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CONSCIOUS SELF – A PROJECT WITH CHANEL BEAUTY BY DARREN MCDONALD

CONSCIOUS SELF – A PROJECT WITH CHANEL BEAUTY BY DARREN MCDONALD

A departure from excess and artifice, a feeling for the future and a reverence for the au naturale — CHANEL sets its sights high as its cultivates a change in atmosphere with the new, enduring beauty of No.1.

A NEW LIGHT – GEMMA WARD BY KELLY GEDDES AND JACK BIRTLES

A NEW LIGHT – GEMMA WARD BY KELLY GEDDES AND JACK BIRTLES

When we shoot the 33 year old in NSW’s Fingal Bay, the stirring stillness of her adopted locale seems worlds away from the frenetic mode of the early 00’s. Less waif and more whole, it is as if the devoted mother of three finally feels seen.

THE PURSUIT OF EASE BY GRACE O’NEILL AND HOLLY GIBSON

THE PURSUIT OF EASE BY GRACE O’NEILL AND HOLLY GIBSON

For the last two years we haven’t been in the throes of war, but at times it’s felt close. The idea that in amongst that chaos we should still spend time seeking out pleasure for pleasure’s sake

SEA. LARA WORTHINGTON BY DARREN MCDONALD

SEA. LARA WORTHINGTON BY DARREN MCDONALD

The gravitational push and pull of the moon is such that it sways the tide as it orbits around the earth. For six hours the ocean will creep up the shore, before receding for another six hours, and on and on it goes. Much like the ceaseless lunar allure makes the waves, the siren call of the sea is as constant as it is crisp — a formative blue interlude that reminds us who we are. Darren McDonald shoots Lara Worthington in Sydney, Australia.  

PEOPLE OF NOTE: CLAUDE SCOTT-MITCHELL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH JAN LOGAN

PEOPLE OF NOTE: CLAUDE SCOTT-MITCHELL IN PARTNERSHIP WITH JAN LOGAN

Sans makeup and social media Claude Scott-Mitchell is a clean break from the standard code of conduct for someone of her age and vocation, opting to express herself through character arc rather than publicise her private moments. JAN LOGAN’s newest collaborator is quietly chartering her own path to greatness. Dan Roberts shoots Australian actress, Claude Scott-Mitchell.

THE OUTER LIMITS OF INNER SPACE BY EDWARD MULVIHILL

THE OUTER LIMITS OF INNER SPACE BY EDWARD MULVIHILL

I cannot recall a more noisy time than this: 24-hour news cycles, facts, stats, personal truths and untruths. 
Nothing is ever old any more, always news. 

FEELS LIKE HOME – A PROJECT WITH R.M.WILLIAMS BY KIDSOFBILL AND SAM ARMSTRONG

FEELS LIKE HOME – A PROJECT WITH R.M.WILLIAMS BY KIDSOFBILL AND SAM ARMSTRONG

From generation to generation, South Australia to SoHo, the R.M.Williams brand endures thanks to the integrity of its design and signature code of practical polish... but as the fresh prairie mood of its latest release, ‘On The Road’ proves, nostalgia still leaves wide, open space to explore a spirited kind of newness too. Featuring notable Australian export, Victoria Lee, and in partnership with R.M.Williams FEELS LIKE HOME makes clear the importance of remaining in connection to your roots, but being open to where the road may lead.

PEOPLE OF NOTE: SOPHIE WILDE

PEOPLE OF NOTE: SOPHIE WILDE

SIDE-NOTE catches up with Sophie Wilde to discuss the ever-evolving nature of herself and her practice as an actor. There’s a sweetness to this woman. Grounded in the roots of her upbringing, yet eager to make her mark in the acting world, she recognises that it is now her time to step into greater self-exploration and expansion.

MIND YOURSELF BY JACQUI LEWIS

MIND YOURSELF BY JACQUI LEWIS

A key aspect of evolution relevant to our modern world and the current digital landscape is the often missed art of being present. Our conditioning in modern society comes from workaholics addicted to social media, who fail to prioritise their emotional, physical and spiritual health. However, we can individually change this, increasing our capacity for clarity, creativity and joy, and finding a more sustainable way of being and doing.

