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p84. life for rent

You’d think a nomadic life would make you feel unsettled, but for one writer, her Airbnb existence had the opposite effect.



Our ultimate guide to the books you need to read and the authors worth knowing about. Plus! Your favourite bookworms reveal their life-changing reads.

It can be as addictive as drugs and last for years. We take a scientific look at unrequited love and find out if there’s a cure.




Amazing career, hot husband and seriously good hair – we step inside the world of Blake Lively and find out what makes her tick.



They’re the It-girls of generation next: model Inka Williams, blogger Shelby Hamilton and viral sensation-turnedactress Sarah Ellen. Prepare to hit follow. COVER STYLING Barbara Loison HAIR Stéphane Lancien for L’Oréal Paris MAKEUP Charlotte Willer for L’Oréal Paris MANICURE Tom Bachik for L’Oréal Paris TALENT Blake Lively, L’Oréal Paris spokesmodel BLAKE LIVELY WEARS: coat, $9,457, Céline,; necklace, $207, Arthus-Bertrand,; bangle, $1,965, Hermès, (02) 9287 3200; watch, from $18,600, gold rings, from $3,180 each, all Chanel, 1300 242 635; Lumi Magique Foundation, $33.95, False Lash Superstar mascara, $28.95, Infallible 2-Step longwear lipstick in Timeless Rose, $29.95, all L’Oréal Paris, 1300 659 359 ELLE is published by Hearst/Bauer ABN 76 309 301 177, a joint venture between HMI Australia, LLC and Bauer Media Pty Limited, 54 Park Street, Sydney, NSW 2000 (GPO Box 4088, Sydney, NSW 2001). Copyright 2016; the contents of this publication are not for reproduction, redistribution or reuse, by any means whatsoever or in any form whatsoever without the express permission of Hearst/Bauer. Printed by PMP Print Pty Limited, 31 Heathcote Road, Moorebank, NSW 2170. Distributed by Network Services, 54 Park Street, Sydney, NSW 2000. All prices quoted include GST, are approximate and are in A$ unless otherwise stated. Hearst/Bauer accepts no responsibility for damage to or loss of material submitted for publication. Please keep duplicates of text and illustrative material. For all subscription and sales enquiries, visit; email; or phone 136 116 between 8am and 6pm (AEST) Monday to Friday. Correspondence should be addressed to: Magshop, GPO Box 4967, Sydney, NSW 2001. ISSN 2202-7254. Trademark notice The ELLE trademark and logo are owned in Canada by France-Canada Editions et Publications, Inc. and in the rest of the world by Hachette Filipacchi Presse (France), each LAGARDERE ACTIVE Group companies. ELLE is used under license from the trademark owner, Hachette Filipacchi Presse.


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We meet the woman Karl Lagerfeld calls his “right arm”. ------

FIRST LOOK p22. fashion’s

new tribes

Discover the style hybrids of pre-fall 16. ------

p44. action woman

Kit And Ace’s Shannon Wilson shares her faves. -----p48. hot right meow

The cat lady gets a fashionable upgrade. -----p50. jack huston

Introducing Hollywood’s newest leading man. -----p24. power puff

Chic parkas so warm, you’ll never want to ta e off. takee them ------


p30. force of nature

The making of Tiffany & Co’s iconic Blue Book. ------

’90s-inspired surfwear to have you dreaming of summer, power pieces that play with proportion and the Aussie designers winning on the world stage.


p138. tête-à-tête

Designer Roksanda Ilincic lends her stylish touch to a limited-edition Toni & Guy collection. ------

a time…

p57. they slay

p26. loud and clear


p142. once upon


Our edit of statementmaking bags. ------


Not only do these singers have talent in spades, they’re Beyoncé-approved. ------

FEATURES p70. thank you for listening

The power of silence in an increasingly loud world. ------

From new products to scientific breakthroughs, we’ve got the latest in anti-ageing treatments. -----p148. she’s electric

Forget everything you know about blue makeup – this season, it’s back and better than ever.

p35. I’m with them

p152. my weekend

Designer Emma Mulholland talks out-ofi -world influences. this-world -----p36. find your

fashion clique

Sweet eet scholar? Modern g h The choice is yours. goth? ------

in products

p72. sky’s the limit

Take-homes from Olympic athletes to get you ahead at work, at home, in life. -----p87. how to stop

trying to be perfect

A not-for-profit founder shares her wisdom. ------

p158. flick the switch

Light-bulb fitness moments from super-fit women. ------

LIFESTYLE p162. europe’s secret islands

Leave the tourist crowds behind and explore these lesserknown hotspots instead. ------


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p156. walk the talk

Models share their tips for staying in shape. ------

Romance Was Born designer Anna Plunkett reveals her beauty heroes. -----p154. the beauty edit

On our radar this month: a no-filter-required foundation and the perfect pink lippie. ------

p167. don’t call it

a comeback

Why cruising isn’t just for retirees. -----p168. dark night

A black colour palette can be as effective in your home as in your wardrobe. -----p170. light fantastic

Entertaining inspiration courtesy of Jo Malone. -----p177. privacy notice

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his month we launch our antidote to your Netflix addiction: the ELLE Book Club. I know you probably haven’t finished S04 of Orange Is The New Black yet, and goddamn if I am ever going to get a start on Outlander, but it felt more urgent and important than ever to create a place where we could discover and recommend reads we know you’ll love and want to talk about, the way we are with the current obsession of half this office – the Neapolitan series by Elena Ferrante. A bit slow on the uptake (see: Netflix), I’ve only just started the first, My Brilliant Friend, which has us all reeling over how accurately and familiarly it depicts the teenage-girl experience we remember, although set in the ’50s. I was a teen in the early ’90s and, like most adults, I look back on those years with a kind of wistfulness and longing that is completely unwarranted. Actually, I look at anyone’s teenage years with that kind of longing. Apparently emotionally stunted, I’ll always be drawn to the YA series, the prom movie, the skater photograph, the sounds that define my adolescence – Nirvana, The Breeders, Sonic Youth. There’s no doubting it was a simpler time – we looked as innocent as Mom jeans and smelled as pure as L’Eau d’Issey – but I wouldn’t call it easy. Being a teenager is never easy. It’s fraught with danger and disaster at every turn; a tumultuous, constant agony of overflowing hormones and self-doubt. It’s unrequited love and friendships built on quicksand, the absolute unfairness of mean girls and curfews, the looming dread that every decision you make will affect your “permanent record”. It’s half a decade of performance art that only looks good through the veil of nostalgia, and you really never know exactly how pretty and smart and full of life you were until you see it in photographs much later on. Up until now, the experience of being a teen in the Western world has been this fairly consistent combination of idleness and extreme existential angst. But in this issue we introduce you to a new generation of U-20s who seem to have risen above all that. On our shoot (from p120), these girls – superstars you’ve probably never heard of – turned up with entourages and multiple tech devices and traded Instagram shout-outs like we swapped Impulse varietals. Empowered by – or maybe born out of – social media, and conquering their world via platforms so uniquely honed it’s mind-boggling (see: Shelby Hamilton’s Tumblr, comprised of everything including fun facts – “Stalin, Freud, Tito, Trotsky and Hitler walk into a bar... no really, it’s possible since they all lived in Vienna in 1913” – and her answers to fan questions ranging from what brand of concealer she uses to whether they should have sex with their cousin). Supremely (outwardly) confident, brimming with worldly savvy, creatively expressed and, of course, monetised in ways that are almost unimaginable to those born just a few years earlier, it’s fascinating and more than a little bit terrifying – a million miles from my experience of being their age. But having now dived deep into their world, I can’t help but wonder: while these teen dreams seem so foreign from their predecessors on the surface, how much of a difference does it make to what’s happening on the inside? My guess is, not much.

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Justine Cullen Editor-in-Chief Creative Director Carly Roberts Fashion Director Rachel Wayman Associate Editor Genevra Leek Workflow Director Brooke Bickmore


Fashion Editor Emma Kalfus Bookings and Style Editor Dannielle Cartisano Market Editor Claudia Jukic Fashion Office Coordinator Samantha Wong Contributing Fashion Editor Sara Smith


Beauty and Fitness Director Janna Johnson O’Toole Beauty and Lifestyle Associate Amy Starr


Associate Art Director Sarah Birnbauer Deputy Art Director Eden Abagi


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ON DRESSING TO IMPRESS The way I dress can be super empowering. This one [above right] is by LaQuan Smith – he’s dressed Beyoncé and Kendall Jenner. It’s very Bonnie And Clyde – I feel like I want to rob a bank. ON WORKING ALONGSIDE QUEEN BEY I kept looking around thinking, “Wow, this is going to be crazy, this is going to be amazing, this is going HARLOW IN LEMONADE

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The Aussie teen queen shares her favourite finds and daily essentials

JEANS: High-waisted skinny black jeans from Dr Denim. SHOES: adidas Superstar sneakers. SUNGLASSES: Mirrored, cat-eye Sugar & Spice shades by Quay. WATCH: Black with tan leather from The Horse. BOUTIQUE: Verge Girl in Brisbane. DATE-NIGHT OUTFIT: A white wrap dress and pompom sandals from Seraphina The Label. VINTAGE HAUL: Ra Ra Superstar in Brisbane. WISH LIST: Anything Aje. DESIGNER: Maticevski.


i @bellalbrown AGE: 16. LIVES: Brisbane. SEE HER: Hanging by the beach in our edit of retro-inspired surfwear on p96. (Salty hair included.)

Our August contributors share a joke... GILLIAN CAMPBELL, MAKEUP ARTIST

(See “Teen Spirit” on p120) “Why is it hard for makeup artists to whistle? Because their lipstick.”

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“What did the skirt say to the disapproving needle that was taking up its hem? ‘Do you always have to be such a prick?’”


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of clothing’s youth subcultures into new outfits that feel uniquely your own. At Alexander Wang, for example, leopard spots and sexy skirts were styled with skater beanies and studs (we’re calling this one “streetwise secretary”); Giorgio Armani grounded sweet pastels with thick tights and flat boots for unexpected edge (aka “candy crush”); the bulky shearling jackets at Burberry took ’70s flares and fringed accessories on a mountain trek (“hippie hiker”); while emoji-esque motifs scattered across Alexander McQueen’s power suits gave a new spin on menswear (“Snap chap”). Whatever the combination, this just might be the best way to inject some play into winter dressing. The fun is in the switch – kind of like Face Swap, only, you know, with clothes. So, turn to the coming pages, pick and mix your fashion favourites and be your own label maker. 



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your own


ashion loves a label. Not just the small tag sewn into the back of your jumper, but the other kind, the ones that get bandied about at the start of each season marking out the “geek girl” or “glam goth” or “lady of leisure” – it helps if there’s alliteration involved. Those roll-off-thetongue monikers usually serve to neatly sum up the trends you need to know about and the specific muse you might want to be channelling in your wardrobe for the months ahead. But the pre-collections, and specifically this year’s pre-fall collections, are a little different. The retail-driven nature of the line-ups presented between summer and winter makes for a mixed bag of influences, which is good news for those of us who prefer to colour outside of the lines. These are the hybrid tribes – the looks that meld the best bits


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speranza Spalding is on stage, her gold lamé Lanvin trousers reflecting multicoloured gel lights, her face thrown back and framed by gloriously brushed-out curls and her hands clutching the strings of a bass about will be diamonds a foot taller than she is. The classically on the other side trained jazz singer is belting out a rendition of her song “Smile Like That” in front of a full house at the historic Cunard Building on New York’s Broadway. Around her smooth bare neck is a fringed necklace twinkling with diamonds designed by Jean Schlumberger for Tiffany & Co years before the 31-year-old multiGrammy Award winner was even born. The way she’s wearing it, with complete cool-girl cred, it looks like it could have been designed yesterday. The Blue Book by Tiffany & Co If it were any other crowd it may as well have been, but this is the Tiffany & Co Blue Book gala, and the room is wall-to-wall with the city’s, if not the world’s, most discerning clientele. Once a year the literati join the glitterati to celebrate the annual catalogue of fine gems

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from the jeweller with the famous Fifth Avenue address and the iconic blue packaging. With Diane Kruger (dressed in a scarlet red column by Kaufmanfranco), Jessica Biel (cream shoulderless The Row) and Bono’s daughter Eve Hewson (in striped Prabal Garung) lighting up the room (literally – they’re wearing more than 350 carats between them), this is no ordinary launch. Nor should it be. This year more than any other, the 179-year-old American jewellery retailer is loosening its bejewelled collar and looking to the future. “It’s an evolution that’s happening right now within Tiffany,” says design director Francesca Amfitheatrof, the first-ever female appointed to the role. In just a few short years, the London Royal College of Art-trained jeweller and silversmith has managed to bring an excitement and fresh energy to the fold. That Tiffany T bangle you’ve been hinting at since last Christmas? That collection was Amfitheatrof’s handiwork, a selection of incredibly simple yet stylish pieces intended for every day. And then there are the showstoppers. 2016 marks her second year heading up the 250 uniquely designed pieces for the Blue Book, but already she’s managed to put her stamp on a publication that was first produced back in 1845. “It’s funny, because if I really have to be honest, I had never really designed a collection of high jewellery,” Amfitheatrof says. “I didn’t really think about it so much because it isn’t the first thing I think about with Tiffany, or at least back then. I always thought of Tiffany everyday jewellery... And then when I was asked to do the first Blue Book I thought, ‘Oh, what do you do?’ I didn’t know how you were meant to do it. So, I drew on my art experience and created and curated a collection and themed it The Art of the Sea. The first time I presented it, it was a laid-out book, 100 pages.” It wasn’t at all the usual way things were done at Tiffany & Co, but the book went to print virtually unchanged and a new tradition was born. “In my eyes it’s become a privilege to do the Blue Book because I have the confidence of the brand.” Not just the brand, mind you, but the man credited with shaping the aesthetics of the brand since 1979, John Loring, design director emeritus. You could say authoring 21 books on Tiffany gives him fair claim to call judgement on the current creative direction. Amfitheatrof is definitely passing muster. “She’s brought very new ideas,” he says. “I think it’s good when you have someone with a certain experience in jewellery but not so much experience in jewellery that they’re caught up in a ‘Well, I’ve been doing this for years, I’m just going to keep doing more of the same thing’. Francesca has not been making precious stone jewellery, so her approach to precious stones and colour is completely fresh. I mean, the [Blue Book] collection last year was great, but this year’s collection is a knockout.” The most recent theme still takes a watery tone, but instead of mining the depths of the deep blue, Amfitheatrof

“We’re known for having the best diamonds. We’re known for a quality that we don’t compromise on. But now we’re marrying that with a great theme, so it has narrative. And therefore it has emotion”

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has stayed closer to the surface, looking to the moment in nature where “stillness bursts into beauty” in a collection she’s dubbed The Art of Transformation. A cluster of jewel-encrusted starfish grouped around the wrist, whimsical yellow-gold frog brooches, a yellow-sapphire and diamond pendant that captures the essence of the ocean’s waves. The designs that actually make it to production stage require tireless hours of craftsmanship to bring them to life, but the effortless way they weave around the body render the future-heirlooms completely modern – no doubt the influence of a busy working mother who instinctively leans towards the pragmatic, even if it is studded in gems. “Her mixture of colour and shape... Jewellery designers who have been designing jewellery for many years – and I’ve worked with a lot of them – are going to articulate things in very classic ways,” says Loring. “It’s wonderful that Francesca is not the least bit interested in those classic ways, because, why do the same thing all the time? She simply designs with what she feels and what works.” That means pieces aren’t necessarily symmetrical, perfectly imperfect if you will. And big. “She’s certainly not afraid of scale!” In a way, Amfitheatrof is ushering the great American brand into its inevitable future, melding the old with the new, sophistication with youthfulness, tradition with vision. “We’re known for having the best diamonds. We’re known for a quality that we don’t compromise on in any shape or form. We’re known for great craftsmanship,” she says. “But now we’re marrying that with great creativity and a great theme, so that it has narrative. And therefore it has emotion.” One flick through the glossy pages of the iconic Blue Book and it’s difficult not to be swept away. Just ask Loring. “It’s hard to look at this underwater transformation and then not have Ariel’s song from Shakespeare’s The Tempest come to mind immediately. I mean, ever since Francesca announced this I can’t get it out of my head. Part of the lyrics are: ‘Full fathom five thy father lies; Of his bones are coral made; Those are pearls that were his eyes… But doth suffer a sea-change, into something rich and strange.’”  ELLE.COM.AU @ELLEAUS


jeux olympiques


t may have had something to do with the location, the Tennis Club de Paris, or the stadiumstyle seating lining the runway. Perhaps it was the sporty flashes of bright colour, or those practical tunics worn over lean trousers that showed ready-set-go slits at their kick-flared hems. And was that fashion’s take on the Olympic rings embellished around the waist of that slinky dress? We doubt Phoebe Philo would be so literal. But whether Rio de Janeiro was on her mind or not, we’re calling this collection a gold medal winner. q

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Words: Genevra Leek. photoGraphy: Jason LLoyd-evans

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Check Your Head by Beastie Boys, $18.99 on iTunes Jeans, $250, Emma Mulholland,



Bomber, $350, Emma Mulholland,


I commissioned artist Brodie Jackson from Byron Bay. He’s a tattoo artist who does surfie-style drawing. We created a few prints together; I wanted there to be a B-52s inspiration so we have a little surfer in a tuxedo and a rock lobster.

M OT I F S ?

Sydney-based earthling Emma Mulholland is signing you up to the cosmic cool kids’ club, with or against your will

A N D T H E STA N D - O U T FA B R I C ?

I wear denim all the time, more vintage because it feels like better quality, but now I’ve found places that can do the right washes and then vinyl printing over the top so the pieces will fade really nicely.


I always love a bomber jacket. FAVO U R I T E P I E C E ?

W H O ’S O N YO U R P I N B OA R D ?

Even in the ’90s she didn’t want to be the pretty blonde girl; she just did her own thing but was cool and hot in her own way. W H AT ’S YO U R M O R N I N G

I have my own studio now and live quite close, so I don’t get up as early as I used to! I have apple cider vinegar, which is disgusting but a good start to the day, porridge, then I get a coffee on the way or make one when I get to work.



We were listening to a lot of Heart People. [Musicians] Rachel Rutt and Ryan Grieve are friends of mine and we got to play a preview of their album at our show. Then we finished with the Beastie Boys!


We had a few pictures of Rose McGowan. She’s awesome.


The decade that produced some of our biggest pop-culture icons also gave birth to their minime progeny. Now these new-wave wonderkids are taking the mant mantle from their famous folks. Here we go again…

T H E O RY ? I don’t like to pull back on colour, but as I mature, things are getting simplified – there are pieces for everyone in this collection. There are cool prints that can tie back with more plain stuff, or you can go mental and wear three at once.






here was no dramatic X-Files-style alien abduction or close encounter of the fourth kind inspiring designer Emma Mulholland’s resort 17 collection, as much as we would love to have retold that story. Instead, it was a kitsch phone cover she picked up at Sydney’s Paddy’s Markets that provided the lift-off point for InterGirlActic, a star cluster of sequins, short shorts and slogan tees stamped with “Be My Space Baby!” and “Not Of This Earth”. “I love buying funny phone cases; it was this pastel, galactic thing and I just kept looking at it because you look at your phone so much, and it all stemmed from there.” Add to that a Milky Way’s worth of comic book influences, arcade games and Gregg Araki’s ’90s teen apocalypse trilogy of films including Nowhere and The Doom Generation and you have yourself a ready-made space crew, er, with a “beachy vibe”.

Pixie Clips machine, $349, Nespresso,






What Will Smith’s flat-top was to the early ’90s, Jaden’s (and little sis Willow’s) dreads are today.

Lily-Rose perfects the Cry-Baby side-eye that cemented her dad’s crown of cool.

Younger sister Kaia might have inherited her mother’s looks, but Presley got the trademark beauty spot.

We’d recognise those husky notes anywhere – Eliot Sumner’s voice sounds strikingly like her father’s (and she got his cheekbones, too).

Short skirts, chunky boots and lashings of gold jewellery worked then, and now.

























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Jacket, $1,990, Ellery,

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In a nod to ’90s youth culture, four grown-up girl gangs appeared during the pre-fall 16 collections. The best part? You don’t need to pick just one



find your style tribe

Earrings, $399, Swarovski,

Neo cableNeon tie chokers at Christopher Kane

Belt, $219, IRO, (02) 9362 1165

Pink splattered hair at Moschino Dress, $44.99, H&M,

neo-raver Bag, $4,750, Louis $ ouis Vuitt ui on, 1300 883 880 Jacket, $399, Tommy Hilfiger, 1300 348 885

Jacket, $226, Anna Sui,

Mix psychedelic textures and punchy graphics for chic chaos (appropriate at 3am or pm). SEE: Acne Studios and Christopher Kane.

Pants, $439, 3x1, (07) 5591 7233

Sunglasses, $450, Saint Laurent,

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Top, $39, Topshop, (02) 8072 9300


Skirt, $850, Ellery,

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Jumper, $980, Max Mara,

Heels, $2,550, Salvatore Ferragamo, g o, 1300 00 095 09 2244

LOW Slides,, $730, S 0, Max Mara, Ma a a, ma a a om

Shirt, $1,170, Paul Smith,

Shirt, $399, Frame, (07) 5591 7233

Skirt, $600, Kenzo,

FELINE MOTIF SWEATERS SWEATERS: choice weekend wear for the cool cat lady

Hat, $135, Nerida Winter,


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From top: Glasses, $710, Christian Dior, (02) 9540 0500; glasses, $360, Giorgio Armani,; glasses, $239, Ray-Ban,

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Flats, $875, Bally, 1800 781 851

sweet scholar

Flats, $140, Witchery, Wit y,

Flats, Fla , $1,550, , 50, Christian Dior,, (02) 9229 4600 Dior

Pops of primary red and pastels liven the monochrome staples of the literary lady. SEE: Christian Dior, Bally and Gucci.

Bodysuit, $39.95, Topshop, (02) 8072 9300

Socks, $290, Miu Miu, (02) 9223 1688

Jumper, $299, Viktoria & Woods,

Bag, $2,125, Gucci,

Bag, $740, Sandro, (02) 9327 3377

Skirt, $1,990, Bally, 1800 781 851 Coat, $595, Acler,




Bag, $1,189, Longchamp, 1800 083 355

Cuff, $4,500, , , Chanel Chanel, 1300 00 242 635

Dress, $369, Magali Pascal, magalipascal. com Top, $940, Tome, Earrings, $89, Valére,


Pants, $650, Scanlan Theodore,



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Top, $549, Georgia Alice, ON MAIS


Clutch, $6,050, Chanel, 1300 242 635






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Dress, $99.95, H&M,

Heels, $1,900, Christian Dior, (02) 9229 4600

Boots, $119, Zara, (02) 9376 7600

Blazer, $330, Bec & Bridge,

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Top, $279, Magali Pascal,


Coat, $1,979, Frame, (07) 5591 7233

Throwback silhouettes and an all-black palette are dramatic in velvet and lace. Watch out, Wednesday Addams. SEE: Chanel and Saint Laurent.

Bag, $69.95, Zara, (02) 9376 7600

Beanie, $19, Topshop, (02) 8072 9300

Jacket, $338, Boden,

Skirt, rt, $150, One By One Teaspoon T poon,

Socks, $16.95, Levante,







Gucci Beanie, $290, Gucci, 1300 442 878


Top, $189, Akin By Ginger & Smart,

HEAVY WEIGHT: kick-flip eveningwear





Bra, $49.95, Topshop, (02) 8072 9300



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lady skater

Top, $2,499, crop (underneath), $199, both Rachel Gilbert,

Lingerie looks and hardwearing layers make for luxe streetwear on wheels. Skate or die. SEE: Alexander Wang and Balenciaga.

Pants, $1,450, Ellery,

Top, $219, Lacoste,

Jacket, $130, Topshop, (02) 8072 9300

Skirt, $4,690, Fendi,

Brogues, Brogues $119, Zara, (02) ( ) 9376 7600

Skirt, $229, Marc Cain, Belt, $279, Paige,, (02) 8987 3400 Jacket, $315, Todd Lynn/ J y / Edition, E i ion, u



elle woman

Commander in Chief

Behind every man there's a strong, wise and, in Virginie Viard’s case, super-stylish woman. Meet the French fashion force

Karl Lagerfeld calls his “right arm”


ith almost 30 years clocked up at the house of chic, Virginie Viard is testament to the importance of remaining grounded in fashion. In charge of Chanel’s creative studio, the tall, raven-haired woman designer Karl Lagerfeld describes as being “beyond perfect” is often spotted wearing a low-key sweatshirt and jeans, sticking to the background, assertive but never pushy. Viard is the one who gives “life” to Lagerfeld’s ideas, revelling in the speed of producing eight collections per year. Watching her in action is witnessing a fashion pro: fielding questions from busy seamstresses, traffic-controlling FedEx packages of new fabric swatches, answering a phone that rings off the hook. Throughout it all, Viard remains cool, calm and collected. It’s easy to understand what Lagerfeld means when he says she keeps “it real”. Here, we get a peek into the world of fashion’s unsung heroine.

i was raised in dijon in france, but my family

My father was appointed the top surgeon in Dijon’s hospital. Both my grandmother and mother sewed, and since my grandfather was in the fabric business, they borrowed from his stock rather than buying fabric. When I was four, my grandmother used to make me long gypsy skirts for the holidays. My mother made my swimming costumes out of Liberty print and cotton broderie anglaise – way before Bonpoint did that.

actually came from lyon.

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B oth my mother and grandmother were st ylish,

But neither wore Chanel. When I was little, it was a brand for the elderly. Karl completely transformed it and made it contemporary. I first read about Chanel through Misia Sert’s autobiography – she was [Coco] Chanel’s best friend and her book reminded me of [the French novelist] Émile Zola. I enjoy 19th-century novels because they provide an escape yet vividly describe the society of that period – a mix of make-believe and real. when i was 20, a girlfriend and i started our

We didn’t know about Kurt Cobain. I got the fabric from my grandfather and, every month, we created different pieces that we sold to boutiques. It was really fun doing that. When you have a beautiful fabric, the simplest styles work. own l aBel: nirvana.

i started as an intern at the Chanel studio.

A friend and neighbour of my parents – a delightful and eccentric guy who was Prince Rainier’s aide-de-camp – had met Karl Lagerfeld and told him about me. By October 1987, I was engaged full-time at Chanel. I worked alongside Ines de la Fressange and Victoire de Castellane. i’m not Creative, that’s K arl’s role. Each collection, Karl’s sketches either arrive by Jean-Claude, his chauffeur, or I get them on my phone. I need to visualise the show as soon as possible. From just two sketches, I can imagine the ambience and how the model will walk… I do mini photocopies, get a swatch of the proposed fabric and then staple them on the studio’s board. With 10 sketches, we have the beginning of a story, with 20, more of a story and so it continues. Then Karl likes to sit down and talk with the heads of the ateliers so they understand what he wants… No-one else compares. His curiosity powers everything and he’s also very funny. It’s true that we get on exceptionally well. He reassures me and I do the same with him. Karl, like all creative people, is very sensitive. It’s not my place to be pushy; my place is to be calm, organised and keep an eye on everything in the studio. it’s always stimul ating with K arl, otherwise

He never stops surprising and evolving in a great way. Every collection we do feels like we are starting afresh and on another adventure. We’re on the same wavelength and it’s actually much easier to continue full speed ahead rather than stopping. The decor for last January’s couture show – an ecological house made of wood – was totally Karl’s idea. I was responsible for the choice of fabric and embroidery. For that show, he really said very little and so I thought, “What kind of woman would live in this house?” That really helped: the idea of someone, rich but eccentric. We began a dialogue. Then he gave me a shoe and that started everything rolling… For the Chanel client, Karl represents fantasy. His brilliance and his eccentricity mixed with his knowledge – they are buying into that.

words: Natasha Fraser-CavassoNi

i wouldn’t have stayed for so long.

