The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - Stellar - - Fashion -

hen she was a lit­tle girl, Lily Sul­li­van dreamed of one day be­ing a ten­nis player. Her knee had other ideas. “Grow­ing up off the grid, we had mo­tor­bikes, all the neigh­bours had horses,” she says. “It was very much sports-dom­i­nated. But I was a clumsy kid. I had a knee in­jury – I sliced a third of my ten­don run­ning into a piece of metal. So that stopped that.”

Sul­li­van, 24, laughs at the mem­ory; in fact, she laughs a lot. Her chat with Stel­lar is punc­tu­ated by en­dear­ingly goofy chuck­les, whirl­wind half-sen­tences and more than a few in­sights into the world of act­ing, which al­most seems to have sought her out af­ter that in­jury side­lined her in Year 9. Her mother, vis­ual artist Noni Tay­lor, sug­gested act­ing classes for her rest­less daugh­ter; three years later, Sul­li­van turned up to an open au­di­tion for a movie that would be film­ing near her home out­side Bris­bane.

She won the part – and when the pa­per­work ar­rived, she tells Stel­lar, “I thought it was a dodgy mod­el­ling con­tract – but it turned out to be Char­lie And The Choco­late Fac­tory’s golden ticket. All of a sud­den, I’m up the road on a film set with Toni Col­lette, Liev Schreiber, An­thony La­paglia and Re­becca Gib­ney. It was ridicu­lous.”

That film, 2012’s Men­tal, earned Sul­li­van an AACTA nod and kick­started a ca­reer that will likely ex­plode in the new year, when a cou­ple of projects in which she stars – TV re­boots of Rom­per Stom­per and Pic­nic At Hang­ing Rock – de­but. The Rom­per Stom­per shoot in Mel­bourne, where Sul­li­van now lives, was “kind of heavy”, she ad­mits; in the six-episode se­ries, she plays Pe­tra, an anti-fas­cist ac­tivist bat­tling far-right, anti-is­lam Aus­tralian na­tion­al­ists.

““Wor Work started im­i­tat­ing life. But we were weren’t mak­ing an­other piece of art to es­cape into; the show wants to make us look ex­trem­ism in the face,” she says. says “Ev­ery­one keeps ask­ing why we are re­vis­it­ing these iconic Aus­tralian Aus­trali films, but we need to see how lit­tle littl pro­gres­sion we have made. The is­sue issu in the orig­i­nal Rom­per Stom­per has just been man­i­fested and sold to us dif­fer­ently in 2017; Pic­nic At Hang­ing Rock is all about women be­ing si­lenced and forced to be some­thing som they’re not.” On th that note, when Stel­lar speaks to Sul­liv Sul­li­van, she ad­mits she is now filli fill­ing a brief she had not quite an­ticip an­tic­i­pated. She is cur­rently writ­ing a sho short film, pur­su­ing a heap of new projects and spend­ing time w with her mother, who moved to Mel­bourne a cou­ple of years ago af af­ter sep­a­rat­ing from Sul­li­van’s fa fa­ther. “But I am also a nurse at the mo­ment.” Asked why, sh she laughs and re­veals what cle clearly sounds like a po­ten­tial her hered­i­tary quirk. “Mum just br broke her kneecap!” Rom­per Stom­per pre­mieres Jan­uary 1, on Stan.

You prob­a­bly haven’t slipped on a head­band or bar­rette since pri­mary school, but re­cent run­way shows – and this cel­e­bra­tory time of year – might make you re­con­sider. “You’re never too old for a hair adorn­ment as long as you keep it clas­sic and chic,” says celebrity hair­styl­ist An­thony Nader. A sim­ple slide, tucked just be­hind the ear, looks both luxe and mod­ern. “Go for muted met­als and don’t hide the slide but make it a fea­ture of your hair­style,” sug­gests Nader.

