Here’s one for all the thirtysomethings out there. In 1996, before I departed Australia and headed overseas to discover the world, a tower of magazines (my link to the industry from afar, and my fashion education of sorts) proved a constant source of inspiration. And like most of us who regard magazines over the years as veritable style bibles, there was one particular editorial that made the leap from the pages of a publication to my mood board of all things cool. So imagine my joy earlier this week when I rediscovered the tape-stained pages of W magazine while sorting through old storage boxes in Adelaide.


Model Guinevere van Seenus stars in a myriad of amazing getups styled by Joe Zee. There’s everything from an iconic Chanel brocade jacket to a spectacular look combining John Galliano’s glass-beaded dress with fire-engine-red Fogal tights and Manolo Blahnik shoes. Even now, eighteen years later, it’s a look that will undoubtedly send fashionable hearts aflutter.


It brings to mind the time I actually met Guinevere van Seenus, in L.A., at an exhibition opening two years ago. When I attempted to remind her of this particular editorial, I went to great lengths to describe the photographs taken by legendary lensman Michael Thompson, and, after a few minutes, she remembered it perfectly, like a total pro; then she obligingly accepted when I asked to take a snapshot of my own.

Photos: Courtesy of Linlee Allen

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