Virginie’s wardrobe can’t-live-withouts • Chanel navy blue cashmere fake-fur blouson • Maison Margiela long black leather boots • BalenCiaga black velvet trousers • aMeriCan apparel burgundy jeans • MasterMind japan embroidered t-shirt

– and have a weakness for Lara Stone and Jamie Bochert. But my new favourites are Catherine McNeil, Mica Arganaraz and Lineisy Montero. No-one is sweeter than Mica. She resembles Maria Schneider during her Last Tango In Paris period. And Lineisy has that wonderful afro hairstyle. I like it when a model’s hair is natural. There are always outfits that I reserve for certain models. And then another girl will appear, look amazing and that will change my way of thinking. That’s always a pleasant surprise. Obviously, haute couture is different, the looks have to be fitted on the models, but for ready-to-wear I prepare and organise by instinct. By the time the models arrive to be accessorised by Karl, everything is in place. i’m pret t y Blunt. Karl refers to it as my “total lack of flattery and hypocrisy”. I give my opinion if he likes it or not. As far as being described as the “greatest organiser” by Karl, let’s put it this way: I know what everyone should be doing, so I arrange a system that allows everything to go as smoothly as possible. As a result, we don’t have tension and stress. The more prepared you are in fashion, the smoother it goes. Chanel is a huge brand, so it’s essential to break it down and make it as perfect as possible. in general, i hate shopping. It’s still true that I only shop when I’m feeling ugly or fat. I used to love Marie Luisa when it existed on Rue Cambon… Then I liked Maison Martin Margiela. I bought tons of things from him: coats, bags, boots. I like the Colette boutique [in Paris] because of the energy. My goal is to never resemble anyone else. For instance, if I see someone wearing the exact pair of trousers I own, I probably won’t wear them again. I like sweatshirts and jeans because they’re easy. Most of my jeans are by Chanel. I do really enjoy wearing Chanel’s ready-to-wear and will wear haute couture, if it’s a ball or a special occasion. q

i maKe a point of meeting all the new

They are so sweet and fresh-faced. I love models – cool girls with personality

models; i really enjoy that. @elleaus


“In duck-egg blue, the Loewe Puzzle Bag reinforces its status as a must-have on the fashion circuit.”

“Stylebop fashion director Leila Yavari looks super-polished in a white tailored suit and top, yet still comfortable in the exaggerated silhouettes. #win.”

street st yle

master pieces ELLE’s fashion editor Emma Kalfus can’t “Nobody does quirky quite like New Yorkbased label Thom Browne – these Oxfords are equal parts cheery and chic.”

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resist the classics

– especially when they’re given a modern update via new cuts or quirky details

“If you’re investing in Céline boots, make like Avenue 32 founder Roberta Benteler and show them off with cropped jeans. Vetements comes to the party.”

For more street-style inspiration, visit

“I love autumn tones, so this double-breasted jacket has my name all over it. The cinched waist and frilled white blouse give the tweed a feminine edge.”

PhotograPhy: Imaxtree; Jason LLoyd-evans

“A leg-elongating front split is the season’s easy DIY update for old skinny trousers. Perfect with a neat coat.”

“If Danish blogger Pernille Teisbaek has a style flaw, I’ve never seen it. Here, she schools us on how to wear a shearling leather jacket (note the perfectly placed pop of colour).”

“One way to opt out of another all-black outfit? Give a nod to the ’80s by adding white booties – this Céline pair are heaven.” “Frayed denim and fish-net socks add a fun twist to Gucci’s classic horsebit loafers.” q @elleaus


Blanket, $200, Kit And Ace,


Dress code

Functional classic.

action woman

I have very dry skin so I’m always on the search for the ultimate moisturiser. Right now I’m loving everything by Charlotte Tilbury.

staying fit

I love swimming. I was actually a competitive swimmer and still swim to this day with a team.

layering lesson

The key is multiple layers that are easy to take on and off. During the day, I typically have a T-shirt with a boyfriend blazer and a scarf, so I can adjust to almost any weather.

colour theory

I stick to a neutral colour palette: grey, black, navy and white. That way, everything is interchangeable.

Blazer, $2,445, Gucci,,

As the co-founder of luxury performance label Kit And Ace, Vancouver-based Shannon Wilson’s style is a mix of on-the-go practicality and innovation

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sunday session

motivational motto For me, it’s about always getting in a workout to keep my mind clear and focused

interiors inspo

Apple Watch Hermès, $1,950, Apple,

I get the most inspiration when I travel. This year alone I’ve been to Morocco, Iceland and Switzerland and have been excited by the architecture and design. I love taking a concept, colour or an idea back home with me.

soundtrack to creativity Bikini top, p $130, 30, bottoms,, $100, 00, both o Kit i And A Ace Ace, i a a e om

A Kit And Ace cashmere blanket wrap. It’s taken me from a 13-hour flight from Hong Kong straight into the office and I still looked put together.

I first discovered Aesop in Australia and the brand makes a unisex scent called Marrakech Intense. I always carry it in my travel bag and I have one in my purse.

Anything Beyoncé!

Trainers, $200, Nike,

travel necessity

trademark scent

quality basic

The perfect tee; it’s part of my uniform. When you get the perfect one, it sits right, washes right and keeps its shape.

Charlotte’s Magic Cream, $125, Charlotte Tilbury,

Viva Fine Foods & Bakery in Kitsilano, Vancouver. My drink of choice is an Americano. I usually take my dog Scooby. T-shirt, $130, Kit And Ace,

new purchase

My Apple Watch Hermès. It’s the ultimate fusion of technology and heritage – everything we’re trying to achieve through our products at Kit And Ace.

label love

I’m going crazy over Gucci. It’s not how I’d usually dress but the ads and the way it’s all being styled is really out there, calling on the future and history at the same time.

weekend warrior

If it’s cold outside I’ll wear our Kemble bomber jacket, which works whether I’m out to brunch or watching my kids play football.

visitor tip

Ride Cycle Club is definitely the best fitness studio in Vancouver.

app update

SoapBox – it’s a productdesign feedback app that all of our stores use. It’s great to hear what guests are loving and what we need to be working on.

art class

I’m really interested in an artist known as KAWS right now. He does painting and sculpture that’s quirky but thoughtful at the same time. 


beauty hero


Kiss my kids.


first and last thing I do

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right From Gucci’s kitty sweaters to MSGM’s feline prints and Stella McCartney’s entire pre-fall collection, never has the

catwalk been so rife with, well, cats. Sophie Beresiner heralds the rise of the Fashion Cat Lady aka the four-legged trend taking over your Instagram... and your wardrobe

i @ellesophie

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at hair is lonely-people glitter,” is a slogan I once saw on a T-shirt. Funny, right? We all know the crazy cat lady stereotype to which it’s referring. But hang on. I have animal hairs on my clothes, but what they’re clinging to is more likely to be a Bella Freud intarsia jumper than an “I heart kitties” knit. Far from being a strange cat obsessive, I’m actually a member of the fashion world’s newest club – and once you’re in, it’s anything but lonely. An unofficial stealth movement is infiltrating our Instagram feeds and, ultimately, our subconscious, and as a result, the cat lady prefix is going from “crazy” to “cool”. Members of the gang include Taylor Swift, who is known for her love of her two cats, Olivia and Meredith, and posthumously Kurt Cobain, whose picture I have saved in my favourites

album: black and white, with his kitten, taken by Courtney Love. What could be cooler? It began with Choupette Lagerfeld (cat of Karl), a four-year-old longhaired Siamese who started out as an Instagram celebrity (@choupettesdiary) and is now, along with Truman, the black and white kitten from the Miu Miu campaigns, a bona-fide fashion muse, appearing across entire highfashion collections. The fact Chanel has its own feline mascot couldn’t help but be an, ahem, catalyst in the rise and rise of the Fashion Cat Lady. Thrillingly, Choupette follows me on Twitter. And, since I follow back, I’m one of the first to know that, despite speculation, Choupette and Cara Delevingne’s dog are not romantically linked. My Cool Cat Lady credentials go further than that. I also have a subscription to Puss Puss magazine, a stylish glossy publication dedicated to all things feline (a recent issue featured Pam Hogg and her Sphynx cats, and an interview with the iconic Garfield). It’s a magazine about interesting people who also happen to share a passion for cats. Launched in 2014, it has since featured artist and activist Ai Weiwei, shoe designer Charlotte Olympia and It-girl Chloë Sevigny among many others, as well as shoots by the best up-and-coming and established photographers. It’s sold in the world’s coolest stores, such as Colette in Paris, Soho House Berlin and Daikanyama Tsutaya in Tokyo, and some 100 outlets throughout the US. Editor Maria Joudina-Robinson says, “I love magazines and I love cats, so I decided to put the two together and create a beautiful publication that people will want to keep and collect. Cats are naturally elegant and stylish – there had to be a magazine mixing them with fashion, art, culture, music and the fascinating people who adore them all in equal measure.” I’m unashamedly obsessed with my three Cornish Rexes, Coco, Columbo and Woody, but whereas I used to keep quiet about my enthusiasm, thanks to my fellow


tell you to fuck off but then they love you, too. They’re not crowd-pleasers, they’re just here to be amazing. That’s such a cool attitude for anyone to have, not just a cat.” Or maybe it’s just that we all live online these days and, as everyone knows, cats + internet = success. And people are cottoning on to their popularity. Brits, for example, share more than twice as many feline pictures and videos online than selfies. You know @samhaseyebrows, right? And @princessmonstertruck, @iamlilbub and, of course, the much-loved @realgrumpycat? You don’t? They’re some of the cat celebrities who’ve clawed (I apologise) their way up the social ladder among some 350,000 pet accounts. My favourite though – and one that I aspire to one day feature in –

will have seen them somewhere online, since strangers surreptitiously photograph them as they walk past. I see you, strangers. Then there are my Charlotte Olympia Kitty Flats that I know even non-cat lovers covet, and a furry clutch with a “tail” zip-pull. Oh, and various framed artworks. There’s even a cat bust hanging on my toilet door, but that’s about it. Aside from the egg cups. Another thing that unites us Fashion Cat Ladies is unpredictable hours, high-pressure jobs and tight deadlines. And you know just the thing to alleviate some of that stress? A cat. Cat therapy, or pet-assisted therapy, is widely believed to help r d h risk k lower blood pressure, reduce the im h of heart attack, even improve the children The h action lives of autistic children. thou h to release l of stroking a cat is thought a “the h love l oxytocin, also known as trigg f l hormone”, which triggers feelings trad ll of happiness more traditionally nurturi your associated with nurturing


fashion felineophiles I’m now out and proud. So yes, the fashion world is finally accepting that cats are cool, and the women – and let’s face it, it is mostly women – who love them are even cooler. My hairdresser is one. Whenever I’m in New York I go to Stephanie Stanko at Serge Normant At John Frieda – nobody does hair better. She is so cool that she has the potential to make or break my day depending on how well I feel I’ve entertained her. She is beautiful, effortlessly stylish, with an amazing boho fringe and many tattoos, and 11 rescue cats milling around her Brooklyn home. (She tells me these cats have a way of finding her, rather than the other way round.) We spend our time comparing photos and anecdotes, and I leave feeling satisfied that Stephanie has multiple cats, Stephanie is cool, therefore I am cool. There was a time when admitting you had 11 cats conjured unfavourable assumptions about the state or smell of your home and love life. Now, as (the happily married) Stephanie proves, quite the opposite is true. Then there’s Lisa Eldridge, the global makeup artist and The New York Times bestselling author with half a million Instagram followers – and four cats. One of whom has her own social media account, of course (@thebettykitten). Lisa says, “Betty is a diva. The cats are such a creative outlet for me; Betty is the ultimate makeup artist cat. She has all these amazing colours in her that are really related to skin. She’s a minky greylike shadow, with peach and pink tones of primers. Sometimes when I’m creating a look I say to my assistant, ‘I just want a Bettyish colour.’” I wonder if there is something about fashion and beauty people that draws us to cats. They’re restrained, kind of like Tom Ford, who’s not a fan of social media; aloof, much like Rei Kawakubo from Comme Des Garçons who specialises in anti-fashion; and independent, like a post-Dior Raf Simons. Lisa agrees, “[Cats] are cool because they

“For pre-fall, Gucci emblazoned sweaters, MSGM dedicated dedica a coat to the cause, while Stella McCartney’s collection is almost completely based on cats (with a couple starring in the lookbook)” look is @girlsandtheircats. It comprises photographs of hipster New York girls – vintage dresses, directional fringes, pot plant-strewn apartments and all – and the most essential accessory there is: a cat. You don’t even need to own an actual cat to qualify. Miu Miu helped kick-start the movement with its love of a retro cat print, featuring on everything from coats to boots. Paul & Joe loves cat motifs so much it makes cat-shaped lipsticks. For pre-fall, Gucci has emblazoned cool geek-girl sweaters, MSGM dedicated an entire coat to the cause, while Stella McCartney’s collection is almost completely based on cats (with a couple starring in the lookbook, naturally). In my own wardrobe is a pair of cute velvet cat slippers from Marc By Marc Jacobs that make me smile every time I look down at them. You probably

b offspring. Fabulous life getting a bit too much for you? Give your cat a rub. I credit my cats with helping me through all sorts of situations: sporadic insomnia, illness, dental work (via distracting thoughts, not literally) and general life enhancement. But cats are selfsufficient, too. I can travel across all four fashion week cities with no more planning than a key left with the neighbour and a small set of instructions for feeding. I’ve only once had to come home early from a trip because my cat needed me, but it was with Chanel – they were very understanding. So yes, I’m a cat lady. Proud, fashionable, creative, sometimes cool. With some cat hair attached. 




he late, great director John Huston is his grandfather, and actors Anjelica and Danny Huston are his aunt and uncle. Yet it was talent and determination, not his notable pedigree, that landed British actor Jack Huston the starring role in upcoming Roman epic Ben-Hur. Based on Lew Wallace’s novel Ben-Hur: A Tale Of The Christ, Timur Bekmambetov’s new Ben-Hur marks the sixth retelling of the timeless tale of revenge and redemption (although you probably know the 1959 Charlton Heston version best – it won a recordbreaking 11 Oscars). Huston, 33, realises there’s a lot of expectation resting on his broad shoulders, which are clad in a leather motorbike jacket when we meet in a West Hollywood hotel. Standing 183cm tall, with thick black hair, piercing green eyes and a stubbled chin, he’s a head-turner on the brink of leading-man status. If there’s an air of familiarity about him, that’s because he played Jack Kerouac to Daniel Radcliffe’s Allen Ginsberg in Kill Your Darlings, a slippery mobster opposite Jennifer Lawrence in American Hustle and George Wickham in Pride And Prejudice And Zombies. He had

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a small role in The Twilight Saga, too, and starred in four seasons of HBO’s acclaimed drama Boardwalk Empire. Yet Ben-Hur marks his first bona-fide leading role, his moment in the sun. Growing up, film was always in his blood – even despite living on a country estate in England, miles away from Hollywood. “The thought of watching a movie was always the greatest thing in the world to me, then I got to witness my aunt Anjelica perform on a set and realised, ‘Oh, you can actually do that in real life.’ I knew instantly I needed to be somewhere in the equation of film or theatre. I always felt it deep inside of me.” Huston was raised by his mum, Lady Margot Cholmondeley, after

That early experience has led him to keep his own young family close; he has a daughter, Sage, three, and a six-month-old son, Cypress, with his girlfriend, American model Shannan Click. “My favourite thing in the world is to be at home with my kids,” he says. The couple first met at a party in New York 10 years ago before getting together in 2011. “We were either on different routes or with someone else, but I was always madly in love with her and then finally we got to take it a bit further. She’s amazing.” It was after a gap year in Australia that he decided to get serious about drama. “I went with a couple of friends and we got an old beat-up ute and drove around everywhere. We worked

where his dogs mostly lived.” He resisted any further family help. “You can’t hold onto anyone’s coat-tails; you’ve got to go and do it yourself, and that means meeting everyone, talking to everyone and doing general auditions for everything.” He will, however, be working with an old family friend, Australian director Phillip Noyce, on one of his next films, true-life crime drama Above Suspicion, co-starring Emilia Clarke. “I’ve known Phillip and his daughter Lucia since I was very young. His ex-wife knew my mother, weirdly enough. It’s funny in life when it comes full circle.” He knows his lineage leads to certain preconceptions, not just from his grandfather’s Hollywood legacy, but also on his mother’s side – she descends from Robert Walpole, the first British prime minister, as well as the famous Rothschild banking dynasty. “Thank goodness I don’t have a title like my mother. That would be really terrible,” he laughs. And, please, don’t call him posh. “My mum would die if she heard me talking about her posh side. She hates it. But I suppose, if I’m truthful, we are rather posh.” 

“WATCHING A MOVIE WAS ALWAYS THE GREATEST THING, THEN I WITNESSED MY AUNT ANJELICA PERFORM AND REALISED, ‘YOU CAN ACTUALLY DO THAT IN REAL LIFE’” his father, Oscar-nominated screenwriter Tony Huston, left the family for a new life as a falconer in New Mexico. “I was three when he first moved and then he came back when I was five. He was in and out. I grew up in England so I was never thrown into the midst of the business; I was a kid. I would visit [film sets] on occasion but I had a very healthy dose of reality and life,” recalls Huston, who was packed off to boarding school at seven and went on to attend Hurtwood House, where his classmate was Emily Blunt. “I spent my first year at boarding school in tears. I couldn’t bear it; all I wanted was to go home,” he says. “It was rough, but then I met my best friends in the world and they’re still my best friends; as close as brothers. It gave me a lot of independence, hence why I was able to just get up and go to America. It gave me that drive.”

on a ship for a time, went skydiving and surfing.” Returning to the UK, he worked on stage and landed his first film, TV movie Spartacus, in 2004. “A lot of the cast and crew were living in LA and I realised rather fast that if I was going to make a real go of [acting], I needed to pull myself out of the comfort of living with all my friends and family. Five days later, I was on a plane.” He’s called LA home for 11 years now. “When I first arrived, my aunt Anjelica put me up in my uncle’s studio in Venice,


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In her new film The Shallows, she finds herself in dire straits, stranded on a rock with a great white circling nearby, but in reality, Blake Lively’s life couldn’t be more different – it’s going just swimmingly

ou filmed The Shallows on the Gold Coast, and Australian surf conditions can be pretty unfriendly. After spending so much time in the water, were there any run-ins with the waves? I bashed my nose once when the waves took hold of me and the buoy crashed down onto me. That was probably the worst thing that happened to me. My nose was bleeding pretty heavily after  that, but it could have been worse.

Was it important that you already knew how to surf before filming began? It would have been very difficult to look  convincing in some of the scenes if I hadn’t learned to surf before. I’m also very proud that I did almost all the surfing and stunt  scenes by myself and it was only when we were doing re-shoots and I was already pregnant that we shot some sequences with a stunt double. The great white shark is the bad guy in The Shallows, but do you think that’s the case in reality? That’s one of the interesting aspects to the story. Sharks are always being painted as the villains and as predatory creatures. But humans are the ultimate predators. Global warming is responsible for pushing sharks into shallower waters and we’re hearing about more shark attacks in recent years.  That’s why we called the film The Shallows.

People should also be aware that we’re killing many more sharks because of the damage we’re doing to our planet, compared to how many people die because of sharks. Sharks are actually amazing creatures and are under major threat. In some ways, your character in the film, Nancy, is responsible for her own predicament… Every experienced surfer will tell you that you should never surf alone and especially not around sunset. That’s why Nancy is a bit irresponsible when she does exactly that and happens to swim into an area where a great white shark is feeding off a whale carcass.  When she approaches the feeding area, the shark naturally feels threatened by her presence and goes after her. Would you say there’s an underlying message to the story? I think there is. It’s talking about how we’re all trying to survive on this planet and we all share it. Sharks are trying to survive the damage to their environment and habitat just as Nancy is trying to survive in the water. It’s all connected; it’s not just a story about a girl in a bikini fighting a monster. You’ve spoken in the past about having had a very deep fear of sharks… I’ve always believed that it’s important to face up to your fears and not let them rule over you. I was once on a flight to Cape  Town and the flight attendant was telling ]


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The beauTy breakdown How does the L’Oréal Paris spokesmodel manage to still look me about how she once went into the ocean in a cage and would watch as great white sharks would circle around the cage. I was horrified by the story, but I decided that I should try that kind of experience. So a few days later I went cage-diving with great white sharks! It’s the kind of thing you just feel like you have to do.

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You grew up in California. Did you spend a lot of time at the beach? I loved being on the sand and swimming or surfing in the ocean. For me, it was a place where I could relax and not worry about things. I didn’t fit in that well in high school because I was tall and shy and not very confident about myself. Being so tall [178cm], you feel like you can’t hide when you’re in high school. So the beach was like a sanctuary for me. Did being shy make it more difficult for you to get into acting? It was actually acting that enabled me to get over my shyness. Acting helped me overcome my inhibitions and allowed me to feel more comfortable with expressing myself. I was very introverted and very awkward in social situations, but once I started taking acting classes around the age of 16 it made a huge difference in my life. I became much more outgoing, I began making more friends and I felt a lot more comfortable in general being around other people – although even today I’m still shy when it comes to meeting people for the first time. You grew up in a family of actors. Did you always want to follow in their footsteps? No, it was exactly the opposite. I wanted to create my own identity rather than just follow what my family was doing. My father made a living as an actor, but he wasn’t famous and we never had a lot of money. That’s why I never saw it as a glamorous profession, it was just another job. My goal was to study at Stanford University [in California]; I never would have pursued

[acting] as a career, even after I started taking classes, but my brother believed in me and thought I had talent and kept pushing me. I was really lucky to have had that kind of support because he helped me find my way in life at a time when I was pretty confused and didn’t really know what I wanted. You have a daughter now – James, 19 months – with a second baby on the way. How do you find life as a working mother? It can be exhausting at first and you’re dealing with getting pooped on and barfed on and you have to get used to not sleeping very much. But then you look at your baby smiling at you and you appreciate how wonderful it is and how fortunate you are. You start thinking about how you never want to be apart from your child. You recently referred to your husband, actor Ryan Reynolds, and yourself as being “breeders”, having both come from big families. What do you think it is about your relationship that’s so unique? I knew he would always be my best friend for my whole life. That was the biggest thing to me. I’d never known anything like the friendship that I had with him. I could like him as much as I loved him. q The Shallows is in cinemas August 18

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a million bucks despite thrashing around in the water all day? With a hairdresser close by, and a lot of sunscreen… “I love the effect of sea water on my hair,” Lively confesses, though you have to wonder how much a person can really, truly love salt water when you have to spend an entire day in it… then multiply that by the number of days it actually took to shoot The Shallows. Turns out there was no respite from the H�0 for the 28-year-old, who also floated in a tank filled with chlorinated water for technical scenes (any blonde knows that’s a straight-up nightmare on hair). But when you’re Blake Lively, and your hair is (we like to imagine) insured for more than David Beckham’s legs, you have a stylist close by to rehydrate parched strands with hair oil. The glow, however, the kind only Australia’s UV index can provide, is all-natural despite having long wrapped shooting when we meet. “You wouldn’t believe me; locationshooting in Australia ended in December, but I have managed to keep my colour.” She slip-slopslapped with high-SPF sunscreen religiously to avoid the burn. Her beauty look on- and off-screen is glowy and golden, but Lively has a few tricks up her sleeve, too. She laughs recalling a story of her mother, a former talent scout, displaying beauty ingenuity on a photoshoot. “[The makeup artist] happened to forget his kit. She rummaged in her bag and pulled out a box of pink Advil tablets, licked one or two and then rubbed it on her cheeks with her finger!” We suspect having played muse to L’Oréal Paris for almost three years now, the actress will pass on less off-the-cuff beauty tips to her own daughter (whose current obsession, Lively tells us, is makeup brushes). But we know one thing for sure: the kid, like her mother, will have phenomenal hair.








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“The music industry is dominated by men,” says Beyoncé. “And these labels try to make carbon copies of whoever is successful at that moment. I’m over that.” So she’s taken matters into her own hands, unleashing a battalion of female talent via the new record-label arm of her company, Parkwood Entertainment. We meet the first three acts, starting with sister duo Chloe X Halle (left), all raised up by Queen Bey: “I want to take my resources and give these artists the support of the best, to nurture them and allow them to be who they really are.” ]


In 2013, the YouTube phenom Bailey sisters – loved for their haunting acoustic covers – posted a soaring version of Beyoncé’s “Pretty Hurts”. It went viral and “the next thing we knew,” Halle says, “we got an email from Parkwood asking if we were signed.” Adds Chloe: “We freaked out! We told them to call our dad.” More than 11 million views of the video later, Chloe, 17, and Halle, 16, are writing original songs – on which their voices unite in sibling harmony as easily as they diverge into singular, powerhouse entities – that are reminiscent of R&B innovators FKA Twigs and SZA. “Beyoncé calls us her ‘angelic aliens’,” says Chloe, who, thanks to their home studio (which Beyoncé upgraded when they signed) helped produce tracks for their debut album, Sugar Symphony. “Chloe turned into this beautiful flower with her producing,” Halle says. “It’s so bomb. I just stick to playing my guitar.” The results of their efforts: songs like “Baby Bird” and “Fall”, both of which address the self-exploration, curiosity about the world, fear and, ultimately, growth of girls their age. “What’s so great about the world is that none of us stay the same,” says Chloe. “We all evolve,” adds Halle, “so in popular music, I want to hear something different. When it’s unexpected, that’s what makes my heart pitter-patter.” Above Chloe (left) wears: dress, $2,550, top, $1,050, both Giamba,; earrings, $970, Gucci, Halle wears: jacket, $6,690, shirt, $1,200, skirt, $2,964, all Gucci,; stud earring, $475, Alison Lou,; drop earring, $7,826, Delfina Delettrez,

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A self-taught pianist, guitarist and vocalist, 17-year-old Sophie Beem took her singer-songwriter skills from her bedroom on New York’s cushy Upper East Side to the downtown scene where, in 2013, she was discovered at landmark rock club The Bitter End by Parkwood’s former general manager, Lee Anne Callahan-Longo, during a live show. Soon after, a pitch package of sorts – videos, photos, music and a letter from Beem – was handdelivered to Beyoncé on tour. “Within a week, I got the call that they wanted to sign me as one of their first artists,” Beem recalls. “I was in my room on my bed. I just burst into tears.” Since then, she’s been honing a rhythmic, urban-slanted pop sound laden with beats that bounce like the best of Rihanna and Kesha, as well as a voice rich with both R&B texture and anthemic power. Bop through her first self-titled EP and you can practically see the back-up dancers – who, incidentally, Beem has all lined up. Training to perform on-stage is just another part of Beyoncé boot camp. “The best advice she’s given me? Run on a treadmill for an hour every single day and sing,” Beem says with a laugh. As a girl embarking on the rush of excitement and emotion that comes with finding fun, love and oneself at the outset of young womanhood, she’ll need the stamina. “I’m so ready,” she says. “Just ready to be out there, doing whatever it takes to make sure people hear and love my music.”  Above Sophie wears: jacket, $6,720, Saint Laurent,; T-shirt, $49.95, Calvin Klein Underwear, 1300 131 701; choker, $4,075, Shay,



“It’s a pretty crazy coincidence that I grew up a street over from one of the most incredible talents in the world,” says 30-year-old singer/rapper Ingrid of her Beyoncé-adjacent childhood in Houston in the US. “Our mothers were great friends,” Ingrid continues, “so our relationship is very personal, but I never expected anything from it.” Beyoncé had other ideas. After successfully releasing four mixtapes, gaining a healthy fan base and opening for then-emerging talent like Drake and J Cole, Ingrid moved to Brooklyn to continue writing and recording. “I was completely broke,” she says. “I’m a painter, so I sold my art to pay the rent.” Then her old neighbour invited her to the Hamptons for a writing session for the 2013 smash-hit album Beyoncé. “When Beyoncé asks you to take a stab at a song for her, you do it,” Ingrid says. “And I took a pretty big stab. My presence definitely inspired the gold grillz, the ‘bow down’ – the overt H-Town shit that embraced her roots in Houston.” It also inspired Beyoncé to sign her to Parkwood, where Ingrid could pour that teeth gnashing, Southern hip-hop into her own album, Trill Feels, on which she often gets real about what a woman can and should demand: power, respect and, of course, sex. “That’s the kind of artist I am,” she says. “I’m open. I’m free. I’m honest in my creation. I don’t hold back.”

