VOGUE Australia - - News - Ed­wina McCann Editor-in- chief

Iam writ­ing this from Mi­lan, where I’ve just seen the lat­est Gucci ready-to-wear col­lec­tion by ge­nius de­signer Alessan­dro Michele, held in the house’s new show space on the out­skirts of the city. In­side the venue, gi­ant cur­tains of the most beau­ti­ful pur­ple hue were lifted to re­veal a raised run­way housed in Per­spex tubes on a stage dubbed “the Al­chemist’s Gar­den: an anti-mod­ern lab­o­ra­tory”.

Michele col­lab­o­rated with pho­tog­ra­pher and artist Coco Capitán to cre­ate slo­gan T-shirts and the show in­vi­ta­tion, which read: “What are we go­ing to do with all the fu­ture?” Other slo­gans in Capitán’s sig­na­ture sketchy font in­cluded “Com­mon sense is not so com­mon” and “To­mor­row is now yes­ter­day”. And for his fi­nal bow, Michele wore his and Capitán’s favourite T-shirt, printed with the words: “I want to go back to be­liev­ing a story.”

And so far this sea­son, that is ex­actly what fash­ion is do­ing with de­ter­mi­na­tion: cre­at­ing an­other story of our times in which ac­cep­tance and a healthy dose of fan­tasy reign supreme. Now that might all seem rather fickle, con­sid­er­ing the very se­ri­ous is­sues fac­ing the world and the di­vi­sive na­ture of pol­i­tics at the mo­ment. But never un­der­es­ti­mate the power of cre­ative minds to shift the way we think or the power of de­ter­mined minds to change our own minds (for good and some­times bad).

Our cover star Karlie Kloss is a wo­man on many mis­sions. While vis­it­ing Aus­tralia re­cently to walk in the David Jones show, Karlie took time to col­lab­o­rate with us and home-grown graf­fiti artist An­thony Lister, who spray-painted the Vogue mast­head above Karlie’s head for our cover on one of his street-art works at Bondi Beach.

Karlie wrote to fash­ion di­rec­tor Chris­tine Cen­ten­era and I fol­low­ing the shoot to say how much she had en­joyed the day. For me, aside from be­ing de­light­fully po­lite, she stands for so many things young women can as­pire to.

Her work with Kode With Klossy, a move­ment to en­cour­age young women to learn to code and take an in­ter­est in tech­nol­ogy, is well aligned with our own Vogue Codes ini­tia­tive. In Lon­don, the night be­fore the Gucci show, she co-hosted the Fab­u­lous Fund Fair with her friend and fel­low phi­lan­thropist Natalia Vo­di­anova, the third an­nual fundraiser in aid of Vo­di­anova’s Naked Heart Foun­da­tion, which raises money for child sup­port pro­grams in Rus­sia. She also cre­ated a range of cook­ies with New York’s famed Mo­mo­fuku Milk Bar with the aim of rais­ing funds to pro­vide meals for dis­ad­van­taged chil­dren.

Karlie is a stu­dent at New York Univer­sity and is pro­fi­cient in cod­ing in HTML, CSS and JavaScript, lan­guages that drive web­sites, and she is now learn­ing Swift, a lan­guage for build­ing apps. She says she feels a re­spon­si­bil­ity to get girls en­gaged with im­por­tant skills that can trans­form their fu­tures, so that they may take part in the evo­lu­tion of in­dus­tries and par­tic­i­pate in how they are be­ing shaped. As Zara Wong notes in her in­ter­view: “Karlie is the mas­cot for the smart-girl-done-good.”

Never un­der­es­ti­mate the power of fash­ion and those in the in­dus­try to make a real dif­fer­ence, even though some­times it may have noth­ing to do with clothes.

Kar­lie Kloss in “Just add wa­ter”, from page 152, wears a Saint Lau­rent by An­thony Vac­carello dress and ear­rings. Cartier ring.

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