Fashionably Numb – Changing the Way we Think About Fashion


  For most of us, clothes are fun. As well as protecting us from the elements, they offer a mechanism for self-expression, an opportunity to try on different personas. We enjoy the thrill of the chase, constantly seeking the buzz that finding the perfect hard to find item produces. And then, once that thrill wears off, we do it all again. We want more, more, more and more often. The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world. Many of the people who work to produce the clothes we wear don’t earn a living wage and… Continue Reading

Does FASHFEST Still Pass the FASH-test?


  Note from the Author: When researching and writing this article I have found myself on a journey clouded by passionate opinions, varied perceptions and anonymous disclosures. I have questioned the ethics of speaking up versus staying quiet and what the role of a publication such as this is and should be within the Canberra fashion community. In publishing this story Leiden hopes to spark a conversation about fashion, design and creativity and what we all, from the people who sew each garment through to those sitting in the stands admiring them, want that to be celebrated in our home… Continue Reading

How Not to Give a Fuck When Dressing for a Fashion Event


  A fashion event calls for attendees to bring their sartorial A-game. The fashion choices made by the editors, bloggers and insiders who attend the shows have become an important part of the fashion week cycle. Over the years we have seen the amount of content produced about ‘street style’ increase to rival that produced about the runway. To enjoy street style success you must simultaneously showcase your ability to mix high with low, create unexpected combinations of the everyday with the opulent and procure cult, hard to find accessories. So with all this pressure to look your absolute best,… Continue Reading

Celebrating Fashion with Momento Dezigns


  In April this year, the world’s top luxury e-commerce destination as measured by site traffic, Farfetch, announced its plan for the store of the future. Contrary to what you might think, this new frontier of retail (think modular platforms designed to capture important customer data) will not exist online, but in the traditional brick-and-mortar store. Physical retail spaces have yet to really benefit from the digital revolution. However, with online sales of personal luxury goods set to plateau at around 20% of all sales by 2025, the physical boutique remains as important as ever. After all, no matter how… Continue Reading

There Is A New Market In Town – Canberra Style Market


  Who doesn’t love going to the markets on a weekend? Wandering through the stalls coffee in hand, seeking out vintage finds, perhaps snapping up a bargain. But what about getting a manicure? Or perhaps taking a shopping break to relax with a glass of champagne? These aren’t activities you necessarily associate with your typical market visit. All that is about to change with the arrival of a new market to Canberra, Canberra Style Market, which will uniquely bring together fashion, beauty, health, fitness, wellness and luxurious VIP experiences all in the same place. Ahead of the first market on… Continue Reading

H&M is Coming to Canberra – But Do We Really Want It?


  After long term speculation and repeated denial from both the Canberra Centre and the company itself,  it has been announced that we are in fact getting an H&M in Canberra. The fast fashion behemoth is set to open its doors later in the year. We wager that it will reside in the empty double story space left by Dick Smith and the rearrangement of other stores or in the new section above the newly refurbished beauty destination. Time will tell. As exciting as having access to an international brand right at our very own doorstep is, and as much… Continue Reading

Breaking News: Gorman is Officially Coming to Canberra


  You may recall that we speculated the arrival of Gorman, in Canberra a little while ago. Well today friends, we can reveal that it’s official. The cult Australian purveyor of print, colour and whimsy, will be opening a store in the nation’s capital in late September. We discovered the news through a little job ad looking for casual sales assistants on the Gorman website. Does this seem like your dream job? Start prepping your resume because they are asking for a lot.  If you have: ‘strong sales and KPI [key performance indicators] focus, the ability to engage and outfit… Continue Reading

Inside the NGV Gala and Celebrating The House of Dior Exhibition


    Last night I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Gala celebrating the opening of The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture. My family bought me my ticket back when the gala was first announced; I purchased my dream dress not long after and have been counting down the days in the lead up.   So what did I get for my $500 ticket?   The Opportunity To Dress Up   The moment I saw a particular red dress on the runway of Simone Rocha’s collection before last, I knew I… Continue Reading