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Presenting our inaugural Book of the Month, Emma Cline’s The Girls. We’re keen to hear your thoughts, but before you get lost between the pages, find out a bit more about it below, then turn over for interviews with two of Australia’s most successful authors, plus discover the stories that shaped creative minds you know and love. After that, you can get stuck into this The Girls by Emma Cline ($32.99, Chatto & Windus)


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“Girl meets girl. Girl loves girl, maybe,”

Robin Wasserman writes in her latest Why are female friendships novel, Girls On Fire. “Girls link fingers written so hot and bothered, on a dark night and whisper their secret yet male friendships = selves, girls swear a blood oath of bromance? This month’s ELLE loyalty and silence.” Two of the year’s most hotly anticipated releases – The Book Club read is one of the Girls (Oscar-winning producer Scott novels exploring the terrain Rudin has already acquired the film rights) and Girls On Fire (in development at Warner Bros When it comes to debut novels, few have been as for TV) – push young female buzzy as Emma Cline’s The Girls. With the book friendships to bloody extremes. selling for a rumoured seven-figure deal at auction, Girls On Fire follows the there was much anticipation around Cline’s story of alternating viewpoints of quiet a Manson-like character and his impressionable Hannah and manipulative followers, catapulting the Californian author to the Lacey, who grow close in the front page of the internet and easily capturing our months following their highattention – not least because it panders to our school classmate’s mysterious current fascination with Manson-esque storylines thanks to the You Must Remember This podcast. But suicide. The Girls is heavily influenced by the Manson the cloyingly sweet tale of adolescent friendship set Family killings and centres amid a sinister landscape isn’t the only book to get on the fictional relationship us talking this month. Another new release, Girls On between the narrator, Evie, Fire ($32.99, Hachette Australia), shares more with and the older, teenage cult The Girls than just similar names. Here, we explore their portrayals of the intensity of female friendship. member Suzanne, who she befriends. In both pairings, the

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girls are drawn together by the secrets, mundane and otherwise, they share with each other; for Hannah and Evie, the friendships become all-consuming. In both books, unspeakable violence is committed, both physical and emotional. Intense friendship between girls and women is well-charted territory in both literature and film – from Toni Morrison’s Sula (1973) to Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels (20112014). The ’90s alone were a mother lode for the genre on the big screen: Thelma & Louise, Single White Female, Heavenly Creatures and Girl, Interrupted. So here’s an observation: while many renditions of feminine friendship are fraught with sexual tension or violence or both, most contemporary male friendships are portrayed as buddy comedies. Bromances: love with nary a deviant tinge. That noted, both of the “Girls” novels have an undeniably dark, voyeuristic appeal: we get to watch universal emotions manifest with extreme outward ferocity. Whether we

recommended r e a d i n g by Emma Cline Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion “Joan Didion elevates noticing to a high art – she is the master of choosing telling details that illuminate an entire dynamic, of noticing gardenias in the pool and the rattlesnakes in the garden. She writes about subjects both poppy and political, personal and cultural. That was something I thought a lot about while writing The Girls – how to write a book that dealt with larger cultural forces and mythologies but doing so through a deeply personal lens.”

Endless Love by Scott Spencer “So much of the narrative around first loves is predicated on eventually getting over that person, moving on. The narrator of this novel flatly refuses to get over his first love, and sublimates his entire being into resurrecting this teen romance. I love this book for its wholehearted embrace of extremes, the sense of adolescence almost as a time of psychosis. It’s a book about taking emotions seriously in a world that doesn’t allow for it.”

I’m With The Band: Confessions Of A Groupie by Pamela Des Barres

were a Suzanne or an Evie, a capricious leader or a stable follower, who among us didn’t have a friend who completed what we lacked, who we wanted on some level not just to be with, but to become? (Elena in Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend is consumed to the point of neardebilitation with jealousy and love for her friend Lila, who tests Elena’s devotion by playing hot and cold.) These books are deliciously digestible because they give respect to those raw, early friendships that first taught us how another human can be an extension of who we are – and what love story is more compelling and complicated than the one that we’re in with ourselves? This is not to say male friendships can’t be as deep and twisty as female ones, but there’s some science to explain the girl-on-girl intensity: a 2003 study of children aged 10 to 15, published in the journal Child Development, revealed that best friendships between girls were both more fragile than those between boys and more devastating when they ended. Researchers posited that as

female friendships occur more often in isolation than male friendships (stereotypically, a group of boys meet to play basketball while girls stay up late whispering secrets in the dark), intimacy between girls is more vulnerable. “How happy I was for any news of her interior,” Evie muses about Suzanne, “a secret meant for me alone.” The friends of novels like the two “Girls” books are early iterations of the often-explored vengeful wife – Gone Girl’s Amy Dunne or Fates And Furies’ Mathilde Satterwhite – and we can’t find an instance of their husbands competing with the intensity of female intellect. In The Girls, men are described as “all hair and wet animal eyes”; in Girls On Fire, a boy is “this animal thing, wet and clumsy, bones and meat”. There are predatory older strangers, boys who are dull and absent or sadistic father figures. “No-one had ever looked at me before Suzanne, not really,” says Evie, “so she had become my definition.” Before we learn to love men, we often learn to love a girl. q

“Des Barres published the diaries she kept as a teenage groupie in the ’60s. There’s joy and agency in her stories of sex and fanhood, even though the situations are dark and manipulative. Instead of being a pitiful character, she emerges as an artist in her own right. It’s a book about the power of teenage girls, their immense capacity for emotion and desire. She’s never a victim – rare in a book about girls and sexuality. By the end, she’s more interesting than the stars you’re supposed to admire.”

Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov “This book creates its own internal vocabulary, where every detail has a fetishistic quality. It’s a closed system, everything in service of building this highly specific, lush world. I love Nabokov’s elevated aesthetic vision, his funhouse version of America, and a narrator so obsessive and single-minded makes the book into this almost-claustrophobic but always elegant fever-dream.” @elleaus



Two of Australia’s most-loved authors take us behind the scenes on their latest releases



Liane Moriarty’s latest, Truly Madly Guilty ($32.99, Macmillan Australia), is out now

She’s sold more than six million books worldwide, topped The New York Times Best Sellers list and one of her novels, Big Little Lies, is currently being whipped into an HBO series courtesy of some of Hollywood’s most influential (and talented) women

describing landscapes – it’s why all my books are set in Sydney. I’ve lived here my whole life, it’s what I know. I find the dialogue easy but I’ll have to call my mother up and say, “What’s that tree in my backyard? You know, the big pretty one?” I PASSED ON THE OPPORTUNITY TO ADAPT THE SCREENPLAY FOR BIG LITTLE LIES. I’m

interested in writing an original screenplay, but adapting my own book… I’d want to stick too closely to what I already had. I’ve kept up with the production more for my own interest. Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman and [producer] Bruna Papandrea – they’re all working mothers. I’ve had other books optioned years ago, but suddenly three working mothers come in and now it’s all happening. There’s so much efficiency in being a mother.


gotten too caught up in it and maybe been paralysed with fear when it came to writing the next book. This sounds incredulous, but I almost feel sorry for people who have huge success with their very first book because then everybody’s looking at them; the world is waiting on them.

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always made up stories; he says that he didn’t like to read to us but he’d make up stories to tell us instead. And my mum can make a trip to the shops sound Shakespearean; there’s tragedy and comedy. Both of them are wonderful storytellers. I HAVE TO ADMIT, I DO STEAL FROM MY SISTERS, who are authors as well.

I’m not as worried about asking their permission. But friends do say, “You can’t use…” if they’re telling me something, or they’ll say, “By the way, I don’t want this in your book.” But more often, friends will actually say, “I’ve got something great for you.” I’VE ALWAYS TAKEN PRIDE IN MY ABILITY TO SAY NO. I don’t understand the

authors who go away for months [on promotional tours]. I don’t want to, so I just say no. Publishers can’t make you, and mine have always understood my position. Ironically, I’m so conscious of offending anyone, but saying no has never been a problem for me.


They go to parties and do all those things that I’m just not interested in. Apart from people like JK Rowling and Stephen King, I think you don’t really know most authors’ faces, they’re not high-profile. For me anyway, I’m more interested in the books than who they are as authors.



but a pivotal moment was when I had a facial with this very honest woman – who has since become a friend – and she pulled out her copy of Amazing Face, and it had Post-its all through it. I was sort of flattered, but then she said, “I just disagree with some of the stuff that you say in here.” By that point, I’d changed my opinion on a lot of things, too, so updating the book just made sense.



and the subject of beauty is sort of one vessel for writing. I just love playing with writing, and The former beauty editorI find that if I’m having fun then I don’t feel so “lecturey”. turned-author and entrepreneur By treating the reader as if is a self-confessed “prolific “we’re all having fun”, then reader”. Her latest release, I think it becomes a lot less an update on 2011’s beauty boring, especially considering companion Amazing Face, so much of beauty writing is is a project she found time to pretty prescriptive.

work on between having a baby and starting her own skincare line, Go-To


pattern because I’d need a break from one style when going into the b k. But then I accidentally next book. o e two o fictions back-to-back and wrote l k “Holy shit!” Now getting was like, b k to non-fi on-fiction writing feels back l k traditional magazine more like k whereas hereas you need to be in work, d fferentt headspace to tackle the a diff b h is writing a novel. beast that


it changes things; if I get too much feedback I get thrown off my path. When I first have an idea I’ll spitball it with my husband, he’s my beautiful ideas sounding board. I usually have a year deadline from start to finish so I’ll piss about for three months and pretend to get started, then there’s four to six months of actual writing, and after that submissions, edits and eventually a finished product. AS MANY AUTHORS WILL TELL YOU,

you sort of use up all your stories and your friends’ stories in the first couple of books. By the time I got to The Younger Man and The Wrong Girl, it was true fiction in that I’d run out of stories. All my friends weren’t wild, single girls anymore, so I started to slip into storylines about marriage breakdowns or babies.

I’VE WRITTEN EVERYWHERE – in hotel rooms, cafes, airports and planes all around the world. Now I have a home office and the wi-fi is really bad down there, which is great. If I make a date with myself to write from, say, 6am to 10am on a Saturday, the fact that no emails come in helps me focus. I get a bit anxious when emails are coming in. I’VE GOT NO RADAR ON WHAT’S QUALITY.

Zoë ë Foster Blake’s ke’s new book,, Amazinger er Face (($45, Viking), g , is out now

I remember finishing The Wrong Girl and feeling like it wasn’t my best work; I just wasn’t sure about it at all. Turns out it’s been my most successful book and it’s being turned into a TV show. 





Books have a magical ability to alter the course of the reader’s future. A beloved childhood story could spur on a young girl’s passion for writing. A straight-talking self-help book might inspire a down-onher-luck entrepreneur to give it one more shot. The scent of your most-treasured tome has the power to transport you back to the time you last picked it up – the memory of where you were, who you were and how you felt burning vividly in your mind. To celebrate the launch of the ELLE Book Club, we asked these authors and bookworms to share their

most cherished page-turners

“You must listen to me,” my grandmother said. “You must remember everything I tell you. After that, all you can do is cross your heart and pray to heaven and hope for the best.”

THE WITCHES by Roald Dahl was the first truly

dark piece of writing I ever came across as a child and it scared me to death. Until then, my reading had been limited to books where everything had always worked out in the end, and the discovery that there was in fact a different path – characters that didn’t have a happy-everafter – was shocking and revelatory. The book was a birthday present when I was eight, and it haunted me from my bookshelf for years. Since then, I’ve obviously come across far more confronting books, but even as an adult I still experience a fear hangover when I see that novel. Nothing has ever come close to being as frightening as the anecdote about a little girl trapped in a painting. But The Witches was a rite of passage for me. That sense of menace and foreboding teased out over the pages has stayed with me decades later. It has swayed my reading choices ever since, and influenced the writing of my first novel, The Dry. I still prefer characters to get their happy ending, but I like it best when they walk through a touch of darkness to find it. The Witches shaped me in a way that I think can only happen as a child, because it was part of my journey to becoming a reader for life. As an adult I have come across novels that have moved and inspired me, but I believe it’s what you read or don’t read as a child that determines whether you grow up to be a book lover. It’s that exposure to reading in childhood that cements it as a lifelong passion, and I’m so glad that I came across books like The Witches when I did.

Jane Harper is the author of The Dry ($32.99, Macmillan Australia)

I was 12 or 13 when I first discovered Evelyn Waugh and, in the space of six months, read pretty much everything he wrote. I loved the glimpse it gave me into English eccentricity and humour, as well as his darkness and simultaneous silliness. His characters’ names especially stood out for me as quite, quite genius – Miles Malpractice, Agatha Runcible, Basil Seal, Sir Ambrose Abercrombie, Mr Joyboy, et al. I recently re-read VILE BODIES and BRIDESHEAD REVISITED, and loved them just as much through fresh eyes. I also bought a 1964 edition of THE ORDEAL OF GILBERT PINFOLD, which I’d not read before, and loved that as well. My Etiquette collection, which we showed at Australian Fashion Week way back in 2000, was inspired by one of his quotes: “Manners are especially the need of the plain. The pretty can get away with anything.”

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Karen Walker, fashion designer

Cruising up Madison, stopping at a light in front of Barneys, and Bill Cunningham snaps my picture, yelling out, “Is that a Vespa?” and I give him thumbs-up and he’s standing next to Holly, a curvy blonde who looks Romochka woke up in the solid darkness of the night. He had never experienced true darkness. No streetlight filtered in through blinds; no orange clouds glowed through gauze. He held his hand in front of his face and could see no dim fingers.

DOG BOY by Eva Hornung is the story of a four-year-old boy in Moscow who is abandoned by his mother at the start of winter. The starving boy follows a stray dog to her lair, and survives by becoming a member of the dog pack. Apparently the novel was inspired by the real-life story of a boy who was taken in by dogs. As a writer, I was awed and inspired by Hornung’s vivid and visceral writing. On a personal level, I came to a whole new understanding and respect for dogs, but I was most moved by her portrayal of a scared, vulnerable child finding safety and nurturing with a dog pack. I think I was particularly affected by the story because I read it soon after becoming a mother. (My daughter, Amelia, was born in 2010.) I had expected that I’d feel fiercely protective of my own child, but hadn’t realised how aware – painfully aware – I’d become of all children who are in danger or neglected. I’ve thought a great deal about our communal responsibility for the children around us. When should we step in if we see a child who is in danger? And how far should we go to protect such a child? These are the questions posed in my novel Promise, which was hard to write at times, but ultimately uplifting. I re-read Dog Boy the other day and it was, again, profoundly moving, unsettling and inspiring. It resonates with me on so many levels and is what I call a “top-shelf book” – it’s always on the top shelf of my bookcase, to refer to or simply pull out and remember the experience of reading it. Sarah Armstrong is the author of

Promise ($32.99, Macmillan Australia)

like Patsy Kensit, and when we smoked heroin together last week she told me she might be a lesbian, which in some circles is pretty good news, and she waves me over wearing velvet hotpants, red-and-white-striped platform boots, a silver peace symbol and she’s ultra-thin, on the cover of Mademoiselle this month, and after a day of doing shows at Bryant Park she’s looking kind of frantic but in a cool way.

My favourite book is GLAMORAMA by Bret Easton Ellis. I used to be in a book club with a group of friends and this is one of the first we read. It’s an exaggerated and fantastical account of the celebrity and yuppie culture and fashion industry of the ’90s. Really graphic and extreme, but so addictive and exciting. Henry Holland, designer

Of all the things that wisdom provides to help one live one’s entire life in happiness, the greatest by far is the possession of friendship.

THE CONSOLATIONS OF PHILOSOPHY by Alain de Botton introduced me to the epicurean philosophy of achieving happiness through friendship, freedom and thought. I read it during my studies at COFA [now UNSW Art & Design] and it inspired my final work, which incorporated those three pillars. I saw him speak recently, and it was so special. Sarah Gittoes, Sarah & Sebastian designer

The Bolter came to see me while I was still in the Oxford nursing home where my baby had been born and where Linda had died. “Poor Linda,” she said, with feeling, “poor little thing. But, Fanny, don’t you think perhaps it’s just as well? The lives of women like Linda and me are not so much fun when one begins to grow older.” I didn’t want to hurt my mother’s feelings by protesting that Linda was not that sort of woman. “But I think she would have been very happy with Fabrice,” I said. “He was the great love of her life, you know.” “Oh, dulling,” said my mother sadly. “One always thinks that. Every, every time.”

I’ve been obsessed with the Mitfords since I was a teenager, and I’m sure I’ve read both LOVE IN A COLD CLIMATE and THE PURSUIT OF LOVE a hundred times each. It’s the closest I’ll ever get to chick lit, because Nancy Mitford was so clever in her observations, so witty in her phrasing and so genius at dispensing ridiculously irrelevant yet somehow sage pieces of wisdom, that she probably completely ruined the genre for me before it even existed (a bit like Uncle Matthew in the books, who says, “My dear Lady Kroesig, I have only read one book in my life, and that is White Fang. It’s so frightfully good I’ve never bothered to read another”). The magic in reading any of Mitford’s works is that her writing is so alive your inner voice will speak to you in a plummy 1930s accent for ages after, hon or counter-hon.  Justine Cullen, ELLE editor-in-chief ELLE.COM.AU @ELLEAUS


The truth is there’s no deep, dark secret to “Isn’t it splendid to think of all the things there are to find

unleashing your best work and finding your sweet

out about? It just makes me feel glad to be alive – it’s such

spot. Though not easy, it begins with the decision

an interesting world. It wouldn’t be half so interesting if we

to build practices that help you scan your life for

knew all about everything, would it? There’d be no scope

areas where you might be growing stagnant, and

for imagination then, would there?”

to help you pour more of who you are into your work. Your legacy is built one decision at a time.

I’ll go back to the beginning: my first hardback copy of ANNE OF GREEN GABLES. Like so many girls before me, it was the first “big” book I read (not impressing my Year 1 teacher, who told my parents that a basketball, and not more books, was what I needed). Everything about Anne (spelled with an “e”) Shirley wowed me. From the first moment, I endeavoured to be like her in every aspect of my life. I insisted that my best friend be my “bosom” buddy, I practised whipsmart retorts and I fell truly, madly, deeply in love with Gilbert Blythe. Of course, just like Anne, I tended to treat boys with wrath and scorn; I once found great delight in treading

a love heart lolly into the asphalt in front of the trembling Year 3 boy who had given it to me. And once I had grown up a little, it was the deep thread of Anne and Gilbert’s URST (unresolved sexual tension) that I realised had shaped my romantic view of the world. I admit to losing interest in the series once Anne and Gilbert declared their love for each other – I have always been more inclined to dramatic heartbreak and unrequited love. But even more than ideas of friendship and love, Anne showed me that it was a wonderful thing to be your own person, to make mistakes and to celebrate successes. Anne gave me permission to delve deep into my imagination and rejoice in it. She taught me it was okay to be dramatic and clever and talk too much: “If you have big ideas, you have to use big words to express them, haven’t you?” Anne and her creator, LM Montgomery, helped shape who I am, how I love and why I’m incurably curious. I remain, as Anne would say, “utterly devoted” to this book. Kate Mildenhall is the author of Skylarking ($24.99, Black Inc), out August 1

Set in the ’70s and ’80s in India, one of my favourite countries,

A FINE BALANCE by Rohinton Mistry is magnificent and moving.

Following four interwoven human relationships, it’s a heart-wrenching novel guaranteed to make you cry, and captures all the inhumanity, turmoil, integrity and triumph of India. A life-changing read. Becky Cooper, Bec & Bridge designer

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When I first read the title of Todd Henry’s DIE EMPTY, I thought, “Oh, I don’t want to die empty! That sounds horrible!” But the book recommendation came from someone I respect and deeply trust, so I bought the digital version and got reading. Within moments, I realised my mistake – I couldn’t read this book as a digital version. Not this kind of book. This is the kind of book that changes lives, shifts mindsets and inspires action. This experience needed the real book, in my hands, with sweet moments of pausing between sentences, highlighting passages, underlining insights, writing in the margins and dog-earing pages. When the hardcover book arrived, I read it cover to cover, and by the end I thought, “Oh my goodness, yes – I want to die empty.” Henry encourages – no, urges – us to show up every day and create. He says, “Don’t go to your grave with your best work inside you.” He encourages us to be focused, mindful and conscious of where, how and why we invest our time and energy into our daily tasks, our work, our lives, so that we can get the most out of our strengths, our “one-of-a-kind combination of passions, skills and experiences”, and create the most value and impact in our work. Henry writes, “If you relinquish that power, then it will never see the light of day and you will always wonder ‘what if?’” This book reminded me to keep showing up and stepping up in my business, my creativity and my life. It inspired me to keep creating for creativity’s sake; not for accolades, but because I felt called to do it anyway. It was a reminder that creativity doesn’t always feel comfortable, and to revel in that. Cassie Mendoza-Jones is the author of

You Are Enough ($18.99, Hay House)

Kerry William Purcell’s ALEXEY BRODOVITCH, a monograph on


It matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be.

I became a thief when I was 10 years old. The reason for my foray into the seedy criminal underbelly of society had come the previous week, on a visit to one of my grandmother’s friend’s houses for afternoon tea. I like to imagine that many great illicit exploits are hatched in the homes of petite, white-haired women over Earl Grey tea and lamingtons. I remember her home well – the overgrown garden that hid it from the road, the upstairs sewing room filled with swathes of fabric and creepy, half-finished dolls, the huge wooden fork that hung from the kitchen wall. What I don’t remember is the particular conversation I was having with my grandmother when she banned me from ever reading HARRY POTTER. It would have had something to do with religion, I think. Grandma and her friend – indeed, everyone in my family at the time – were deeply, strictly religious, and strongly of the opinion that JK Rowling’s series promoted witchcraft and, by extension, the devil himself. I’d never had any particular interest in Harry before that day. Most things that my grandmother dubbed “demonic” – the Take 40 countdown, birthday parties, Furbies, the national anthem – I was content to steer well clear of. But I’d never been expressly banned from anything before, and so I found myself quite intrigued. I sought out a copy of HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER’S STONE at school the next day. My teacher was aware of the limitations my parents’ religion placed on me – no participation in Christmas or Easter activities, and definitely, definitely no books about magic – but if he noticed me reading a forbidden book, half squirrelled away under my desk, he said nothing. Within its tattered pages, already read and dog-eared and stained by many of my classmates, I stumbled

the iconic graphic designer’s life and work, was gifted to me by a friend when I got my first job at a newspaper. I studied his designs like they were religion – he was nothing short of genius. I’d always wanted to work in media, but it was Brodovitch who ignited my love of magazines. Eventually I got to work at Harper’s BAZAAR, the title where Brodovitch once worked, and it was a dream come true. I still have my copy of the book, though now it’s a little tattered from all the times I pulled it down off my bookshelf for inspiration. These days it’s kept at my husband’s photographic studio, so it can inspire other people, too.

upon what millions of children and adults alike had already discovered. It was a connection unlike anything I’d felt before. I didn’t just love Harry, I was Harry – having to hide this incredible magic I’d found from a family that didn’t understand. Couldn’t understand. If this was the devil’s work, well then damn me to hell: I wanted in. So the first thing I stole was a copy of HARRY POTTER AND THE CHAMBER OF SECRETS. It was the last day of school before a two-week break, and I couldn’t bear to be away from Hogwarts for that long. I was a painfully quiet and well-behaved child – or at least I had been until that afternoon, when I wrapped that book up in my bucket hat and hastily slipped it into my backpack, my tiny 10-year-old heart thrumming inside my chest. Thus began a smuggling operation that lasted two years, during which all manner of prohibited books were stolen, consumed in secret and then returned to their rightful places. My grandmother, bless her, was frequently the one who took my sisters and me to the public library on the weekends, where I performed my tome-trafficking right under her nose. I owe a lot to “The Boy Who Lived”, not least of all my love of stories (and probably my writing career). Harry and his creator showed me that we must fight hard for the things that matter most. Grandma still dislikes Harry Potter (I made the mistake of leaving GOBLET OF FIRE on her dining room table once when I was a teenager – I later found it placed neatly on the ground outside her front door), but I owe a lot to her, and to my mother. For their time, for their courage and for inspiring 10-year-old me to life-altering anarchy over Earl Grey tea and lamingtons.

I first read THE HANDMAID’S TALE when I left high school, and it’s stayed with me ever since. It was the book that introduced me to both feminism and dystopia. Margaret Atwood’s story is haunting, lyrical and deeply unsettling, shot with moments of dark comedy. #

Krystal Sutherland is the author of

Samantha Shannon is the author of

Our Chemical Hearts ($19.99, Penguin)

The Bone Season ($24.99, Bloomsbury)

Sarah Birnbauer,

ELLE associate art director

The newspaper stories were like dreams to us, bad dreams dreamt by others. How awful, we would say, and they were, but they were awful without being believable. They were too melodramatic, they had a dimension that was not the dimension of our lives. We were the people who were not in the papers. We lived in the blank white spaces at the edges of print. It gave us more freedom. We lived in the gaps between the stories.



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We’re bombarded with voices online and at work, and it can often feel like success comes to people who shout the loudest. But


what happens when you just sit back and listen?

