Clothes and Accessories made from Recycled Materials


It’s National Recycling Week so what better excuse to celebrate fashion and accessories labels who are making products from recycled materials. If you haven’t already, check out our ode to recycling, it’s got lots of information about recycling, links between gender and recycling, and tips for what can and cannot be recycled.   Made from recycled plastic Girlfriend Collective’s core fabric products are made from 79% recycled polyester (or RPET) and 21% spandex. RPET is made from post-consumer water bottles. Try ShopMate to ship them from the US.Shop Now.     Mr Tumbuktu makes active wear from recycled bottles and fishing nets. Shop Now.  … Continue Reading

National Recycling Week – An Ode to Recycling


  The past two evenings I have been struggling to write an ode to recycling. I wanted to mark National Recycling Week with a witty musing on the subject however, after devoting a total of four hours to the task, all I came up with was some flat, poorly written 346 words on soft plastics. I still gave it to our copy editor to edit, half-hoping he wouldn’t think it was quite as bad as I did, but of course he confirmed — it was total rubbish. He mentioned that in trying to come off as witty I had made… Continue Reading

Designer Profile: Thunder Thighs


  Nobody knows their way around a men’s shirt quite like Bronwynne Jones. After acquiring them, she unpicks them and turns them into something brand new. Spurred to create clothes that suited her tricky to buy for body shape, her aptly named label Thunder Thighs is now helping many other women enjoy clothes that fit and flatter their bodies. We caught up with Bronwynne to find out more about her journey into fashion, why sustainability is important to her and what’s next for Thunder Thighs.   Leiden: What made you decide to start your label Thunder Thighs? Bronwynne: Like many… Continue Reading

Understanding Camp – A Deep dive on the 2019 Met Gala theme


  ‘The ultimate Camp statement: it’s good because it’s awful.’ – Susan Sontag, 1964   Each year, on the first Monday in May, the Met Gala raises money for The Costume Institute while launching a new blockbuster exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York with a sumptuous model and celebrity filled extravaganza. The theme of the 2019 Met Gala has been announced and it’s an interesting one. Unlike previous themes such as an investigation of the intersection between fashion and Catholicism, or China through the looking glass, this year’s theme of ‘camp’ is far more open to interpretation.   What… Continue Reading

Adelaide Fashion Festival SLOW Saturday


  The whole reason I decided to make the trip from Canberra to Adelaide for the Adelaide Fashion Festival this year was for SLOW Saturday. Everything else was a bonus. After starting life on the fringe of last year’s Festival, this year SLOW became an official part of the schedule in 2018. The runway is the brainchild of designers and creatives Anny Duff from Good Studios, Natalie Ivanov of Re-Swim Club and Emily Sheahan from The Commons Studio & Exchange who together sought to take the conversation about sustainability mainstream. The event began with a statement from Vogue Australia’s Sustainability… Continue Reading

An Ode to Headbands


  I have always been exceptionally lazy when it comes to my hair; it either hangs long and lank when I am out and about or is piled up on top of my head when I am at the gym or going to sleep. Given this sad state of things, one of my New Year resolutions was to make more of an effort with my hair. Rather than opting for more extravagant hairstyles (or any hairstyle for that matter), this resolution has instead translated into me sticking a whole bunch of accouterments atop my head, one such being the humble… Continue Reading

Adelaide Fashion Festival Student Runway 2018


  My favourite runway at a fashion festival is typically a student runway. Without the pressure to create something commercially viable and with more opportunity to explore, students often create garments that push the boundaries of design. When deciding which shows to attend at the Adelaide Fashion Festival this year, the student runway was top of the list after Slow Saturday, a day dedicated to sustainable fashion. As well as showcasing the designs of second and third year fashion students, the Student Runway was produced entirely by TAFE SA students including hair, makeup, lighting, catering, styling music and graphics. The… Continue Reading

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