EDI­TOR’S LET­TER

VOGUE Australia - - Contents -

The Gucci ef­fect con­tin­ues to per­me­ate through the col­lec­tive cre­ative fash­ion con­scious­ness, as you can prob­a­bly see from th­ese pages – a cel­e­bra­tion of eclec­tic won­der. Alessan­dro Michele’s unique vi­sion is ev­i­dent in his most re­cent re­sort col­lec­tion (see fash­ion di­rec­tor Chris­tine Cen­ten­era’s re­port from Florence, from page 238) and has in­spired ed­i­tors, stylists and even other de­sign­ers to reimag­ine fash­ion.

Our cover tal­ent, Lorde, burst onto the scene in 2013 and forced us to rede­fine what a then 16-year-old could do. A re­cent poll in the Wall Street Jour­nal asked read­ers to imag­ine they were her man­ager and say if they would ad­vise her to: a) stick with her edgy down-to-earth im­age or b) pro­mote her into a big dy­namic star like Tay­lor Swift. I like to think this cover and the in­side im­ages do both, re­main­ing true to her teenage eclec­tic, earthy style while point­ing to the more ma­ture and so­phis­ti­cated world star she has be­come. For­tu­nately, this sea­son’s fash­ion and styling is at­tuned to that mes­sage. Ahead of her up­com­ing Aus­tralian tour and his­tory-mak­ing per­for­mance on the fore­court of the Syd­ney Opera House, Lorde talks frankly to Vogue’s Alice Bir­rell (from page 162) about the chal­lenges and won­der of her con­tin­u­ing as­cent to su­per­star­dom.

Won­der seems to be a com­mon theme of this is­sue and so it’s very suit­able that we cel­e­brate the cre­ation of the Aus­tralian Bal­let’s up­com­ing pro­duc­tion of Alice’s

Ad­ven­tures in Won­der­land. Ju­nior fash­ion edi­tor Petta Chua vis­ited the Aus­tralian Bal­let Pro­duc­tion Cen­tre in Melbourne where the com­pany was pre­par­ing. The re­sult­ing im­ages cap­ture the ex­tra­or­di­nary cos­tumes along­side the dancers, in­cred­i­ble cre­ative di­rec­tor David McAl­lis­ter, and the be­hind-the-scenes tal­ents who cre­ate the sets, cos­tumes and man­age the stage that trans­forms the leg­endary chil­dren’s tale into an as­ton­ish­ing bal­let spec­ta­cle.

Mean­while, Vogue’s Zara Wong fol­lowed the jour­ney of de­signer Nicky Zim­mer­mann over a pe­riod of six months to take you in­side the life of this won­der­fully gifted Aus­tralian de­signer who, with her sis­ter, con­tin­ues to con­quer the world as they launched three new stores glob­ally, in­clud­ing a first flag­ship in Lon­don, and showed in New York, too. Zim­mer­mann proudly em­pow­ers

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