Sometimes the greatest results are found in the gaps in conversation. Celebrity interviewer Tom Chiarella tells us how to harness the power of silence



’ve interviewed 30 or 40 major stars in my time as a magazine writer: Halle Berry, Jon Hamm, Ryan Gosling, Scarlett Johansson and Daniel Craig to name a few. I sat with them for hours, sometimes over several days, in their homes, in bars, on golf courses. And I’ll tell you one thing: real stars are not loud. They don’t make much noise. They don’t mind loud places, however. They meet you in public, somewhere where they might pass for one of us. And they occupy that space quietly. They move slowly. Delicately. They murmur and do everything they can to not draw attention to themselves. During an interview with Scarlett Johansson for the 2013 film Her, in the swirling family hubbub of early summer, in the churning crowd of a popular restaurant, I remarked how amazing it was that in almost two hours of conversation, no-one had noticed her. Not one autograph was demanded and there were no requests for a crouching selfie. “I stay quiet,” she said. Then she added: “Silence is money.” She meant money like an asset, not money as in profit. I always think about that: silence is money. For famous people, there’s a great appeal in not being noticed. In some ways, Johansson not being seen that day was a matter of not being heard. We pressed on with our conversation, ostensibly about a movie in which she played nothing more than a voice. But as the crowd grew, the odds won out. A waiter asked for a picture, then a family of six crowded in at our table for a group shot. A buzz rose

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in the joint, bringing the interview to an abrupt end when the restaurant owner gave her a T-shirt. At this point, she raised her voice over the crescendo of excitement to be heard and, as the noisy world closed in, she ducked out of it. It’s never been easier to amplify your voice in the world. Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat – more followers signifies a better, more visible form of self-expression. Your “reach” translates to influence and, in turn, value (both social and cold hard cash). Take the Kardashians’ millions of followers: their entire careers are based on being conspicuous, being loud and, most importantly, being heard. Where then does that leave the Scarlett Johanssons among us, and her assertion that silence is money? For the Kardashians the opposite is true, but Johansson has harnessed a power of her own through silence (she’s one of the highest-paid actresses in the world). It’s important, though, to distinguish quiet from silence. Quiet is a condition of setting and self. Speaking softly, lowering the volume so as not to be noticed – it’s just a reaction to where you are and/or what you’re doing. Think libraries, hospitals, churches. These places produce quiet and respect. Silence, though, is a choice. A muscle. Not speaking means resisting the basic urge of influence. The occasional use of silence doesn’t diminish your power; it alters that power. Maintaining silence doesn’t mean indifference. Stay silent and people await your response. It increases tension and makes you seem considered. It’s inherently mindful. This translates to social media as well. There are dozens of celebrities who eschew an online voice entirely.

Ironically, it’s a googleable phenomenon. George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence, Carey Mulligan, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. These people are not recluses or monks – there isn’t a Greta Garbo among them – and they haven’t reduced their power or influence by not participating in the chatter. Their silence perhaps allows their movies or fashion designs to better define them. The effect is that people look harder and they listen more acutely. That doesn’t mean they’re better or smarter people. They just have different methods. Silence in the culture of social media increases the focus on the work. Consider the model that graffiti artist and political activist Banksy has created during these past two decades. His very identity is unverifiable, but he remains silent, largely absent, and beyond mysterious. The world is forced to decipher the dynamics of his work without the filter of his input. Banksy became a presence without being present at all. And think of Sia’s pattern of not exposing her face while performing. She creates a visual silence, a dearth of image, a narrowing of expression. And people start to talk about it. The noise around her increases. It flips the traditional formula of silence on its ear. In the morass of image and expectation, the one who can’t be seen becomes the one who is better heard. It’s more surprising and controversial. Easy enough if you’re a global superstar who has the choice to be loud – to be everywhere commenting on everything if she so wishes, and chooses silence instead. But what does this mean to you and me? How can silence be powerful for people who aren’t famous but might like to be recognised a little bit more? There’s one way to find out – try it. But remember, silence takes discipline. And you don’t fall into it by simply withdrawing – in fact, you need to engage more. In my experience with celebrities, the best answers in an interview follow a moment of consideration. I’m being silently asked to be patient, to take a beat – a pause that honours the question. And whether it lasts three seconds or eight, that little piece of time becomes an extraordinary and potent punctuation mark. My tips, should you ever find yourself confronted by such a conversational impasse (even if it’s during a meeting at work), are to maintain eye contact, take a breath before speaking, narrow your eyes for a moment and hear the sound of your words before you speak. Try

being brief, which creates the possibility of another silence. No yammering, weighing in, “just saying” or “IMHO”. You’ll stop interrupting and will seem less desperate for attention. People will wait for your words and, trust me, you’ll notice how much more effective a communicator you are for it. Or you might go as far as I did, because I came to see shutting up as more valuable than speaking up. I once interviewed Morgan Freeman at his home in Mississippi. We walked his land while getting to know each other, then sat in his library for the interview. As per my routine, I’d written some single-word notes across the top of my pad, as a reminder of things I needed to ask about: Batman. Shawshank. Director. If things go well, there’s a unique path through these topics, but it’s not always easy, particularly if the person I’m interviewing takes rambling detours and digressions. So in each of my palms, I’d scrawled two words as a reminder to myself: “Quiet” was the word in my left palm; “Wait”, it said, in my right. At one point, Freeman and I walked to take a look at one of his horses and, on the way, he showed me a family grave. We stood by the fence and watched the horses in the heavy afternoon heat. He didn’t speak. And, of course, Morgan Freeman is a voice you want to hear. But I stayed quiet, too, and he seemed to like that. It felt respectful. At that fence, Freeman pointed at my open palm and asked me what was written there. I showed him the “Quiet” and “Wait”. “Just to remind myself to give things a little room,” I told him. “To not rush in the silence.” He liked it. “Everybody should have a reminder like that tattooed on their wrist, so they can see it all day long,” he said. “Different words for us all. But right there. So it really stays with you.” I thought that through. Days later I took his advice. I tattooed the words on my wrist. They’ve been a good reminder to me since then – in writing, in arguments, in card games, as a father. All day, every day. I see them whenever I look at my hands. Back then, on Morgan Freeman’s ranch, I asked him what words he would put on his wrists. And he leaned on the fence and stared out at the horse. The sound of flies filled in behind us. He took a deep breath through his nostrils. He stayed quiet like that for the longest time, before he spoke. Me? I waited. q

Between a third and a half of the population are introverts – people who respond better to quieter environments. Sylvia Loehken, author of Quiet Impact: How To Be A Successful Introvert, shares her tips on how to get ahead in an increasingly noisy world

photography: getty images


Introverts have a high activity level in their brains, and it often takes them longer to come up with solutions and suggestions than their extrovert counterparts. When surprised by a proposal at work, try saying: “Let me think about it” or “Can I get back to you?” If you don’t provide space for yourself, extroverts won’t provide space for you.


Networking can often be quite stressful for an introvert. Naturally, though, introverts make great listeners, so play to your strengths: ask questions about topics that interest you, and that way you’ll be able to enjoyably process information while engaging your conversation partner.


Extroverts will see an introvert’s low external activity – speaking infrequently and quietly – and assume low internal activity, when the opposite is actually true. Introverts need to send signals to extroverts that they will understand. This doesn’t have to be speaking loudly. Good eye contact, nodding and asking questions will provide the stimuli an extrovert requires from an interaction. @elleaus


sky’s the Eleanor Patterson SPORT: High jump Swisse Olympic Ambassador

Twenty-year-old Australian high jump Commonwealth gold medallist Eleanor Patterson grew up in country Victoria and first got into high jump thanks to her primary school PE teacher. With a personal best jump of 1.96m, Patterson is the joint holder of the world youth best and outright holder of the Oceanian junior record, but she says, for her, it’s all about the little things. “Not just the training, there’s so much more that goes into it. All the support that I have from my coach, my family, my friends and my sponsors… there’s just so much hard work in terms of getting everything within yourself to be the best you can be. But because I love what I do, a lot of it is second nature.” ON RIO: “You always dream of going to the Olympics as a kid and as any athlete it’s just a huge honour – to wear the green and gold full stop, but then to be able to do that at the Olympics is amazing.” ON DETERMINATION: “You definitely come across hardships that really test you physically and mentally, and there are a number of occasions where you really have to question your determination, but it’s ultimately the love of what you’re doing and the end result that keep you going forward.” MOTTO: “I love to listen to motivational videos and there are some great quotes from previous champions and amazing athletes like Muhammad Ali, who once said: I’ll show you how great I am.”



here’s a female Olympian striding around an asphalt track in a pair of green and gold lycra knickers, with her boxer braids and her 13 per cent body fat, abdominal muscles picked out like the underside of an egg carton. And then there’s us, minding our own desk island, looking forward to a tuna wrap in 12 minutes and some surfing on The Outnet ($ lowest to $$ highest). Living our best life, with just the merest smudge of mascara under one eye. Not much, it seems, do we have in common. Not much could we learn from her and her cohort of Rio-bound swimmers, sprinters, hurdlers and marathon runners – let alone apply to our own lives. Until you sit down and chat, as ELLE did, and discover that gold medals and world records aside, they are regular women. Who wake up tired, who don’t always feel like training, who struggle not to compare themselves to the next girl, her faster times and better body, who have all the same negative messages competing for attention on their mental frequency. It’s only that they’ve taken their allowance of natural ability and supercharged it with hours, days and years of mental training, developing an arsenal of techniques that foster resilience, help them set goals, harness negativity and stay focused through pain, boredom, fear, success and failure. “Becoming mentally tough is equally important, if not more important, to being physically tough,” explains Madeline Groves, the 21-year-old swimmer who holds the current Australian record for the 200m butterfly and will swim at her first Olympics in Rio. “When you get to a certain level of competition, everyone is at their physical peak, so it’s really only the mental edge that will put you ahead.” “The mental side is huge – maybe 70 per cent of what I do,” agrees marathon runner and Nike ambassador Milly Clark. “It’s not like I have a team, I run alone for two-and-a-half hours, so I’ve really had to work hard on that side of things.” Even without our own roster of sports psychologists, trainers, counsellors and coaches, we can work towards cultivating the same winning mindset, and apply the tools 

limit At a time of incredible momentum for women in sport, we celebrate some of Australia’s most promising female athletes – off-duty and on-trend – as Meg Mason finds out what we can learn from our highest achievers

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athletes rely on in our workplaces and relationships, our families, study, whatever makes up our own particular version of the grind. More than that, we must, says clinical psychologist Dr Jo Mitchell, who specialises in working with high-achieving individuals and sportspeople. “Rather than waiting until you’re unwell or life is overwhelming, consider the idea that you can actually teach yourself, or be taught skills, to build capacity of mind. When you think about the average female in her mid-twenties or thirties, she is pretty critical of herself, judgemental of others, trying to fix things a lot of the time. The first thing is to stop and learn to notice where your attention is going, where your energy is going, because when you understand that and those patterns, you can step in and make a change.” That’s what mindfulness actually means – beyond the hashtag and the colouring book – learning to tune into our feelings... so we can ignore them.

Get up anyway.

That is to say, most of us don’t need help getting “in touch” with our emotions. We already know that stomach knot is nerves, that diffused anxiety at work is fear of failure, that edgy feeling is loneliness or insecurity. We need help overriding the emotions that are working against us. It’s arguably the most important habit of mind we non-athletes can learn from our high-performance sisters, and it runs entirely counter to the prevailing “follow your feelings!” or “trust your gut!” mindset of right now. “Most people think athletes get up and feel amazing every single day, but there are some days when I don’t want to get out of bed,” Clark says. But she does anyway. “I’ve learned to like the challenge of saying, ‘What can I do to make


Chloe Logarzo and Ellie Carpenter SPORT: Soccer

Following wins in the Oceanic Football Confederation, Asean Football Federation and Asian Football Confederation, the Australian women’s soccer team became the first-ever national team to top two different confederations (before the men’s team managed the same feat in 2015). The 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup then saw the Matildas become the first Australian team (men’s or women’s) to win a knockout stage match at a World Cup when they defeated Brazil. For midfielder Chloe Logarzo and defender Ellie Carpenter, getting to Rio is another first. While Logarzo began kicking a ball with her dad-cum-coach when she was five, Carpenter, who at 16 is the first player, male or female, born in this millennium to represent an Australian senior national team, began mucking around with her brother when she was just three years old.

myself not feel like this?’ It’s almost like a test; when you’re feeling really crap and blah, to think, ‘How can I flip this around and use this negativity to motivate myself?’” Keep in mind that thoughts aren’t facts, says Dr Mitchell. They’re not inherently true, they have no judgement or intellect, they don’t care about your goals and, good or bad, they don’t last. “Everything that rolls through your mind isn’t something you should listen to and act upon, without questioning,” she says. “If the only guide we use to choose our behaviour is our feelings, or thoughts that come to us in the moment, we’d be in a bit of a mess.” Think about that time you emailed angry, that time you lost it in a meeting, that time you broke up on a whim – could the feeling have been waited out, and ultimately, less mess made? 

ON WINNING: “To win is pretty much everything,” says Carpenter. “All the hard training that you do off and on the park, everything just comes down to that game. So you just have to put everything in it and get that winning result.” ON RIO: “It’s always been a dream of mine to go to the Olympics, so to have that dream come true is amazing,” says Carpenter. “I just can’t wait for the experience ahead.” Logarzo agrees: “Rio means the world to me. The girls have only been twice (to the Sydney Olympics and then to Athens) so I would love to be a girl in history and go down as one of the Matildas that went to Rio.” MOTTO: “Never give up,” says Carpenter. “As hard as it is when we are doing training and protocol or fitness, you never give up in your head and look at what’s beyond you.” For Logarzo, it’s: “If it was easy, everyone would do it.”


At the same time, when there’s any kind of work to be done, athletes know you can do the thing without feeling like doing the thing. In their case, the brutal hill session. In our case, the essay, the workout, the apology phone call, the presentation. Even (or especially) when the thing is hard, says 400m sprinter Morgan Mitchell, 21, whose attitude towards training – and life in general – could be summarised as “run to the pain”. “If something is hard, like training in the rain or running into a headwind, I’m going to do it anyway, knowing that next time I train on a sunny day it’s going to be sweet and easy,” Mitchell says. She runs track six days a week, and does yoga, hill sessions, swimming and Pilates after hours. She visualises every event over and over again before she runs it, knowing that “when I run my race, I will have been to hell and back already. I’ve always been taught to understand that if you want something, you’ve got to do it the hard way. It might sound cliché, but there’s no way around it. You’ve got to get comfortable in uncomfortable situations.” “There’s absolutely no shortcut,” agrees Bronte Barratt, the freestyle swimmer who won gold in Beijing and who will compete again in Rio, aged 27. “If you want to do something, you can’t just keep doing what you’ve been doing. That’s definitely something sport has taught me. Friends of mine say they want to lose weight or get fit, but they won’t get up when their alarm goes off. I’ve trained with lots of successful people and no-one got to where they are by wishing.” Putting in the work also gives you a useful antidote to impostor syndrome, that particularly specious line of thought, epidemic among high-achievers, that tells you your success so far is a fluke and, unlike you, everyone else in the room deserves to be here. It’s a version of comparison which, be assured, Olympians experience even more than civilians. Lauren Wells, the Olympic and Commonwealth Games veteran who competes in the 400m hurdles, believes everyone at the top of their field experiences a version of it. “It just took me a while to accept that I have earned my place on the team,” she says. “I’ve done the hard yards just like everyone else, and when I finally realised that, I could step out and be more confident in races, knowing I belonged there.” “The presence of someone else’s talent doesn’t mean the absence of your own” is the line Groves uses to clap back at comparison.



Run to the pain.

Emma Moffatt SPORT: Triathlon

Come Rio, Emma Moffatt’s name will go down in Australian Olympic history as one of the first triathletes (alongside Erin Densham) to compete at three Olympic Games after she secured automatic nomination in her home town of the Gold Coast. A heavy crash in the bike leg at the 2012 London Olympics forced her to withdraw, but Moffatt will aim to continue the women’s triathlon legacy (Australia has won a medal at every Olympics since 2000). ON RIO: “It’s a really exciting honour for any athlete to be able to represent their country. It’ll be my third Olympics, but each time is just as exciting as the first.” ON DETERMINATION: “It’s hard to keep going when motivation is low. Luckily I haven’t been through any potentially careerending injuries so motivation is probably the only thing I struggle with. Refocusing on why I do it and looking back at the thoughts I had when I was little keeps me going. Plus, you never know how long you get to do it – make the most of it.” MOTTO: “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.”

Have a goal. Any goal.

“Set goals” and “Always be working towards something” are sentiments so commonly cited in the area of personal development, they’ve become a sort of life-coachy white noise. But it’s still true. High-achievers have well-defined goals and reach them by marking out a series of smaller, interim goals. “I can’t train if I don’t have a purpose, so I always have something I’m working towards, one big goal, and smaller stepping stones that will get me there, whether it’s a half-marathon in a month, or a race in two weeks,” says Clark. “It all moves you towards the bigger picture.” For those of us who aren’t necessarily bound for Rio, having life goals is just as important. “They are actually at the centre of what creates hope, something we can’t live without,” explains Dr Mitchell. “Not only do we feel aimless without one, the goal itself is what gives you energy, agency and motivation to keep going.”

Fail. Bounce back. Repeat.

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Goal-oriented thinking also means that when life throws up an obstacle, as life seems hell-bent on doing, we build resilience instead of chucking it in. “When you have a goal in mind, roadblocks, challenges and hard times force you to generate new and alternate pathways,” says Dr Mitchell. “As much as most of us would like to avoid those things, the more exposure we have to them, the more we learn.” At the risk of sounding like your mother, learning is what gives meaning to our failures. Learning moves failure from pointless pain and humiliation to an opportunity to bomb a tiny bit less next time. “Generally we’re afraid to fail,” says hurdler Wells. “It can be so hard to handle, but it’s necessary to learn to cope when things don’t turn out the way you want them to. Perspective and patience are two really hard, really important things to develop.” Getting schooled every now and again is how we grow. ]


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“Running against guys is completely different to competing against girls,” observes Clark. “Guys just want to win, whereas girls might feel like they can’t push themselves because she’s trained more than me, she’s better than me, I should let her win. I still respect my competitors but I’ve adopted that [male] way of thinking.”

“When you’re eating rice, just eat rice,” says Groves. “It’s a weird thing to say but it’s like, if you’re doing something, just do it. Don’t overcomplicate it. I sometimes ask myself, what’s the rice in this situation? What’s the simplest version of what I’m doing, the first thing I need to do? And I do it.”

tr io AUD it Yo Ur At titUDe “If we walk into training with a negative attitude, saying we don’t feel good or whatever, our coach always rips into us,” laughs Barratt, “because it 100 per cent affects how you perform. We spend hours a day with our heads underwater – there’s a lot of time to think – so there’s a lot of self-talk, positive or negative, and it can change in an instant.”


Cate and Bronte Campbell SPORT: Swimming Swisse Olympic Ambassadors

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At the 2012 London Olympics, Bronte and Cate Campbell were the first Australian siblings on the same Olympic swimming team since the 1972 games, and the first sisters to ever compete in the same swimming event at the Olympics. Rio will be Cate’s third Olympics and the second for her little sister. It’s fair to say there’ll be some healthy sibling rivalry in the pool given it’s how things got started. “Bronte beat me a few times and then rubbed it in – wore her medals around the house, trophy at the dinner table,” says Cate. “So, I decided, you know what, the medals are really shiny and I want some. She created me, which is kind of ironic because now we race each other.”

ON NOT GIVING UP: “We’ve been close to that a few times,” says Bronte. “Cate and I had glandular fever and post-viral fatigue, which pretty much knocked us both out of the sport for a few months. We weren’t able to train, which is the worst thing that can ever happen to an athlete. We almost didn’t come back from that, but it was friends and family and our support crew that got us through.” ON WINNING: “The only thing you have to do to win is be in the race,” says Bronte. “That’s it. You’ve just got to get yourself behind that block, in that final, with the seven other athletes. Once you’re in it, you can win it.” MOTTO: “You can do it. I pretty much tell myself that on a daily basis,” says Cate. “When I can’t get out of bed and that alarm is going off or I’m struggling in training and having a bit of a cry behind my goggles, I’m like, ‘You can do it.’ It lets you know that you can. And even if you can’t, then at least you tried.”

Carmen Marton

In 2013, Carmen Marton became Australia’s first-ever world taekwondo champion after originally joining the sport at just eight years old with her father’s encouragement. “I’d more say that he forced us into it when we were little,” she laughs. “He really loved martial arts, and even though he played basketball himself it was always about taekwondo.” Marton is competing at her third Olympic Games in Rio, joined by partner Safwan Khalil and sister Caroline Marton, who is making her Olympic debut.


SPORT: Taekwondo Swisse Olympic Ambassador

ON WINNING: “From my experience in sport, the people who usually win are the people who persevered through the hard times… who always seek knowledge, and self-improvement – never quite satisfied, always hungry. So winners definitely have to be determined, you have to be able to push through the hard times to reach those good times and always seek personal excellence.” MOTTO: “Being a quite competitive female and always competing against males, in my club and against the world, my personal motto would be: Tell me I can’t and I’ll show you I can.”


Find your middle.

Success, though. Heady, beautiful, glowing success turns out to be something athletes know to manage with the same kind of remove. Who knew? “As much as you’ve got to learn not to be too hard on yourself, you can’t get ahead of yourself when you’re doing really well either,” says swimmer Groves. “You just want to stay calm and be in the middle, instead of wasting time and emotional energy getting either too excited or too upset.” In practical terms, staying in the middle looks like finding the good and bad in each experience. Your pitch flopped, but you came out with a new contact. Your relationship ended, but you saw Paris. It’s an easier place to exist in than either end of the spectrum. It’s also where consistency is cultivated, another high-performance take-home. Turning up, doing the work, turning up again. “You’ll have the high-flyers who do something amazing as a one-off and then burn out,” says Wells. “Working to your strengths, working on your weaknesses, will help you stay consistent.” And in elite sport as much as everyday life, “consistency is often what wins out in the end.” 

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indecent obsession

It can be as addictive as recreational drugs, takes years to recover from and is being likened to OCD. Annabel Ross explores the very real psychological effects that result from being on the wrong end

of unrequited love

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To Women, and the fully updated and revised still remember the day Dylan Barton asked to edition of Fisher’s seminal Anatomy Of Love. join paper chains with me in Year 2. The kid was Fisher’s research illustrates the physiological rudely blessed: tall, blond-haired and blue-eyed, effects of romantic obsession on the brain. he was also popular, athletic and smart. All he Participants’ brains were scanned while they wanted was to make his chain longer, but the looked at a photo of their lovers, revealing high second our eyes met, I was convinced it meant more; activity in the ventral tegmental area, where the in my mind, it was a sign. I became obsessed, and euphoric chemical dopamine is made. When newly for the next 10 years included his initials in all of my in love, the release of chemicals such as dopamine passwords and entertained fantasies in which he and norepinephrine is what gives you that woozy would declare his latent passion for yours truly. rush, making your palms sweat and your heart beat Even when I was acting as middleman and faster in much the same way that recreational drugs messenger, passing on the heart-shaped lollies he do. “No wonder lovers can stay awake all night bought from the milk bar for my best friend Shelley, talking and caressing. No wonder they become I thought it was love. Of course, he never loved me so absent-minded, so giddy, so optimistic, so back (though a kiss at a party while playing spin the bottle remains a highlight of my teenage years). What gregarious, so full of life,” Fisher writes in Anatomy Of Love. “They are high on natural ‘speed’.” I was dealing with was something else altogether; an In healthy relationships, mutual limerence “invasion of consciousness” known as limerence. eventually evolves into something deeper, usually At its reciprocal best, limerence is that blissful after six months to two years, when the rapturous state in the early stages of a relationship when romantic chemicals are replaced with the bonding, electricity is pinging through the air between you. calming chemicals vasopressin and oxytocin. But You’re smitten with each other. Life suddenly feels like a Hollywood rom-com, in which you get the guy. when the romantic feelings are not reciprocated, yet you continue to fixate on the object of your desire, Except for when you don’t. that’s when limerence can become more painful than The less desirable kind of limerence is what pleasurable. Tennov refers to it as “a madness”, as it happens when these feelings are one-sided and you can make even the most sane among us go a little crazy. yearn for someone who doesn’t want you back. A friend (we’ll call her Daisy) had a two-year They’re almost always on your mind and they have obsession with a British guy, Dan, who was travelling an annoying way of affecting your mood. You hear around Australia when they met. She was the one from him or her, and you’re buzzing for the rest of to end a two-month fling with him initially, but the day. You don’t, and your heart aches. when he didn’t seem that bothered, it sparked her Limerence can make you go gaga; tongue-tied interest in the way indifference tends to do. “To be and super-shy in the presence of the one you pine for. fair, he was a massive head-fuck with his stupid Your obsession can be so consuming that you latch lingering hugs, Jeff Buckley songs that he’d send onto anything they say or do that might indicate interest towards you, and dismiss the glaring evidence to me and other behaviours which made me think he actually cared,” she says. “On the other that they’re not, in fact, into you at all. It’s not just hand, he did also tell me straight up that things a little crush, either – limerence lasts (on average) were never going to happen with us.” between 18 months and three years, according The conditions were ripe for to the late American psychologist limerence to blossom: it thrives Dorothy Tennov, who coined the “At its reciprocal best, on a combination of hope and term in her 1979 book Love And uncertainty. If the person on Limerence – The Experience Of Being In limerence is that the other end doesn’t make it Love. In some cases it lasts a lifetime. blissful state when unambiguously clear that they’re Tennov’s pioneering work has electricity is pinging not interested – usually through influenced researchers in the field ignoring you – the person in to this day: two leading theorists on through the air limerence is likely to cling to the relationships and love, John Gottman between you. Life feels hope that there might be a chance. and Helen Fisher, reference the like a Hollywood With hindsight, Daisy can say she concept of limerence in their new and Dan were never compatible, ] books – Gottman’s The Man’s Guide rom-com, in which you

get the guy. Except for when you don’t” @elleaus


the country in pursuit of a guy – 10 years after they had a fling  as teenagers at summer camp. One young woman Tennov interviewed in her book spoke at length about her obsession with Paul McCartney. She fantasised about rescuing his cat and becoming part of his family. Many others suffered  from severe anxiety and depression as a direct result of limerence, which sometimes spiralled into suicidal thoughts, attempts to take  their own lives and behaviour bordering on the psychotic. One man cut off his finger  in a fit of frustration after  the woman he had an on-off  relationship with wouldn’t commit. Another went on a rampage down the street, smashing shop windows with a sledgehammer. “Often a person is unconsciously trying to fill an unmet need, reinforce  “One young a self-fulfilling prophecy, selfwoman interviewed medicate a psychological ill in the book spoke and even, paradoxically, avoid real intimacy,” says Brenda Schaeffer,  at length about psychologist and author of Is It her obsession with Love Or Is It Addiction?. “Because Paul McCartney. most have been hurt by love either as children or adults, we She fantasised both want and fear love. The high about rescuing his drama of limerence allows us to cat and becoming walk the edge of real love.” but at the time she was convinced Tennov argues that limerence that they were made for each other. part of his family” can affect anyone and everyone,  “I remember making a photo collage but it doesn’t happen to all of us. out of my favourite photos of him on Some people just never fall “madly” in love, yet Facebook,” she says. “CRINGE. And one time still enjoy satisfying and meaningful emotional I saw him when I was on a bus – he was sitting  and sexual bonds with a partner. outside a pub with his mates. The bus went down As limerence activates the pleasure centres of the the hill past the pub, so I got off a few stops later  brain in a similar manner to drugs such as cocaine, and got the bus back up the hill and then another it is thought those with addictive personalities might bus back down so I could see him again. I hope be more inclined to develop romantic fixations.  to God he doesn’t know I did this.” Some experts have been trying to get limerence Limerence is the stuff that inspires scrapbooks  into the Diagnostic And Statistical Manual Of Mental and mixtapes, and in extreme cases, turns people Disorders, used by doctors worldwide. Albert into stalkers. Aline Brosh McKenna, co-creator Wakin, a former colleague of Tennov’s and lecturer of the cult US TV comedy Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, in psychology at Sacred Heart University in the named the notion of limerence as one of her US, likens the experience of limerence to influences when developing the show, which sees  obsessive compulsive disorder. Rachel Bloom’s character, Rebecca, moving across

