FASHFEST 2018 – What I Wore


FASHFEST time, for me, has become a highly awaited event each year. Being one of the runway models for the past two years, this year I am the special correspondent for Leiden at the event. So in addition to our usual runaway report, you get a quick run-down of how I went in full feather. Fashion events are a golden opportunity to get creative and experiment with every aspect of your look. It also brings the eminent pressure of googling ‘what to wear at a fashion show’ obsessively, contemplating buying a new outfit, renting outfits or certain pieces and what… Continue Reading

Leiden’s Second Birthday: A Letter from the Editor


  Today Leiden turns two which means it is approximately two years, six months and three days since the idea for this publication first blossomed in my head during a fateful drive home after a meeting with friends. From March 1, 2016 we have soared, flailed, laughed, cried and eaten a hell of a lot of Book Club snacks, all while creating and publishing hundreds of pieces of original content. 585 to be numerically exact. Before I get a little self indulgent, I want to thank each and every single person who has ever contributed to this publication. I am… Continue Reading

Why We Are Taking A Break


  2017 has been a big year for Leiden. We turned one year old in March and to celebrate we launched our first ever print publication, an online store and our very own Book Club. To coincide with Canberra’s annual fashion event FASHFEST in late September we released our second print zine and launched Leiden Podcast, a fortnightly podcast discussing anything and everything with a range of contributors and guests. In November we published our first ever book on ethical and sustainable fashion ‘Building a Conscious Wardrobe‘ at ethical design event Fashionably Numb. And we did all that while continuing… Continue Reading

Our Most Read Articles in 2017


Take a dive into our most-read articles this year.   Number 10 Fashion meets Baking – An Interview with Saadia Masood of La Ombre Creations Number 9 Inside the Cult of F45     Number Eight My F45 8 Week Challenge Diary Part 1   Number Seven Inside the Ancient Practice of Tai Chi     Number Six My F45 8 Week Challenge Diary Part 2 – The Big Reveal   Number Five H&M is Coming to Canberra – But Do We Really Want It?   Number Four Does FASHFEST Still Pass the FASH-test?   Number Three Review: Good Dye… Continue Reading

Turning Twenty Nine – Reflections on Entering the Last Year of My Twenties


  I have always maintained a child-like devotion to birthdays, particularly my own. Given that there are only a mere twenty days separating my special day from Christmas, I have always had a desire to differentiate my birthday as much as possible from festive celebrations. This year December fifth marks twenty-nine years since I came into this world mewling, flailing and rather florid in colour. As I creep ever closer to the big three-oh, I have been reflecting on all the things I have achieved in my twenties and all the things I haven’t got around to doing yet but… Continue Reading

What We Wore to FASHFEST Night 3


  We love any excuse to dress up and FASHFEST provides us with an opportunity to do just that. On Night 3 of the festival, we ate doughnuts, drank cocktails from a mini goon-bag, and enjoyed the runway shows.       To see what happened on the runway catch up on our runway reports for Show 5 and Show 6.   Team Leiden on the night consisted of Emma Batchelor, Jesse Petrie, Lexi Keelan, Sheree Yap and Johanna Dziadkiewicz who is also the offical FASHFEST illustrator.

What We Wore to FASHFEST Night 2


  As previously discussed in our guide to event dressing ie. not giving a fuck what anybody else thinks, part of the fun of attending a fashion event is appreciating what everyone else is wearing. Unfortunately on this night, we got carried away faffing around the foyer that we didn’t capture as many beautifully dressed people as we would have liked. We did come across one of our lovely competition winners on the red carpet, as well as other lovely friends of Leiden which was a delight.       To see what happened on the runway catch up on… Continue Reading

What Everyone Was Wearing to FASHFEST Show 1


  As previously discussed in our guide to event dressing ie. not giving a fuck what anybody else thinks, part of the fun of attending a fashion event is appreciating what everyone else is wearing. Unfortunately the mood lighting was a little dark to do too much appreciating but we did manage to see some fabulous people wearing some fabulous things.     To see what happened on the runway catch up on our runway reports for Show 1 and Show 2.   Team Leiden on the night consisted of Emma Batchelor, Jenna Maurer, Hannah Wallace, Jesse Petrie and Johanna… Continue Reading