FaBSoc Women in Creative Industries Panel Event


Last night, Thursday 28 April 2018, we attended the Women in Creative Industries Q&A Discussion Panel, an event organised by the ANU Fashion and Beauty Appreciation Society (FabSoc). The event took place at Rebel Muse with speakers Najima Rasool of successful blog Dusk Avenue, Ashleigh Bujaroski the designer behind the label Summer Paradise Seekers, Alicia Xyrakis owner of Rebel Muse Boutique, and Emma Batchelor, editor of Leiden, discussing the highs and lows of working in a creative industry.   The Space   The Attendees The Panel   Become a member of FaBSoc to stay in the loop about upcoming events… Continue Reading

How to Become a Conscious Fashion Consumer


  Since putting together Building a Conscious Wardrobe alongside my lovely friend Lexi Keelan, I have radically revaluated the way I think about fashion. I am buying less and buying better, I am caring for what I have and I am being more mindful about how I dispose of what I no longer need. And I am feeling pretty darn good. A by-product of all this change is the debate about ethical and sustainable fashion I now find myself engaging in regularly with my friends and family and in particular with my mum.   Here is an excerpt from our… Continue Reading

Personal Style File – Nikki Hogan


  Name: Nikki Hogan Age: 44 What I do: Eco-clothing advocate, fashion student and op-shopper. Also Fundraising Coordinator for a national health charity.   Describe your Personal Style Classic, elegant with a rebellious, romantic streak.   What pieces are on high rotation in your wardrobe? Riders by Lee – denim jeans Sportscraft – cream trousers (thrifted) Luca & Marc – lyocell pants (thrifted) SportEight – vintage blazer (thrifted) Voltan 1898 – cream ballet flats with black edging Diana Ferrari – platinum laceup plimsoles Sandler – tan leather peep toe wedges (thrifted) Variety of tank tops by Caroline Morgan, Marcs, SheThing,… Continue Reading

Rebel Muse and Saloon present a killer runway event ‘Autonomy’


  We have given hope not flowers and performed downward dogs alongside real dogs and now a runway show of epic proportions is taking over Braddon, Canberra as Rebel Muse’s birthday month continues. This Friday (20 April) the premier fashion boutique is teaming up with Canberra’s first blowdry and beauty bar Saloon to present Autonomy, a runway event showcasing pieces from the latest autumn/winter collections from Australia’s top designers. The runway event will feature clothes form the likes of Camilla and Marc, Alice McCall, and Acler presented on models from Devojka Models who will sport locks and makeup by Saloon.… Continue Reading

Love, Shakespeare and Theatre: An Interview with Ray Chong Nee


  Let’s do a little exercise together shall we? Close your eyes, take a deep breath and clear your mind. Now think of a famous couple. Just go with the first thing that pops into your head. Now open your eyes and keep reading.   I’m guessing you probably thought of Kim and Kanye. Or Beyonce and Jay Z. Or perhaps, like Leiden’s copy editor Jesse Petrie whom I just made participate in this exercise, you might even have thought of Bert and Ernie. But let’s take it back a little further in history. Back to the beginnings of the… Continue Reading

Designer Profile – kumi xu


  ‘If you’re designing your own label, then know yourself.’ – Tom Ford.   This was a quote designer Kumi Xu shared with us when we asked her to describe her eponymous label which launched at the end of last year. For such a nascent project it is evident that Kumi has taken this advice to heart. We caught up with the Sydney based designer to find out more about her experience in fashion and what it takes to get a new label off the ground.   Leiden: Tell us about your ethos. Kumi Xu: kumi xu is a focus on… Continue Reading

Leiden Podcast – Episode 11: Chatting Communications with Monica Kade


  This is Leiden Podcast a fortnightly podcast discussing all our favourite things: fashion, beauty, health and fitness. But we don’t stop there, we also interview amazing people, talk about relationships, books, pop culture, money and sex. In our eleventh episode, Leiden editor Emma Batchelor chats with communications expert Monica Kade about expressing your truest self, communicating with purpose and balancing running a business alongside everything else. Leiden Podcast and it’s catchy jingle are produced by the greatest guy around Roshan Fernandez. Our artwork features an illustration of the ‘Leiden girl’ by Johanna Dziadkiewicz.   Links Monica Kade http://www.themomenthq.com/ Monica… Continue Reading

I Have a Bone to Pick with Who What Wear


  Nearly every day an email from American style site Who What Wear drops into my inbox. For the most part, my morning scroll through my email inbox before I head off to the gym leaves me feeling informed and often inspired, but when it comes to emails from Who What Wear I generally end up pissy. And it’s because of article titles like this:   ‘5 Items That Make Women Scientifically More Attractive to Men’ ― because of course the whole reason I get dressed in the morning is to be more attractive to men. ‘15 Items All Men… Continue Reading