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“[OCD] is defined by persistent obsessions and compulsions that are time-consuming and interfere with daily activities, causing clinically significant impairment or distress,” says Wakin in a paper. “Limerence also exhibits obsessive and compulsive features that highly resemble OCD. Like OCD, there is an undercurrent of anxiety, but in limerence the anxiety centres on emotional rejection by the [limerent object].” Samara O’Shea, author of Loves Me... Not: How To Survive (And Thrive!) In The Face Of Unrequited Love, believes that OCD and low self-esteem played a part in her limerence. After a year of dating a guy who could never fully commit to her, it took O’Shea two years to get over him with help from a combination of therapy and antidepressants that would combat her obsessive urges. “What did not help me get over him – and this is important – was another guy,” she says. “I knew if I found someone else to obsess over, then the cycle was just going to endlessly repeat itself. I needed to solve the problems that existed within me.” O’Shea was put to the test post-therapy, when a guy she’d been happily seeing for two months ghosted her, disappearing without so much as a text message. “While I was hurt and disappointed he blew me off, I resolved to leave it be,” she says. “I did not contact him for an explanation or follow him around on social media; I wrote in my journal and did yin yoga instead. A few weeks later, I was over him.” Cognitive behavioural therapy is said to be effective in combating limerence in many cases, but Wakin says that more research, especially brain imaging, is required to develop a comprehensive treatment plan. Like other experts, he suggests that cutting contact with the limerent object altogether might be the best possible cure. Dear readers, I wish I could say I got over limerence when I became an adult, but in my early twenties I had my worst case of it yet. It was shorter than my decadelong crush on Dylan Barton, but it was three-and-a-half years of intense longing for a man named Luis that only came to a head after I finally slept with him, then realised it was never going to go any further. As O’Shea notes, limerence has a lot to do with how you feel about yourself. I can see now that self-esteem certainly played a part in my limerence. Subconsciously, I thought if only Luis liked me as much as I liked him, I’d be good enough. These days it doesn’t take me too long to recognise a hopeless situation and let it go. A new-season Chanel bag, on the other hand… now there’s something worth crushing on. q

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If you’ve ever been baffled by how someone you’re sweet on could manage to resist your clear-as-day signals, there might be more to it than “they’re just not that into you” Scientists at the University of Georgia in the US found that lower activity of the OXT gene, involved in the production of oxytocin (the bonding, loving chemical), might affect a person’s social behaviour, including their ability to have romantic relationships. In the study published in June, more than 120 participants underwent genetic tests and assessments of social skills, brain structure and brain function. Those with lower activity of the OXT gene had difficulty perceiving emotional facial expressions and were more inclined to feel anxious about their relationships (meaning that someone with lowfunctioning OXT might be immune to your doe-eyed displays and, even worse, they may not even have the emotional capacity to sustain a serious, healthy relationship). But before you go decreeing your love life doomed, wait – a solution could be imminent. In another study published in the Hormones And Behavior journal, researchers found that oxytocin administered via nasal spray triggered care-giving behaviour in a group of 60 men and improved their recognition of emotional facial expressions. So go ahead, bat those lashes. @elleaus


life for rent

After a traumatic break-up, Olivia Laing spent three years subletting in New York,

trying on different lives for size. She revisits the dislocation and liberation of that experience


y time as a subletter in New York did not begin auspiciously. I went because I was unhappy and because, like a million people before me, I thought my life might improve there. I was right about that, though it took long enough: years of coming and going on tourist visas, drifting between borrowed rooms and temporary apartments, shuttling up and down Manhattan with my possessions on the subway. I arrived in the autumn of 2011. My first apartment was in Brooklyn Heights and it belonged to my friend David – a masculine studio with Keith Haring prints on the walls and Prada shirts hung neatly in the wardrobe. The kitchenette was stocked with

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half-eaten gourmet chocolate bars, and the little windowless bathroom was tiled all in black. Most evenings, I’d lie in there with the lights off, show tunes filtering down from the apartment upstairs, trying to figure out what I was doing so far from home. I’d fallen in love – that was the trouble. I’d fallen in love with a New Yorker, who asked me far too quickly to join him in the city. Yes, I said, but a few weeks later he changed his mind, telling me via Skype as I crouched in a bustling train station with patchy wi-fi. I was devastated. I’d pinned far too many hopes on him and the implosion left me shattered. I’d had difficult break-ups before, but this one unmoored me completely, partly because I hadn’t seen it coming

and partly because of my age. I was almost 35, a point at which being alone becomes increasingly socially unsanctioned, a source not of potential or excitement but of gathering shame. Everyone at home was getting married and having babies, buying houses I couldn’t begin to afford. Meanwhile, I was living in a rented flat, single yet again. I loved my work, but I was feeling increasingly out of sync with my social circle. Being offered a new life in the US had made me realise how deeply unsatisfied I was at home. I’d been ecstatic at the idea of shaking up my life, and after the break-up I began to wonder whether I could make the move alone. New York had struck me as a city that was generous to the solitary and unaligned, and I had an instinct that it might still be a nourishing place for me. But spending time there wouldn’t have been possible without the unexpected miracle of subletting. Most of my friends in the city were artists and writers, on peripatetic touring schedules. They initiated me into an informal network of temporary sublets, advertised by email lists and Facebook introductions, and far cheaper than the equivalent spaces on Airbnb. My visa meant I couldn’t get a job in the US or stay for more than three months at a time, but that didn’t matter. Writing is a lonely, badly paid business, but it does have one advantage: you can do it anywhere in the world. And not having a partner or a child meant I was without ties. I booked a flight, found a friend to temporarily take over the tenancy of my apartment and entered the strange, magical world of the subletter. The Brooklyn Heights period was the most difficult of my subletting years – I was still tangled up in heartbreak and I was getting to grips with New York itself: working out where to shop and do my laundry, reconditioning myself to fit the city’s gears. I realised the best way of handling the emotional dislocation of subletting was to establish a castiron routine. Every morning I’d walk to a cafe, where I’d have a latte and struggle to work. After a week or two,

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they knew my order. A small thing, but in my state of disconnection it was a tiny anchor, tethering me to the city. The problem was that I was living in the neighbourhood I would have shared with my ex-boyfriend. The entire time I was there I was haunted by the other, better life I could have been living: I could have been one of the couples I saw eating a late dinner, or wandering the farmers’ market, hands entwined. It was a relief, really, when David came back from LA and I had to move on, into the city itself. I loved Manhattan from the first moment I saw it, the towers glittering like needles on the horizon. Magnetic and improbable, it is still the only place where I’ve ever felt entirely at home. I loved the quickness, the speed that people walked. I loved the cherry blossom in spring and the yellow leaves in autumn, the shoals of taxis, the polluted blue evening air, the reek of East Houston in summer, the way you can walk right across the island. My next apartment was in the East Village: an unreconstructed thirdfloor walk-up with a bathtub in the kitchen and a platform bed. It even had a fire escape, where I could crouch with a beer and watch the moon. It belonged to a friend who had been there since the ’80s. She was out of town and had arranged a key handover with a stranger in a Korean deli. He turned up an hour late and high, in an incongruous cowboy hat. That was the neighbourhood all over: chaotic, warm, a melting pot of class, race, age and social status. You could hear 10 languages a minute on Avenue A; encounter street kids and bankers side by side on the benches in Tompkins Square Park. Perhaps due to this diversity, I felt at home more quickly this time. I didn’t feel so visible among the homogeneous couples, so I could be more outgoing. I got to know the girls in my local deli, and the man in the Vietnamese cafe underneath my apartment, who’d chat while making banh mi. I went to book readings and art openings and spent nights dancing with drag queens at Drom. One evening, I saw an elegant elderly woman eating dinner alone at

a restaurant in the West Village. She was reading a copy of The New Yorker, drinking a glass of red and looking absolutely content. Inspired, I started venturing out alone more often, rather than hiding at home when I didn’t have plans with friends. I’d eat at the bar of restaurants alongside other amiable solo diners, or take my book to the local dive for a bourbon and ice. New York was up for that, as it was up for any permutation of living arrangement. We were all crammed together, and the only way to survive it was to become radically tolerant of other people’s lives. This was a lesson I learned most forcibly in a studio on Times Square that belonged to an acquaintance of an acquaintance, a woman I’d never met. In an email she told me that the room was very small, warning me too about the traffic and the giant neon ads, which drenched the room with artificial light. What she didn’t mention was that the building was a refuge, renting

I moved I felt liberated, more at ease with change, more steady on my feet. The thing about subletting, I started to realise, was it gave you the chance to see how others organised their lives, to try them out. It was a privilege, even if it could be lonely and disconcerting. Sometimes, after months surrounded by someone else’s possessions, I felt like a voyeur or a ghost, but mostly it was exhilarating to let go of who I thought I was and embrace the possibilities of bolder ways of living. It had to come to an end eventually, though. After years of drifting, I became clearer about what I wanted and what constituted a happy life. I returned home, exchanging an attic apartment for a tiny terraced house. I was still renting, but I put down roots: buying furniture and planting spring bulbs. All the same, part of my heart will always be in New York. Friends are there, and it’s central to my life. “Welcome home,” said my friend last time I was in town. I spent a week at

“subletting was a privilege... it was exhilarating to let go of who i thought i was and embrace the possibilities of bolder ways of living”

cheap rooms to working professionals in addition to housing a more or less permanent population of the long-term homeless, particularly people with mental-health problems. It was the loudest place I’d ever lived, but I liked the people there, especially the tough trans girls throwing shade in the elevators about each other’s outfits. Over the next two years, I lived in a dozen different places. I spent a spring in a sculptor’s apartment on the Lower East Side, where I had to pick my way around clay models of women mummified in bubble wrap. I cat-sat for a Columbia University professor, in rooms that were barely furnished but full of wobbly towers of books. I had a blissful summer week in a studio on East 8th Street with a dangerously rickety rooftop, where I sunbathed amid rubble and drank wine with my friends. Each time

the old place in the East Village, taking candlelit baths in the kitchen tub, and then went back for the first time in years to Brooklyn Heights, to look after Martha, my friend Jean’s scruffy rescue terrier. Martha was determined I’d exorcise old ghosts – she insisted we walk dangerously close to my ex’s house. Walking those familiar streets, where I’d once been so unhappy, I could feel how much I’d changed – how much subletting changed me. Living in all those wildly different places had taught me tolerance and flexibility, while moving so much had made me more comfortable engaging with strangers and handling difficult situations. I’d become self-assured and independent, a world away from my heartbroken self. Subletting had taught me, in short, how to be an adult: a woman unafraid of the world at large. q @elleaus





Annabelle Chauncy’s aid work in Africa has taught her how to

focus on the bigger picture


rowing up on a farm and attending a primary school of just 26 students (where her mum was her teacher), Annabelle Chauncy has always understood the value of community. It’s the reason she, at 21, took a break from her arts/law degree to teach English to kids in Kenya for three months. A month into her trip, Kenya erupted into civil war and Chauncy found herself evacuated across the border into Uganda. There, she found where she was needed. “I couldn’t believe how many kids didn’t have the opportunity to go to school. For those who did, every day at 7am, they’d walk five or 10 kilometres on an empty stomach, with no shoes on, to get to school, and they’d have beaming smiles on their faces. I quickly

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stop trying to be perfect

STRADDLE THE EQUATOR (and get a really kick-ass photo to send home while doing so).

ask questions

If you don’t ask, you don’t get. Ask people who have done it before, ask them what they learned and be open-minded about it.

don’t limit yourself to one mentor

People are so generous – it really astounds me how many people got behind us and gave their time and expertise for free. I attribute so much of my success to that.

learn to go easy on yourself

My perfectionism probably drove me to a place I didn’t really want to be at 21, and once I let go of some of those tendencies, it enabled me to be far more successful.

step up to challenges

If it was easy it wouldn’t be fun – you realise quickly that when you dig you get that much more back.


how to

learned that it takes so little to make such a difference over there.” That light-bulb moment led to Chauncy co-founding the School For Life Foundation, a not-for-profit now in its ninth year that builds schools in Uganda to provide communities with education and other opportunities. Dividing her time between Australia and the African nation, Chauncy spends much of the year fundraising and spreading awareness, and received a Medal of the Order of Australia in 2015. Here, she shares her wisdom...

be an extrovert, even if you’re not

Get in people’s faces! You never know who you’ll meet and who’ll be able to help you. Identify your point of difference, then spread the word.

be selective about your environment

Growing up, I thrived in really small, tight-knit environments. At university I was just a number on a paper – that just didn’t fit me, so now I keep things simple. 



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SYDNE Y 26 – 27 AUG 2016


p96. road less travelled p108. pump up the volume p120. next big things p130. designers abroad

hang ten

PhotograPhy: Darren McDonalD at the artist grouP. styling: sara sMith. hair: Michele McQuillan at MaP. MakeuP: gillian caMPbell at coMPany 1. ProP styling: rhiannan atchison. MoDel: bella brown at iMg

This month let your inner delinquent rule your fashion choices: irresponsible proportions, glam-grunge pairings and playful prints made for cutting loose and kicking back.

T-shirt, $269, IRO, (02) 9362 1165; necklaces, $35 each, bracelets, from $30, all Odisya,; silver cuff, $495, Four Winds Gallery,

Photographs by Darren McDonald / Styling by Sara Smith

always the sun Hold on to the spirit of summer in retro surfwear suited to a salty beach shack. Locals only

Bella (left) wears: jumper, $700, Max Mara,; T-shirt, $219, IRO, (02) 9362 1165; shorts, $89.95, Levi’s,; necklaces, $35 each, both Odisya, (both worn throughout); belt, $85, Isabel Marant Étoile,; rings, $149 (for four), Susan Driver, (worn throughout) Steffi wears: jacket, $POA, Burberry,; bikini top, $230 (part of set), Zimmermann,; shorts, $129, One By One Teaspoon, (worn throughout); in model’s right ear: circle earring, $195, Sarah & Sebastian, (worn throughout); in model’s left ear: hoop earring, $86, Petite Grand, (worn throughout); bracelet, $440, Petite Grand, (worn throughout); rings, $149 (for four), Susan Driver, (worn throughout)

Steffi (left) wears: T-shirt, $59, Wrangler, (worn throughout) Freya wears: men’s sweatshirt, $710, Gucci,; necklaces, $35 each, both Odisya, (worn throughout)

Freya (back left) wears: jacket, $POA, Red Valentino,; denim vest, $79.95, Levi’s, levis.; T-shirt, $19.95, Factorie,; trackpants, $295, Bassike,; long necklace, $155, My Island Home, (worn throughout); bracelet, $123, Petite Grand,; rings, $149 (for four), Susan Driver, (worn throughout) Steffi (back right) wears: top, $290, Sandro, (02) 9327 3377 (worn throughout); trackpants, $199, C&M Camilla And Marc, (worn throughout); bikini bottoms, $142, Marysia, (worn throughout); bracelets, $30 each, both Odisya, (both worn throughout)

Bella wears: shirt, $409, IRO, (02) 9362 1165 (worn throughout); bikini top, $295, Araks, (worn throughout); jeans, $465, Sportmax, (02) 8084 9113 (worn throughout); long bracelet (worn as necklace), $30, bracelets, from $30, all Odisya, (all worn throughout)

Jumper, $1,390, Max Mara,; singlet, $219, IRO, (02) 9362 1165; sandals, $79.95, Teva,



Jacket, $160, Wrangler,; bikini top, $165, Kiini,; pants, $660, Acne Studios,; sandals, $79.95, Teva,; silver cuff, $495, Four Winds Gallery, (worn throughout)

Freya (centre) wears: jumper, $385, Sandro, (02) 9327 3377; jeans, $382, Kenzo,; earrings, from $160 each, Sarah & Sebastian,; necklace, $85, My Island Home, (worn throughout); on model’s right hand: ribbon necklace (worn as bracelet), $45, beaded bracelet, $45, both Odisya, (both worn throughout); on model’s left hand: bracelet, $112, Petite Grand, (worn throughout) Bella (right) wears: shirt, $695, Raquel Allegra, Belinda, (02) 9328 6288 (worn throughout); one-piece, $190, She Made Me, (worn throughout) Steffi wears: shirt, $443, Kenzo, (worn throughout)


T-shirt, $735, Gucci,; pants, $1,449, Michael Kors Collection,


Jumper, $1,600, Christian Dior, (02) 9229 4600; jeans, $1,245, Gucci,

Shirt, $39.95, H&M,; bikini top, $142, Marysia,; trackpants, $25, SuprĂŠ,; sandals, $79.95, Teva,; wooden bangles, $15 each, My Island Home,


T-shirt, $83, Palace Skateboards,

Pants, $140, Witchery, Photography: Darren McDonald at The Artist Group. Hair: Michele McQuillan at MAP. Makeup: Gillian Campbell at Company 1. Prop styling: Rhiannan Atchison. Models: Bella Brown at IMG; Freya at Vivien’s; Steffi at Priscilla’s Model Management


Jacket, $4,550, Burberry,; top, $POA, Mary Katrantzou,; pants, $1,270, Ellery,; brogues, $909, Carven, (worn throughout); earrings, $1,500, Chanel, 1300 242 635 (worn throughout)

pump it, pump it

The new power pieces play on smarT cuTs and epic proporTions. GeT involved, in any way, shape or form Photographs by Marcin Tyszka Styling by Anne-Marie Curtis

Coat, $7,400, Giorgio Armani,; top, $105, Finery London,; hotpants, $POA, Acne Studios, (02) 9360 0294; socks, $7.95, Topshop, (02) 8072 9300 (worn throughout); boots, $2,590, Louis Vuitton, (worn throughout); earrings, $1,500, Chanel, 1300 242 635

Coat, $2,249, Alberta Ferretti,; jumper, $1,539, Michael Kors Collection, (02) 9233 8332; skirt, $1,234, Altuzarra,; bag, $2,690, Salvatore Ferragamo, 1300 095 224


Jacket, $23,880, Chanel, 1300 242 635; top (with chain), $1,540, pants, $1,372, both Stella McCartney,; boots, $1,300, Mulberry,; bag, $2,690, Loewe, from a selection at Marais, (03) 8658 9555

Coat, $POA, Veronique Leroy,; dress, $POA, Fendi,; in model’s right ear: earring, $408, Charlotte Valkeniers,; in model’s left ear: earring, $POA, Fendi,; bag, $3,486, JW Anderson,

Jacket (with belt), $POA, Dsquared2,; bodysuit, $260, Wolford, (worn throughout); pants, $1,372, ChloĂŠ,


Coat, $8,900, Christian Dior, (02) 9229 4600; top, $200, Acne Studios, (02) 9360 0294; pants, $1,375, earrings, $960, both Marni, (02) 9327 3809

Jacket, $5,900, dress, $12,600, drop earring (worn throughout), $1,120, stud earring, $510 (for set), all Louis Vuitton,


Jacket, $1,275, pants, $1,360, both JW Anderson,

Coat, $3,475, Adam Lippes,; jumpsuit, $POA, Valentino,; in model’s left ear: earring, $218, Eddie Borgo,


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Coat, $6,920, Prada, (02) 9223 1688; bodysuit, $260, Wolford,

Jacket, $6,050, Gucci,; coat (tied around waist), $POA, Lanvin, Hair: Tony Collins at Emma Davies Agency. Makeup: Andrew Gallimore at CLM. Manicure: Tinu Bello at One Represents. Project manager: Charlotte Deffe. Model: Daga Ziober at Elite London


Photographs by Max Doyle / Styling by Rachel Wayman

This is Gen Viz. They’re the girls poised to take over the world, so of course they’re going to dress the part

Inka Williams wears: shawl, $995, dress, $955, both Coach 1941, (both worn throughout)

Shelby Hamilton wears: knit, $2,120, earrings, $745, both Gucci,

Sarah Ellen wears: jacket, $7,450, cami, $2,250, skirt, $2,150, shoes, $3,500, all Givenchy By Riccardo Tisci, (02) 8197 0420; socks, $7.95, Topshop, (02) 8072 9300 (worn throughout); necklace, $8,850, Cartier, 1800 130 000; ring on Sarah’s left hand, $199, Susan Driver, (worn throughout); ring on Sarah’s right hand, Sarah’s own (worn throughout) Opposite page Sarah wears: jumper (worn on shoulders), $980, Max Mara,; dress, $3,850, Burberry,; thin ring on Sarah’s left hand, $195, Sarah & Sebastian, (worn throughout); ring on Sarah’s right hand, Sarah’s own Shelby wears: dress, $190, Witchery,; ring, $959, Karen Walker, (worn throughout) Inka wears: sheer top, $1,750, Zimmermann,; dress, $110, Topshop, (02) 8072 9300; necklace, $340, bracelet, $470, both Gucci,


Sarah wears: jacket, $2,950, Vanessa Bruno, from a selection at Blood Orange, (02) 9357 2424; dress, $110, Topshop, (02) 8072 9300; top, $595, Zimmermann,; boots, $3,495, Burberry, Shelby wears: coat, $6,790, skirt, $12,500, both Dion Lee,; cami, $60 (for set), Asos,; top, $595, Zimmermann,; boots, $1,895, Burberry, (worn throughout); ring, $959, Karen Walker, (worn throughout) Inka wears: coat, $5,995, dress, $3,350, boots (worn throughout), $1,895, all Burberry,; socks, $7.95, Topshop, (02) 8072 9300 (worn throughout)



Dress, $6,800, knit, $3,000, both Christian Dior, (02) 9229 4600; earrings, $520, Oscar de la Renta,; nail ring, $6,400, Cartier, 1800 130 000; stone ring, Sarah’s own


Inka wears: jumper, $980, Ellery,; skirt, $550, Romance Was Born,; jacket, $1,675, Sportmax, (02) 8084 9113 Shelby wears: dress, $1,350, Coach 1941,; top, $1,690, Ellery,; socks, $7.95, Topshop, (02) 8072 9300; ring on Shelby’s right hand, $3,655, Gucci, Photography: Max Doyle. Hair: Travis Balcke at Company 1. Makeup: Gillian Campbell at Company 1. Talent: Sarah Ellen at MM Media Management; Shelby Hamilton and Inka Williams at IMG



eet Sarah Ellen, Inka Williams and Shelby Hamilton: the digital superstars consciously or unconsciously infiltrating your world. With a combined following of more than 3.5 million, together they form a powerful triumvirate of influence in the ELLE studio, with tweets, Instagram posts, Snapchats and group texts flying back and forth in a frenetic cloud of activity amid wall-to-wall agents, iPhones and chocolate cake. It’s the tail-end of Australian Fashion Week, and it’s a rare moment when the friends find themselves all in one spot. Excitement levels are high. They’re teenagers, you see, but the kind of super-brand of teenager that not many of us saw coming but now none of us can ignore. Like many born in the Western world around the turn of the new millennium, Ellen and Hamilton, both 18, and Williams, 16, qualify as digital natives, comfortable with tech, the internet and social media almost from birth. Technically they belong to the generation widely tagged as generation Z – those born after the millennials, debatably starting from the mid-’90s to the early ’00s. Other names that have been thrown around include Net Gen, iGen, the Plurals (short for pluralism) or the MTV-coined Founders. Maks Fus Mickiewicz, a senior journalist at UK trend forecasting agency The Future Laboratory who’s been developing a macro-trend around the group for more than a year, refers to today’s tech-savvy 13- to 19-year-olds as Gen Viz (generation visual). “The number-one thing that defines them is that they’re digital first,” says Mickiewicz. “What’s really incredible about them is that they’re super hyper-connected… There’s no longer that ‘weirdo at the back of the classroom’.” Rather than being confined to the local community, they’re part of the global community, growing up in a diverse, multicultural society that is changing the way they act. “A huge thing that’s come out of this research is that they hate Photoshop. They can see through that. They really value realness, and they value people being authentic about themselves rather than creating these avatars.” For the impeccably mannered Ellen, that authenticity has come part and parcel of figuring out who she is. “I used to wear all these colourful clothes and smile in every single photo and I was just so cheerful all the time and I felt like I had to be that person on Instagram because that’s why my followers follow me. But I had this realisation that they follow me because of who I am and I shouldn’t try to be the person that I used to be. So, I just started posting however I was feeling that day, even if it was sad, even if it was vulnerable, even if it was stressed. I definitely think people can get caught into this social media world of playing

a certain character online and I definitely was caught up in that world for a little bit.” Ellen’s been living in Melbourne for the better part of three months, acting in “her first gig” playing the daughter of Australian television’s most iconic couple, Scott and Charlene, on Neighbours. But it’s definitely not her first time in front of the camera. Almost five years ago, Ellen shot to instant internet fame after uploading a 35-second clip of her eyebrow dance to YouTube. “The video was up for about five days and it had about 10 million views, which was insane, and from that I grew about 200,000 Facebook followers within maybe a month. I was 14 years old, I was from Campbelltown [in western Sydney] and I had an iPhone.” So, like most teens craving excitement and a measure of independence, she ran with it. Today, Ellen posts several times a day across her social media channels – Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Vine, YouTube and Snapchat – and regularly updates her fashion and lifestyle blog, Perks Of Her, of which she is creative director. She’s leveraged her profile and her loyal 2.7 million followers to secure collaborations with brands like YSL Beauté, Prada and Maybelline, and garners tens of thousands of likes for her selfies, fashion posts and positive affirmations. And all from a girl who dreamt of being an air hostess while spending days jigging school and earning $10 an hour at Campbelltown station’s candy store. Rather than alienating her followers with the unrealistic ideals so frequently touted on filtered platforms like Instagram, Ellen’s somewhat honourable aim is to be relatable. “I guess I’m not afraid to be completely myself. My main message that I try to get across to all my followers, as cliché as it sounds, is just to be super comfortable in your own skin and with who you are. Like, I don’t have the perfect body, but I know a lot of people have the same body frame as I do, like, really little and, you know, no boobs or whatever – I don’t care, I’ll just be comfortable online and hopefully inspire my followers to be comfortable as well.” In a way, this return to reality is a dramatic shift in thinking. Particularly when traditionally our job as teenagers has been to make stuff up – we pad our bras, we pretend we’ve had sex, we pack away our deepest fears and embarrassments thinking that we’re the only ones in the world experiencing them. “It’s quite empowering,” says Vanessa Zuppicich, creative director of MTV’s #MTVITGIRLS, which champions young female influencers, including this trio, who make an appearance on the mini-series. “A lot of their messaging is about being really authentic in yourself – not trying to copy someone else. It’s just


