Vogue’s Sal Morgan caught up with two of Australia’s rising stars.
Wearing an Emilio Pucci dress fresh off the S/S 2013 runway, Bella Heathcote stepped into her latest role as GQ Australia’s Woman of the Year looking every bit the part. “It’s something that I felt would be sexy enough to be GQ, but classy enough that I liked it,” she said of her dress. She completed the look with Camilla Skovgaard shoes, a Rodo Italy clutch, Sorrelina earrings and a ring by Caviar Dreams – listing these off in an unexpectedly deep Australian accent while double-checking the pronunciations on her phone.
The Vogue cover girl, who fronted our September issue, was back in town for GQ’s Men of the Year Awards; a short trip in between a demanding schedule. “It’s nice to be back and catch up with people and drink some good coffee,” said Heathcote.
Also in attendance at the event was Heathcote’s friend, Phoebe Tonkin, wearing a Dion Lee dress and Givenchy shoes. The two became close after they were introduced by fellow Australian actress Teresa Palmer, and now count themselves as part of the ever-growing circle of Australian acting expats residing in LA.
“It’s really great to walk around somewhere, and not have to get in the car,” added Tonkin. Asked what they missed the most, both actresses eminently agreed; “the coffee, the beach, and the people.”
When talk turned to matters of style, both girls said their wardrobes had menswear influences; “All my stuff is men’s fashion. It’s always oversized shirts, boyfriend blazers and trousers,” said Heathcote, while Tonkin “collects” (note: pilfers) her ex-boyfriends’ hoodies.
Recommending boyfriend-worthy gifts for the upcoming silly season, their suggestions revealed their own interests and eccentricities. “I collect skulls; I think that a beautiful skull is a really good gift for a guy,” said Heathcote. Tonkin opted for a more classic stocking filler. “I like giving music-themed gifts. I’ve given a couple of music documentaries to boys. Especially if they don’t have the same taste as me, I try to infiltrate their mind with my favourite bands,” she laughed.
Published November 15, 2012
by Isabel Edwards Brown