Rethinking the Black Friday Sales


  Lately every time I open my email or scroll through Facebook someone is telling me to get ready for Black Friday because a bargain is coming. This morning, I have been greeted with over 50 emails about Australian Black Friday sales. Fresh off the heels of Singles Day in China, comes Black Friday and its sister, Cyber Monday. This typically four-day weekend retail bonanza kicks off the holiday season, with 30% of the entire seasons sales last year taking place on Black Friday. This year  the sales have started earlier and the sales numbers are tipped to surpass previous years. In 2016,… Continue Reading

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

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

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

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

Leiden’s Top Tips for Op Shopping


  Have you ever noticed that those people with the most enviable personal style don’t dress head to toe in any one designer? They mix and match between designer, high street and vintage to create looks entirely their own. Kate Moss does this better than anyone. She practically invented this approach to dressing in a modern context. But lets face it; we don’t all have Kate Moss’s fashion connections or bank account. So how can the average person start to build a wardrobe of clothes unique to them? The cheapest and easiest, not to mention most environmentally friendly, way to… Continue Reading