beginning and they all start at home. I started the Say ‘I Do’ Down Under campaign in reaction to learning that Australia has not legalised same-sex marriage. It’s not a groundbreaking campaign, it’s not a radical movement; it’s  just a plea for love to conquer all. William Shakespeare, TS Eliot, John Lennon … they’ve all said it. I’m not the first to put my head above the parapet, and I doubt I shall be the last. It’s not a question of morality, it’s a question of equality, and therefore legality and what is so wonderful about the law is that it judges all of us equally: equality in law is the foundation of democracy. So how do we find ourselves in a society where it is illegal for two people who love each other to consummate their love in matrimony? The law is set down to protect us; it should in theory,


Rafael Bonachela and the Sydney Dance Company. Natalie Imbruglia

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serve us. Violence: illegal; speeding: illegal; robbery, rape and murder: illegal; marriage … I mean sure, why not sling gay marriage in there, too? Because a woman loves another woman, she is prohibited by law from being betrothed to her. It sounds ridiculous, doesn’t it, laughable; the sort of argument a child would scoff at, and yet we have people and politicians across the world opposing it with the most ardent fervour. Homosexuality is illegal in 72 countries across the world, 13 of which carry the death penalty. Suddenly it’s not so laughable. Now it’s just appalling, and it’s our shame to bear. I read a bumper sticker while stuck on a freeway recently that stated: “You’re not in traffic, you are traffic”, which, of course, only infuriated me further, but that’s it, isn’t it? We are society, we are the people; we vote for our elected officials and they are our voice. If we want equality, it’s up to us to instigate it. The thing with inequality is, where does it stop? Telling a lady to vacate her seat on a bus because of the colour of her skin? Denying someone medical care because of their creed? Banning women from driving vehicles, like in Saudi Arabia? Denying women equal pay? Our laws are not there for us to cherry-pick, they are there as an answer to the years of unsettlement our forefathers encountered. Our job is to update those laws to reflect the time in which we live, so they serve the people for the greater good and we’re not still going around burning witches at the stake or crucifying heretics. How is it that more than 150 years after the abolition of the slave trade we are still voting on the rights of others? There is a beautifully simple and fitting hashtag that has been attached to a lot of the LGBT movements across the world,

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including Say ‘I Do’ Down Under, that encapsulates, I believe, the beating heart of this whole issue: #loveislove. It’s universal, it’s equal and it’s unbiased. How arrogant would I be to imagine that the love I’ve been so fortunate in my life to feel was somehow greater or more important than that of any of the billions who have walked this Earth? Love isn’t more natural for straight couples, it’s no purer for Jewish partners than it is for Muslim or Christian couples and it’s no more exciting for the young than the mature. Because I’m straight am I to be afforded privileges than my LGBTQ neighbours are denied? How is it possible that in this enlightened age we find ourselves locked in the same sort of moral debate at which we will one day look back in shame? Must we forever see only in retrospect how crazy they were: slavery, child labour, racial segregation, gender inequality, voting inequality? We must never forget that history is watching, our children are watching and they are learning. Aren’t the lessons we want to teach our future generations those of tolerance, of acceptance, of love? What I have come to understand and accept in this life is its transience. I will come and I will go. Perhaps my memory will linger, thanks to my photograph sitting on a mantle, or a few tales will last long enough on the lips of loved ones that my grandchildren may hear me spoken of with fondness, and maybe I will be remembered. But the Earth in all her beauty will continue to turn, and the stars in the infinite heavens shall continue to shine. What then, I ask myself, is it all about? There is, of course, one very simple, obvious answer. You only have to look around you. For more information, go to



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hen Gigi Hadid was assaulted by a prankster who picked her up off her feet as she exited the fashion shows in Milan last September, her reaction was extraordinary: a supermodel all arms and legs akimbo defending herself like a champion UFC fighter in the ring. Then, when she was attacked again on social media for her aggressive response, Hadid had had enough. “I don’t condone violence, but highly encourage defending yourself against a would-be attacker,” she wrote on Lena Dunham’s Lenny Letter. “Honestly, I felt I was in danger, and I had every right to react the way I did. If anything, I want girls to see the video and know that they have the right to fight back, too, if put in a similar situation. Practising self-defence is important so that when you’re in the moment, reacting from muscle memory comes more naturally to you than freezing up. Confidence in your own ability to defend yourself comes with educating yourself about it, and is a massive advantage when in an unsafe situation. I just want to use what happened to me to show that it’s everyone’s right, and it can be empowering, to be able to defend yourself.” Her words went viral and sent a slim right hook to any naysayer. They also unleashed a new army of young women marching to the gym wanting to strengthen up, to turn into lean, clean, fighting machines. Think Michelle Obama arms and the powerful muscular looks of the 80s supermodels – Cindy, Naomi and our own Body Elle – who are all still fierce, fit and fabulous in their middle age. Women want to be catwalk-ready and street smart – it’s where bold really is the new beautiful. Empowerment is not just about shouting for rights and equality, it’s about feeling strong and looking after yourself both emotionally and physically. Modern models, led by Karlie Kloss and her #FitnessFriday posts, are forever Instagramming their fitness routines, which are increasingly littered with images of boxing and weights. While female designers are also projecting strength on the runway: Maria Grazia Chiuri’s message was clearly channelled in her debut fencing-themed collection for Dior, where models strutted in T-shirts bearing the slogan “We should all be feminists” to the beat of Beyoncé. Soon after the Milan incident it was announced that Hadid had replaced UFC champion Ronda Rousey as the face of Reebok’s #PerfectNever campaign, which encourages women to celebrate their imperfections and promotes a wider acceptance of all body shapes. Rousey, in turn, was named the global ambassador for Pantene, fronting its “strong is beautiful” campaign. In December, Hadid took it a step further and led a group self-defence kickboxing class during a Reebok female empowerment panel discussion with Lena Dunham in New York. Dunham told the audience: “The bravest thing you can do is choose to protect yourself.” Women are taking note. On a recent run through my local park in Sydney on a Monday morning, I noticed women outnumbered the men by five to one in a boxing session. Boxing really is the new black, and strong really is the new skinny. Nike trainer and wellness coach Bec Wilcock is a tough, motivating pocket rocket of a woman who encourages strength through fitness. She has noticed a marked increase in women changing their mentality when it comes to training. “They don’t want the unhealthily slim look in physical appearance anymore: they are actively making fit the new skinny,” she says. “I believe women are taking the time to educate themselves on health and fitness to show love for their bodies instead of hate.

They are training smarter, which is physically beneficial, but more importantly it is causing them to be stronger mentally. I believe that strength in fitness for women is very important and is highly beneficial to their physical and mental health.” Strength training is not just boxing but includes agile strength, strength endurance, explosive strength, maximum strength, relative strength, speed strength and starting strength. According to Wilcock, if performed regularly, strength training has added benefits of protecting bone health and muscle mass, boosting your mood and energy levels and increasing your metabolic rate. But in the current age of wellness and the “fitspo” generation where more women are out and about exercising, are we also becoming more vulnerable? Are we putting ourselves potentially in harm’s way for fitness? Eight out of 10 Australian women aged 18 to 24 were harassed on the street in 2015, according to Our Watch, which also states that young women (18–24 years) experience significantly higher rates of physical and sexual violence than women in older age groups. There has also been a reported increase in attacks on women running. A recent study by Runners World found that 43 per cent of women received harassment at least sometimes, compared with four per cent of men. The study was of runners in America, where three female joggers were murdered mid-run in separate incidences. While similar statistics are unavailable in Australia, there is anecdotal evidence. Runner Kim Cayzer recently told the ABC she experiences “nonstop harassment” while exercising. “I’ve had guys run alongside me to smack my arse. I have had men run behind me chanting: ‘I see you baby, shaking that arse,’” said Cayzer, who has run in Brisbane, Canberra and Sydney. Nike hosts annual She Runs the Night running events, which are all about reclaiming the streets, encouraging women to feel safe after sunset. And there is a remarkable sense of strength and freedom in night running, a liberation – but only if you do it properly. I am an avid runner and find my strength when my legs hit the ground and carry me long distances. And while dawn is my preferred exercise time, one recent evening I decided to go for a run after work and absentmindedly took my normal route: a picturesque path through the Botanic Garden hugging Sydney harbour. At dawn it is magical watching the sun rise over the water and streaking rays of light through the trees, but once the sun sets it’s a much darker scenario and that evening I realised I was on my own, running down a pitch-black path into a dark garden where I couldn’t see more than a metre in front of me. A slight woman, dressed all in black, alone and very vulnerable. I suddenly had a flashback to an old Law & Order: SVU episode about a female jogger attacked in Central Park. My instincts raised, I took my headphones out and turned and sprinted one kilometre back towards a busy restaurant strip and took an alternate path through a brightly lit walkway full of people. While I jokingly brag I could outrun anyone who tried to attack me, reality is a truth full of potential danger I am not willing to risk. Now when I run in the evening I adhere the advice of the experts and always wear a bright top, turn my music down low (or just have one headphone in) and run where I know there will be streetlights and people, and where I can enjoy the freedom of night running. Thanks to Hadid I’m more aware of my surroundings and what may lurk around the corner. I take my hat off to her, ■ and may even replace it with a pair of boxing gloves.