LAST ONES STANDING BY DAN ROBERTS AND ANNA VIDOVIĆ

LAST ONES STANDING BY DAN ROBERTS AND ANNA VIDOVIĆ

Fast fashion is not sustainable. In truth, our perpetual pursuit of the new is about as sustainable as coal. However, many of us are using this knowledge to make more virtuous choices about how and where we shop. Our future is hardly bleak or unexciting. Quite the opposite. It is hopeful. It is honest and full of integrity.

LARA IRL BY BEN MORRIS, VANESSA COYLE AND GRACE O’NEILL

LARA IRL BY BEN MORRIS, VANESSA COYLE AND GRACE O’NEILL

In the below images Lara wears a combination of clothes owned and loaned, in a photographic series intended to be from a different lens. It may not be as perfect as previous shoots, but it’s something more raw and—like the evolution of Lara’s style—something that’s different. The resulting images sit more like a montage of moments that we’ve been let in on. It’s collaboration in its purest form: a visual conversation between photographer, stylist and subject.

THIS IS ME – A PROJECT WITH NOBODY DENIM BY JAKE TERREY AND JAMES CAMPBELL

THIS IS ME – A PROJECT WITH NOBODY DENIM BY JAKE TERREY AND JAMES CAMPBELL

Side-Note partners with Nobody Denim to celebrate five of Australia's most influential women at current. We delve into their self-expression journey, the importance of embracing one's individuality, and the freedom of self-expression that is not yet granted to all. In discussion with these influential women, we present a lineup of trailblazers whose mindsets leave us in utter admiration.

LOST ROMANCE BY JAMIE HEATH, ADY NESHODA AND ISABELLE TRUMAN

LOST ROMANCE BY JAMIE HEATH, ADY NESHODA AND ISABELLE TRUMAN

‘90s nostalgia is more prominent than ever. But, more often than not, rewatching the rom-coms that permeated our culture in our most formative years leaves a sour taste in the mouth. Stories matter—and the way they’re told and who’s telling them influences our society more than we realise.

EN ARRIÈRE, EN AVANT- A PROJECT WITH THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET AND CHANEL

EN ARRIÈRE, EN AVANT- A PROJECT WITH THE AUSTRALIAN BALLET AND CHANEL

With exclusive access to the company’s archives—established with the assistance of Chanel—Side-Note and Darren McDonald travel through the last six decades of The Australian Ballet.

A BROKEN SYSTEM BY ISABELLE TRUMAN

A BROKEN SYSTEM BY ISABELLE TRUMAN

If a young woman isn’t safe in the very building created to house those entrusted to keep young women like her safe, it’s clear there’s a huge systemic problem. Now that Brittany Higgins has opened up the Me Too conversation in Australia, where do we go from here?

PEOPLE OF NOTE: Gretta Ray

PEOPLE OF NOTE: Gretta Ray

To call Gretta Ray’s career charmed would do a disservice to the years of effort she has exerted in pursuit of her goal. But magic? Well, there’s a certain dose of that present, a dash of pixie dust she carries around on her shoulder and let’s find its way into every encounter.

PEOPLE OF NOTE: Chanel Contos

PEOPLE OF NOTE: Chanel Contos

Chanel Contos is taking on Australia’s antiquated approach to consent education—and winning. Side-Note catches up with a true woman of note.

PAS DE DEUX – A PROJECT WITH CHANEL BY DARREN MCDONALD AND GRACE O’NEILL

PAS DE DEUX – A PROJECT WITH CHANEL BY DARREN MCDONALD AND GRACE O’NEILL

In celebration of Chanel’s living heritage partnership with the Australian Ballet, Side-Note joins forces with prima ballerina Amber Scott and photographer Darren McDonald.

WINEDARK – A PROJECT WITH SARAH & SEBASTIAN BY JAKE TERREY AND KIDS OF BILL

WINEDARK – A PROJECT WITH SARAH & SEBASTIAN BY JAKE TERREY AND KIDS OF BILL

In the uncertainty of today’s world, strength comes from even the smallest of corners. Samantha Wong talks to Sarah Munro, Creative Director of Sarah & Sebastian, about the driving force of strength behind the brand’s latest collection, Odyssey.

