In the pursuit of fashion’s Me Too moment, a disappointing blind spot has emerged.

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Remember when allegations of Harvey Weinstein’s systematic and wide-spread sexual abuse emerged? Of course you remember — because it was covered widely, shared widely, and sparked the revival of a global hashtag, #MeToo. Celebrities publicly supported those who shared their stories and shamed Weinstein for his alleged actions.

Weinstein was sacked by his own company, the Oscars board expelled him, and he was stripped of an honorary medal from Harvard. The Producers Guild of America, The Television Academy, and Bafta moved to ban him. Even his own wife announced that she was leaving him.

And then, fashion’s Me Too moment…

A blockbuster comic book movie is hardly the most inspiring source text for a discussion of feminism — but since we are here, let’s talk about it like it was meant to be taken more seriously than any other male-led superhero movie seemed to be.

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The first instalment of Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman celebrated unabashed female excellence. It made feminists cry. It broke box office records. And it reminded us that Hollywood still centres traditional male protagonists at the forefront of storytelling despite the financial pulling power of a female-led narrative.

So Wonder Woman 1984 was always going to be…

There’s something for everyone less than a two hour drive from Melbourne. Stay close this holiday season and explore your own backyard in cosmopolitan Ballarat.

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As we venture a little closer to home in 2021 due to worldwide travel restrictions and concerns over a relentless global pandemic, it’s the perfect time to rediscover old favourites for long weekends away.

Try somewhere other than the beach this summer — here’s my fuss-free weekend itinerary for a decidedly cosmopolitan couple of days in Ballarat.

11.30am: Brunch at Johnny Alloo

Gift yourself a casual start, leaving Melbourne about 9.30am. …

It’s hard to wear pastels without looking dowdy — but these ten pieces will have you looking anything but. Here’s to the power of pastels.

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St Cloud Resort ’20 (Image provided)

Colour? For summer? Groundbreaking… but in real life, it can be hard to adjust from the blacks and greys of a winter wardrobe to the vibrant colour pop of a summer wardrobe. So this year, why not go a little lighter?

On trend for 20/21 summer are a set of delicious gelato pastels that are easy as pie to match back with any collection — add a pair of faded denim jean shorts and a…

From the reflective salt plains of Lake Tyrrell to the pink lakes of the Murray-Sunset National Park, and the Red Cliffs just out of town, a long weekend in Mildura is a riot of colours that will definitely up your Instagram game.

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Mildura is a pretty town set on the banks of the great Murray River — a gateway to some of the best natural wonders in Australia — but this buzzing river city is often overlooked for a weekend road trip due to its distance from Melbourne.

The six hour drive certainly seems a lot on paper, but when…

As we see an increase in popularity for podcasters, writers, and activists on our social platforms, we are also questioning the relevance of influencers who post a never-ending feed of paid and gifted products. So how do creators make money without ads?

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I recently unfollowed an influencer I had been following for a few years. It wasn’t the content that was the problem; her feed was filled with stylish, sepia-toned images of perfect outfits and filtered selfies. The problem was, every single image was sponsored. Or gifted. Or a collab.

It made me wonder: in a world where tokenistic activism…

In this month’s shopping column, we take a look at some of our favourite pieces for an Aussie summer to remember.

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Summer is coming, and with it the cautious easing of Coronavirus restrictions across Australia. As we approach the warmer months with a renewed optimism, it’s time to update your wardrobe — which probably hasn’t seen the light of day for a good few months now.

Here are my ten best buys as the weather warms up.

Trend: Statement Sleeves

It seems like after eight months of activewear we’re more keen than ever to go big. Statement detailing has been the cornerstone of…

Looking for a day trip from Melbourne? Here’s how to spend a day in pretty Trentham with your best furry friend in tow.

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Dog friendly day trips can be hard to organise — many national parks don’t allow dogs, and finding a sunny spot to while away the afternoon with a glass of wine can prove difficult with your furry friend in tow. Thankfully, Trentham is the perfect place for a day trip from Melbourne with your bestie.

Here’s my dog friendly guide to Trentham and surrounds.

Stop 1: Trentham Falls

Your first stop should undoubtedly be the stunning Trentham Falls lookout. It’s one…

It was meant to be a celebration of Hollywood, but an unfocused collection rooted heavily in the 80s makes one question whether Viard has actually been to Tinseltown.

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When you think of laid-back LA style, do you think of Chanel? It seemed an impossible design reference to resolve, but then again so did supermarkets and Chanel. Unfortunately, Viard missed the mark in her latest collection for SS21 — and her lacklustre enthusiasm for Chanel’s historical sense of spectacle was never more obviously on show.

It’s a shame, really — I’m such a huge fan of Viard’s aesthetic. When she remains…

A look at the fashion industry’s obsession with trendsetting and cultivating popularity — and why it slows meaningful change.

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What’s the difference between fashion and style? Often when I ask that question, people tell me that style is in-built — a sense that one is born with, something they carry through their life.

Fashion, they tell me, is trends — cyclical, impermanent, and always moving.

The problem with trends is that they always expire. The very nature of the industry (and the marketing slog that goes with it) relies on the ebb and flow of trends to drive purchase. …

Bianca O'Neill

Features at Rolling Stone. Fashion and Beauty at Broadsheet. Editor of Medium publications @the-style-list and @the-travel-list. Instagram @ bianca.oneill.

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