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For three women, discovering a passion for their chosen sport was transformative both inside and out. Styled by Kate Darvill. Photographed by Duncan Killick. 78 FEBRUARY 2017


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“I had really only rock climbed on the odd occasion when I was younger until I revisited it over a year ago for a lazy-day activity. I was drawn to the physical problem-solving and entire mindbody engagement of time and space. Aside from the obvious noticeable benefits – increased muscle tone – rock climbing has motivated me to be healthy and fit for my own wellbeing. “The biggest shift since I started climbing regularly is how I think about my body: from something that should look a certain way to feeling resilient, confident and balanced. “The social aspect of climbing is also important. It’s a positive and supportive environment for people who have all come to the sport from different backgrounds, times in their lives and for different reasons, but we all share this love for what we do. Many sports are typically male-dominated and the oftentimes competitive nature can deter women from becoming involved. I think it’s so important for more women to embrace sports, as in my experience of indoor climbing it is largely male-dominated yet those few strong female climbers became significant role models. “I now climb three or fours times per week for catharsis and exercise, but also as a form of expression and movement that facilitates a state of flow. I have just completed my bachelor of fine arts honours project on rock climbing in an artistic context (aligning it with choreography, contemporary performance and path-making through a landscape, looking also at the mind and body in a state of flow and absorbed concentration). I’m passionate about rock climbing and even more so, people finding a sport or activity they love as a way to express and challenge themselves.” Interview by Remy Rippon



“About six years ago a friend of mine was mugged outside our apartment. Somebody suggested self-defence so we decided to go to krav maga together. I went to support her and fell in love with it. “Women come in for different reasons; there are women who have been victims of domestic violence, women who are in lines of work where they don’t feel safe, and some to get fit. Everyone has a different mentality but the end goal is the same: you learn to defend yourself. “It was the first time I had encountered something that wasn’t just fitness. I have been fit for most of my life but attending a class and learning a skill was the best thing to come out of it because it’s a mental and physical challenge. What you learn becomes muscle memory. If you’re under duress or panicking it all comes to you because you do it so often, you repeat it – so you don’t freeze, you react. It teaches you not to falter in that moment. “It’s the philosophy that the Israeli Defense Forces adopted. A lot of women in Israel do krav maga and I like that it’s very inclusive of women. You do a lot of boxing, striking, but ultimately it’s self-defence. It’s not like taking karate where you have a pressure point: it grows and changes as scenarios change. “I was completely uncoordinated when I started, but as I picked up on the little things and movements I became a lot more coordinated, more toned. I felt stronger and fitter and my

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reaction time increased. It has also had a wider impact on me: I’m a lot calmer now in life when something doesn’t go right. I just take a second to think: ‘Okay, this is what I need to do.’ I have a better understanding of what I’m capable of. “It’s good to be pushing through the physical difficulty of doing something like hitting or striking, or being aggressive, which isn’t a natural thing for a lot of women. Channelling that aggression and using it constructively is important. You don’t go in there with the intent of hurting others. There’s no ego in the gym. There were a lot of men in classes so it was rewarding to be one of the very few females who got to a higher level. “I know I’m small and I’m petite but it never comes down to just size. It’s not just about physicality but de-escalation. [Sydney’s] Krav Maga Defence Institute runs classes called She Fights Back for women only and it teaches skills for the workforce or on the street. It’s having the confidence to tell people that you’re not comfortable and raising your voice so they understand. I like that it’s very inclusive of women. I would say to women, don’t be afraid to do it. It’s not a boy’s club and it’s not about being big and strong. You learn to use what you have.” Interview by Alice Birrell

LIZZA GEBILAGIN, BOXER “I’ve lived most of my life timidly. Always polite during confrontations, preferring to shrink under the gaze of any attention, and aware of an underlying anxiety caused by the knowledge my days were wastefully slipping away in a blur of alcohol-fuelled parties, bad relationships and a job I tolerated. In the end it was my uncle’s death that made me conscious of the truth behind all the cliches: this really wasn’t a dress rehearsal, this life was it. “Instead of shying away, I decided to do everything that had once scared me. Fighting was on the very top of that list and it was time I pushed myself. It helped that there were many beautiful yet tough women making a name for themselves, like Ronda Rousey; those who didn’t give up their femininity to be fighters. They became my inspiration. After only seven months of training, I fought the most brutal of all combat sports, mixed martial arts (MMA). I believed if I could get into that cage to face my fears, nothing else would compare. “It’s true. I learnt to be resilient. I’d always thought of myself as skinny and weak but as I became physically stronger training six times a week, I also became mentally and emotionally tough. Striking was my favourite part of MMA training, so after my fight I decided to focus on boxing. Almost three years on, it’s not about conquering fears anymore but about having the heart to keep going. Boxing continually pushes me beyond what I think I’m capable of and fighting in the ring has taught me to stay relaxed in one of the most confronting situations you could ever be in. I love it more and more with every bout. My only regret is that I didn’t start earlier – but I don’t give fear that power to stop me anymore.” In her own words. ■












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Line up

Prepare to read between the lines of the spring/summer ’17 season and embrace kohl. By Lilith Hardie Lupica.


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eauty took a linear point of view at the spring/summer ’17 shows, with eyeliner cropping up from Altuzarra to Louis Vuitton in all four fashion capitals. Whether the eyes were winged, as seen at Fendi and Elie Saab, or ringed with kohl, it was as if Margot Tenenbaum herself had whispered in the ears of make-up artists backstage. If an all-black look isn’t your thing, fear not, as the dark shade wasn’t the only colour drawn into the firing line this season, with sapphire swiped across lids at Giorgio Armani, silver accents etched into the inner corners of eyes at Versace and maroon pencilled into the waterline at Chloé. “Sometimes people have the idea that the more dramatic your eyes look the darker you should go, but you can often achieve a more striking and flattering look with neutral tones,” says Laura Mercier make-up ambassador Ania Milczarczyk on opting for colour over black. “Neutral or brown tones on lighter features can often create a similar effect – and look more natural if you are after a daytime alternative.” Which is exactly the path make-up artist Lucia Pieroni went down at Christopher Kane, taking a cue from wartime beauty tricks. Inspired by stories of women who used cigarette ash in lieu of eyeshadow, Pieroni applied a neutral cream-grey shadow to both the tightline and waterline for a lived-in look. Of course, just as important as a bold new look is what kohl can hide. White or nude shades can mask tired, red eyes with a simple flick of the wrist, while silver or gold in the inner corners can do wonders for elongating the shape of the eye area. The lesson h re? There’s an option, no matter your preference, for even bud hi season.


Hardwired for love


Heartbreak can literally stop your heart, but the good news is a little self-love will lengthen your life, reports Jody Scott.

he heart has long been a symbol of romantic love. Every culture on Earth celebrates love or commiserates heartbreak in songs, poems, art and stories. Now science is proving your heart is more than a mere metaphor – or just a dumb pump. As it beats approximately 100,000 times a day, your heart is in constant conversation with your brain. And when you fall in love, your heart and brain engage in a complex neurochemical “chain reaction”, to paraphrase Diana Ross. Bryan Ferry was right, too. Love is the drug. And it activates the same reward pathways in your brain as cocaine. When you fall in love, your brain produces large amounts of a highly addictive hormone called phenylethylamine (PEA), triggering feelings of ecstasy, euphoria and intense energy. Next, your pre-frontal cortex releases an equally addictive feelgood neurotransmitter called dopamine. The desire for more dopamine motivates you to try harder to win that handsome stranger. And as your dopamine levels rise, your production of another hormone called serotonin (associated with feelings of contentment) declines, so you want them even more. Low levels of serotonin may also make you act impulsively. You may experience mood swings. And rising dopamine triggers the production of testosterone to fuel your sex drive. Meanwhile, your brain tells your adrenals to produce adrenaline and noradrenaline to further fuel your excitement (hello, sweaty palms and racing heart). And if that weren’t enough to make you crazy, your frontal lobe activity decreases, which means you may temporarily lose some cognitive capacity (love is blind). Finally, the love hormone oxytocin and an immune-boosting neuropeptide called vasopressin arrive, encouraging you to form a lasting bond with the aforementioned stranger. Oxytocin also reduces your stress response and even helps you pay attention (mostly by calming you down so you can focus). When you break up, an equivalent tidal wave of hormones  floods your system, activating your parasympathetic nervous system and causing physical pain in your body. Love  hurts. Your airways narrow, making it hard to breathe. Your heart slows down and it may even feel like it is quite literally breaking. The region of your brain that regulates emotion – the anterior cingulate cortex – overstimulates the vagus nerve,

which connects your brain to your neck, chest and abdomen. This makes the muscles in your digestive system contract, so you feel like you have a knot in your stomach. Your appetite wanes and nausea sets in. The disappearance of dopamine can feel like hard-drug withdrawal. The French call this heartbreaking pain of wanting someone you can’t have la douleur exquise. Australians call it getting dumped. Either way, sudden involuntary separation can also increase your oxytocin levels in the short term, strengthening your attachment to the person you can no longer have. Which may explain why absence makes the heart grow fonder. Clinical psychologist and mindfulness consultant Dr Richard Chambers says the end of a relationship often results in self-exploration, wondering: “Why did this happen?” or: “What did I do wrong?”, and this activates our fight-or-flight circuits, releasing the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol. “Many scientists believe that this may be an adaptive response to the loss,” Dr Chambers says. “It might serve us to pause and wonder what went wrong, so we can avoid it recurring in the future.” Scientists are only just beginning to understand the complicated connection between our heart, brain and gut. Dr Chambers says the discovery that the gut and heart also have neurons has created a  growing recognition that perhaps these parts of the body have a type of intelligence. “These are not ‘brain cells’ and the intelligence is not a rational, cognitive one,” he says. “But it is an intelligence nonetheless. “The ‘gut feeling’ we get and our heart ‘guiding us’ are surely going to turn out to be more than just metaphors,” he adds. “My clinical experience certainly tells me that when people tune into what their heart and gut says about things, they often get in touch with a knowing that is deeper and more intelligent than what their brain is telling them … I commonly ask my private clients: ‘What does your heart say about (the problem they have come with)?’ and they usually immediately know what to do when they tune into this.” Professor Christopher Semsarian, a cardiologist and scientist who studies genetic heart disease at Sydney’s Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, also firmly believes the heart and brain are intimately connected. “We know things like anxiety, depression, anger and fright can all adversely affect the function of the heart,” Professor Semsarian says. ▲

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We also know heartbreak is a real disease. And it can be fatal even in otherwise healthy people, especially women. Brokenheart syndrome, or stress-induced cardiomyopathy, mimics the symptoms of a real heart attack, including crushing chest pain, shortness of breath, an irregular heart rhythm, increased blood pressure and a change in blood chemistry. Extreme stress caused by events such as a break-up, divorce, the death of a loved one and even natural disasters such as earthquakes floods our bloodstream with adrenaline, norepinephrine and cortisol. This chemical cascade of stress hormones stimulates our cardiovascular system and puts us in fight-or-flight mode. It can also cause the heart to enlarge into a shape resembling the takotsubo Japanese pots used to trap octopuses, which is why brokenheart syndrome is also called takotsubo cardiomyopathy. And it is actually not as rare as we might think. “Up to five per cent of women who present with a ‘heart attack’ can have stressinduced cardiomyopathy,” Professor Semsarian says. A recent study published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes found women who divorced were 24 per cent more likely to experience a heart attack compared with women who remained married. And women who divorced two or more times had a 77 per cent greater risk of heart attack. Even women who remarried still had a higher chance of heart attack than women who never divorced. However, the study found a man’s chance of a heart attack only went up dramatically if they divorced two or more times. While stress-induced cardiomyopathy is more common in post-menopausal women over 55 years of age (whose hearts may already have suffered some damage), Professor Semsarian says it does occur in younger women, too. “Most people are unaware that the number-one killer of women in Australia is heart disease, not breast cancer,” he says. “So women need to be aware of symptoms such as chest pain, shortness of breath or blackouts.” While deaths from cardiovascular disease have declined steadily since the 1970s, according to the National Heart Foundation of Australia cardiovascular disease killed 22,493 Australian women in 2013, compared to the 2,862 who died of breast cancer. National Heart Foundation CEO and Chief Medical Adviser Professor Garry Jennings says that, sadly, many of these deaths are preventable. Forty per cent of heart attacks in women are fatal. But women are more likely to delay calling an ambulance and to present to hospital at a later stage of illness – often when it’s too late. “Only 20 per cent of Australian women know heart disease continues to be the leading cause of death for Australian women and has been so since 1950,” says Professor Jennings. He says women don’t perceive themselves to be at risk of heart disease and this can lead to delays in diagnosis and treatment. Heart Foundation research shows only 60 per cent of women who have a heart attack experienced chest pain. Symptoms less commonly associated with having a heart attack, such as breathlessness, nausea and arm or jaw pain, were more likely to be present. Professor Jennings says the good news is that love can mend (or at least help prevent) a broken heart. Indulging in a little self-love via regular moderate exercise (at least 150 minutes a week), sticking to a healthy diet, not smoking and avoiding weight gain can also help prevent heart disease and improve blood pressure.

