Almost Everything I Wore This Month


All the way back in January I started taking a mirror selfie every day to document my outfits. I wanted to hold myself accountable to my new years style resolutions and to also chart the way I was making use of my wardrobe. For the most part I have kept this up throughout the year, missing a day here and there. Largely due to laziness I haven’t shared the images here until today when, as I yet again reached for an orange funnel necked top, I felt an urge to go back and look at how many times I had… Continue Reading

Models 101 Canberra – A Different Kind of Modelling Workshop


  There is a common perception that modelling is easy. You pose, you walk, you pout. Coupled with the perceived glamour of the industry, perhaps this is why there are so many aspiring models waiting for their big chance. But the truth is, being a successful model isn’t as easy it looks, it requires more than just a symmetrical face and a perfect body. You need to be able to express yourself without words, be aware of your body and know your best angles. You must be professional, take direction and work well within a team. And on top of… Continue Reading

The Trouble with Hedi Slimane and his View of Women


  This season, spring/summer 19, was completely overshadowed by designer Hedi Slimane and his new vision for iconic French house Céline. When it was announced that Slimane, he who revolutionised menswear at Dior Homme before divisively reinventing the wheel at Yves Saint Laurent, was to take over from revered British designer Phoebe Philo, who was stepping down from the brand after ten years as creative director, jaws collectively dropped. How could the champion of louche youths in thigh skimming mini dresses possibly take up the mantle of Philo? With her devoted community of ‘Philophiles’, Philo was championed as a designer… Continue Reading

Rise and Resist – Learn How to Change the World with Clare Press


Join as at the Rise and Resist Book Launch Canberra, an event hosted by eco stylist Nina Gbor to celebrate author Clare Press   With so much shit going down at the moment, it’s no wonder we are so dissatisfied with the state of the world. It’s also no wonder that in the face of increased adversity activism is on the rise with more and more people speaking up, taking action and striving for lasting change. Author, speaker and sustainable and ethical fashion expert Clare Press is no stranger to striving for change, having long tackled the fashion industry on… Continue Reading

Faye De Lanty at the Canberra Fashion Market


  Eco fashion advocate Faye De Lanty is a self confessed shopaholic. But not the regular max-out-your-credit-card-at-the-mall kind. Faye is the thrifty kind. Instead of loading up on fast fashion, Faye is slowing things down and embracing a love of the pre-loved, something that has been important to her since she was fifteen years old. ‘It didn’t become a necessity for me until I was living overseas and didn’t have a lot of money,’ she said. ‘I’d have twenty quid and challenge myself on how to pull together an outfit. People would comment on how they loved what I was… Continue Reading

Designer Profile: Zilpah Tart


  Canberra-based label Zilpah tart has been around for a few years now, building a cult following for feminine designs adorned with trademark photographic prints. It would be easy for designer Yumi Morrissey to rest on her commercial success, however, with each new collection she continues to push the boundaries of her practice, experimenting with new fabrics and silhouettes. We caught up with Yumi after the launch of her latest collection Shoreline which takes its inspiration from the South Coast of NSW.   Leiden: Your photographic prints have always been at the heart of your label. What first sparked the… Continue Reading

FASHFEST 2018 – Something Different


  This time last year the countdown to Canberra’s annual fashion event FASHFEST was in full swing. Models had been cast, fittings and rehearsals were underway, hair and makeup artists were busy designing looks. This year, however, all has been quiet. Until now. After a lackluster turn out in 2017 we followed up with a deep dive into why the three-day event may no longer be having the impact it once did in our article Does Fashfest Still Pass the Fash-test? We questioned the venue, the length of the festival, the price-point and the number of local designers participating. Our… Continue Reading

What Savage x Fenty Says about Female Sexuality and Diversity


  One of the most eagerly awaited presentations at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) this season was Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty lingerie collection. And just as she did when launching Fenty Beauty, Rihanna really shook shit up. Taking place at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the presentation was more akin to performance art than a traditional runway show. There were no seating assignments, no front row packed with VIPs, instead attendees were treated equally and were encouraged to move throughout the space, exploring a range of installations inspired by the Garden of Eden. The models, or ‘savages’ as they were referred… Continue Reading