LIP SERVICE – A PROJECT WITH CHANEL BEAUTY BY JAKE TERREY AND HARRY GLASSBOROW

LIP SERVICE - A PROJECT WITH CHANEL BEAUTY BY JAKE TERREY AND HARRY GLASSBOROW

Rich, radiant, plumping and pigmented - CHANEL launches 20 new signature shades. Gabriella Brooks road tests the colours of Rouge Coco Bloom in Lip Service, a beauty story.

RETURN TO COUNTRY BY CHARLEE FRASER AND NICOLE BENTLEY

RETURN TO COUNTRY BY CHARLEE FRASER AND NICOLE BENTLEY

Model and First Nation Fashion + Design ambassador Charlee Fraser discusses her poignant, transformative journey of cultural discovery.

WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE BY ISABELLE TRUMAN

WATCH YOUR LANGUAGE BY ISABELLE TRUMAN

When it comes to the way we view and respond to cases of violence against women, our response is overwhelmingly influenced by the way the story is told to us through media and the language used to describe the occurrence. For too long, words have discretely shifted the blame from the perpetrator onto the victim. But used correctly, words can be a political force.

MALLORCAN YOUTH CULTURE BY BEN MORRIS

MALLORCAN YOUTH CULTURE BY BEN MORRIS

Ben Morris documents Mallorcan youth culture, exploring with Nina Cohen, what it is like growing up in and being in that stage of life where all ideas are exciting and possibilities are endless, on an island with such a schizophrenic personality.

PEOPLE OF NOTE: Gabrielle Penfold in partnership with Emma Lewisham

PEOPLE OF NOTE: Gabrielle Penfold in partnership with Emma Lewisham

A modern woman in many ways (Penfold’s break, and subsequent momentum has been helped along by social media), the 27 year old is quick to affirm her reverence for tradition, preferring to sell her work by way of galleries rather than DM’s. Instagram has proved a seminal and ongoing asset to her commercial success, and yet, Penfold is adamant “I don’t want to be an influencer, I want to be an artist.”

SEX, LIES, AND RED TAPE BY GRACE O’NEILL

SEX, LIES, AND RED TAPE BY GRACE O’NEILL

Instagram’s increasingly strict “community guidelines” have been slowly pushing sex workers and sex educators off its platform. It’s the latest Silicon Valley scandal to call into question who gets to decide which voices we see and hear online.

PEOPLE OF NOTE: Nathalie Morris and Carlos Sanson Jr

PEOPLE OF NOTE: Nathalie Morris and Carlos Sanson Jr

When we catch Nathalie Morris and Carlos Sanson—breakout stars of the breakout Australian dramedy Bump—they’re on the Pacific Highway, headed back from a four-day short film shoot on New South Wales’ South Coast. In person, the pair mirror the same easy chemistry that has made Bump such a blockbuster success. The series—a Stan original created by Australian TV veteran Claudia Karvan—broke viewing records within days of its January release. It was quickly renewed for a second season. The story hinges around a ‘will-they won’t-they’ love story between teenagers Oly and Santi (Morris and Sanson), who are in their final year of high school when their lives are upended by Oly’s cryptic pregnant—a phenomena in which women don’t know they are pregnant until they give birth.

WHAT GOES AROUND – A PROJECT WITH THE DAILY EDITED BY DANIEL GOODE AND JAMES CAMPBELL

WHAT GOES AROUND – A PROJECT WITH THE DAILY EDITED BY DANIEL GOODE AND JAMES CAMPBELL

This week, the Daily Edited launched it’s first recycled nylon collection – the five piece capsule is the brands first foray into recycled fabrications.

INSIDE OUT BY ED TRIGLONE, ISAAC BROWN AND ISABELLE TRUMAN

INSIDE OUT BY ED TRIGLONE, ISAAC BROWN AND ISABELLE TRUMAN

You can’t start a fashion label anymore without the question of sustainability arising. But Maggie Hewitt, founder of Maggie Marilyn, doesn’t think doing the bare minimum is enough. In fact, she thinks it’s unsustainable in the true essence of the word. Breaking away from the wholesalers who helped to skyrocket her brand to the international success it now has, Hewitt is forging her own path - a path towards a truly sustainable future for all.

THE SPACE BETWEEN BY LEVON BAIRD AND JORDAN WATTON

THE SPACE BETWEEN BY LEVON BAIRD AND JORDAN WATTON

“... please tell
us where the slope inclines and can be climbed;
for he who best discerns the worth of time
is most distressed whenever time is lost.”