“There is growing evidence mindfulness practices such as yoga can benefit many aspects of health, including the heart – less rhythm problems of the heart, and less depression and anxiety, which can trigger heart problems,” adds Professor Semsarian. Professor Jennings recommends women have their blood pressure, cholesterol, blood sugar and blood fats tested annually, especially after 40, when our metabolism starts to slow down. And we can protect our daughters’ hearts by keeping them active. A survey by the Heart Foundation showed almost 60 per cent of girls aged 15 to 17 years reported undertaking little to no exercise or physical activity, compared to one third of boys in the same age group. Exercise also has also been shown to stimulate the dopaminergic reward pathways of the brain, so you are teaching them how to feel good, too. To heal a broken heart, try cultivating mindfulness and selfcompassion. “There is growing evidence that these practices further reduce the stress response (fight/flight) and adrenaline/ cortisol levels, and in fact activate what is called the mammalian ‘tend and befriend’ circuits in the brain, resulting in the release of oxytocin,” says Dr Chambers, who recently launched the Recharge mindfulness program in Melbourne ( and has created mindfulness programs for all students at Monash University. “Mindfulness activates the prefrontal cortex and deactivates the amygdala, reducing the fight/flight response,” he says. “Over time we see neuroplastic growth (more grey matter density) in the prefrontal cortex, and decreased grey matter density in the amygdala. Meditation activates the parasympathetic nervous system, which counteracts the arousal of the sympathetic. So even when we are stressed (parasympathetically aroused) we can remain present and relatively calm.” Mindfulness also helps us deal with sadness and grief. “Being able to feel emotions directly without resisting them or getting caught in them means that they come and go naturally, allowing us to go through the grieving process in a healthy way … self-compassion (being unconditionally kind to ourselves when we are experiencing difficulties) is like the loving parent who comes and holds the upset child and says: “It’s okay that you are feeling that way, it’s normal, let yourself feel it. You are going to be okay”… when we practise this, both through meditation and also in everyday life, it gets hardwired into us.” Dr Chambers says one of the most powerful ways you can do this is simply to put your hand on your heart and tune in to the warmth and feeling of physical presence. “It is literally like giving ourselves a hug,” he says. “When people do this for 10 seconds or more they commonly report a feeling of wellbeing as oxytocin is released.” Studies have shown oxytocin can help promote sleep, boost mental clarity and immunity, lower blood pressure and stress, relax muscles and soothe your parasympathetic nervous system. And while it is commonly associated with childbirth, breastfeeding, labour, orgasm and falling in love, Dr Chambers says it is also produced during any pleasant social behaviour, such as being with friends, touch, massage, dance, good food and laughter. “Next time you are feeling heartbreak, reach out to a good friend, see a comedy, go dancing, have a nice meal and ask them for a hug.” Happy Valentine’s Day, lovers. ■


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s one of Australia’s most highprofile media personalities, Jesinta Franklin (above) knows a thing or two about performing – and looking flawless – under pressure. The former Miss Universe Australia recently released her first book, Live a Beautiful Life, and married footballer Lance “Buddy” Franklin, all while maintaining a full schedule of media appearances and modelling commitments, including her role as ambassador for Olay Total Effects. Each product in the popular skincare range, which was created with today’s multifaceted woman and fast-paced lifestyle in mind, is designed to simultaneously hydrate, protect and repair skin. “Like all busy women, a simple, effective skincare regimen is essential for me,” Franklin says. “Whether I’m putting in long hours on set, working out or travelling, I know I can trust that Olay Total Effects will keep my skin healthy and radiant, despite my crazy lifestyle.”

In addition to refreshing and reviving skin in the short term, the range is formulated to help fight seven signs of ageing, including lines and wrinkles, uneven tone, uneven texture, dark spots, enlarged pores, dullness and dryness. Franklin, 25, says a strict skincare routine is key to achieving her signature healthy glow – something she is mindful of maintaining. “I’ve always had a stringent skincare regimen, so it’s about tweaking that as I age and ensuring I use quality products that deliver the results I’m looking for,” she says. “I love the Olay Total Effects Day Cream for a boost of hydration, especially when I travel.” Other products in the Olay Total Effects range include Touch of Foundation BB Crème SPF15, Foaming Cleanser, Cream Cleanser, Anti-Ageing Night Cream, Pore Minimizing Toner and Pore Minimizing CC Cream with Sunscreen. Olay Total Effects products are available at Priceline and other leading retailers.


COMO SHAMBHALA, BALI, INDONESIA Just a short drive north of Ubud, Bali’s epicentre of relaxation, Como Shambhala presents the best of both worlds: modern science and more traditional Eastern rituals cleverly intermixed. From Ayurvedic doctors, yoga teachers, nutritionists and even anti-ageing facialists, specialists work with programs personally tailored to cater to both the seasoned detoxer and the overworked business traveller looking for a few days’ R&R. There are two restaurants – one Indonesian and the other focused on raw dishes – with both championing local produce. Although it’s frowned upon, guests can even unwind with a glass of wine in the evening. BEST FOR: A few days of time-out. Go to comoshambhalaestate.

VIVA MAYR, ALTAUSSEE, AUSTRIA To put Viva Mayr in the category of wellness retreat is to underestimate exactly what they do here. The 60-room cliniccum-medispa is considered the gold standard in detoxing and cleansing, pioneered by Austrian medical practitioner Dr Franz Xaver Mayr more than 100 years ago. After an initial examination, the appropriate itinerary is prescribed – it could be a detox, alkalising diet or personalised program for optimal gut health – then implemented under the watchful eye of medical staff. There’s a fitness centre, tennis courts or the nearby Alps to explore on foot. Simply taking in the stillness of the lake is enough to hypnotise guests into a more relaxed state. BEST FOR: Hard-core detoxing. Go to


Most people venture to Capri for vino and carbs but James Duigan – who has trained the likes of Lara Stone and Rosie Huntington-Whiteley – is bringing his unique brand of fitness culture to Italy’s picturesque island. Make no mistake: the food is still world-class, albeit with Duigan’s Clean & Lean stamp. Allow Bodyism trainers to help you through the high-intensity workouts intermixed with slow and still yoga practices. If you want to achieve spiritual enlightenment then this place might fall short, but if the aim is to realign your body, bliss out and perhaps steal a few days for a healthy escape, then this delivers. BEST FOR: Fitness warriors. Go to

Thwart bad habits, a lousy diet and a dwindling exercise regimen at these far-flung havens of health, designed to press refresh on your body, mind and soul. By Remy Rippon. ARO HĀ, NEW ZEALAND

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ANĀNDA IN THE HIMALAYAS, INDIA Rishikesh, in the Himalayan foothills of northern India – widely considered to be the homeland of yoga – is also home to Anānda Spa. Whether your focus is on weight loss, stress management, self-realisation, detoxing or realigning your senses, Anānda is

If you’re going to set a wellness retreat in New Zealand’s scenic South Island, chances are it might involve some outdoor activities. At Aro Hā, the brainchild of a hedge fund manager and Californian yogi, there is a strong emphasis on mindfulness and a demanding exercise regimen. Mornings start early with the paleo-vegan breakfast, followed by yoga before a three- or fourhour hike. Evenings are about relaxation massages and more yoga before you retire to your villa to recharge the batteries. BEST FOR: Full body overhaul; weight loss. Go to

If the mere mention of the word “Ibiza” has you seeing disco lasers, then welcome to the quieter side of an island whose reputation often precedes it. While 38ºNorth offers a range of training programs designed for those wanting to press pause on their busy schedules, DNA:Fitness is like a personal shopper for your health. Three pillars – training, nutrition and mental wellbeing – are analysed (complete with saliva swipe for a DNA reading) before a bespoke regimen is prescribed to align with your genetics. Groups are limited to a maximum of just six guests, who engage in a mix of high- and low-intensity workouts. And when you bid farewell, you’ll take home a tailor-made plan to integrate into your off-island schedule. BEST FOR: Office-dwellers in need of a reboot. Go to LACHLAN BAILEY

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Bypass the passport and indulge in the best kind of stay-cation. • GWINGANNA LIFESTYLE RETREAT, QLD Located in the easily accessible Gold Coast hinterland, Gwinganna offers the perfect escape for those wanting to do as much, or as little, as they can. Go to www. • QUALIA, HAMILTON ISLAND, QLD Anti-ageing, detoxing, cleansing and relaxation, all on an island oasis. Go to www.

the perfect place to either spark your spiritual curiosity or continue your journey to enlightenment. No surprises, then, that yoga is central to the program: beginners and seasoned yogis alike “om” amid the jungle surroundings. The 78 rooms are not lavishly decorated but comfortably decked out (the villas boast their own pool), and the spa menu is extensive for ultimate relaxation between yoga classes. BEST FOR: Spiritual realignment and seasoned yogis. Go to

• ONE&ONLY HAYMAN ISLAND RESORT, QLD A resort with spa treatments and fitness in a luxury compound on the Whitsundays’ awe-inspiring Hayman Island. Go to

THE RANCH MALIBU, UNITED STATES When the website states “endurance” as one of the principles of this retreat, it’s fair to say you’ll have your work cut out for you. But could you expect anything less from a wellness haven situated in Los Angeles’s Santa Monica mountains, the undisputed epicentre of health and wellbeing? Here, a variety of programs aims to kick-start metabolism through physically challenging exercise – think four-hour hikes and hardcore ab training – as well as detoxing for renewed wellbeing. The only haven for aching muscles and blistered feet are the understated-lux rooms and picturesque setting. With around 45 per cent of guests returning to do it all again, they must be doing something right. BEST FOR: Weight loss and increased fitness in luxury surroundings. Go to ■

• QT SYDNEY, NSW A city escape with cool, apothecarylike decor. Go to www. qthotelsand