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really about having your own point of view, and I think that’s a great message for young girls out there.” “I just want to be like a normal teenager,” says Hamilton, the Queensland-born model/blogger who started out in Year 6 at school. “I just want to talk about things I’m doing, funny things, even the struggles.” Her website’s “About me” page proudly declares, “I love glitter and I don’t care what you think of me,” and while she’ll discuss everything from shaving her legs to her rising sign and her dirty laundry (of the laundromat variety) in her Tumblr feed and YouTube videos, she’s firmly in control of what she gives away to her mass audience. “I’m also just very good at making people think I’m being very open,” she admits. Whether it’s the true fearlessness of a generation born into a culture of over-sharing, or merely the outwards bravado of young women who’ve had to learn to hold their head high, the inevitable negative aspects of living life in the spotlight don’t seem to cut as deep as some of the IRL schoolyard taunts their predecessors were faced with, at least according to Instagram sensation Williams. “It doesn’t really get to me anymore,” she says of the inevitable nasty comments she receives. “In the beginning, of course, I was still getting used to it, but at the end of the day, those people who make negative comments don’t really know me… if it was my family or friends who were saying something bad, I’d take it seriously, but if it’s just someone I don’t know, I don’t really mind. They have their opinion, and that’s fine.” Williams’ mature attitude crosses over on set. The Bali-based beauty moves between hairstylist, makeup artist and crew on the ELLE shoot, getting to know everyone and making fast friends before the day gets underway. “[That way] I’ll feel more comfortable when I’m shooting, because I feel like it’s not just strangers watching me. I’ve kind of gotten a bit more used to it – when I shoot, I don’t really think about what’s around me, I kind of get in the zone and just focus on what’s happening.” Asked who she looks to for inspiration and her answer sidesteps high-profile models like Gigi or Kendall, instead pinpointing stars using their mega-profiles to make positive change. “I really like what Leonardo DiCaprio is doing, and how he’s making everyone aware about global issues, and I also really like Angelina Jolie.” Williams is already working closely with a charitable project called Kuta Mums to help make a difference close to home. “That’s something that I really want to do, use my platform for good, to help people.” While many could, and do, easily write gen Z off as being highly narcissistic or self-involved, in general, Mickiewicz says the opposite is true. Perhaps more

than any generation before them, it’s a generation with a keen social conscience. “They care very, very much, but it’s a completely different angle on things. Whereas the previous generation would be like, ‘I really value Obama or I’m a Liberal,’ what’s really important to them is identity politics… the focus is much more on gender, the environment, feminism. Traditional politics aren’t as important to them but you can see once the media starts talking about issues like gender identity they respond and they campaign and they create incredible new social networks.” Another strong trend that came out of Mickiewicz’s research: a tendency towards a hacker mindset, a concept popularised by then-13-year-old Logan LaPlante in his Tedx Talk, “Hackschooling Makes Me Happy” (nine million views on YouTube and counting). “It’s basically about really educating themselves. They’ve had incredible access to not only resources in terms of looking up YouTube tutorials and articles, but also digital tools like electronic bank accounts that they can set up very easily, they’ve found new tools that they can use to create their business or [pursue] whatever sort of passion they want… It seems like every single teenager I’ve spoken to had a start-up or two or three, and a lot of them don’t see the value in school. And the people who did value university or further schooling had very specific aims that they wanted to get out of that course.” It’s interesting to note both Ellen and Hamilton chose to drop out of high school at 17. For Ellen, who instead enrolled in acting classes and a fashion business course, the decision is paying off. “Definitely. I mean, I support myself and sometimes find myself supporting my family, so yes, I do make a living out of it and I’ve had the opportunity to buy my own car and pay my own rent so it’s going well for me,” she says. “It’s been a real game changer. I don’t know what I would do without social media.” While it seems likely that generation Z is set for world domination, Mickiewicz says Gen Viz, at least, is something we can all get behind. “Gen Viz is all about the psychographic behaviours, which we feel aren’t limited to that demographic of 13- to 19-year-olds, but can be seen right across a number of generations. From our point of view, we’re living through what we call a Flat Age Society where there’s no longer these set boundaries, so there might be someone who’s actually in their forties who acts like a person who is in Gen Viz. The focus of research is on [teenagers], but what they’re up to now, you’ll start seeing those behaviours in older generations in maybe three to five years.” If you haven’t already, we suggest you get on Snapchat, now.

global domination Kym Ellery celebrates with models backstage at her Paris AW16-17 show

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We’ve all heard of the great Australian gap year, but these homegrown designers have taken things all the way, uprooting their lives and heading overseas in pursuit of creative insight and business excellence (and a fair dose of fun) Words by Genevra Leek

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EllEr Designer Kym ellery’s longstanDing affair with Paris is finally being consummateD. santé!


t’s cocktail o’clock in Kym Ellery’s Paris showroom. Aperol spritz? Red wine? There’s apt cause for celebration given the Perth-born designer has just shown her AW1617 collection on the Paris Fashion Week schedule and can just about now call herself a resident of the city as well. The stylish drinks trolley being rolled out? An Italian relic she picked up in January on a skiing trip to Megève in the Alps of south-eastern France while staying at Les Fermes de Marie resort (restored farmhouses, hot spa in the snow, five-star vibes). For a moment, it’s sounding like we’ve lost Ellery to a fizz of French fabulousness

until she breaks off into the story of how her brother came, too. “I’d spent Christmas in Perth and then was to fly from Perth to Paris. I was moving my first lot of stuff over and I got to the airport and I didn’t have as much luggage allowance as I thought I had. It was $3,000 to get an extra bag on, and I was like, ‘Well, that’s fucking ridiculous.’ I was about to give them my credit card when my brother’s like, ‘Do you want me to bring the bag for you?’ He got on a plane 48 hours after and he came and hung out for a week and we went skiing. It was really cool, because I never get to see my brother. It was some nice family time.” Phew, the grounded, witty, upbeat Kym Ellery we know and love is intact. And those iconic Ellery pieces we’ve grown to cherish in our wardrobes? Still present and accounted for – only better. Her recent runway was a celebration of her signature fluted sleeves and flared trousers, updated with new silhouettes, fabrics and vivid colour – rust, gold, candy pink – which she says I can attribute to the joie de vivre that comes from moving to Paris (my words not hers), but more than likely is a response to buyers hoping for some light relief from her hallmark black. “Corsets were a starting point,” she explains, pointing out one of her favourite looks, a longline black coat with a loosely secured corset picked out in yellow zigzag stitching around the middle. It was the look that opened her show. “I wanted to explore garments that were essential at the turn of the 19th century, I wanted to take them and make them relevant for the modern woman, deconstructing them and opening them up as somewhat of a feminist statement.” The whole collection, in fact, feels empowering. Nothing from Ellery is ever overtly sexy, but there’s a sensuousness in high necks and long hemlines, generous volume and those gold Alexander Calderinspired mobile earrings dangling provocatively from just one earlobe. “Oh, hi, Ludivine, comment ça va?” Ellery calls out to her model in

a hammy French accent. “This is a French lurex velvet on a French model.” The beautifully fluid dress is teamed with python loafers, a pair from Ellery’s first shoe collection that also includes blue velvet ankle boots and sturdy thigh-high boots from a look already requested by Charlize Theron. This season also sees the launch of the brand’s first foray into denim, with five “of the most classic and important shapes” including those bestselling bell-bottoms. “It just feels like the right time now for the brand,” says Ellery of the brand extensions. “We’ve got really great distribution globally with the ready-to-wear, and I wanted to expand our categories and give our girl more to put in her wardrobe, a more holistic view, so she can apply it more holistically to her life… Because our girl is quite formal, I wanted to offer her something more casual but still at a very elevated level, so the jeans are Japanese denim, made in Turkey, and we use Swiss gold hardware, which is all gold-plated.” It’s a truly global affair now that, after more than four years of Ellery testing the waters in the French capital, the label has its beating heart in Paris. With a company restructure to allow for French staff and Italian distribution, Europe is about to fall at her feet. But a new store opening this month at Five Ways in Sydney’s Paddington, with plans for an upstairs gallery and garden cafe, proves she hasn’t forgotten her roots. We can rest easy knowing FrenchAustralian relations, for now, are safe. ] @elleaus



Team Tome Designers Ramon Martin (left) and Ryan Lobo

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yan Lobo, one half of the design duo behind Tome, is taking some downtime. His business partner, Ramon Martin, has flown back to New York directly after their well-received show at Australian Fashion Week (well received as the home crowd love welcoming back the local boys who’ve made good in America, plus the clothes were really very good), but Lobo is in no rush to return to the US and right now is enjoying a latte at an outside table at a cafe in Sydney’s Surry Hills. The only thing ruining the tranquil setting is me, a pesky journalist asking nosy questions about work and life. “Not at all,” he assures, though I have my doubts. “It’s such a pleasure to sit down to do this in a measured way, rather than giving somebody 20 minutes on the phone in between meetings and taking interviews in a cab on the way to something. I look at my diary; to do three things a day rather than 13 – which is not a sustainable pace to be a normal human, like, you’re a machine – is much nicer.” Lobo has been living in New York for five years now, Martin for 10

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after stints in Italy then Paris. It’s where they established their cultand-growing fashion label and the base from which they’ve garnered worldwide attention for their incredibly wearable, flattering and super-chic designs for women. In the past two years, the team has doubled to 12, and things – design, sales, PR – have started falling into place with Tome’s coterie of women now including Kate Bosworth, Sarah Jessica Parker, Leandra Medine, Rebecca Hall, Elisa Sednaoui and Sophie Okonedo. There’s a reason why one of Tome’s signature hashtags is #EVERYWOMAN. “We really do want to speak to every woman,” says Lobo, who was touched by the validation that came from the diverse audience at Tome’s Sydney runway. “There was real love for the show. Everybody, women and men of all different walks of life, women of different ages, careers, sizes… It’s nice to hear my 18-year-old cousin likes something, and a 65-year-old woman liked the show for the same and different reasons. That’s what we set out to do. To speak to many different women with the same voice.” Over the phone, Martin agrees “100 per cent” with the notion that it’s an Australian sense of ease that appeals to women’s love of comfort and relaxed sophistication. “Conceptually, hopefully we’re pushing forward, making women think and feel something when they see

and wear the clothes. But definitely the wanting to not complicate the practical side of wearing the clothes, that’s the Australian sense that comes through.” This season, the Sydney-raised pair made it easier than ever to access their pieces straight from the runway with a “see, buy, wear” initiative encouraging customers to jump online to nab their favourites from a collection inspired by the style of the kind of strong woman Lobo and Martin love to celebrate, Nina Simone. From oversized shirting to airy culottes and patchwork denim upcycled and repurposed from preloved jeans – these are the kind of clothes coveted by women no matter where they are in the world. Whether in Sydney or New York, it’s clear Tome is about operating on a global scale, which means Lobo and Martin are never in their apartments, East Village and Brooklyn respectively, for very long. “Increasingly we’re doing things in different parts of the world, which is the natural progression for any brand that sells internationally. And you know, we live with global perspectives now and nothing is impossible,” says Lobo. “All the things we do show us that everything is possible no matter where you are in the world – you just need something unique to say amid all the chatter.” With art exhibitions, shows, dance and theatre at their fingertips, the designers are never short of inspiration. And there’s something to be said for the common understanding that comes from a relationship that began 19 years ago studying design at the University of Technology, Sydney. “We still laugh about the same things, like Big Girl’s Blouse and Magda Szubanski – all the things we found funny then are apparently still funny to us. We have a small litany of jokes that repeat, just like humour reflux,” laughs Lobo. Despite the occasional soul-feeding visit to Australia, New York is at least home for now. “I can’t put my finger on why New York is the right place,” says Martin. “That’s part of its charm. It’s such a dynamic city, constantly evolving and moving forward. I mean, that’s what great fashion is.”




EYE SPY Sam Stevenson, the founder of Pared

am Stevenson’s schedule sche u e for fo the next few month i hectic e i months is to say the least. First Firs up, sales l in Sydney and Melbourne, Melb then Miami for Swim Week, k Aruba to do a shoot, around A America to do more sales, on to Bali, then h back to the US, specifically N k New Y York, in September, and finally to E Europe ffor trade shows. It’s hard to pred h predict where she’ll be in the world when we call. all “I’m in Brisbane at the mom moment,” she says, “and I’m very cold cold!” f The eyewear designer is in town for a short visit, and while Quee l d Queensland isn’t known for its freezing ttemps, anything must seem cold to someone who’s used to spending a thi d off the h third year in Bali. But with anothe h d another third of the year spent travelling, w we’re confused about where Steve o Stevenson and her business partner/hu partner/husband Edward Baker actually call h home.. k “Sometimes I don’t really know either!” she laughs. “We hav d have our h head office for Pared in Brisbane, we h have a house in Bali, and then we are in the h US or travelling the rest of th the year. We moved to Bali when we first started Pared – it was a low-risk way to start a small business and see how it grew. Now we have a store in Seminyak called Kiosk and a clothing brand we run from there. And also, it’s just a great place for us to come back to and recuperate, rest a little bit, get our jazz back before we go and travel again. Because it can be very exhausting, all the travel – it’s fun, but it’s very exhausting.” Luckily, all Stevenson needs is her laptop to be able to work from anywhere in the world. Staying connected online while being able to meet buyers, press and prospective collaborators IRL has been key to Pared’s success not only in Australia, New Zealand and Asia, but more recently in the US where Shopbop and Nordstrom have jumped on board with the colourful, handcrafted


sunglasses worn by Miley Cyrus, Katy Perry and the Haim sisters. Locally, Stevenson has worked with Emma Mulholland, Ginger & Smart and Melbourne jewellery brand POMS to create unique collections. This season, it’s the incredibly tanned and terminally cool Southern Californian model and blogger sensation Rocky Barnes who has come on board to create a special range of colourways in her favourite styles, branded “Rocky Barnes x Pared”. “The latest collection is called Catch You Round and it’s based on ’60s Malibu surf culture. Rocky is our ambassador. We met her this time last year, in Miami. We gifted her some frames, and we really got along well with her. Then we met her again in LA. She was super excited about the range.”

Stevenson admits working with a high-profile American personality like Barnes was a great way to further establish Pared in the US, but that it had to feel right. “There are so many people I’d like to collaborate with, but it does also need to come about in quite an organic process. You have to click with the other person, and it needs to feel really authentic, otherwise I don’t think the product will feel as authentic.” There’s also a collaboration with Helena Christensen (a big fan of the Bread & Butter frames) and New York designer Camilla Staerk in the works. Which raises the question: is it inevitable that Stevenson and Baker set up a US base? “We’re always talking about that. The great advantage is Ed and I are a team, we own the business together so we can travel together and make these decisions together, which is great. I think eventually, the way the US is going, and if it continues to grow as it is, we would definitely need to set up some kind of head office there and possibly move there more permanently, or do what we’re doing but just have a bit more of a solid base there, probably in LA.” For now, the Mondrian Hotel acts as a home away from home in West Hollywood, and a well-curated suitcase doubles as Stevenson’s travelling wardrobe. “I try to keep all my summery resort-y things in Bali – little jumpsuits, shorts, T-shirts – because it’s always summer there. And then I keep all my winter stuff in Brisbane. Wherever I travel it’s always through Brisbane so I can collect things and go from there.” And then there are the essentials she’s never without: a favourite T-shirt, leather jacket and a pair of Pared’s Charlie & The Angels oversized, Deco-trimmed frames. “I think I’ve got a good pattern going now,” she explains. “When we first started doing this I was a bit, ‘Uh-oh, where is everything?’ But now I have more of an idea and I’m definitely more organised… It’s a little bit mad, but it’s a good mad.”  ELLE.COM.AU @ELLEAUS






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THE RETURN OF THE PEEL The catwalk isn’t the only place the ’90s are making a return

The chemical peel, so seemingly old-school and lo-fi in an age of high-tech lasers and lights, has regained popularity in both the pro’s office and the skincare aisle. “I love the versatility,” says Melanie Grant, owner of Melanie Grant Skin Health. “Peels are graded by depth of penetration – superficial, medium and deep – so we can really customise the result and control the downtime.” And since there’s a peel to treat nearly every skin concern, from acne, congestion, dullness and dehydration, to fine lines, wrinkles, coarse texture and pigmentation, the treatment can tackle tricky skin conditions lasers can’t. An additional but major bonus? Skincare products will work better post-peel as dead cells no longer impede penetration.


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“The CosMedix blueberry peel is our most popular treatment for a quick pick-me-up,” says Kaye Scott, co-founder of Sydney’s The Clinic. “It uses gentle acid and blueberry extracts to exfoliate the skin and clear away the dead epidermal layer, giving a youthful glow without irritation.” It suits all skin types, and with minimal peeling and zero downtime, it’s a safe bet for the acid-wary.

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Melasma (hormone-induced pigmentation) is notoriously tricky to treat, but Grant has seen impressive results with the Cosmelan peel, which combines skincare heroes such as retinol, vitamin C and melanin inhibitors to break up existing pigment and prevent new spots. “It’s safe for all skin types and tones so it doesn’t carry the risk of heatinduced pigment, which can be a side effect of laser,” Grant says. “But it’s a commitment: up to a week of downtime and half the results lie in the subsequent home-care regimen.” Four months of twice-daily cream application will maintain the skin-clarifying results.

improve texture and tone

The Obagi Blue Peel Radiance is a salicylic acid-based chemical peel that exfoliates the uppermost skin layers, targeting photo damage, pigmentation and acne scarring for improved texture. “The tiny sal acid molecules also dive deep into pores, so it’s particularly great for oily, congested skin,” says Sarah Knight, aesthetician at Sydney’s Dr Saras & Co. Application is tingly and there may be some flaking for a week after, but skin is noticeably smoother, glowier and more eventoned in just a few days. 



Containing gentle alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs), this daily treatment – delivered in convenient two-step pre-soaked pads – targets uneven tone and texture, fine lines and enlarged pores.

Alpha Beta Ultra Gentle Daily Peel, $132 for 30 treatments, Dr Dennis Gross Skincare,


This nightly liquid sloughs away dead skin cells with ultra-gentle fruit acids and quinoa husk, sans stinging, redness or flaking.

Dermatologist Solutions Nightly Refining Micro-Peel Concentrate, $82, Kiehl’s, 1300 651 991


Combining microdermabrasion and a 20 per cent AHA complex, this three-step system smooths texture, reduces fine lines and minimises the appearance of pores for a youthful glow.

Power Peel Professional Spa Grade Kit, $59, Ole Henriksen,


A triple blend of AHAs (glycolic, citric and mandelic) targets pores and fine lines, while three moisturising ingredients deliver a plumping boost – skin is rehydrated and retexurised in one simple step.

Renewed ed Hopee In A Jar, $45, Philosophy, 1800 812 663




Smart, subtle adjustments with lasting results

the new way with needles

What do faux tans and filler have in common? The best work goes unnoticed. “Our understanding has changed – now we realise ageing goes all the way down to the skeleton structure,” says Sydneybased cosmetic physician Dr Van Park, who focuses on treating the less overt signs of ageing – not just wrinkles and folds, but the contours and shadows that change as bone structure diminishes. Park uses filler in hollows, such as the temples and the lower corners of the jaw. “Rather than focusing on the centre of the face and filling in, we’re actually addressing from the outside,” she says. Tiny tweaks to the facial structure “re-drape” how everything sits, restoring fullness in a natural (not puffed-up) way.

straighter smile (and fuller lips)

Tiny nudges to the jaw not only correct teeth-grinding and tension headaches, but can prevent the need for costly derm procedures. “The teeth, bone and jaw position provide the hard tissue structure for the soft tissues like the lips, cheek and chin to attach to,” says Sydney dentist Dr Luke Cronin. “Moving teeth and bone into a more

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favourable position with braces or Invisalign can lead to fuller lips and cheeks and a reduction in fine lines around the mouth.” It can also increase the lower face height (distance between the nose and chin), which smooths jowls. Jaws already aligned? Artfully placed veneers can have the same anti-ageing effect. “It’s like a dental facelift, providing many of the benefits to the lower face without surgical intervention.”

bye-bye, bulge

Meet Zeltiq CoolSculpting’s new warrior against pudge, the CoolMini. The clever applicator is perfectly sized to tackle small stubborn spots like turkey necks, double chins, bra bulge and saggy kneecaps with a freezing technology that singles out fat cells (we’re drafting its Nobel Prize nomination now). Over the few months after the procedure (which lasts about an hour per treated area and is generally painless), 20 to 25 per cent of the frozen cells die, expelled through the lymphatic system, gone f-o-r-e-v-e-r. “You have a finite number of fat cells, so when they’re gone, they’re gone,” says Man Cave Sydney founder Dr Sara Kotai, who treats both

female and male patients with the technology. With no downtime and gradual yet permanent results, no-one will suspect the real reason you’ve retired the roll-neck jumper for good.

on the up

For seriously heavy lifting, consider Ultherapy, which uses ultrasound to target below the dermis. “The micro-focused ultrasound heats the deep-tissue planes of the skin resulting in tightening and lifting,” says Dr Joseph Hkeik, cosmetic physician and founder of All Saints Cosmedical. The energy (which feels like prickly heat) stimulates collagen production to give you the kind of lift your skin hasn’t seen since Bieber first sang “Baby”. While results take a few months, derms love it for reversing signs of jowly jaws, droopy eyelids and stubborn crow’s-feet, plus rejuvenating the neck and décolletage. A welcome side effect: the lift causes a magical slimming in the face, instantly making you feel a few kilos lighter.


Hyaluronic acid is the hydration gold-standard, and L’Oréal Paris’ next-gen formulas contain tiny HA molecules that penetrate the epidermis, working like a sponge to plump and revive skin. Layer the serum and moisturiser for best results – clinical testing shows the serum is particularly effective around the eyes, reducing the appearance of lines by 20 per cent. Revitalift Filler [HA] Revolumising Serum (right), (right) $49.95, Revitalift Filler [HA] Revolumising Anti-Ageing Moisturiser, $44.95, both L’Oréal Paris, 1300 659 359

fight the elements

Not even Ginger & Smart’s bum-grazing, ultra widebrimmed hats are enough to protect you from all the UV rays, pollution and freeradical damage that speed up ageing. “You need to use antioxidants and apply sunblock at least twice daily in winter and three times daily in summer,” says cosmetic physician Dr Jeremy Cumpston of Ageless Clinics. Vitamins C and B3 are derm-adored antioxidants that work in tandem with your sunscreen to fend off damage from the sun and free radicals (try Rationale’s clever new formula, which contains both vitamins and defends against infra-red, visible light and UV radiation). If you live in an urban area, consider a pollution-specific product to target smoke and other airborne aggressors. Shiseido’s Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate boosts the skin’s defence system, while the latest from Elizabeth Arden’s Prevage range combines both sun and pollution Upgrade your at-home regimen with protection. these beauty-cabinet heroes A spritz of Dior’s One Essential Mist-Lotion purifies skin, and a layer of Kiehl’s set the tone Pollutant Defending Masque For overall rejuvenation, try LightStim, an at-home device that gently at night will strengthen the stimulates collagen, reduces lines and restores tone with LED – and is skin barrier, making it more so easy to use you can do it while watching The Bachelor (because resilient to damage.  all that cringing isn’t great for wrinkles). Top with a night cream that also targets tone – the latest from Shiseido works wonders on dark spots – then in the morning layer on a wrinkle-fighting moisturiser.


LightStim For Wrinkles, $289, LightStim,

White W i e Lucent MultiBright M right Night N g Cream, Shiseido $$140,, Shiseido, ((02)) 9695 95 5678

Multi-Active Day Cream-Gel, $62, Clarins,

Professional-C Serum 20% Strength, $99, Obagi,

B3-T Superfluid Sunscreen SPF 50+, $70, Rationale, 1800 350 821

Ultimune Power Infusing Concentrate, $125, Shiseido, (02) 9695 5678

Prevage City Smart + DNA Enzyme Complex + Anti Pollution + Antioxidants With Suncreens Hydrating Shield, $89, Elizabeth Arden, 1800 015 500

One Essential Mist-Lotion, $94, Dior, (02) 9295 9022

Cilantro & Orange Extract Pollutant Defending Masque, $58, Kiehl’s, 1300 651 991 ELLE.COM.AU @ELLEAUS


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FROM TOP TO TOE You’re more than just a pretty face. Give your limbs some timetravelling power, too

vanishing act

Kotai is “gobsmacked” by the results of the Lumenis ResurFX Laser passed over stretch marks. The non-ablative fractional laser delivers tiny pinpoints of energy that kick-start the dermal repair process. “Older stretch marks are like scar tissue – they have no blood supply,” she explains. “By creating these pathways, it stimulates collagen production deep down and brings blood back to the area, flooding it with growth factors and stem cells.” Stretch marks are noticeably smoothed after a few treatment sessions. And while you can’t bottle the results of a laser treatment, topical creams such as Alpha Keri Body Slimfit may help, too. In their own clinical testing, 93 per cent of women reported a visible reduction in stretch marks after one month of use.

get strong

A regular weight-training regimen is crucial to tone, says Cumpston. “Pushing weight increases the amount of growthhormone [GH] release, and people with higher GH levels have tighter, firmer skin and a more toned physique.”

cream of the crop

The latest batch of antiageing body creams are more potent than ever and are perfect for arms, legs, décolletage and hands. Laced with ingredients such as retinol, AHAs and silver hydrosol, the formulations smooth crepey texture, fade sunspots and plump fine lines like a Kardashian with a photo filter. (For extra credit, give your hands a hand with an ultra-nourishing sheet-meets-glove mask, which drenches digits in hydrating, firming and pigment-fighting actives.)

Body Slimfit Stretch Mark Reductor And Slimming Serum, $49.95, Alpha Keri,

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Aloe Sailor Soothing & Moisturising Skin Cream, $16.95, SugarBaby, (03) 9421 6766

Ultra Retexturising Body Complex, $89, Ultraceuticals, 1800 355 890

Resist Retinol Skin-Smoothing Body Treatment, $42, Paula’s Choice, 1800 608 574

Hand Repairing Gloves, $59, Magicstripes,

La Lotion Infinie Body Cream, $169, Argentum Apothecary,





High-tech formulas that target the problem source. Hello, new mane


triple threat


Mask greys and add lift in one step with a tinted dry shampoo. Try the latest from Cedel, which refreshes with a subtle coconut scent. Retro Dry Shampoo in Light or Dark, $10, Cedel,

Scratching your head over thinning hair? The culprit can be hard to pin down. “An iron or B12 deficiency and thyroid issues can combine with hormonal imbalances, particularly after childbirth, to cause hair thinning in women,” explains Cumpston. He’s developed a threestep protocol to restore growth with impressive results. At home, patients apply a compounded formula (actives include minoxidil and retinol) to areas first treated with a skin-needling device to create mini pathways for absorption. Next, patients visit his clinic for a pro version – but this time the active is their own plateletrich plasma (blood is drawn and the plasma is separated on site), which signals stem cells to create new hair follicles. A high dose of vitamins is also administered. “Patients take silica, B-group vitamins and receive a series of B12 injections over a three-month course of treatment,” he says. It may sound like an intense procedure but results restore natural fullness.

full effect

There’s a reason there isn’t a song throwing shade at “Becky with the ‘meh’ hair” – shiny, healthy strands are universally coveted. Get your own good hair with products that boost lustre and volume. The nutrient-rich RPR Rejuvenate My Hair Shampoo uses rosehip and biotin to gently revive and protect strands, while a deep conditioner like Pantene 3 Minute Miracle will smooth and repair the cuticle to increase shine. Finish with a scalp serum – Viviscal Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir nourishes with biotin and zinc for healthy, plumperlooking strands.

crafty colour

You don’t need a dramatic colour change to give strands a lift. “A base breaker can shift your natural hue just one shade, so you won’t have the maintenance of a tint, but hair will still benefit from plumper texture and added density,” says Courtney Bates, an art and technical director at Sydney’s Oscar Oscar Salon. If pesky greys are popping up, avoid the urge to conceal with an all-over dye job that’ll need major upkeep, she says. Opt for a topical fix (try L’Oréal Paris Magic Retouch or John Frieda Root Blur) on rogue strands, or for more coverage, highlights can subtly blend, also adding youthful dimension. 

