We’re always on the lookout for fresh talent. At Who What Wear Australia, our goal is keep you up to date with not only the latest fashion trends, but also the movers and shakers, and the girls who are making a difference. For such a small country, Australia produces an amazing amount of talent—and that needs to be recognised.
From actresses to artists to businesswomen, we’ve rounded up our top 22 Australian women to watch in 2016. They’re all destined for greatness. Keep scrolling to see who made our list.
Fresh from a trip to the Maldives to shoot a campaign (with Hailey Baldwin, of course), Victoria Lee is in high demand. Between Vanity Fair and Elle France editorials, she finds time to model for Victoria’s Secret. We’re predicting Angel status for this one.
Georgia Magree has quietly been raising her profile over the past couple of years. The Sydney-born DJ has clocked up more than her fair share of frequent flier miles, with gigs all around with world—everywhere from Hong Kong to Bali to Japan. Supporting the likes of Pharrell Williams and Rita Ora—coupled with the fact she has a bevy of famous pals (Vanessa Hudgens is her BFF) and will be releasing her own music and vocal this year, we’re predicting she'll make a lot of noise in 2016.
When you’re multi-talented, you’re guaranteed for greatness. Brydie Mack is the creative director, photographer and stylist behind Instagram account @wolfcubwolfcub. Chances are, you have at least one screen shot on your phone that she’s had a creative hand behind. She most recently styled and photographed a campaign for Faithfull the Brand and on top of all that, is a budding actress too. This is her year.
This Sydney-born, New York-based stylist recently launched a new swimwear label—Matteau. Stylists know the market well—which is why when they launch a product, you know there must be a genuine need for it. When Matteau launched, we realised our wardrobes were missing perfectly constructed, simple, streamlined, basic swimwear. It’s only the beginning and it’s already a sell-out. We’re excited to see what she does next.
Maia Mitchell has almost three million social followers but is known mostly overseas for her work on The Disney Channel. She has a film due for release this year and currently stars in ABC’s The Fosters. If Hollywood equals success, then this one’s a sure thing.
Aside from being our very own fashion contributor, Eleanor Pendleton is publisher and editor of digital beauty magazine Gritty Pretty. It’s been just over a year since its launch and we’re excited to see where it goes. And on top of that, Eleanor revealed on her Snapchat that there are some very exciting things to come for 2016. Stay tuned.
Cloves released her EP XIII at the end of last year, was chosen as one of Spotify’s Spotlight Artists of 2016, and was just announced on the line up for Coachella 2016. We would start listening now.
Last year, Deborah Symond tapped into the growing luxury athleisure market with the launch of her online store Mode Sportif. Since then, the site has become a go-to for every girl who knows what off-duty is all about. She stocks luxury brands from Valentino to 3.1 Phillip Lim. We have a feeling she won’t stop here.
2015 was a massive year for Bridget Malcolm. She landed a coveted spot on the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show line up, featured in a campaigns for Ralph Lauren and Moschino (among others) and starred in the launch shoot for our sister site Byrdie. In the first week of 2016, she’s shared a behind-the-scenes shot on her Instagram of a shoot with one of the best photographers in the business—Russell James—and a new campaign with Stella McCartney. We’re calling her the next Elle Macpherson.
You know those giant sketches of rumpled designer shopping bags? Or the sketches of A-Z balloon letters you see all over Instagram? That’s CJ Hendry. The Australian artist is living in New York, and basically living everyone’s dream life. She counts Kanye West (and us) as a fan and is gearing up for her next exhibition.
After she starred in Mad Max: Fury Road in 2015, the world started to take notice. An invite to the Met Gala Ball followed (for which it’s notoriously hard to score an invite), and with another major film out this year—Gods of Egypt (with Gerard Butler), we’re excited to see what this year brings.
With over 2.5 million social followers, it would be impossible not to take note of Sarah Ellen. The influencer just landed her first magazine cover (Girlfriend), produces content for her fashion and lifestyle website Perks of Her and collaborates with mega brands like Prada and Saint Laurent.
Vicki Lee has the dream life. If you don’t follow her Instagram account, get on it ASAP. The artist collaborates with her partner Ted O’Donnell to create the most breathtaking artworks—the most recent, a collection of images of flowers half submerged in water.
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We know you know Talisa Sutton—but what you don’t know is that she recently quit her full time job at Elle Australia to focus on her website, Badlands, and freelance work. She just announced that this year will be full of travel and creative projects. Stay tuned.
Sure, you may recognise Samara’s famous surname, but it’s her talent for which you’ll remember her. She has string of modelling jobs behind her (most notably, the face of Bonds), but we’re most excited for what’s to come. She’s just been in L.A. filming a movie set to be released this year. Watch this space.
The ladies behind fashion brand Matin have found a gap in the market that they’re filling with ease. Simple shapes—think 70s lace-up tops, 90s slip dresses and wrap tops—and soft linens and cottons make this the perfect collection for the Australian climate. We’ve had a sneak peek of the winter collection and let’s just say… these girls are quickly rising to the top of our favourites list.
*Note: Designers not pictured.
Twin musical sister duo Miranda and Elektra Kilbey just had a big year. They toured the world, are nominated for a Swedish Grammy and had one of the best songs of the year, according to ShortList Magazine. And musical talent aside, Karl Lagerfeld recently invited them to a Chanel show. We’re waiting for them to make the same waves Down Under.
Best known for her role in Puberty Blues, 2016 will be the year that Charlotte Best breaks away from her ‘teen’ roles. Right now, she’s in the United States filming a major movie and recently appeared in a local campaign for H&M.
We know you know Pia Miller. She’s been on our small screens for years, with roles in Home and Away and Neighbours—but there’s something about her that feels fresh right now. We’re putting it down to her faultless style choices of late—keep an eye on Pia. She’s soon to be a household name.
Rachel Disalvo has already found success with her less-than-a-year-old swimwear label for all the right reasons. She took a risk and left her full-time job to follow her passion, and she’s already reaping the rewards. Her designs have already featured in Yen and on top fashion influencer Nadia Fairfax.