VOGUE february. Energy. New glaMour. Sweat into shape. Set to sexy. it’s coming back. EMpowered. Confidence tricks. Set to go. VOGUE.COM.AU 97

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baby love Actress. Animal activist. Crafter. Soon to be a mother. Amanda Seyfried on growing up. By Zara Wong. Styled by Christine Centenera. Photographed by Emma Summerton. VOGUE.COM.AU 99


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hirty. Underrated or overrated, it’s a milestone age that demarcates your self-seeking 20s from your 30s, when you’re meant to have everything, well, sorted. “Thirty was so strange for me,” once quipped C.S. Lewis. “I’ve really had to come to terms with the fact that I am now a walking and talking adult.” “Wait, how old are you?” asks Amanda Seyfried, angling her head closer to me, scrutinising her iPhone screen via FaceTime from her home in Los Angeles. “We’re born in the same month!” she exclaims. “Are you having a difficult year? Everyone said to me that leading up to 30, when you’re 29, it’s going to be Saturn returns, it’s going to be intense. I feel like you have to go through the shit sometimes to get to the good part. Thirty has been my best year. You don’t have long to go.” When we speak, she is newly engaged to actor Thomas Sadoski, having met him when they starred alongside each other in the Broadway play The Way We Get By, and pregnant. “I’ve never been excited by anything more in my life,” she says. “And ready.” Signing up to the play forced her to overcome long-held stage fright, and it was the same year she had a break-up with a longterm boyfriend. “I made the decision to do the play because it was about facing my fears. It brought such a wave of growth, because it was so scary,” she said of being 29. “I just learnt so much, and personally too, like with a break-up, it was a lot of adult stuff going on, and adult decision-making. I had to be really cut-and-dry with myself.” The engagement happened on her farm in Stone Ridge, that kind of perfectly quaint American storybook name that can only exist in upstate New York. “It was a quiet moment. I’m not very romantic: I’m quite practical,” she says of her engagement. “But I love hearing engagement stories. Whenever a friend gets engaged I want to see the ring. I’m so excited to hear about something so dramatic and loved-up, but personally it would make me  uncomfortable. I’m not even wearing a  diamond.” With engagements also happening in the Vogue offices recently, our interview tangents into nuptials and wedding talk; how people react to the news, the pros and cons of eloping versus having an intimate ceremony or a full-blown wedding. “It’s nice to make a decision about something. It is like another adult thing that I feel like I’m doing and I am really confident doing. It’s nice to have an agreement.” She points out her own engagement ring on her finger, a thin stamped band that she had bought from a vintage jeweller in Portland, Oregon. It is far and away from some of the ice-cube-sized sparklers seen elsewhere in Hollywood. It is strictly not her first engagement ring – that was one she bought herself at the age of 16, the “cheapest one from Tiffany & Co!”, she tells me proudly. “I got my first big pay cheque, and it was a tiny diamond. I was like: ‘I can’t afford it, but I am going to do it because I deserve it!’” she recalls. “I’ve been buying diamonds for years for myself and the last thing I wanted was for a man to buy me another diamond.” She’s not sure if a formal wedding is on the cards. “I don’t want to be the centre of attention. I get to go to premieres and get dressed up all the time. I went to the Met Gala last year in a wedding gown designed by Riccardo Tisci; I’ve played a bride a billion times.” To recap, she has been a bride in Les Misérables, Mamma Mia! and The Big Wedding, and has a penchant for

wearing shades of white and cream on the red carpet – all the better to suit her rose-touched alabaster complexion. And as many newly engaged people have come to realise, wedding questions are sure to abound. “People are way more traditional than you think. It’s kind of shocking, because it feels like we’ve come such a long way, but then we are reversing. Whenever I see somebody my age asking me questions [about relationships and weddings] and coming from a traditional place, I just find it surprising,” she says, sipping on a spiced pumpkin latte from Starbucks. “People’s reactions to the news have been interesting. Everybody is so specific and different, and as much as it feels like there is room for everybody to be who they are, it proves to you that there isn’t as much room as you might think.” Although she avoids reading about herself, the reactions to her non-diamond engagement ring had reached even her. “People are giving me flak about it,” she says, pulling a quizzical look. “I was surprised anyone was talking about it at all. It was a weird type of attention, but it’s not the worst thing. Nobody could care and then nobody would see my next movie! It’s really just the same thing as people thinking they know people who are in the public eye. They think they have you pinned,” she explains. And with a laugh, she pauses and reflects: “My life is a little more weird than the average nine-tofiver! But it’s interesting to see how people have come to expect something because I am somewhat famous-ish.” And by famous-ish, she means that her break-out film role was in the critically and commercially successful Mean Girls over a decade ago, as well as the aforementioned blockbusters. She could have easily been typecast as the girlfriend, the sex bomb, the rom-com girl-next-door, but her choices in acting roles have been varied, including the TV series Big Love and Lovelace. Coming up, she will be starring in an as-yet-untitled Nash Edgerton project, the new Twin Peaks and The Last Word, with Shirley MacLaine. “I think she has the ability to work effortlessly in different genres,” says Edgerton about Seyfried. The two had been friends for years, and had always vowed to work together. Seyfried has been working steadily since she started acting in 2001 on the television series As the World Turns. “When people are really hot right now you can’t maintain that without a lot of work and effort and talent. It’s been a while since I was on any kind of radar and it has been a while since I was new, or breakthrough, or whatever those stupid adjectives they use to describe people,” she evaluates. “It’s easy to feel kind of insecure, but at the same time I  also realise that I would never take any movies back.” With her flaxen blonde hair and swimming-pool eyes, it’s too simplistic a mental association to peg her as a sort of delicate, otherworldly beauty. She is the kind of girl who has been picked up by Miu Miu to front its latest campaign, and is considered a  friend of the French fashion house Givenchy and its creative director Riccardo Tisci, fronting the Very Irresistible fragrance campaign. Seyfried is a true “normal girl” with her refreshing frankness – not in the way that celebrities casually drop in remarks, contriving to suggest that they’re just like one of us. Possessing an easy sweetness, she approaches her interviews as a way to make Continued on page 166

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Chanel dress, P.O.A., from the Chanel boutiques. Max Black gloves, $40.


Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci top, P.O.A., and skirt, $2,800. Max Black bra, $110. Van Cleef & Arpels earrings, P.O.A. On right hand: Van Cleef & Arpels ring, P.O.A. Martin Katz ring, $145,000. On left arm: Martin Katz bracelets, $65,000 and $138,000. Martin Katz ring, P.O.A. Anton Jewellery ring, $29,800. Van Cleef & Arpels ring, P.O.A. Marco de Vincenzo shoes, $890.

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Jesse wears Venroy shorts, $80. Jacquelyn wears a Marni top, $1,910, and bracelet, P.O.A.



Christopher Esber dress, $2,200. Natasha Schweitzer earring, $290. Dinosaur Designs cuff, $210.


Charlie wears Aussie Bum trunks, $45. Bella wears a Boss skirt, $699. Jacquelyn wears a Dion Lee dress, $4,700. In Your Arms one-piece swimsuit, worn underneath, $140. Chanel slides, $860, from the Chanel boutiques.


Jacquelyn wears a Mugler dress, $4,020. Tiffany & Co. earring, $1,250. Jesse wears a Salvatore Ferragamo shirt, $795. Venroy shorts, $75.


Jacquelyn wears a Christian Dior dress, $5,200. Jesse wears Venroy shorts, $75.

the Magnificent seven

groundbreaking Olympic champions. Strong, smart and sexy, they are changing the face of women in sport, writes Sophie Tedmanson. Styled by Philippa Moroney. Photographed by Justin Ridler. 126 FEBRUARY 2017

From far left: Charlotte Caslick wears a Prada parka. Alicia Quirk wears an Asics top and shorts. Prada pants. Emilee Cherry (sitting) wears a Prada top and pants. Asics top. Emma Tonegato wears a Prada jacket. Asics tops and pants. Chloe Dalton wears an Asics top and Prada pants. Shannon Parry (sitting) wears a Prada jacket and pants. Asics top. Sharni Williams wears a Prada jacket. Asics top and pants. Fashion details last pages.


From left: Quirk, Parry and Tonegato all wear Asics.

t is a warm spring morning on Sydney’s North Shore. Two elite sports teams are training on adjacent fields in Narrabeen. On the first, the Australian men’s national Rugby Sevens, all muscle and brawn, go through their routine: tackle and stop, tackle and stop. They look tired and a little out of sorts. The vibe is in stark contrast to the nearby second field where their female counterparts, the Australian women’s national Rugby Sevens squad, are going through the same motions. The women run, pass, tackle, and smile. They all line up and high five each other. The camaraderie and positive spirit among them is so apparent it is as if they speak in their own shorthand. They are World champions, Olympic champions, and the new icons for women in sport. Where once netball and hockey were the sporting choices of young schoolgirls, now girls are signing up in droves to play rugby, not fearful of the physical danger of the traditionally men’s sport, but wanting to be strong and sporty like the Sevens stars. The Sevens women live by the motto ROAR: “Respect, Olympic dreams, Accountability and Rough bitches”; and often play Katy Perry's song Roar as their unofficial anthem before games: “I got the eye of the tiger, a fighter, Dancing through the fire, 'Cause I am the champion, and you're gonna hear me roar!” Charlotte Caslick, the team’s undeniable poster girl, who was recently named World Rugby women’s player of the year, jogs over beaming. The scrum-half has blood on her cheek, and for a moment I fear the girls are so tough they spill blood in training. But it is fake, left over from Halloween the previous evening. They are brutally tough on-field, yes, but off-field they are equally warm, girlie (they giggled with delight at being shot by Vogue), intelligent and humble about their success. “When we were growing up there wasn’t an option of being a professional sportswoman … it wasn’t a reality until a few years ago that we had that chance,” says Caslick. “So obviously it’s awesome, and a dream come true for all of us.” Fun is one of the key factors head coach Tim Walsh injected into the squad when he crafted the culture they have thrived on and which has been key to their success: a process-driven, performancebased mentality that also allows them to enjoy themselves. Walsh, who coached the seasoned men’s team for four months while also coaching the women to the Rio Olympics, said the differences between VOGUE.COM.AU 129