Rejuvenate My Hair Shampoo, $19.95, RPR,

3 Minute Miracle Conditioner Repair & Protect, $7.99, Pantene, 1800 028 280

Gorgeous Growth Densifying Elixir, $34.95, Viviscal, 1300 554 123

Root Blur Colour Blending Concealer in Amber to Maple, $19.99, John Frieda, 1800 468 318

Magic Retouch Instant Root Concealer Spray in Light Brown, $15.95, L’Oréal Paris, 1300 659 359



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e l e c t r i c say “boy, bye” to makeup that plays it safe. this season’s coolest way to accessorise is with f�fty shades of blue


resh off the catwalk and making a play for space in your makeup bag, blue has moved on from its garish ’80s past. “Blue makeup works on any eye colour – all you have to do is find the right shade to make it pop,” says makeup artist Elsa Morgan. Follow this basic rule of (blue) thumb: “The darker your skin tone, the deeper and richer the intensity of blue you need. So try navy, indigo, cobalt and denim shades if you’re dark,” Morgan advises. “Paler tones look amazing with teal, sky and arctic colours.”

o n p o i n t

Not quite ready for blue eye shadow? The easiest route to this season’s blue mood is right at your fingertips. The shape of the moment (you can thank Kylie Jenner) is long and oval. If you want to dabble in a little short-term RiRi, too, get creative with your polish to fake a pointed shape. “To try the look without filing them that way, paint in the pointed shape,” says celebrity manicurist Melisa Giraldo. Switch out your regular polish brush for a fine eyeliner one. “You get two looks in one – at night, you don’t see the blue, but by day, the deep navy pops with the nude base,” adds Giraldo. ] @elleaus


Words: Amy stArr. PhotogrAPhy: JAson hetherington. styling: soPhie Beresiner

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For an ultra-modern take on the trend, opt for a glossy finish. “Shine makes it fresh, young and sport-luxe,” says Morgan. The best part? The edges don’t have to be perfect, so novices are equally equipped as pros to give it a go. Smudge over your shadow, then add a thin layer of gloss. Try Shine Mixing Medium, $34, M.A.C, To make it last, Morgan advises applying the sheen to areas it’s less likely to smudge, like the inner corner of the eye. “Waterproof mascara is essential or it will come off with the gloss,” she adds. Try Lash Architect 4D Mascara in Waterproof, $21.95, L’Oréal Paris, 1300 659 359. Apply to both top and bottom lashes with the tip of the brush, so it’s slightly clumpy, to keep it cool. q

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The best new hair trend straight from the runways? Super-long locks. Hairstylist Barney Martin reveals his top tips for maintaining extra length CONDITION ENDS “There’s no way around it — length takes time. But it will pass more quickly if you keep the ends as healthy as possible. That means using the right products to keep your hair in great condition so you won’t need to lose as much length with a cut.” ADD MOISTURE “Heat styling, colouring and even tying up your hair will weaken it. That’s why you need a nourishing, intensive conditioner to help fight frizz and moisturise parched ends.”


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my weekend in products

i @romancewasborn

One half of the duo behind fashion label Romance Was Born, designer Anna Plunkett’s regimen is a mix of old and new favourites

From left: Certified Organic Rosehip Oil, $21.95, Trilogy, – “I love this during the day. I put it on my neck and décolletage, too.” Fresh Skin Apricot Scrub, $9.99, St Ives, – “It’s nice and gentle.” Natural Deodorant, $5.95, Sukin, – “A bit hippie, but I only ever use aluminium-free.” Shampure Shampoo and Conditioner, $24.95 each, Aveda, – “I wash my hair once a week, twice if I’ve been out.” Les Exclusifs De Chanel in Bois Des Iles, $350 for 200ml, Chanel, 1300 242 635 – “I never leave the house without a spray of Chanel. It makes me feel womanly and think of Paris. This one’s my fave for cool weather.” Gloss Unlimited in BG 20 G, $35, Shu Uemura, 1300 651 991 – “I’m really into the shine of glosses lately.” Brow Set in Clear, $28, M.A.C, – “I love thick brows. Sometimes I just comb them up with an old toothbrush and set with hairspray. Otherwise I use this.” Rosewater Balancing Mist, $35, Jurlique, 1800 805 286 – “Perfect for an afternoon spritz.” Lipstick in Lady Danger, $36, M.A.C, – “A total winner. I’m obsessed.”

From left: Child Pure Bristle Pocket brush in Pink, $165, Mason Pearson, 1800 369 273 – “I always brush my hair before bed.” Amazing Face Cleanser, $49, Aesop, – “Gentle enough for my sensitive skin.” Tea Tree Face Cream, $12.25, Thursday Plantation, – “So great for problem pores or blemishes.” Facial Treatment Massage Cream, $150, SK-II, 1800 012 169 – “I like a thicker moisturiser for night-time.” Strobe Cream, $55, Mineralize Moisture SPF 15 Foundation, $49, both M.A.C, – “I mix these two together; I love the extra highlight.” Reverence Aromatique Hand Balm, $103, Aesop, – “The most beautiful-smelling hand cream ever. I use it at least three times a day.” Facial Treatment Essence, $185, SK-II, 1800 012 169 – “I love the feeling it gives my skin. It’s magical.” Lucas’ Papaw Ointment, $4.68, Lucas’ Papaw Remedies, – “I use it every night.” Lavender Oil, $10.50, Thursday Plantation, – “I apply a little to my neck and wrists to de-stress.”

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Words: Amy stArr. photogrAphy: sevAk BABAkhAni (still-life). shelves, $14.99 eAch, ikeA,

To find out more about Anna’s beauty regimen, head to anna-weekend-beauty/



It’s my liansera jar. Andie MacDowell.

*Single session of CO2 fractioned laser vs use of Laser X3 Day Cream for 4 weeks. †117 women, aged 35-55, 2 week trial on the Day Cream.


In soft, flattering shades of pink, the latest lip collection from L’Oréal Paris will make you feel ultra ladylike – even when you’re in your Stan Smiths and boyfriend jeans.

A souped-up sidekick to the brand’s original cult brown bottle – expect calm, glowy skin from the first use. Advanced Night Repair Intensive Recovery Ampoules, $168 for 60, Estée Lauder, 1800 061 326

Colour Riche Collection Exclusive Pinks Lipstick in Naomi’s Delicate Rose, $21.95, L’Oréal Paris, 1300 659 359

The oil cleansers already have hall-of-fame status, so we bet this divine blend of essential oils (think lemon, peppermint and lavender) will be another fave. Smooth under makeup for just the right amount of dewiness. Skin Perfector, $96, Shu Uemura, 1300 651 991

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glow on

Just like that rich woody smell you get when you step into a sauna, plus rose and musk to make it pretty. Super Cedar, $167 for 50ml, Byredo,

New buys tried, tested and approved by the

ELLE beauty team

Better than a filter, this clever base melts into skin, perfecting tone with a soft matte finish. Synchro Skin Lasting Liquid Foundation, $72, Shiseido, (02) 9695 5678

Take A Deep Breath Oxygenating Eye Gel Cream, $45, Philosophy, 1800 812 663

Instant cheekbones in one handy little stick (that’s so easy to use, even a complete novice can’t go wrong). PhotoReady Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick in Gold Light, $29.95, Revlon, 1800 025 488

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A spot-fading formula packed into a super hydrator – this rich cream is the antidote to the winter chills your skin needs. Blanc Pur Couture Creme, $168, Yves Saint Laurent, 1300 651 991

Words: Janna Johnson o’toole; amy starr. photography: sevak babakhani

Genius oxygeninfusing technology brightens dark circles and reduces puffiness – we hope you aren’t too attached to your concealer.


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Fill&Go Vital water bottle, $19.95, Brita,


walk the talk They stay in shape for a living, so we tackled these runway models backstage during fashion week and asked them to share

their secrets

Pilates, two times a week. I run for 30 minutes a day and walk wherever I can. I eat healthily – meat, vegetables and fruit – but I avoid dairy. I also drink a lot of water – I have two large bottles with me all the time. FAVE WORKOUT: Pilates. It’s a healthy way to connect to your body. It just suits me. ENERGY BOOST: Dates, almonds, any natural thing. If I’m ever sick, I go for natural remedies before medicine. GO-TO SMOOTHIE: Almond milk, dates and banana. PUMP-UP TRACK: Tame Impala’s “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”.

i @noamfrost

Victoria Germyn FASHION WEEK PREP:

I’ve just come from the Caribbean so I’m all about swimming – at the beach, in the pool, all of it. FAVE WORKOUT: Walking – I don’t have time for classes. ENERGY BOOST: Soy latte with cinnamon. GO-TO SMOOTHIE: Banana, avocado, kale, lemon, cayenne and cinnamon. Then I open up a green tea bag and throw the loose leaves in. PUMP-UP TRACK: Kanye West’s “Famous”.

i @victoriagermyn

Emily Jean FASHION WEEK PREP: Yoga mat, $129, Kamuka,




Yoga and interval training. I do classes and use an app. I can’t join gyms, though. If I join, I don’t go. I go more often if I’m not committed – it’s weird. FAVE WORKOUT: I like that yoga is about stretching and feeling open and loose. It’s calming and not judgemental – you can be at any level. I like that you feel an improvement every time you go. ENERGY BOOST: Avocado on toast. GO-TO SMOOTHIE: I don’t drink them; they make me feel heavy. Water is better. PUMP-UP TRACK: Anything on Daft Punk’s Discovery album.

i @amandaware1

Ingrid Williams FASHION WEEK PREP:

I walk to every casting. That’s all there’s time for in the lead-up. FAVE WORKOUT: Running – I do 5km a day. I like something with a view. Before sunset is my favourite time. ENERGY BOOST: Fruit all the way – green apples and bananas are faves. GO-TO SMOOTHIE: Orange, carrot, ginger and lemon. PUMP-UP TRACK: I do a YouTube search for “running songs” or “workout music”.

i @ingridwillo

Jennifer Gilmore FASHION WEEK PREP:

Goes all year round. FAVE WORKOUT: Half cardio, half weights at the gym, four times a week. Strong is better than skinny. Then a yin yoga class on the side – it preps the mind and body as well as lengthens, which makes a difference on the catwalk. ENERGY BOOST: Turmeric milk, ginger, cinnamon and coconut milk or fruit for a subtle sugar kick. GO-TO SMOOTHIE: Vegie juices only; fruit has too much sugar. And I always put ginger and lemon in there. PUMP-UP TRACK: D’Angelo’s “Brown Sugar”.

Crop top, $79, The Upside,


Walking everywhere. I only ever walk to castings. And yoga. I took a course in LA. Now I know enough to just do it myself rather than go to a class. FAVE WORKOUT: Swimming. It takes your body weight out of it. Removing gravity means it’s low-impact. And the ocean is beautiful. It’s great for your skin, too. ENERGY BOOST: Porridge. GO-TO SMOOTHIE: Coconut milk, banana, goji berries and almonds. PUMP-UP TRACK: Nicolas Jaar’s “Mi Mujer”.

i @hannah_and_theworld

Cassie Lapthorne FASHION WEEK PREP:

Lots and lots of walking. I make sure I get in 10,000 steps a day. I do some interval training but I don’t like too much running – it builds too much leg muscle. FAVE WORKOUT: Pilates – it’s not as slow (and boring) as yoga. ENERGY BOOST: Popcorn. GO-TO SMOOTHIE: I don’t do juices as a general rule – I’m just not crazy about them. If I have to, I’ll go green. PUMP-UP TRACK: Kanye West’s The Life Of Pablo album.


I do 20 minutes on the treadmill daily, followed by 20-25 minutes of crunches – I follow along to an app on my phone. FAVE WORKOUT: Yoga or Pilates. It calms me. ENERGY BOOST: Oats and bananas. GO-TO SMOOTHIE: Anything with mango and strawberry. PUMP-UP TRACK: Rihanna’s “Work”. 

i @missscampbell


Activity Crystal, $249, Swarovski, 1300 791 599


Training at F45 four times a week. I like that it’s in a group. Having other people there motivates me. FAVE WORKOUT: I do an online course called Pilates By Lisa. It’s great for toning and slimming. I travel a lot so I need something mobile. ENERGY BOOST: Avocado on toast – low-GI carbs and good fats. GO-TO SMOOTHIE: Two & Five Juice from Boost Juice [orange, apple, carrot, cucumber, celery, beetroot, spinach]. PUMP-UP TRACK: Gil Scott-Heron’s “New York Is Killing Me”.


POLISHED STYLE MAKE THE SCHOLL VELVET SMOOTH NAIL CARE SYSTEM PART OF YOUR BEAUTY ROUTINE AND ENJOY BEAUTIFUL, HEALTHY-LOOKING NAILS EFFORTLESSLY Beautiful nails are always in style. Keep yours in top condition with the Scholl Velvet Smooth Nail Care system. This electronic nail pen, with three replaceable heads, works beautifully with Scholl’s Velvet Smooth Nail Care Oil to give your nails a polished, healthylooking glow. And it’s so simple to use: STEP 1 Put the replaceable file head on the nail pen. Switch it on by choosing your desired speed (from two speed options) and file nails to your desired shape. STEP 2 Put on the buff head to even out imperfections and smooth the nail surface. This prepares nails for Step 3.

Put on the shine head and polish the nail surface in a circular motion. Apply light pressure for best results. STEP 3

STEP 4 Finish with Scholl Velvet Smooth Nail Care Oil – a rich seven-oil complex to nourish nails and cuticles.



f lick the switch Super-fit women reveal the moment there was less work

in their workout

and fitness finally came together

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“I’ve been through lots of different phases of

training and exercising out of the water. It wasn’t until I was injured and took up clinical Pilates and yoga that I felt like I’d finally found something  that worked – I saw massive  improvements in my body’s strength  and flexibility. The better my body  feels, the more excited I am about  exercising. I tried going to the gym to  train with weights but I could never  commit! Using the reformer made  me feel stronger and I learned how to switch muscles on. I felt a difference  in my surfing, too. Now I surf in the  morning and go to Pilates in the  afternoon. If the surf is bad, I add in  12-minute cardio interval workouts to keep me moving. It’s great for when I’m travelling, living in hotels.” 

Laura EnEvEr, pro surfer and Billabong ambassador

“When I first started modelling and doing the

travel that involves, I didn’t have time for exercise and I started to gain weight. It wasn’t that I didn’t like exercising, but I’d never done anything other than running after a ball with a soccer team. My agency overseas hinted that I needed to exercise. It was confronting and I got upset. But I was determined to be good at modelling, so I took up running. I watched exercise videos on YouTube in the lounge room of my apartment – 30-minute bumand-tum or Pilates clips. That worked because there was no-one around to see me looking silly. I got a kick out of the results – I saw them basically straight away. I wish I’d known sooner that being healthy is about 70 per cent diet and 30 per cent exercise. Even now as a qualified  personal trainer, I struggle with cardio. I have no problem lifting weights and doing high-intensity activities, but I struggle to sit on a bike or treadmill for more than 20 minutes. The only way I get motivated for that is to be outdoors with scenery.”

Compiled by: Amy StArr. photogrAphy: SevAk bAbAkhAni. Skipping rope, $1,790, ChAnel, 1300 242 635

Stephanie Cherry, model and personal trainer

“In school, I would struggle to run because

I suffered from sinusitis and asthma. It was hard for me to breathe and I would often have to be hooked up to a nebuliser. I competed in a cross-country run and ended up as red as a beetroot and gasping for air. I was disappointed with how I’d gone, so I’d go on runs with my dad every morning to try to improve. I enjoyed the time with my dad. He was there to coach how I was breathing and it improved my sinuses and asthma immensely. After a few years, I got first place in the same run – it  was the moment that fitness and  passion clicked. I proved to myself that no matter your excuse, health  issue or adversity, with the right

support and mindset, hard work can achieve anything. I turned a weakness into a strength and running is still a crucial element in my boxing training today and a catalyst for my success in other areas. Up until recently, I probably struggled to listen to my body and to have patience. I used to burn the candle at both ends. I was always doing yang activities as opposed to balancing them with the yin, and this can lead to physical and mental exhaustion. Rest is an important part of fitness. Now I put as much  effort into that part of my fitness  regimen – rest, magnesium powder, electrolytes, Epsom baths, eating a balanced diet – as I do my actual fitness performance.”

lauryn eagle, pro boxer and former world-champion waterskier

“I started working out with my sister

Felicia [the other half of Base Body Babes] when she was training to get back in shape after her baby and wanted support. It wasn’t until we started to further our knowledge on the benefits of lifting weights that we got serious about  results and making the most of our time in the gym. The key to successful health and fitness, even when you’re feeling unmotivated, is to just turn  up. You’ll feel good knowing you’ve done something to better your body.” 

diana JOhnSOn, one half of the personal-training duo Base Body Babes

“I’m a better version of myself when I’ve trained. Training takes the emotion out, it stops the

“Sport just became a part of my day after a teacher

MiChelle BridgeS, personal trainer

raChael lynCh, hockeyroo and Swisse Olympic ambassador

over-thinking, it takes you out of your head – all you have to be is physical and it’s like a reset button has been pushed. Like anyone,  my training goes on and off the boil. Every time I get back on fire  with it, I have that moment – it’s like, ‘Yeah! This is awesome!’ It reminds me that there’s more to me than what’s going on in my head – that we’re physical beings and we’re designed to move. The barriers still turn up for me all the time – I’m too busy, too tired, I can’t be bothered. The way to beat the need for motivation is to create habits and routines that become ingrained. You make your bed. You eat breakfast. You shower. You train. It’s a part of who you are. This is how most regular exercisers operate. I don’t really have a problem with the nutrition side of things. Sure, I have my treats now and then, but for the most part I love eating healthy, nutritious food. I have a full life and sometimes my training will suffer. But I know in my heart that all the things  in my life operate better when I’m operating better.”

I had in Year 6 encouraged me to participate. That’s where I developed my competitive spirit. Even now, every time I play sport I feel like there’s fire  inside me. I ride regularly, swim once a week, do yoga and train for hockey six days a week. But I have always played team sports because I prefer to exercise with others around me. Being fiercely competitive helps me push  myself to the limit when I train. I find it  more of a challenge doing the exercises I’m not so good at. It’s more important to work on those, but it does require a little more mental energy!” @elleaus












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destination unknown Ah, European summer. Equal parts delightful – picturesque swimming spots, Aperol spritz-fuelled lunches, golden tans aplenty – and insane – crowds of locals and tourists, incredulous inflation. This season, long-established hotspots like Mykonos, Ibiza and Capri will be pulsating with music and merrymakers, but zoom a little further in on Google Maps and you’ll find a few extra-special islands only the natives know about...


secret islands

So you think Europe is totally overrun in summer? Not if you know where to look…


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Why visit: Surrounded by the Baltic Sea, this remote island makes for an amazing outdoorsy/foodie trip. Still a wellkept secret, in summer, juniper bushes and wild orchids go crazy in the forests, and the water is surprisingly warm. What to do: Hire a bike and tour the island’s windmills, thatched cottages and sleepy fishing villages. Stop by Pallasmaa in the north – it’s the island’s only sandy beach, and you’ll probably have it all to yourself. Where to stay: Located in the south of Muhu, the revamped Pädaste Manor dates back to the 14th century and offers 14 luxurious rooms and suites. After a long swim in the Baltic and cycling around the island, you’ll find it hard to resist a milk or hay bath in the manor’s spa, or a steam in the wood-fired sauna. Continue the indulgence at in-house restaurant Alexander – it’s one of the best in Estonia, with chef Matthias Diether cooking up innovative Nordic-influenced cuisine (such as Baltic needlefish with pear and onion). The Sea House Terrace & Grill is also great for an alfresco lunch.

PädaSte manor


PädaSte manor

Why visit: A spot for movie buffs to tick off their must-see list, volcanic Salina is where parts of the iconic 1994 film Il Postino were shot. One of the seven inhabited Aeolian Islands off Sicily’s north-east coast, it’s movie-star gorgeous: all green and lush, and dotted with rustic vineyards and vibrant citrus trees. What to do: Rent a scooter and zip around the island, stopping for granita made with almonds and jasmine at Alfredo In Cucina in Lingua. In the tiny hamlet of Pollara, relax on the rocks – diving into the water when you need to cool off. The terrace of Al Cappero is the place for local Malvasia wine and simple but more-ish Aeolian food using produce from owner Giuseppe’s garden. Where to stay: Fancy a negroni with a view? Then check into the 30-bedroom Hotel Signum in Malfa, grab a drink, climb up to the terrace and watch the Stromboli volcano fuming in the distance. Make sure you also book in a detoxifying caper facial or Malvasia grape treatments in the spa. Hotel Signum

Hotel Signum


Anemomilos ApArtments


Anemomilos ApArtments

Why visit: Is Folegandros the coolest island in the Med? Athens’ fashion crowd certainly thinks so. With its car-free “chora” (main town), this small island is all Instagrammable whitewashed houses, secluded sandy beaches and pretty tavernas. So how does it manage to escape the hordes flooding nearby Santorini and Mykonos? It has no airport, so it stays well off the package tourist track. What to do: Head to buzzy Agali Beach, where you can enjoy perfectly cooked seafood right on the sand at Taverna Agali. After lunch, it’s just a 20-minute walk to the (smaller) sandy beach of Agios Nikolaos, which has fewer people and a laid-back feel. As the sun sets, order a glass of icy retsina (a traditional Greek wine) in the square beside Chrisospilia Taverna and then go for sizzling falafel at the well-named Restaurant Chic. After something old-school Greek? Zefiros Anemos’ private garden and taramasalata will hit the spot. Where to stay: In the chora, Anemomilos Apartments has an enviable spot on the clifftop. Go for the sea-facing Blue Studios for the most impressive views. If you’d rather be able to walk straight onto the sand, stay in a suite at Agali Beach’s Blue Sand Hotel, a small, family-run property that’s delightfully traditional yet unassumingly modern.;



Why visit: Shhh! Lipsi might be the best-kept secret in the Dodecanese. This speck in the Med has only 700 inhabitants living the slow island life, which is concentrated around the harbour. Pick one of the ouzeria along the waterfront and you might be in for an impromptu party once the sun – and too much ouzo – has gone down. There’s a good selection of restaurants to sort you out for dinner, while pretty boutiques in the old town will take care of any shopping urges. What to do: A scooter is the chicest way to check out the island’s sensational beaches – and Platis Gialos is one of the best, with white sand and calm, shallow water. Make a pit stop at Dilaila restaurant and bar on Katsadia Beach for delicious baked fetta, skordalia and octopus carpaccio. Where to stay: Nefeli Hotel offers the best places to sleep. The 20 studios and apartments are simple and authentic, with blue-painted doors and private terraces or verandahs. Away from the buzz of the port, and right on a peaceful beach, the hotel is the perfect chill-out zone, with spirit-lifting views over turquoise waters. ] nefeli Hotel

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Blue sAnd Hotel



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Arki and Marathi

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Why visit: You’ll earn bragging rights pitching up here – Arki and Marathi are two of the most remote inhabited islands in the Med so, chances are, none of your friends will have heard of them. You’ll find nothing but a few tavernas but, hey, that’s the appeal. Many boats sail into Arki’s sheltered harbour, where the quayside backs onto shady terraces. What to do: The Caribbean has nothing on the clear waters of Tiganakia – the lagoon-like bay a short walk from Arki “town” (i.e. the two tavernas). Grab picnic fodder from the mini market and spend the day on the beach. All that inaction making you hungry? Let Maria – Nikolas Tavern’s cook (one of about 50 locals) – grill you some fresh squid, or pop into Trypas Taverna where you can get a delicious goat stew. Where to stay: Nikolaos Kavouras is a small guest house with a handful of rooms, or stay in the five simple studios of Trypas Taverna. Pantelis Marathi Island Resort, a small hotel and restaurant on the neighbouring microisland of Marathi (a quick boat ride from Arki), is a little more styled and luxurious.;

nikoLas Tavern



Lisca Bianca

Lisca Bianca

Lisca Bianca

Why visit: There’s something magical about this tiny island: it has no street lights – the moon reflecting off the whitewashed walls is enough – and only 280 permanent inhabitants. It may be small, but it still attracts big names such as Beyoncé, Heidi Klum and Uma Thurman. What to do: First, ditch the heels – there are no cars, so it’s either walking, or driving golf carts or Piaggio Apes, the Italian threewheelers, as the locals do. Rent a wooden boat from Sea Panarea to chug around the caves or to the micro-islands of Basiluzzo and Lisca Nera. Trattoria Da Paolino’s homey terrace is the best for tasty Aeolian staples such as pasta with eggplant, and on balmy evenings, slip into a black lacy Dolce & Gabbana number to mix with the hip crowd at Il Bar Del Porto. Where to stay: Bed down in Lisca Bianca hotel in the small port of Panarea. All of its rooms are different – some with outside patios, others with sea-view terraces. For more peace and quiet, check into A Picciridda, a holiday house for two in a more secluded spot away from the port.





