“She went to the top very, very fast. Her look de­fined a decade be­cause she was so unique”

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VogueTh­elov­ing hav­ing a mo­ment in New York where I wasn’t work­ing be­cause then I could en­joy liv­ing there. When you’re work­ing that much, your home is on an air­plane – you don’t spend a lot of time in the place that you ac­tu­ally live.”

She de­scribes the work­ing re­union as a “dream job”. Although Ward en­joyed her re­cent re­turn, it is clear her move from beach­side ham­let to buzzing me­trop­o­lis has come to suit her and her young fam­ily. Ward is full of en­thu­si­asm for her life in New York, and she’s rel­ish­ing life in the city in a way she wasn’t able to in her teens.

“I’m al­ways rein­vig­o­rated when I [go] back to New York. I love the walk­ing cul­ture, that’s my favourite thing,” says Ward. The fam­ily lives in the trendy Tribeca neigh­bour­hood this time round. “That’s been fun, espe­cially be­cause it’s re­ally great with kids, and ev­ery­thing’s con­ve­nient. We’re lov­ing it.”

The move came out of a de­sire to work more reg­u­larly in fash­ion again, and she is happy with the op­por­tu­ni­ties New York af­fords. In the past few months, she’s shot ed­i­to­rial for Ital­ian and Thai and Sun­day Times’s style glossy in the UK, walked in fash­ion shows for Proenza Schouler, and fronted cam­paigns for Zimmermann and jew­ellers Hardy Broth­ers. “It doesn’t feel su­per-busy like it used to be, but I’ve def­i­nitely been keep­ing busy in a way that I’m happy about; that’s why I’m there. I’ve been work­ing with

dif­fi­cult,” says Fan­tauzzo. “I couldn’t read or write. I got put in spe­cial classes and felt stupid. I had ex­treme anx­i­ety about cer­tain tasks, like copy­ing from the board or read­ing out loud.”

Ow­ing to his own ex­pe­ri­ence, Fan­tauzzo is al­ways keen to break down some of the stigma and con­fu­sion that of­ten sur­round the con­di­tion. “A lot of peo­ple are ashamed of be­ing dyslexic, but they shouldn’t be. Dys­lexia is a gift – a su­per­power,” he says em­phat­i­cally. And he has taken a role as am­bas­sador for the new Aus­tralian char­ity Code Read Dys­lexia Net­work to help spread that credo. Nav­i­gat­ing the school years as a dyslexic is not easy; ac­cord­ing to the Aus­tralian Dys­lexia As­so­ci­a­tion, 95 per cent of adult dyslex­ics re­call be­ing ei­ther told they were, or they were made to feel, “dumb”, “lazy” or “stupid” by a teacher. “It breaks my heart that noth­ing has re­ally changed,” Fan­tauzzo tells Stel­lar. Although he no longer has to worry about read­ing out loud, dys­lexia still im­pacts Fan­tauzzo’s ev­ery­day life. Short-term me­mory is an is­sue (“If I could get back all the time I’ve spent look­ing for keys…”), he hates filling in forms and, although he lis­tens to two au­dio books a week, the thought of ac­tu­ally read­ing a book from cover to cover “makes me want to vomit”.

He ad­mits to a hap­haz­ard ap­proach to or­gan­i­sa­tion, point­ing out that “I never doc­u­ment or plan any­thing. I fly by the seat of my pants most of the time.” In sharp con­trast, his other half Ked­die is metic­u­lous. “Asher never for­gets any­thing,” he says. “She is ex­tremely or­gan­ised; I’m the op­po­site. She un­der­stands that when I don’t do some­thing that she would have liked, it’s not be­cause I’m in­con­sid­er­ate. I’ve just for­got­ten about it.”

As if on cue to per­fectly il­lus­trate the point, Ked­die – hav­ing just ar­rived home in her own car – in­ter­rupts the in­ter­view by tap­ping on the win­dow of Fan­tauzzo’s ve­hi­cle, which is sta­tion­ary now he’s ar­rived at his des­ti­na­tion.

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