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the two teams is in their emotional approach. “Men need to win to feel good, while the women need to feel good to win and to perform,” Walsh says. “The girls wanted a lot more one-on-one communication and more reassurance, while the boys just wanted to go out and do it. After a team meeting I would ask if there were any questions. The boys would say: ‘Nope, let’s go’, the girls would put up 15 hands,” he says, laughing. The difference in the locker rooms was marked, too: while the men would be serious and focused, the women’s dressing room prior to their Olympics matches was “like a nightclub”, reveals Walsh. “Our manager was flicking the light on and off, there was music playing. They were focused but relaxed and happy.” Emilee Cherry, a former Australian touch footballer turned rugby back, says the familial culture has been crucial for the team. “We’ve got this amazing athletic ability, but it’s our work off-field and mentally how strong we are to keep ourselves calm under pressure and really regroup as a team and go out there and express ourselves – that’s why we are so successful,” she says. With her trademark double braids, Caslick brought glamour to the Rugby Sevens and helped highlight to a wider audience their best assets: being strong, inspiring, powerful women. Walsh recalls a pivotal moment at the Rio Olympics when Caslick did a now famous chasedown tackle during a game against the US: “She had a ruthless competitive edge to run 70 metres across the field, with her plaits bouncing and her ribbons flying behind and fake tan all over her legs … and she drilled this girl into the sideline then bounced to her feet before the other girl took a breath … she looked down at her, flicked her pigtails and walked away like: ‘Right, next job …’ “That was a moment in women’s sport where I thought: ‘That is an Australian women’s Sevens player, ruthless, but completely balanced.” She may be the Beyoncé of the team but this is by no means a solo show. Caslick is one of a magnificent team of seven and a wider squad of 21 who live, breathe and work together at their Narrabeen base, where they train five days a week. Four years ago, many of them had never even touched a rugby ball. The team was famously formed in 2008 after the International Olympics Committee voted to include Sevens in the Rio 2016 Olympics for the first time. The Australian Rugby Union began holding talent searches for up-and-coming stars from sports such as rugby league, touch football, basketball, hockey – athletes who could be moulded into the perfect Sevens player: one with strength, speed and flair. Shannon Parry was teaching geography and physical education to secondary school students and playing 15-a-side rugby when the chance to switch to Sevens “sort of fell at my feet”. Four years later she co-captained the team who made history in Rio. “They said: ‘Rock up to this location on the fourth of January if you want the chance to go to the Olympics,’” she says smiling at the serendipitous moment that changed her life. “So I dropped everything and took a punt and loved every minute of it.” A year after they formed the Australians won the inaugural Women’s Sevens World Cup, and continued a stunning trajectory of firsts that culminated in the first-ever Women’s Rugby Sevens gold medal at the Rio Olympics last August. The magic, Walsh says, was in his recruitment. He looked for emotionally intelligent leaders who could comprehend different plays under pressure but who also had enough self-awareness to

maintain their individual personalities in a team of 21 headstrong women. Add to that the international exposure and a long-term plan to transform the sport and be role models to young girls. “It was about changing the face of women’s rugby and having the responsibility to do it,” states Walsh. The team took that responsibility and literally ran with it. “The big thing for me is how much our Olympic victory has touched a nation and how many young kids look up to us now,” says Parry. “We’re trying to leave a legacy and a pilot program. As a group we’ve been all about leaving the sport in a better position than when we started.” Former basketballer turned rugby forward Chloe Dalton adds: “Now we’ve had that exposure with people watching, I hope we can continue showcasing women’s rugby and get people into it at a grassroots level.” Their hope is that the Sydney Sevens tournament this month will generate that further. The event aims to attract a new audience with its spectacle-driven events, in the same vein that Twenty20 cricket with its fireworks and mascots changed the public perception of cricket. (Sevens is a shorter, faster version of traditional rugby, trimming the team of 15-a-side to seven and cutting the 40-minute halves to seven minutes.) Sponsorship is crucial. The women’s Sevens are paid full-time, but have a long way to go to match the salaries of their male counterparts. Caslick is matter-of-fact about equality in the sport and the importance of proving to potential sponsors that they are a good financial investment. Like her teammates, she sees herself as a sporting commodity and the team as a product. “We’ve got to start producing money to be paid money,” she says. “The number-one thing is performing when we do get to showcase in front of Australian crowds and everything will just follow.” She adds that their support has wider implications for women across all codes of sport: “When more professional sporting codes for females are on the market the competition gets higher – like the men have with AFL, rugby league, cricket, soccer – they’ve got so much bargaining power. Whereas we only had Sevens originally, so to have those other sports showing their support of women in sport too will make the market heaps bigger.” One of the major sponsors of the Women’s Seven is Buildcorp, whose co-founder, principal and chair, Josephine Sukkar, is a passionate advocate for women in sport. Sukkar says there is a magic in the Sevens team that puts them in a league of their own and encourages her to open her company purse. “They are a special team,” she says. “There is one word that I use to describe the team all the time: joyous. There is just something special in that team specifically because it is even more than how it is translated onto the field – it’s also a joy to watch them.” When the team returned from Rio in September, Walsh decided to take them on a traditional team-bonding excursion to refocus them for the season ahead. “I told them: ‘We’ve come from World Series champions, Olympic gold medalists, everything’s wonderful but we need to get our head out of the clouds and be grounded and train hard and remember everything we did that got us to this point. So to kick the season off I took them skydiving,” he says laughing. ““It was a team challenge and heaps of them were scared but they did it. It’s about challenging yourself and having a blast. I thought it was perfect.” Girls just want to have fun, indeed – and win. ■

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keeping up with kayla From Instagram sensation to technopreneur, Kayla Itsines is the global fitness powerhouse courting mega-brands like Apple to be associated with her unique brand of girl power. Remy Rippon meets the 25-year-old social media star with substance. Styled by Philippa Moroney. Photographed by Pierre Toussaint. VOGUE.COM.AU 139

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Jokingly dubbing herself the “community relations manager”, Itsines is constantly engaging with the women who contact her. She pulls out her iPhone and scrolls through hundreds of conversation threads: “I have to respond. It is my job to respond,” she says, content with it. On set for our photo shoot, Itsines politely asks the stylist and photographer whether she can steal a moment to upload to her feed. A few seconds later, a transformation photo of two women – Christina and Claudia – is live. They went from being unable to do a single push-up to “killing arms”. “Seriously amazing girls!!! So proud of you!!” she declares in her post, which receives more than 90 thousand likes and attracts upwards of 2,500 comments. Itsines’s rise to stardom hasn’t always been so positive. She received flak for calling her original e-books the Bikini Body Guide. Critics argued it implied that in order to feel good in a bikini, one must be a certain size and shape. “We originally called it Bikini Body and I didn’t really think about it because I was 18,” she states. “A lot of my clients would say: ‘I just want to feel good in my bikini.’ I still love BBG but I called the app Sweat with Kayla because I think it represents the program more.” Moreover, in 2015 Itsines retorted to fellow Instagram sensation Essena O’Neill’s decision to quit social media on the basis of it being too fake. She felt compelled to write a 350-word spiel on Instagram to defend her position as a social media starlet, making headlines in the process. She also receives her fair share of negativity and trolling, which, in true Kayla style, she’s put her own positive spin on. “If someone thinks like that, something has gone wrong in their lives. If someone needs help, I will help them.” It’s a huge responsibility for anyone, let alone a 25-year-old. But she’s a poster girl for good health. Today, her familiar slight yet chiselled frame is draped in a blush pink Adidas zip-through and grey track pants (she’s allergic to most exercise tights). Fresh from a shoot, she has her hair pulled back into a ponytail with a sporty braid framing her face. Her skin is crystal clear: “I don’t drink alcohol, I don’t take drugs or go out. It is not like I do that for show; I guess that is my lifestyle,” she says, knowing she’s an anomaly. To that end, global brands are eager to align with her squeaky-clean image. Earlier this year, Apple tapped her to be one of the stars of its new Apple Watch campaign. Likewise, Adidas sponsored her 2016 world Sweat tour, which, despite the name, involves sessions that are less like a gym class and more like a Selena Gomez concert. Picture a room of about 4,000 sweat-soaked women collectively pacing through their exercises to the beat of Itsines’s can-do mantras. The Kayla Kool-Aid is, after all, addictive. Time magazine named Itsines in its Top 30 Most Influential People on the Internet in 2016. “I was just, like, wow,” she says of the appointment, which lists people for their global social media impact and ability to drive news. To put it in perspective, Beyoncé (and Gomez, for that matter) didn’t make the cut. “Some people are like: ‘How does it feel to be famous?’ but I have not felt like that at all,” she says uneasy with the conversation. She has, however, garnered some famous fangirls, namely Jessica Alba, Candice Swanepoel and Girls star Allison Williams. “I started following Kayla on Instagram after seeing one of her posts on my Explore page,” says Williams, whom Itsines trains whenever she’s Stateside. “Training with Kayla was one of the most excruciating and difficult things I’ve ever done. She did not let me off easy!” I probe Itsines on her “pinch me” follower moment and in characteristically progressive fashion she deadpans: “Some people are like: ‘If I lose my Instagram and Facebook followers, who am I?’ You need to be humble and treat everybody with respect. I want people to think: ‘She was a good ■ person’ rather than: ‘She had a lot of followers.’”



am tying the laces of my Nike Flyknits. A double knot is in order. I’m gearing up to get my butt kicked by Kayla Itsines, who I clock crossing the busy intersection towards Sydney’s Hyde Park. Amid a sea of suits, the pint-sized Instagram fitness sensation – who has amassed a following of almost six million – attracts a few side eyes. Is it her fluorescent first-dayof-school-white Adidas sneakers that bounce across the searing bitumen? Or her easy familiarity that makes you wonder whether she went to your school or starred in Neighbours? Or is it that passers-by could in fact form part of her legion of fangirls, collectively known as the BBG community? “Let’s find a nice spot: we’re going to need a bench to work out on, too,” the 25-year-old says, scanning the park for a fluffy patch of grass. Like the 28-minute workout she has become synonymous with, Itsines’s ascent has been swift, even by digital standards. Off the back of the success of her Bikini Body Guide e-books, in just two short years the Adelaide-born personal trainer and her boyfriend and business partner Tobias Pearce have amassed an impressive social media presence, transitioned their e-books into a slick Sweat with Kayla fitness app, taken their singular brand of fitspo girl power global via her bootcamps and, most recently, penned a healthy eating and lifestyle book to boot. “We started in 2014, so it is not like it has been years and years,” says Itsines (pronounced It-seen-nes). In the ultra-stylised social media world, Itsines’s method is refreshingly real. “I haven’t had time to change or pull back,” she says of her approach to Instagram, the platform that has been the backbone of her success. “I share everything: when I’m not working out, when I’m eating dessert, when I have my period, and as a community we share. I want to be able to share my experiences with them. I have literally nothing to hide.” The same can be said for those abs. What’s become more or less a signature pose for Itsines – iPhone concealing face, head slightly tilted, core flexed – is, she says, a direct the result of her own 12-week training program. Brand Kayla, however, was almost over before it began. Born and raised in Adelaide (she’ll never move, she affirms), Itsines is the child of traditional Greek parents, both teachers who weren’t exactly thrilled at her decision to pursue personal training. “I started training kids in basketball and I realised I wanted to be a personal trainer. Mum said: ‘I will support you and I love you but that is not a sustainable career. You need to go to university and you need to become blah blah blah,’” she says, waving her hands above her head as she trails off. “I said: ‘Okay, I will go to university, but after I try this.’ Mum eventually said: ‘I support you … do what you love.’ And now, I am like: ‘Look, I’m in the newspaper!’” In the sink-or-swim world of digital innovation Itsines and Pearce are riding the wave of success. To relegate Itsines to the Insta-bred production line of self-professed fitness influencers is to underestimate the power of the business she has built. If more proof were needed, she and Pearce debuted on 2016’s BRW Young Rich List, reportedly sharing in a combined wealth of a whopping $46 million. Not bad for a couple of twentysomething personal trainers who met at a gym in downtown Adelaide. Yet despite her rising bank balance and business acumen, she is more excited to discuss her BBG community: a global group of women who have connected through her training guides and app, offering support to each other. The hashtag has been used more than 4.5 million times on Instagram. She’s fiercely passionate and proud of it. “I am part of a group of women that you can’t find anywhere else in the world. I am part of a community where women support other women,” says Itsines, who has been known to show up unannounced at BBG meet-ups in New York or London.