Why visit: Only immaculately tanned Italians seem to know about the three Egadi Islands, located off the northwest coast of Sicily. Of the three – Favignana, Levanzo and Marettimo – the latter is the most remote and alluring. What to do: Eat, drink, sleep: Trattoria Il Veliero is renowned for its fresh seafood and serves probably the best lobster soup in the world, as well as traditional dishes such as couscous with fish, and pasta with local lobster. Lazy evenings are spent watching the sun set from the terrace bar of Caffe Tramontana. Where to stay: Marettimo Residence, the only hotel structure on the island, has 42 pretty rooms. If all you want to do is chill, swim in the impossibly blue sea and get away from it all, then splash out on a junior suite and you’ll get a private terrace and sea view. q MarettIMO resIdence

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Isle Of Barra Beach hOtel

Why visit: The arrival alone is worth the trip: the pilot has to wait until the tide is out, then gently touch down on the wild, white beach. If it looks tropical, that’s because it is – in a way – with ocean currents bringing the powdery sand all the way from the Caribbean, and the Gulf Stream ensuring mild summers. What to do: Fans of the great outdoors will be in heaven on Barra. You can run, bike, hike, kayak and even swim in the Atlantic (hardy folk or wetsuit-wearers only). Lovers of seafood are also in for a treat: crabs, scallops and other shellfish are all caught locally and come with pints of cold beer. Where to stay: The quirkiest place to lay your head is the most westerly hotel in Britain, the Isle Of Barra Beach Hotel, which has sweeping views over the wild Atlantic. The nautical-themed rooms are simple but all you need after a long day out. @elleaus



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for cruising as far as I’m concerned. Mum reminds me that my sister took the same type of cruise as mine for her friend’s 21st. Now I’m confused: who are these million or so people spending their hard-earned holiday funds on cruising? Are they not all retired (or at least gearing up to be)? Apparently not. The CLIA report also revealed that while 31 per cent of passengers are between 40 and 60, and 40 per cent are 60-plus, there’s an impressive 28.7 per cent of folks aged 40 and under who are getting amongst it. They put it down to the diversity of itineraries on board cruise ships, as well as the affordability. But it’s not all kids’ clubs and familyfriendly themed nights. Holy Ship! is a music festival-cum-cruise that sails from Florida to the Bahamas The recent buzz (and big numbers) (think Coachella on the sea), while around cruising holidays had ELLE’s Sail Croatia hosts dedicated under-35s cruises that make Laura Collins wondering whether @__lauracollins Contiki look tame. Next year, she’d judged them too soon. You Azamara Club Cruises, a Royal can guess what happened next… Caribbean subsidiary, will host have a very disturbing an eight-day “Desire” cruise visual in mind when my – an adults-only, sex-themed editor asks me to go on experience complete with private playrooms, couples’ a three-day P&O Sea Break so I can write an workshops and clothing-optional areas. honest account of what cruising is like. I’d seen Come Friday afternoon, I board the Pacific Eden and the massive marketing campaign around P&O’s new ships, Pacific Eden and Pacific Aria, and lost count of the number of head to the Oasis, the adults-only pool deck at the stern, to clink glasses during sail-away drinks. Speaking of drinks, cruise-related press releases and invitations that had landed there’s a reason cruising is synonymous with boozing – in my inbox during the past nine months. Apparently my and lots of it. There’s not much else to do. I mean, there is: facial expression is equally as disturbed, because she watch a movie, hang at the spa, catch a live show, compete touches my hand sympathetically and tells me not to worry in trivia, hit the gym, play bingo, take a class. There’s no – she’s almost sure it won’t be all retirees learning to salsa. real shortage of things to do, but I can’t imagine why you’d To try to allay my fears, I do a lot of research about cruises bother when doing nothing feels so good. Down on Deck 8, before I depart so I know well and truly what I’m in for. I discover Mix Bar tucked away between the casino and the According to the Cruise Industry Source Market Report, Blue Room (the place to go for jazz and aperitifs). After carried out by the Cruise Lines International Association dark is when the party kicks off; I order a burnt lemon and (CLIA) Australasia, more than one million Australians took vanilla margarita, pull up a chair beside the pianoforte an ocean cruise last year. It’s the first time the figure has and request tunes from the in-house piano man. tipped the seven-digit mark, and a 14.6 per cent increase Of course, while there’s a significant amount of cocktail on 2014 figures. The industry target is to reach two million taste-testing, there is R&R to be had. Motivated types can domestic cruise passengers by 2020 – and unless the request a yoga mat be oceans dry up, that target looks pretty achievable. The delivered to their room NSW government recently invested $135 million into “ T h e r e ’ s n o s h o r Ta g e so they can practise sun White Bay Terminal, one of two terminals in Sydney, of Th ings To do, buT salutations on their but the industry is pushing for a third to deal with the w h y wo u l d yo u b oT h er private deck. I don’t get state’s cruise ship saturation (NSW is home to the most wh en doing noTh ing around to that despite my cruise passengers), which peaks over summer months. feels so good?” best intentions because, When my mum asks what I’m working on over as I soon discovered, you lunch one day, I tell her I’m going on a weekend can’t beat the gentle motion of the waves for sending cruise. She gasps dramatically, as she is wont to do, and you to a restful slumber. And if nothing else, the fact tells me that she and Dad have just booked a cruise to that a part-time insomniac like me had three solid nights New Zealand! My parents and I have very different of sleep aboard a cruise ship counts for something. q holidaying interests, so this news is a one-point deduction

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INGREDIENTS 2 sheets puff pastry Raspberries, to serve

APPLE FILLING 8 apples 150g sugar 1 vanilla bean 1 cinnamon stick 1 lemon, juice and zest 1 tbsp cinnamon powder 20g butter, softened

CRUMBLE 1 vanilla bean 500g butter 500g icing sugar 500g flour 500g almond meal 200g oats

GINGER CREAM 2 tsp ginger powder 1 vanilla bean 200ml cream 80g sugar

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PEEL apples and dice into roughly 2cm pieces. Place all ingredients for apple filling, except cinnamon powder and butter, into a pot and simmer on a low heat until apples are soft. STIR in cinnamon powder and butter to finish and mix well. COMBINE all the ingredients for the crumble together in a bowl. Rub together in your hands to make a fine crumb. Bake at 170°C for 12 minutes, or until golden. TO ASSEMBLE, cut puff pastry into 10cm-diameter circles and place in a tart shell of similar size. Place baking beans in the centre to stop pastry from rising and bake at 180°C for 15 minutes until golden brown. FILL pastry shells with apple filling until level and sprinkle crumble mixture on top. Warm completed tart through in the oven for 8 minutes at 160°C. INFUSE the ginger and vanilla into the cream by boiling all the ingredients, including sugar, together in a pot. Allow to cool completely before whipping. SERVE with raspberries for a pretty pink garnish. #


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There are many different types of intelligence, but intrapersonal intelligence is definitely my favourite (apparently it’s also the rarest). It means “within the self” and equates to knowing yourself, having self-awareness and being introspective. I find my intrapersonal intelligence comes in handy in business and in my personal life, and there are plenty of ways to foster that inner voice. Being deeply connected to yourself means that you’re able to follow your intuition. We’ve all experienced that little voice telling us to turn

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Last April, some of

Australia’s most innovative brains

came together for our latest ELLE Inspires event, The Ideas Lab, to help expand our thinking and unleash our creativity. If you missed out or want a refresher, read on to get your genius flowing before our next event later this year

right instead of left, but we don’t always know when to trust it. I say: always trust it. If you ignore it, you’ll regret it more often than not. The bigger question is: how can I hear it more clearly? Most of us prefer to simply not pay attention to it and instead follow the voice or ideas of people we admire (a mother, a boss, a friend). This takes us away from our own ideas. Sit down, be honest with yourself and write down what you really think – the point is to make yourself happy. Once you’re in tune with your personal wellbeing and taste, you’ll find it easier to connect with yourself and others. Try to do one thing that makes you happy every day. If you connect well to your inner voice, you’ll find it possible to effectively communicate through non-verbal means and to recognise other people’s temperament and mood.

Our blog started as a hobby and love of things that inspired us. We didn’t start it because we wanted fame or to feed our ego; it was genuine from the very beginning. We were able to turn our hobby into a business because we worked in the industry and gained a lot of knowledge first. When we noticed a gap in the market, we were able to strategically build a business around the idea. Trusting your instincts is a big one, and if you’re really passionate about something, drive will help you succeed. We try not to look at the noise around us; we keep to ourselves and focus purely on our business. On a journey like this, you’ll come across plenty of people who want to bring you down, but hard work always pays off. Finding a mentor is a big help, too; it doesn’t have to be someone you have access to either – read their books and interviews, watch their TED talks, and always listen and learn. MIND


Being creative is a lifestyle choice, not a genetic gift. Absolutely everyone can be brilliantly creative, yet most people struggle to unlock their own ideas. In my experience, the most quantifiable thing you can do to be more creative is increase your empathy. This comes down to changing the way you live your life;

I call it “cultural immersion”. Force yourself to live like others (the more different from yourself the better). You need to make it your practice and do it daily. Extreme versions like travelling to India and living in a slum or riding shotgun with a brain surgeon in an operating theatre may not be on the cards, but a more accessible approach could be to take a different mode of transport to work for a week and watch closely how different groups of people behave. In Sydney, for example, I guarantee you that people who catch the ferry to work act completely differently to people who catch the bus. Observe, learn and empathise. Being able to draw on multiple experiences and points of view will always keep you firing creatively. The more you do it, the more creative you’ll become. work

How to keep up witH a growing business with Alyce trAn, co-founder of lifestyle brAnd the dAily edited

A growing business can be both exciting and stressful – here’s how to keep on top of everything. • Never give up! When running your own business you can constantly hit walls, but if you keep trying you will always get where you need to go. • Keep on top of the news in your industry. I need to be across what’s happening in accessories to understand trends, what consumers want and what our competitors are doing. • Organisation is key. This is not to say I’m 100 per cent organised, but I try to keep an up-to-date calendar. I ask my staff to CC me on everything so I’m across every aspect of the business. Then I tag and file those emails into folders in my inbox so I can make time to go through various issues all at once. • Over-hire. Our CFO will probably baulk at this, but I like to over-hire to

ensure I can deal with busy periods without putting unnecessary stress on myself or my employees. • Keep your suppliers up-to-date with the growth of your business so they can scale with you. This is one aspect of a growing business you don’t want to be caught lagging in. goal making

How to create a fail-safe plan a with JAmie blAkey, founder of one by one teAspoon

The way I see it, plan A is plan awesome, and plan B is plan boring. I don’t believe in plan B because it will always become the plan A. You have to believe that the world isn’t against you, otherwise all the “what ifs” end up being the only focus. Plan A needs to be easygoing and flexible, able to adapt to any challenges that may come up along the way. To me, these challenges are “the world” testing you, seeing if you’ve got the guts. You have to believe that when something isn’t working out, that’s part of your plan A – it’s all actually meant to be happening. When you’re not the only person involved in the plan, you should constantly remind yourself that no collaboration ever works if it’s one-sided, so you have to be willing to give as good as you get (sometimes better). Patience is also important: amazing things don’t happen overnight. You have to be willing to roll up your sleeves and get dirty when you need to. This is all part of the process – an initiation to prove you’re serious and that you’re going to take committed action until you succeed. I also think you have to have fun along with the way. This has been

a big mantra of mine while building One By One Teaspoon from the ground up. We’re not here for long, so what’s the point if we’re not enjoying it while we’re here? r e l at i o n s h i p s

How to make a fast friend with Jules sebAstiAn, stylist And blogger

I’ve been hosting my own YouTube series, Tea With Jules, for a year and if it’s taught me anything, it’s that sometimes you need to get creative about how you approach new people. If I have a limited amount of time with someone I’m interviewing, I have to put them at ease from the moment we meet. My simple rules: 1. Smile! Be genuinely happy to see them, and say so. 2. look the perSon in the eye and give them a handshake or a kiss and a hug depending on the relationship you have with them (a handshake if you’re meeting them for the first time). Offer them a refreshment or a seat if you’re hosting. 3. USe the perSon’S name when saying hello; everybody loves the sound of their own name. 4. pay them a compliment. It’s a good icebreaker and often they have a story to share about whatever you’ve commented on. 5. pay Undivided attention to whatever it is they’re saying. Make them feel they’re the only person in the room. 6. don’t be too intenSe! Keep a sense of humour and be open to wherever the conversation leads. 7. if yoU See they’re nervoUS or uncomfortable at any point, ask about their family or something fun you have seen on TV lately to bring it back to the comfort zone. 8. find common groUnd. Sometimes you meet someone who’s very different to yourself and your interests, but I often do a little non-invasive research (thanks, Instagram!) about my interviewee ] @elleaus


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first to try to find shared interests to focus the conversation around. 9. THE MOST IMPORTANT THING COMES DOWN TO YOU. If you’re relaxed,

it sets up the whole tone of the conversation. More often than not, they’re just as conscious as you about keeping the conversation flowing. Go with the flow! MIND


Amid the pressures of being timepoor and anxious, and juggling career, family, friends and “you” time, where is the headspace for reflection, contemplation and moments to dream – all ingredients for creative thinking? Anxiety is a mainstream condition and the number-one killer of creativity. Our mind is so absorbed with what we have to do, and so much of it, we simply can’t get inspired. Awaken your creativity with these tricks. RE-PROGRAM Force your mind to be open when pondering a problem. Once you come up with a solution, switch to the “closed mode” to implement it because once you’ve made a decision, you’re efficient only if you go through with it decisively and are not distracted by doubts about its correctness. BE CURIOUS It’s fabulous to be curious because when you are, you question and contemplate, interrogate and seek out answers. Think for a moment: what are you curious about? Is it big-picture questions like how we are here, or is it obvious things like how the hell did Donald Trump become so popular?

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DREAM I often say to students and emerging designers that your dreams are your personal visions, so it’s important to connect with your aspirations. If you don’t dream, how will they come true? Put it out there and allow your imagination to flourish. Don’t be concerned about being judged, critiqued or embarrassed. PLAY Do you remember as a child those times when you had no fear? You could lose yourself in the moment, transported into a fantasy world. You could swing so high that you felt you could fly. How can we recapture that space to lose ourselves? There are no mistakes. Embrace the childlike capacity to re-imagine play, not to have an outcome or a solution, but rather to immerse and explore. EXPERIMENT Learn to experiment as that’s when the journey becomes more important than the destination. Nothing is the wrong way – mistakes are creative journeys, so be willing to take a risk. Illogical can be the right path. LOVE Find the time to love your own mind. What drives your creative process and inspires you to leap out of bed in the morning? What is it that you describe to your friends that you love doing? Our capacity to be creative, visionary and imaginative can be realised into innovative outcomes when we then understand how to contextualise, focus and apply.



I’ve taken more than a few family happy snaps in my time, and wrangling a husband plus two tiny humans can be tough (especially

when you’re working with environmental factors like a picturesque sunset, a fleeting moment of cloud cover or – God forbid – animals). Of course, with experience comes wisdom… • Don’t try to set the scene, let it be organic. • Don’t direct your children to “model” because it never looks right or real. • Talk while taking the image to distract an unfocused subject. • Have fun! That’s the whole point. • Don’t be in a rush. The best results happen when things unfold. • Self-timer can be more reliable than a stranger. • Go with the flow; getting what you didn’t intend can be the magic. • Always travel with an extra charger or mobile charger so you’re never left short. HOME


There are 10 steps to finding your creative oasis amid chaos: 1. Find a warm, sunny space with plenty of natural light. 2. Make sure your space is not near a main thoroughfare or busy area like the bathroom or kitchen. 3. Find a good table and comfortable seat; make it extra appealing with a cushion or throw over the chair. 4. Add some greenery around you for good energy (go for a succulent if you’re lacking a green thumb). 5. Create a mood board of inspiring images or new ideas you’re working on and place it where you can see it. 6. If you don’t have a view, make sure your mood board has some scenic images on it that enable breathing space for your mind to create.

7. Keep your tabletop clear. I always go for a table with drawers for all those random bits and bobs. 8. Have a good sound system near you; everyone needs some beats for inspiration. Add headphones if you live in a share house (and your taste in music is questionable). 9. Have an extra seat close by so you can workshop ideas with your house buddies. 10. Sit, relax and enjoy the process.



as a couple. It’s not a mutually exclusive experience; if it’s good at home, it’s good in the studio. The key elements are love, respect and knowing when to compromise as well as when to go in headfirst. Of course, conflict is a part of working creatively together and in our experience we’ve learned it’s best to express our visions clearly, in a language that each other will understand. Always deal with any friction between you face-first, straight away. Otherwise, it can bubble into the most extravagant of fights. We’ve had our fair share of passion-fuelled matches before, during and after shooting!




My partner (in life and work), Ted O’Donnell, and I work like a Venn diagram; attention to our personal work – my painting and Ted’s photography – is what makes our collaboration possible. We channel the nectar of our individual creative adventures into our collaborative work. In our space, we like to keep the ideas flowing constantly and this isn’t limited to our photographic work; in between discussing ideas and their execution, we talk about what we’ll eat for dinner. If you’re in the right creative space, it should permeate your entire life. I’m often behind concepts and Ted is behind their seamless execution. He has an eye for detail and the patience for attaining the results whereas I have racing creative energy that often needs an anchor. Preparation is essential when it comes to the actual work: we prepare thoroughly for our shoot days so that once we’re in studio it’s like a flash fry-up in a Chinese restaurant. There’s a sense of movement, I hope, captured in our floral paintwork because of this. It’s definitely a fluid partnership, but the work we make is only a reflection of where we are at


When [my husband] Russel and I started Koskela in 2000, we took a leap of faith, leaving the corporate world to follow our dream. We’ve always trusted our own judgement, both when creating our business and when it comes to more visceral things, like nailing our design aesthetic. It influences everything we do, and the products we make and sell. Here’s how to find your own. BUY LESS, but buy well. TAKE THE TIME to think about what you’re buying and what your future needs might be. DON’T FOLLOW TRENDS; find the things that mean something to you. Explore how items are made and who made them – that way they’ll be of more value to you. BE BRAVE – if you love it, it doesn’t matter if it’s not what everyone else is buying.



I pride myself on my ability to get my point across to people, and have had plenty of practice over the years doing so. • First, identify exactly what your vision is and make sure it’s very clear in your own mind – if you can’t identify it, then you won’t be able to explain it to others and get their support. • Be prepared – show how you’re going to achieve it with a well thought-out plan or strategy. • Talk to someone close to you about your idea and get them to ask as many questions as possible and offer their advice and feedback. They may pick up on something that will help you in the long run. • Understand the possible negatives or setbacks around your vision or idea, so you can develop a solution and respond to tough questions (which will inevitably arise). • Last, but not least, be patient – things rarely happen overnight, so you need to be committed to work hard over long hours and not give up. 


take time collecting things that have meaning to you.




a thoughtful, great-looking guy for four months. He says he loves me and I believe him. I recently posted a picture on Instagram of us, and his ex left this comment: “I had sex with him 2 days ago.” When I confronted him, he said she was lying – but later admitted he’d slept with her “a handful of times” and began incessantly apologising, saying he was y o u r d i l e m m a s r e s o lv e d a “cad”, a “coward” and a “bad person”. As much as I hate myself for it, I still love him. The thing is, I don’t know if I can ever trust this man again. He tells me I’m the greatest thing on the planet… so how could he do this? We’re both 24; his friends are all remorseless cheaters, and so is his older brother (who he Tormented? Driven witless? Fear not, looks up to); and his parents help is just a short letter away almost got a divorce because his mother caught his dad cheating several times. Do I give him a second chance? He’d have to go to And I feel miserable because I don’t therapy and prepare for months of know how to have fun. If someone celibacy because I can’t even imagine invites me for drinks, I don’t see the him touching me again. This betrayal point. Why should I waste two hours has stung so badly, I’m actually chitchatting when I could just go considering bedding someone else just home, read, cook and take a bath? to even the score. What do you think? I actually love cooking, reading and knitting. I do yoga and ballet, and my – Disillusioned & Disappointed few friends are older than me. There’s MISS D & D, DARLING If a snake is sliding up your leg while “incessantly so much I want to do! Read more, apologising” for biting your ankle, write, create my own shirts! And none would you send it to therapy? Would of it involves having fun. My boyfriend you invite another snake into your bed jokes that I have the hobbies of an old “just to even the score”? No. Go with lady, and when I go out he calls it my your first impression, Miss D & D, “grandma club”. How do I learn how which I now have the honour of to have fun? How do I become cool quoting: “He tells me I’m the greatest like others my age? (Confession: I don’t thing on the planet… so how could he watch TV and can’t name more than 10 do this?” Drop him. You can’t trust him. films or singers, because I don’t care.) PS: Forget the tactic of denying him – An Alien From Mars boinking rights. That just inspires MY DEAREST GIRL How about a game? a brute to boink behind your back. Pick the most fun thing on the following list: knitting, cooking, reading, ballet, yoga, creating your YOU’RE RADICAL IN YOUR own shirts or a girls’ night out with UNCOOLNESS, AND THEREfORE CHIC DEAR E JEAN, Do you have a guide to a squad of old ladies. Har-de-har! having fun? I’m 26 and I think I’m Fooled ya! All your hobbies are fun, missing out. I speak five languages, Miss Mars. Every one of them is keep fit, volunteer and work – a lot. deliciously, deeply pleasurable.



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So I’m guessing the fun you’re asking about is the kind of thing that causes you to scream, collapse on the ground and pound the lawn in helpless mirth. For this to happen – hold on, you may need to brace yourself with the cooking sherry – you must instigate an activity that whips up surprises. You want to be paralysed with laughter? Play a game of tag with your boyfriend in the twilight, or roller-skate home from work, or climb a tree without wearing underpants, or speak all five of your languages after sucking on a helium balloon (I don’t know about you, but that would cause me to grip the bench to stop myself from sagging to my knees in hilarity). Or invite the “grandma club” to compete in the World Championship Spanx Races and award the crown to the old lady who manages (while fully shod and clothed) to get both feet into the leg holes of a small pair of Spanx and “run” across the finish line first. As for how you “become cool” like others your age... [Sound of chuckling] Your very refusal all these years to be cool makes you cool.

WANTON MECHANICS DEAR E JEAN, I’ve been plagued by

painful sex my whole life. I’ve tried physical therapy, hormones, creams, you name it. This pain has been instrumental in the break-up of my last two relationships. To top it off, I’m in early menopause at age 37, so there’s literally nothing happening down there anymore. Do I even bother dating? And at what point do I have to tell my suitors that sex is painful for me? Should it go on my Tinder profile?

– Should I Just Get Another Cat?

MISS CAT, MY CUMqUAT If Barbie, the fabulous astronaut-veterinarian, with her horse and her convertible, said, “There’s literally nothing happening down there,” I would agree. But you? Please. Aren’t you in possession of the velvet buzz-saw? And doesn’t that


I’ve made some mistakes in my life and would like to avoid situations where sex usually ends up occurring. Can you think of any places where sex doesn’t happen?



Yes. On the medal stand at the Olympics when you’re singing the national anthem and, if you choose the wrong person, in your bedroom after you’re married.

buzz-saw have some 8,000 nerve endings? And after you get done reading this answer, shouldn’t you go count them? Now, let’s get down to business. You mention physical therapy. I can’t guess which therapy you tried, or when. There are so many new ways that may help you: improved procedures, new medication, better “desensitisation” treatments, plus old techniques like Kegel exercises and witchy wizardry (three hours of foreplay!). See a doctor again, but one who principally treats dyspareunia, and take a shot at the fresh fixes. Go! You ask when you should alert your suitors – over Auntie’s dead body will you alert your suitors. There’s a fine chance the new treatments will lessen the prick of sex. So it will be just a matter of enjoying, as Kevin Costner says in Bull Durham, “long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days”, and getting to know your chap well enough to want to romp in the begonias with him. Then, when you’re ready, a simple “Let’s take this slow” will do. Or if the chap is overly excited and wants to jump right into the bouncy-bouncy, you can say, “Life is a banquet, buckaroo, so don’t tell me all you want is knockwurst.”

PAINTING LADY DEAR E JEAN, How do I let go of my

intense longing to be a successful painter? I’m not asking anymore how to “make it” in the art world.

I’m asking how to let it go. How do I give up my 15-year dream? I’ve been painting since I was nine. I’ve studied at two top art schools. My work is strong and beautiful, and people connect with it. I’ve had successes and shows and press, and I’ve sold work on and off for years; but I’m depressed and scared about this dream not coming to fruition. Because every time a show comes along, I think, “This is it! This is my big break.” Then nothing happens, and I go back to work waitressing. I’m working nine to five, but I want to be working nine to five in my studio. I so desperately, in my bones, ache for success. But I’m stuck in a downward spiral of self-pity, stuck in the “it’s never going to happen” of it, and it hurts my heart. How do I let go of this now-painful longing?

– Painter J

PAINTER, MY BLUE J Really? Come on. Get

up off your drop cloth, girl! Damn! Waaaa waaaa waaaa – this is what you have to say? If you weren’t feeling that “ache” in your “bones”, I’d be worried. What do you think drives you to paint? A potassium deficiency? What flogs our great painters? Did not Rembrandt, Fragonard, ToulouseLautrec, El Greco and Gauguin thrash themselves to shreds with the same little whip of longing and self-pity that you’re beating yourself with? (Note: every last one of those chaps died in penniless obscurity, and

now they’re more famous than all the Kardashians put together.) Fifteen years? Fifteen years is nothing. Van Gogh strove his whole life, and you’ve sold more paintings than he did! I’ve seen your work. It’s splendid. But if you can’t stand the ache, get away from the easel. Be a waitress. It requires even greater genius to be a waitress, of course, now that the world is pathologically fixated on being served a dinner fit to appear in a decor magazine. If you lack the endurance – which is as important as talent – quit now. Because “success” is not what tortures you; it’s your opinions of success. And it’s in your power to revoke those opinions. Great painters may sulk when a show isn’t a hit, but they don’t fold. They make better, more ambitious paintings.

CHECK… MATE? HI, E JEAN, Tonight I was defeated in

a game of chess. I’m a talented player, but my opponent was a very attractive woman and I couldn’t concentrate. It got so bad that as she was closing in on my queen, I became turned on. We’ve scheduled a rematch. But if I get aroused every time she makes a challenging move, she’ll beat me again, and this time when we meet, I want to ask her to dinner. I know women don’t like losers. Will she accept my invitation?

– Knight Of The Woeful Countenance

KNIGHT It’s always proper for a gentleman to become excited when being defeated by a lady – a natural and wholesome occurrence that I hope to see in this year’s US presidential race. But don’t take chances with the rematch. Invite your beautiful opponent to dinner before the game. Good luck! q


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Things Olympian Alana Boyd, Australia’s pole-vault record holder, could jump over if she wanted to 4.77m BOYD’S RECORD








Throw your own opening ceremony from the comfort of your couch

KICK OFF: 6am AEST, August 6, on Channel 7.

AMBIENCE: Hang multicoloured bunting, add faux palm trees and tropical flowers and play bossa nova tunes.

EAT: Pão de queijo (gooey balls of cheese bread), pipoca (salty or sweet popcorn) and brigadeiros (chocolate fudge balls). DRINK: Caipirinhas (muddle 1 quartered lime, 2 tsp brown sugar and a shot of cachaça, then pour over ice).

WEAR: A festive feathered headdress and Havaianas, duh. SHOUT: “Nossa!” (aka “Wow!”) and “Fala sério!” (“You’re kidding!”).


K N O W - I T- A L L

Celebrate an Australian medal win like Brazil’s best athlete, footballer Neymar, would… with killer dance moves

Impress your mates, or trivia partners, at the pub with these tidbits

#3: THE “YOU, YES YOU” Bend the knees and pop your hips side-to-side, while you extend your arm and point your finger forwards, one at a time (kind of like the macarena). Bend your elbows and bring both arms in at the same time, with a thrust of the hips for added effect.

• This year there are two new, or reinstated, sports: rugby sevens and golf. • Kosovo and South Sudan will make their first appearances in the games. • The mascots, Vinicius and Tom, were named after two icons of Brazilian music. • Michael Phelps came out of retirement in the hope of adding to his current tally of 22 medals (18 of which are gold). • The main stadium is called Maracanã (not like the macarena). • One Olympian, Khatuna Lorig, is the archer who taught JLaw how to use a bow and arrow for The Hunger Games.

#1: THE “I’M EXCITED BUT NEED TO PEE” Bend the knees while jumping up and down slightly, in a bounce-like fashion. With elbows bent and fists clenched, pump your arms up and down in front of you, one arm at a time.

#2: THE “SYNCHRONISED SPIN” Kick your right leg back and bring it around so that your foot moves towards the outside of your left foot. Before your right foot hits the ground, spin your body clockwise and swoop your right arm upwards, like a discus thrower.


USA X POLO RALPH LAUREN Could anything ever be as good as that knitted-by-nanna cardigan from the 2014 Winter Olympics?

ITALY X GIORGIO ARMANI Classic Armani by way of chic midnightblue hue, clean lines and practical design. Bellissimo.

UK X STELLA McCARTNEY An illustrious step up from your adidas By Stella McCartney yoga pants, it’s no wonder these athletes try so hard to make the team.

SWEDEN X H&M With a focus on sustainable materials and street wearability, we applaud the Swedes’ good sense.

CANADA X DSQUARED2 What do you get when you cross a windbreaker with a tux? The Canucks are bringing sexy back to the games.


We critique the Olympic design collabs of our competitors



Elle Australia |August 2016  


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