When wear­ing a dec­o­ra­tive comb, the more tex­tured the hair and ran­dom the place­ment, the bet­ter. “Back­comb your sec­tion a frac­tion and brush over smooth so the comb has some grab and stays put,” ex­plains Nader. Place a metal, em­bel­lished or vel­vet head­band an inch or two back from the hair­line, and co­or­di­nate the colour with your out­fit and the oc­ca­sion.

If you want to try a rib­bon, Nader has a sug­ges­tion: “Wrap a thin, black silk rib­bon around the base of a pony­tail or the end of a slick braid.” (Longer rib­bon lengths look de­lib­er­ate and fash­ion for­ward.) Fi­nally, Nader rec­om­mends keep­ing all ac­ces­sories, from head-to-toe, in the same hard-metal colour “so you look ex­pen­sive and not bric-a-brac”. If you haven’t worked up the courage to try mi­crob­lad­ing (it’s sim­i­lar to tat­too­ing) but still want to stream­line your morn­ing rou­tine, eye­brow henna might be for you. Un­like tra­di­tional brow tints, henna is dye-free and plant-based, mak­ing it safe for sen­si­tive skins and ve­g­ans. It also fades away – as op­posed to grow­ing out – so there’s no long-term com­mit­ment. Af­ter groom­ing your brows, a tech­ni­cian will coat them with the henna so­lu­tion and leave it on for a few min­utes. Brows are then wiped clean, and that’s it. The en­tire treat­ment takes un­der 30 min­utes. Keep in mind that your arches will ini­tially look darker than usual (which can be star­tling), and you will need to avoid con­tact with wa­ter or cleans­ing on the day of the ser­vice. But af­ter a cou­ple of days, ex­pect nat­u­ral-look­ing brows that re­quire lit­tle-to-zero main­te­nance for up to four weeks.


THE EMER­SON, SOUTH YARRA Come for the panoramic city views from the Grey Goose Riviera Rooftop at this ul­tra-chic Mel­bourne bar, stay for the good times ac­com­pa­nied by a bub­bly and cit­rusy Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz.

MRS SIPPY, DOU­BLE BAY Ex­pe­ri­ence the glam­our of the Syd­ney sum­mer with a Euro twist when Grey Goose takes over the breezy Mrs Sippy court­yard with its Riviera-themed gar­den bar. En­joy cool cock­tails and great mu­sic.

RE­GATTA, ROSE BAY Over­look­ing Syd­ney Har­bour from its stylish jetty bar, this is the quin­tes­sen­tial East­ern Sub­urbs spot to re­lax and en­joy the per­fect sum­mer spritz – one of four Grey Goose Le Grand Fizz vari­a­tions.

PEPE’S ON THE BEACH, NORTH WOLLONGONG This beach­side bar will see its over­sized deck and pri­vate ca­banas trans­formed, Grey Goose Riviera style. Watch the sun sink into the sea with the drink of the sum­mer.

The eighth bou­tique in the Art Se­ries Ho­tels group has opened in the cul­tural melt­ing pot of Box Hill. Just as their pop­u­lar Mel­bourne hotspots The Black­man, The Olsen, The Cullen and The Lar­will pay homage to a name­sake con­tem­po­rary artist, The Chen takes its de­sign cues from Chi­nese/ Aus­tralian painter Zhong Chen. This buzzing ho­tel only marked its first an­niver­sary a few months ago, but al­ready QT Mel­bourne is up­ping the ante on the food front. They’ve just ap­pointed An­drew Harmer, one of the city’s hottest culi­nary stars (hav­ing worked at Vue De Monde and The Point in Al­bert Park) as their new ex­ec­u­tive chef. Guests want­ing the con­ve­nience and prox­im­ity of Crown Metropol, Prom­e­nade or Tow­ers can now book di­rectly and save 15 per cent off the best daily rate. The on­line of­fer, Crown Di­rect, has other perks too, like drink cards on ar­rival, in-room ameni­ties and sneak peeks at sales; crown­ho­tels.com.au/crowndi­rect.

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