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Read between the lines of fashion’s mainstay: the button-up shirt. Macro and micro, the classics are our go-to in challenging times both in the greater world and, actually, in our morning getting-dressed routine. Shirting for daywear is obvious – no prizes there – but cinched and waisted, as shown here at Balenciaga, or twisted and turned at New York labels Monse and Alexander Wang, is what saves it from cliche. ZW







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here is a relaxed, respectful vibe between Janice Petersen and Julian Hamilton as we sit at the kitchen table in their inner-Sydney home sharing a pot of tea one late spring morning. Hamilton has wandered in from his home studio in the backyard, where he is putting the final touches on the Presets’ upcoming fourth album with partner and fellow Conservatorium of Music graduate Kim Moyes. Petersen still has a few hours before she’ll head into the SBS studios to begin preparing for the evening bulletin and writing and recording the day’s radio and television headlines. They are one of Australia’s glamour couples: she is the face of the multicultural broadcaster, the elegant and erudite newsreader we invite into our lounge rooms each evening to tell us the international news of the day, and who lent her hosting abilities to our Vogue Codes event last October. He is one half of the Presets, the supersuccessful local electronica duo, winner of seven ARIA awards. But to their two young daughters – Odessa, six, and Arkie, three – Petersen and Hamilton are simply Mum and Dad, and aside from Odessa running behind the TV set to see how mummy got in there, the girls are not the least bit interested in their parents’ high-profile careers. It’s a far cry from when the pair first met more than a decade ago working casual summer jobs at Sanity records in Sydney. Petersen had not long graduated from the University of Newcastle in Communications Studies and was freelancing for SBS; Hamilton was dabbling in the instrumental band Prop, alongside Moyes. It was music that brought the amiable and grounded couple together. “I worked in the main section and Julian in the dance section, so during my lunch I’d go up and dig out Afro-funk like Tony Allen and that piqued Julian’s curiosity,” says Petersen. It wasn’t until 2002 that their relationship ventured beyond friendship, when Petersen came to watch Hamilton playing an experimental space-rock synth gig at the Sydney Opera House. The venue was the Opera Bar, mind you. Fast-forward 12 years and the Presets sold out the Concert Hall within those famous sails; while Petersen would go on to land the coveted role of co-hosting the evening bulletin in 2008. In the interim Petersen, a former national sprinter and high jumper, worked for ABC TV and radio in Newcastle and Adelaide; while Hamilton wrote, recorded and toured the world.

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A love of music – particularly Afro beats, dub and hip-hop – is something they still share. “Friday nights we enjoy a wine or three and Julian will often put on the music [from when we met], so we listen to it to this very day,” Petersen says. But life, happily, looks different now, following the arrival of their daughters. “In the early days of making our first and second records we were young, touring the world, broke; we had to work hard because we didn’t have the time or money to stuff about, shows were booked a year away,” Hamilton says. “Now we’re at the stage where, most importantly, we’ve got children and I want to spend time raising those children so the music has slowed a little. I wanted to be a parent and a musician.” Growing up on the New South Wales Central Coast, Petersen says she never imagined her career would land her in the presenter’s chair. “To be invited into people’s homes is such a compliment. For them to trust you enough to tell them what’s going on in the world is something I never dreamt I’d do. But I had some good opportunities and was brave enough to jump at them.” Aside from intellectual satisfaction, her job also allows her to indulge her other great love: fashion. Working closely with SBS stylist Lesley Crawford, Petersen favours Camilla and Marc, Acler and Michael Lo Sordo (a former SBS stylist himself ). These days however Petersen is far less likely to be seen out in a Carla Zampatti gown than she is dancing around the kitchen with her daughters to Selena Gomez or Suzanne Vega. “They’re a bit more into Justin Bieber or Taylor Swift [than my music],” says Hamilton. “They’ll sing a few bars and say: ‘That’s daddy’s song’ … but they love what their grandpa plays them – the Beatles or Harry Belafonte. Far from VIP events and all-night parties, life is a little more predictable, juggling domestic duties, dual careers and lost lunchboxes. “I feel very fortunate that Julian is a modern father: he has a lot of input in the girls’ lives, is very supportive of my career – which is challenging because I’m not here in the evenings, and a lot of it falls on him,” says Petersen. “It’s all part of the healthy modern community we live in that both parents do take on big roles in the house; and when I look at the relationship Julian has with the girls, it’s a beautiful thing.” For his part, Hamilton would have it no other way. “I love it,” he says simply. “And you never hear anyone on their deathbed ■ saying: ‘I wish I’d made one more record.’”


A leading journalist, a successful musician: Jane Albert meets a power couple who are most content savouring their family life. Styled by Petta Chua. Photographed by Duncan Killick.

Opposite: Julian Hamilton wears a Jac + Jack T-shirt. Christian Dior pants. Janice Petersen wears a Boss dress. This page: Hamilton wears a Burberry coat. Jac + Jack shirt. Ksubi pants. Burberry shoes. Petersen wears a Dion Lee top. Rachel Gilbert skirt.


If you’re hopelessly devoted to your devices, here’s a heads-up: tech addiction can be the last straw for your spine. By Remy Rippon. Illustrated by Frédéric Forest.


t’s a crisp yet sparkly day in Paris as I settle into one of those neighbourly hole-in-the-wall cafes that make you feel smugly like a local. With that specific fish-out-of-water propensity of a tourist, I see the glaringly obvious: of the 20-odd patrons, more than three quarters are consumed by the technology at their fingertips. There’s the home-office situation in the back left-hand corner; at least three French couples scrolling through their morning news feeds; another woman uploading her breakfast spread to Instagram (the coffee not the only thing given a thorough filtering); and a couple of business types zooming in on an official-looking iPad presentation. And I’m not passing judgement: had there been Wi-Fi, I would have happily joined them. When it comes to technology, we’ve sailed right past reliability to downright dependency: how else does one navigate a foreign city? Or track their menstrual cycle against the moon? Or locate a caftan a friend wore on holiday in Croatia? Tellingly, a recent study by the UK’s Nottingham Trent University found the average user checks their phone 85 times per day, which was double the frequency people realised. But perhaps more concerning is not how often we’re reaching for our phones (that caftan is a summer staple, after all), but how we’re doing it. Dr Kenneth Hansraj, chief of spine surgery at New York Spine Surgery & Rehabilitation Medicine, coined the phrase “text neck” or “tech neck” after seeing a spike in patients presenting persistent neck and back pain. It was only after a routine operation for a herniated disc – a relatively straightforward procedure – that Dr Hansraj noticed there were certain behaviours that not only interrupted a swift recovery, but also contributed to the initial problem. “We found out that [the patient] was playing Angry Birds with his head down for about four hours a day,” he says, adding the specific angle of the neck one naturally assumes to look at their phone – oftentimes for hours per day – is ushering in a host of neck and back problems as well as informing lousy posture. Perched correctly, the head exerts around 4.5 kilograms of force on your neck. Tilted forward it exerts a hefty 27 or so kilograms. There are those who carry it well – think Rihanna’s exquisite tattooed swan neck, or Natalia Vodianova’s longline physique – and entire films, such as The Hunchback of Notre Dame or The 154 FEBRUARY 2017

Hobbit, dedicated to those who don’t. According to body language expert David Alssema, failure to maintain a soldier-like stance speaks volumes professionally. “Poor posture in the workplace can demonstrate a lack of energy, lack of concern or poor work performance. It can communicate to others disinterest or unwillingness to converse,” he says. “The chin held low indicates submissiveness while the head held straight indicates assertiveness.” It seems there’s a reason Rihanna always looks so badass. Dr Hansraj says it’s not only the obvious physical indicators of neck and back problems – hunched shoulders and a permanent slouch – that are concerning. Internally, ligaments are the first to feel the pinch of the tech-dedicated by becoming inflamed, followed by stressed muscles and finally permanent damage to the spinal elements, namely, disc spaces, vertebral bones, the spinal cord and nerve roots. Similarly, constant curvature of the spine can lead to a crepey décolletage and sagging jowls, thanks to collagen breakdown and the skin’s naturally paper-thin texture on the neck and chest. And it’s not so much a question of if but when you’ll experience some degree of discomfort. According to the Global Burden of Disease Study 2010 (sponsored, ironically, by technopreneur Bill Gates) lower back pain is the leading cause of disability globally, with neck pain coming in fourth. So how can we ensure something so mechanical and habitual as looking down at our smartphones or laptops isn’t a problem further down the track? While the digitally fatigued will tell you the answer is as simple as putting your phone down, there are ways to counteract the issue without resorting to such drastic – some may say archaic – measures. “While it is nearly impossible to avoid the technology that causes these issues, individuals should make an effort to look at their phones with a neutral spine and to avoid spending hours each day hunched over,” says Dr Hansraj, adding that the head should be kept in a neutral position with the arms raised slightly higher. “Remember, good posture is the most efficient and least stressful position.” Likewise, taking time out to realign can prove beneficial. The Apple Watch Series 2 houses a Breathe app, which reminds wearers to practise mindfulness by guiding them through a series of deep breaths at varying intervals throughout the day. Plus, it pings you a message to stand up and move when it senses you’ve been stationary (likely glued to a computer screen) for too long. And if a more physical indicator is needed, crowd-funded gadget EyeForcer is a pair of glasses worn by a tech user that sends a message to the device they’re using whenever the wearer begins to curve their spine. It’s aimed mainly at children who spend hours a day screen-bound (many schools now use iPads for learning). Moreover, exercises like pilates and yoga, which lengthen and stretch the back and neck muscles, can counteract a day spent curved over and realign the muscles. “Exercises help, too,” says Dr Hansraj. “Start with range of motion of the cervical spine. Flexion, extension, side bends, and tilts of the neck. Then progress to isometric strengthening by doing the same activities and applying stopping pressures with the hand.” For Dr Hansraj, the simplest practices are the most beneficial. “My message is simple. When texting and using the phone or a smart device, keep your head up! Look down with your eyes and raise the device up.” To paraphrase Ice Cube: you can do it, ■ just don’t put your back into it.



