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

FASHFEST 2018 – Something Different


  This time last year the countdown to Canberra’s annual fashion event FASHFEST was in full swing. Models had been cast, fittings and rehearsals were underway, hair and makeup artists were busy designing looks. This year, however, all has been quiet. Until now. After a lackluster turn out in 2017 we followed up with a deep dive into why the three-day event may no longer be having the impact it once did in our article Does Fashfest Still Pass the Fash-test? We questioned the venue, the length of the festival, the price-point and the number of local designers participating. Our… Continue Reading

What Savage x Fenty Says about Female Sexuality and Diversity


  One of the most eagerly awaited presentations at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) this season was Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty lingerie collection. And just as she did when launching Fenty Beauty, Rihanna really shook shit up. Taking place at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the presentation was more akin to performance art than a traditional runway show. There were no seating assignments, no front row packed with VIPs, instead attendees were treated equally and were encouraged to move throughout the space, exploring a range of installations inspired by the Garden of Eden. The models, or ‘savages’ as they were referred… Continue Reading

iPhone photos vs Profesh Photos on Instagram – Which is Better?


  I was procrastinating on Instagram after work a while ago when I came upon particular Instastory shared by my girl crush Leandra Medine/Cohen and got rather excited. It turned out that she was writing a story about ‘why iPhone photos shit on professional shots on Instagram.’ This is a topic I have many an opinion on so as per her request (‘do you have any salient opinions? Send them to me in a DM if so! Send cookies by mail if not’) I sent her a message right away. I am still waiting for her to reply but deep… Continue Reading

Cult Beauty Destination Has a New Home – The Lab Manuka


  As the landscape of Braddon continues to change, another former stalwart has moved on to greener pastures. As of Monday 2 July, beauty destination The Lab will now call the leafy surrounds of Manuka home. The familiar pink signage can now be spied marking the entrance to a narrow staircase, hidden between Priceline and a shop so nondescript I can no longer recall what it was. Emerging from said staircase, the new Lab is just as airy and light-filled as its previous Braddon home. Bare white walls give way to warm timber floors, windows unobstructed by curtains allow light… Continue Reading

Ethical Fashion Table – Discussing Sustainable Fashion


  On Saturday 16 June, I attended an Ethical Fashion Table organised by the founder of ethical clothing label Pure Pod, Kelli Donovan. Kelli has spent twenty-eight years working in the fashion industry, with eleven of those running her own ethical fashion label. She is a passionate advocate for the Australian fashion industry, particularly the sustainable fashion movement. In creating this event, Kelli sought to bring like minds together to not only support one another but to openly discuss and suggest solutions for the environmental and social issues associated with the global world of fashion. Over a delicious meal, organised… Continue Reading

Dress Yourself Better When Your Are Sick – A Theory


  I have been sick for almost a month now and during my lengthy illness, I have had the time to develop a theory. It might just be possible to dress yourself better. Of course, I’m not implying that fashion can replace antibiotics or that vivid eyeshadow can act as a stand-in for decongestants, but in their way they can work their own kind of magic. My normal inclination when I am feeling unwell is to slip into one of my dressing gowns and snuggle up. This is all well and good for a weekend, or a week at a… Continue Reading