MBFWA Q&A: Gabriele Hackworthy, Editorial Fashion Director of PORTER Magazine

16th April, 2015

Gabriele Hackworthy, Editorial Fashion Director, PORTER

As PORTER magazine’s Editorial Fashion Director, it’s no surprises that Gabrielle Hackworthy is front and centre at MBFWA. Here she reveals her current wardrobe faves, the collection that’s always stayed with her and what’s in store for PORTER magazine…

What’s your philosophy when it comes to fashion?

Less is more.

Why do you think PORTER Magazine has been such a success?

PORTER has exceeded all expectations and been a huge hit on the newsstand around the world. We are delighted by how quickly the magazine has grown and the amazing response we’ve had from readers and the industry. PORTER has been a success for a variety of reasons; we have privileged access to an incredible database of 1.5 million women and Net-A-Porter’s 6 million customers worldwide, so understand the needs and desires of our audience – in other words, we have unique and sophisticated insight into the PORTER woman that other brands might not have. PORTER is also the only women’s fashion magazine to offer a truly global perspective and combine the intimacy of print with a state-of-the-art digital shopping experience. We have successfully tapped into the opportunity to innovate and monetise one single set of international content to engage the new global luxury audience, in contrast to the existing market.

Where do you see PORTER Magazine heading in the future?

We have ambitious plans for PORTER including double digit growth in key markets, an increase in the number of retailers that stock PORTER from 25k – 35k and breaking into new markets. We are also launching an exciting new editorial global initiative which will be announced later this year.

What’s your number one tip for shopping online?

I always start a wish list at the beginning of every season on and then add to it every time something new comes onto the site.

Who are your favourite Australian designers?

Zimmermann, Ellery, Tome, Lee Mathews, Dion Lee and Bassike.

What’s currently in high rotation in your wardrobe?

Flares and gypsy blouses.

What’s the best piece of fashion advice you’ve ever received?

Buy less but invest in quality, only buy pieces you think you will wear in 5 years’ time.

Who are your favourite style icons?

Betty Catroux, Jane Birkin, Bianca Jagger and Charlotte Rampling.

What are the top 3 trends we should be looking out for?

Deconstruction, Gypsy Folk and the 80s revival are all big stories for FW15.

What do you think is Australian fashion’s unique selling point compared to its international counterparts?

Australian designers need to “own” the Resort Collections because we do casual elegance and effortless dressing better than anyone.

What’s the most treasured item in your wardrobe?

My Hermès “Constance” bag.

What’s one collection or runway show that’s always stayed with you?

Nicolas Ghesquière’s first collection for Balenciaga in 1997, where he first showed high waisted skinny pants.

What are your essentials for getting through fashion week?

Tabitha Simmons shoes are always super comfortable, 2 mobile phones and Persol sunglasses.


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