endless suMMer Former Vogue stylist Pippa Holt has reincarnated herself, diving headlong into the realm of holiday style. By Alice Birrell.


here is often a collective eye roll when a former fashion editor announces they’re launching a label. But Pippa Holt can silence naysayers swiftly. First, her credentials are impeccable: she’s worked for the Sunday Times Style and both Australian and UK Vogues. Secondly, her dedication to producing her one-off, labour-intensive pieces for her new self-titled line of caftans is almost unfathomable. “They’re made in Mexico, in the middle of a dangerous drugcartel-ridden area with dengue fever and Zika. It rains a lot. There are no roads, restaurants or hotels. So they’re really made in the middle of nowhere,” says Holt on the phone from her Dublin home, before telling me a recent order of Pippa Holt Kaftans for Net-aPorter was destroyed in a flood. “They’re very raw conditions.” Holt, however, is just the person to pull something like this off. She meets the artisans, who hand-weave her pieces, eight hours from their village. With a BA in fashion design, she also believes the crowded fashion market has room for a new label. “When Pippa broke away to be a designer I was at first fearful,” recalls friend Martha Ward. “When she revealed it was caftans I knew it would be a success.” That might have something to do with Holt’s life lived as a modern nomad. After leaving Australia, she moved to London to pursue her fashion career. There, she met and married Irish businessman Conor Roche, who convinced her to move to Dublin via Houston in 2012 (for his work), a period that turned out to be fortuitous for the stylist. “It was so hot I didn’t know what to wear. It’s searing heat every day for that month, which I loved. You couldn’t dress, you couldn’t wear beach clothes because it was the city.” That she would land on caftans – a garment that originated in ancient Mesopotamia, favoured by Ottoman sultans and worn the world over from India to Turkey to North Africa – came from trips to nearby Mexico. “We found lots of beautiful clothes and textiles. One weaver Felipa and her daughter Angelica, their technique really registered with me.” Holt, however, didn’t set out to create a clothing label with the kind of global reach it’s achieved since its beginnings just over year ago. “I didn’t think the whole business thing through, to be honest,” she explains. “I’d just had a baby – my third – and I thought I’m going to make it quite small and enjoy it.” With a  five-year-old daughter, Bay, and sons Balthazar, four, and 23-month-old Oscar, Holt dialled down her commitments, commuting from Dublin to London once a month to work as a contributor on UK Vogue. “My life has changed a lot,” she says now of being committed to both her label and her children. “My house right now is covered in this huge order; there are caftans everywhere.” Working from home oils the machine, as does having her children involved in the whole process. “They hang out with me in the caftan room. It’s all quite organic and natural and easygoing. Children and caftans go together well,” Holt says sanguinely. VOGUE.COM.AU 157

The former Vogue stylist finds production and working to deadlines simple, owing to her years working at magazines. Other areas, however, are challenging. “Running a business is far more stressful than I ever imagined,” reflects Holt. “Having a start-up and three tiny children is probably the toughest thing I’ve ever done.” She fits the school run around 14-hour working days. A nanny helps out, and Holt plans to hire new staff shortly. At least the caftans make for ease in wearing and styling. Motherhood, she says, has bolstered her confidence in the line. “You don’t have time to dress up beautifully, to put belts on and jumpsuits and divine sandals that go all the way up your leg,” she says. “It is easy to throw on a caftan on holiday with three children around you.” “I think women respond to them because they’re easy to pull on over a bikini, wear to drinks or casual dinner on holiday or over jeans for running around town,” says Ruth Chapman, executive co-chairman at Matchesfashion, who gave Holt the final push of encouragement after seeing her designs on Instagram. “They offer a sense of freedom, which I love, being Australian; just go-to-the-beach-and-feel-free way of dressing,” Holt says. “They’re big, they’re not sexy, they’re not slimming; they’re oversized.” Chapman points out it’s exactly the shape that makes them alluring. “A confident woman doesn’t always need to wear form-hugging things; sometimes loose and oversized is cooler.” And women have snapped them up. “The first collection sold out in 24 hours,” says Net-aPorter’s retail fashion director Lisa Aiken. “Her designs are beautiful, functional, chic and artisanal.” The slow production (weavers use backstrap looms, and take up to four weeks to complete each one) has increased demand. They hang in the wardrobes of Sofia Coppola, Poppy Delevingne, Alexandra Shulman, Elle Macpherson and Aerin Lauder. That Holt started her own fashion label is hardly surprising. Her late grandmother Dame Zara Holt, widow of Australian prime minister Harold Holt, was a fashion designer, while her mother worked for Hermès for 20 years. Her sister Sophie Holt was creative director at Country Road for 13 years. “It has always been in our blood,” says Holt, who studied fashion at Melbourne’s RMIT. “I always had this kind of desire.” Looking back over the lightning-paced past 12 months, how does she explain women’s reactions to her pieces? “It’s a cult thing. [People] want to be different. They want to spend money on things that are far-flung,” says Holt. Each of her caftans is tagged with a unique number and a photo of the weaver who made it. “It’s the high-level artisanal quality that drew us to [the] collection,” says Natalie Kingham, Matchesfashion’s buying director. Next up, shorter pieces and styles sympathetic to a woman’s shape are planned, as is e-commerce. Short-term, a welldeserved expedition to Australia this summer will give Holt creative breathing space. “I am looking forward to having some time on the beach and going to Noosa,” she says. “Even if I am on the plane I can have some time.” Which will be possible on the long trips she makes back to Mexico. “I’m getting more weavers,” she says of the village where more women are taking up the craft to meet demand from retailers. “I’m hoping to take over the whole town,” she says wryly. With the world of exquisitely crafted holiday attire already conquered, why not? ■ 158 FEBRUARY 2017

Pippa Holt wears a Christian Dior dress and shoes.

Above: the designer with her sons Oscar and Balthazar and daughter Bay on holiday in Spain. Holt (above, below and bottom middle) wears Pippa Holt Kaftans.


Chanel dress and shoes, from the Chanel boutiques.



Lakeside luxe

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The infinity pool at Matakauri Lodge’s spa and gym. Right: an outdoor fireplace outside the main lodge building. Below: a window-side day bed in one of the suites.

Matakauri’s private jetty on Lake Wakatipu.

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aking up in a heavenly soft bed at Matakauri Lodge, it’s easy to momentarily lose your bearings. From beyond the plantation shutters of the bedroom comes the unmistakable sound of waves making landfall. It sounds for all money like you’re in a beach house, not in a suite at an ultra-luxurious lodge on New Zealand’s South Island around 200 kilometres from the ocean. The waves are real, though: a constant wind pushes the glacial waters of Lake Wakatipu onto the pebbly shoreline in a steady rhythm. The creation of the US-based Robertson family, who also own Kauri Cliffs and the Farm at Cape Kidnappers on North Island, Matakauri Lodge is a seven-minute drive from the heart of Queenstown but it could be in the middle of nowhere, with the lodge and guest suites all looking out across the vast lake to the forbiddingly steep slopes of Cecil Peak. Aside from the Titanic-era tourist steamer silently trailing ink-black smoke as it passes in the middle distance several times a day, you have complete privacy. There’s a wall-mounted TV discreetly hidden behind a framed photograph in the living room, but you’d be mad to turn it on when you can recline on the day bed beneath picture windows and gaze at the 180-degree views of the Remarkables mountain range. (The huge bathtub in the expansive bathroom stands below another large window looking out across the lake – a spectacle you can quite literally soak in.) It really is all about the view here, from a divine breakfast in the lodge dining room, the sun slowly lighting up the hills and the Owner’s Cottage (home to Prince William and Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge during their visit here in 2014) to the pre-dusk light show as low-lying clouds cast shadows across the mid-sections of the Remarkables while the peaks sparkle in bright sunshine. The room rate includes breakfast, the mini bar, pre-dinner drinks and seasonal dinners prepared by the resident chef, so it might be tempting to cosy up in your room during your stay, but there’s plenty to do and see in the area – see opposite. There’s also a short walk to nearby Wilson Bay and longer hikes around the lake, and the concierge can arrange all sorts of expeditions from river-rafting and canyoning to fly fishing and skiing, depending on the season. And for a bird’s eye view of the spectacular scenery South Island has in spades, the concierge can arrange for a helicopter to come pick you up from a nearby field – or “heli-paddock”, as locals like to say – to save you the drive to Queenstown airport. It’s one of the many perks of staying here – Matakauri Lodge guests are also offered priority bookings at the best restaurants in town, such as Botswana Butchery and the well-rated Rata Dining. Go to www. Air New Zealand flies direct to Queenstown from Sydney and Melbourne;


The Coronet Peak ski field (www. is only 25 minutes from Queenstown. There are 280 hectares of terrain, including plenty of challenging runs, with the longest a touch under 2.5 kilometres long. Snowbiz offers Matakauri guests a ski concierge service, coming out to the lodge to fit boots and equipment before you hit the slopes. Go to


Founded by Louisa “Choppy” Patterson more than 30 years ago, Matakauri partner Over the Top offers scenic flights as well as a “Picnic on a Peak” package where you can be dropped off on a mountain for a picnic lunch in seclusion. Go to

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At Louis Vuitton’s “mountain resort” store, which opened in the new Skyline building in October, you can inspect the house’s fine leather goods seated at a long wooden table made from a piece of Kauri pine that’s approximately 42,000 years old – if you can tear your eyes away from the views of the lake through the floor-to-ceiling windows, that is. 9–11 Marine Parade, Queenstown.


The Central Otago wine region is an easy day trip from Queenstown. A guide/chauffeur from Matakauri partner Black ZQN ( can take you on tour to sample some excellent pinot noir, riesling and sauvignon blanc. Black’s drivers are locals connected to the community, so you may well end up being introduced to the owner or the winemaker when you pop in to a vineyard cellar door.


The tasting room at Central Otago’s Peregrine Wines.

