Fashionation – A Fashion Event in Cooma


  When you think of Cooma, a country town in the Monaro region of New South Wales, you think of Snowy Hydro scheme. Or maybe just snow. What doesn’t immediately come to mind is fashion. But that would be your mistake because for the second time the region is hosting a fashion event. Presented by The Community Chest and sponsored by Australian Wool Innovation, Fashionation, will showcase the work of local designers as well as highlight the region’s wool industry. Wool is a highly sought after fibre in the fashion industry as it is natural, versatile and desirable. “The Monaro… Continue Reading

An Interview: Alicia Xyrakis, Owner of Rebel Muse Boutique


  To celebrate the first year of Canberra based fashion boutique Rebel Muse, Leiden wanted to find out more about the woman behind this successful business, Alicia Xyrakis. Warm, bubbly and with a killer laugh, Alicia has created a large and loyal customer base who are as eager to spend time with her and her team in store as they are to shop her edit of must-have clothes and accessories.   Emma: What made you decide to start your own business? Alicia: I have wanted to have my own business ever since I was a kid. I think this came… Continue Reading

How to Shop the S/S 16 Season


  Why are we telling you how to shop the latest Spring/Summer collections when winter is coming? Unfortunately for us here in Australia, the release of the international designer collections follows the seasons of the northern hemisphere. Just as we are getting ready to unearth our opaques and cardigans from the back of our wardrobes, our overseas friends are approaching summer. This means if you like to keep up to date with the latest international fashion trends you can’t necessarily dress for the weather. But don’t worry the trends that have emerged from the S/S runways will inform what we… Continue Reading

An Interview: Belinda Humphris of Claire Inc.


  I love collecting vintage, but I especially love collecting vintage Chanel. Belinda Humphris of online boutique Claire Inc. has been my number one source for such treasures (and many others) for a number of years now. Not only does she curate a stand out collection of rare and unique vintage pieces from the likes of Chanel, Issey Miyake, Sonia Rykiel, Moschino and Comme Des Garcons, Belinda offers an amazing level of customer service. I have always admired Belinda and so thought it was high time I chatted with her about her business.   Emma: How did Claire Inc. begin?… Continue Reading

Ivy Park


The hype and build up has been massive, but the day  you can shop the new athleisure label co-founded by Beyoncé and Sir Phillip Green, Ivy Park, has almost arrived. The latest label to jump on the athleisure bandwagon will be available through Topshop and Net-a-Porter from the 15 April (or the 14th for our friends across the globe) and is set to sell out. The brand has created pieces that can be worn in all situations, not just the gym, to empower women to lead healthy, active lives. Sizes range from XXS to XL with a price point from… Continue Reading

A Purrrfect Collaboration – Havaianas x Charlotte Olympia


Jean Paul Gaultier for Target, Balmain for H&M, Mary Katrantzou for Adidas Originals. If you haven’t heard of at least one of these latest collabs, you may have been living under a rock. Collaborations are big news. High-end designers working with affordable fashion retailers to bring the masses their little slice of luxury has become the norm. Throw limited stock levels into the mix and you often have to line up all night just to get your hands on a piece of the sartorial gold you might not otherwise have been able to afford. One of the latest fashion collaborations… Continue Reading

Fashion and Beauty Blogs to Follow When You Don’t Know Much About Fashion or Beauty


“Beauty is not a competition. All women want is to be the best version of themselves.” – Sue Bryce, Photographer   Have you ever scanned through the pages of Vogue or clicked through the images on Refinery29 and been overwhelmed with the amount of fashion news or beauty tips being thrown about like confetti? Are you interested in changing your look or experimenting with colour blocking, but aren’t quite sure where to start or even what colour blocking is? Psst, guess what? You are not alone. For many of us more quiet observers, it can be difficult to navigate through… Continue Reading

Designer Profile: The Label


  The collection shown by Canberran designer Emma O’Rourke under ‘The Label’ was one of the standouts of Canberra’s premier annual fashion event, FASHFEST. The pieces were sophisticated featuring clean lines, wearable cuts, a muted colour palette and subtle prints. I met Emma O’Rourke at the FASHFEST buying day and was instantly drawn to her warm, open personality and obvious passion for her craft. Up close the detail and work in the collection was evident and the clothes were just as desirable off the runway as they appeared on it. Emma grew up in Canberra, completing her Bachelor of Design… Continue Reading