It’s the second time this year Cate Blanchett has donned a suit for the cover of Vogue.
The Oscar-winning actress now fronts Vogue L’Uomo, the magazine’s Italian men’s edition, posing with director Baz Luhrmann for the March 2014 ‘Powerful Australia’ issue. Wearing a smooth tux and bow tie combo, slicked back hair and a disarming smize, it’s one of her best covers to date.
Blanchett and Luhrmann are part of a mixed bag of local talents celebrated in the issue, including designers Dion Lee, Josh Goot and Michael Lo Sordo, actors Hugh Jackman, Abbie Cornish and Chris Hemsworth, and musicians Iggy Azalea and Nick Cave. Though the main star is Australia’s wool industry. L’Uomo has partnered with The Woolmark Company on the issue (Italian Vogue EIC Franca Sozzani is part of the International Woolmark Prize judging panel), which was timed to coincide with Woolmark’s 50th anniversary this year.
Sozzani will fly to Australia this week for the first time to fête the issue with three days of shopping and events in Sydney. Thursday’s World Wide Wool will see Sydney boutiques host shopping nights in the vein of Fashion’s Night Out, the Museum of Contemporary Art will open an exhibition of the images shot by L’Uomo Vogue, and the most promising University of Technology students will be paid a visit from Sozzani.
Special kudos to Strateus & Carlucci, Dion Lee, Josh Goot, Christopher Esber and From Britten, who will have their designs showcased in a special fashion installation after being heralded by Sozzani as Australia’s most talented emerging designers.