Picturesque Arrowtown (above) was established during the 1860s gold rush, with compact weatherboard cottages and civic buildings from that era still standing. Check out the Nadene Milne Gallery at 16 Buckingham Street before heading to Chop Shop Food Merchants at 44 Buckingham Street for lunch. VOGUE.COM.AU 163



Pure bliss

Comfort, luxury and pristine riverside surrounds make Huka Lodge one of the world’s finest escapes. By Edwina McCann.


uka Lodge, on New Zealand’s North Island near Lake Taupo, is legendary. The luxury retreat and fishing lodge has hosted royals, Miuccia Prada, Bill Gates and numerous other famous people. But if rugby is your thing, I recommend you do not book your stay to coincide with a Bledisloe Cup game, as I did. The All Blacks defeating the Wallabies made watching the match with a group of Kiwis in the beautifully appointed Trophy Room almost unbearable. Even the exquisite wines selected from the most extensive and beautiful cellar could not numb the pain caused by my fellow guests victorious and joyous to have two Australians in the room to tease. That, however, was the only moment of humorous discomfort in an otherwise perfect weekend, which began with a private dinner in a pavilion located on seven hectares of manicured grounds beside a rapidly flowing river famed for its incredible fly fishing. Dinner – and every meal we experienced by Michelin starawarded chef Paul Froggatt – was exceptional. And the trout is a must – especially if you have caught it yourself. 164 FEBRUARY 2017

Huka Lodge prides itself on being outstanding, hence its international reputation for being one of the best fly fishing lodges in the world. In 2016, Condé Nast Traveller named it the best hotel in New Zealand, which places Huka in the company of legendary hotels such as Le Bristol in Paris and Hôtel du Cap-Eden-Roc in the Antibes. And if fly fishing is not your thing, there are plenty of other activities, including golf and a choice of many courses – a favourite being Wairakei International Golf Course just five minutes’ drive away. There is also biking, gliding, hunting, kayaking, horse riding and, in true New Zealand adventure-travel style, quad excursions and bungy jumping. Although the spa treatments in the room made it very tempting to just stay in. Our home for our weekend was the stunning Alan Pye Cottage, named after the founder who in the 1920s established an unrivalled reputation for superb hospitality that continues to this day. Calling it a cottage when it has its own kitchen, swimming pool, double bedrooms, secluded courtyard garden, personal butler and chef hardly does it justice. It is really the home you have always dreamt of, designed by New Zealand-born interior designer Virginia Fisher. There are also 18 junior suites with river views and an Owner’s Cottage, which might more accurately be described as a Hamptons mansion. Perfect for a family or group of friends, it has four generous suites and its own butler and chef on request. At Huka Lodge they are used to hosting people who are used to the best, and so the best is just what they deliver, in the most friendly and luxurious manner. Go to


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The Milford Track in New Zealand’s South Island.


NOOSA (QUEENSLAND) As an island nation it is no wonder Australia has the best ocean swim events. Noosa’s annual triathlon is the biggest of its kind in the world and is a fab sporty pit stop you can do as a relay with friends on the way north to explore the Great Barrier Reef, or south to soothe the soul in Byron Bay.

Stunning watery views from the Owner’s Cottage.


VANCOUVER (CANADA) Running is the best way to see a new city, and with half and full marathons now taking place in major destinations around the world, it’s simple to pack your sneakers and set off to see the sights. Try the Lululemon SeaWheeze half-marathon in Vancouver for a picturesque race around the harbour.




Mountainous vistas in the French Pyrénées. The Owner’s Cottage nestled amid the trees along the Waikato River. A fireside lounging area amid the greenery.

Take a bike excursion along the Tour de France cycling route while enjoying the stunning surrounds of the French Pyrénées mountain ranges and feasting on French culinary delights along the way. (This is one for the more dedicated who can cope with hills, valleys and travelling with your bicycle.)


BANGALORE (INDIA) While many resorts these days host sunrise yoga sessions, head to India for a more authentic experience. The Shreyas Yoga Retreat in Bangalore explores traditional Ashram yoga practices and offers massage and mindfulness, and even sources the evening’s vegetables from its organic garden.

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connections with people. “[In interviews] you want to connect with everyone you meet, that’s the natural instinct, and give something worthy of … whatever.” She is obsessed with watching The Bachelor, and gives me a blow-by-blow account of the various American iterations of the reality television show. “Once they get past the first rose ceremony, they start promoting themselves and products – you see them on Instagram and I go down this hole which is pointless, but it’s my guilty pleasure. It’s a sort of genius that they get paid for being reality stars, then their 15 minutes of fame is up and they just fade back, which is a blessing,” she says with an incredulous laugh. “My first impression of Amanda was that she was fragile and very, very sensitive and perhaps unable to protect herself,” remembers MacLaine, who became close with Seyfried on the set of the film The Last Word. “It didn’t take long for me to wake up: she’s perfectly capable of handling any big situation.” The film also stars Sadoski. “One of the most memorable [moments with Seyfried] is that I happened to be witness to the development of her relationship with her now fiancé: they play together in the movie,” MacLaine continues. “I watched the love affair of the actors at the same time as the characters.” Seyfried really does seem to enjoy initiating a genuine connection with those she meets, abhorring the press junket experience. “They are the worst thing, because they’re not natural. You want to be natural and organic, and you just can’t in four minutes. It’s stupid. Also everybody asks the same fucking question.” Beneath her apparent sweetness she is quietly determined. Speaking of one of her upcoming films: “If it turns out that people don’t love it, like critics don’t love it or it has a bad Rotten Tomatoes score or people are confused by it, tough shit. Like, I can’t do anything else.” She also reminds me that she’s competitive. “Very – with Words with Friends, he [Sadoski] just played a word worth 58 points, so I resigned! You know you’re going to lose anyway.” On more sanguine topics of love and romance, she planned her sister’s 125-guest wedding last year at the farm at Stone Ridge, getting involved with all elements of decorating and co-ordinating. “Even though it was the happiest day of my life, it was her day. I am so done planning weddings – it was amazing but it took a whole year!” she says, recounting how she sourced flowers and vintage vases for the day. “All the details – I’m very creative, and I love it.” She is constantly on Etsy looking for knick-knacks – currently she’s fixated on enamel pins, which she uses to decorate gifts – or browsing Instagram for interior and craft inspiration. “I love knitting and crocheting; I wish more people talked to me about that.” I suggest starting an Etsy alias

and selling her creations. “I’ve thought about that, actually, but I don’t want to part with them!” Coming to terms with her fame and her cult status with fans of films like Mean Girls allows her to utilise her celebrity to promote and to be a part of causes she feels passionate about, such as politics and animal welfare, even if she modestly admits that her knowledge and understanding of current affairs and such is “-ish”. “There are so many people getting paid on Instagram, it blows my mind. A lot of these models are getting thousands of dollars for each of those posts. It’s like, I understand that you are getting paid, but [if] you have that many people following you, just fucking say something important. Just once a week. It’s so easy to post or repost something, thoughtless even, you don’t even have to care, just do your due diligence and just use that fucking platform.” She admits that it’s hard to keep up, especially with the onslaught of negative news happening around the world. “I used to be really rigid about stuff and I just relaxed a little bit about things. I used to judge people really harshly and now I just do my research on them.” She digresses into an anecdotal example, as she is wont to do. “To be really specific, I read Hillary Clinton’s book and I read a book about Donald Trump. Not that I am ever going to vote for him, I’ve always been a huge Clinton fan, but instead of making blatant ignorant assumptions about people just on what I hear and what other people in my life are thinking, I do have to take all of that out and consider facts and actually get educated on things, whereas I used to just get really passionate about things I didn’t really know about,” she says. “I don’t know if that is a stupid answer but, like, read the books! Not even read the books, just do some research!” Self-reflective and conscientious, Seyfried takes time out on her own, preferring to stay at home or retreat to her farm, away from New York, where she has spent much of her working life. She avoids events – “I hate getting ready. I rarely leave my house. I just hate the whole process,” she says. Later, after our FaceTime interview, she will need to prepare for a cat sanctuary gala event, where she will be honoured for her work with animals. (“Sorry, I have to go now!” she’ll finish off the interview. “But thanks for letting me meet your dog!” after my dog makes an impromptu cameo, and Seyfried is a noted animal fan, hence the award. “And text me if you have any more questions!”) And although she has spent much of her working life in New York, she’s getting over the city somewhat. “My relationship with New York has changed dramatically,” she says, explaining that while the city has remained the same, she’s been finding it too much, too claustrophobic. “It’s too busy and I’m a homebody. I’m anxious to begin with.” She has long been vocal about living with anxiety, helping to de-stigmatise talking about mental illness. “I’ve really spent a lot of time studying my anxiety and the triggers, the why and the possibility of why, and I’ve learnt the tools that work for me in order to function, and I think the more you know about yourself the better off you are, with anything in life,” she says, carefully describing her own mental processes. “I was growing at such a fast rate when I was 29, but there is no way I could have fast-tracked to where I am today in my head. You have to experience those awful years. I am definitely in a better place with my anxiety and I have a better relationship with it than I ever have,” she says, while patting her dog, Finn, who has nudged his way into her FaceTime frame – maybe reminding her to get a move on. “I feel like you have to go through shit sometimes to get to the good part.” ■

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Relationships get a push into new territory this month. If a professional alliance lacks lustre, your dating style is in a rut, or a long-term love has lost its allure, now is the time to do something. It’s all about what’s said and how. With shared values and financial priorities up for discussion, it’s crucial to focus on the details. STYLE ICON: Kerry Washington

A love affair with money – or with someone who has money – is possible this month, but the key to happiness now is to value yourself more. Believe in your own worth, not in a narcissistic way, and opportunities to live the life you want will come to you more easily. Investing in a health or lifestyle rethink could help to relaunch the real you. STYLE ICON: Emily Blunt

You’re taking the lead in love, and with some game-changing influences around now, things could move on to new levels. Spontaneity works for you in all situations and so does tuning into subtle undercurrents. You might be the star of the show this month, but the smart move is to undersell not overplay your role. STYLE ICON: Reese Witherspoon


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Your usual romantic moves could lose their thrill now, as whether you’re in love or want to be it all boils down to friendship. A hot friend could move into the romance zone, or you could rediscover what attracted you to your lover in the first place. At work, don’t over-think things; let your instincts guide you to fresh insights instead. STYLE ICON: Natalie Portman

You might need to curtail a spending habit this month. But instead of feeling deprived, cultivate the mindset that what’s worth having is worth waiting for. Pour your heart into your career too. You get back what you put in and a love affair with your work (or even at work) could improve your income and your mood. STYLE ICON: Selena Gomez








This month brings the start of a two-year life and style makeover. Your look, attitude and how people react to you are all ripe for change. Deep down you know it. A new way of living and being is likely to emerge now, with your relationships (including your relationship with money) also ready to evolve. STYLE ICON: Jennifer Lopez

The trickle of love that began last month could become a tsunami of passion. The price you may have to pay is emotional rather than financial, but any fears about commitment will fade as you look at romantic togetherness and work collaborations in a new light. Don’t want to take things at face value? Then ask, analyse and discuss. STYLE ICON: Carmen Kass

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