It’s Time to Stamp Out Systemic Sexual Abuse in the Fashion Industry


  In the wake of the harrowing reports of rampant sexual misconduct committed by Harvey Weinstein and the resulting #MeToo movement, stories of misconduct and abuse across a range of industries are unfolding on a seemingly daily basis. The latest report to rock the world of fashion was released on Saturday 12 January by The New York Times. Legendary photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber have both been accused of sexual exploitation by fifteen former and current models in the case of Testino, and thirteen male assistants and models in the case of Weber. On January 17, another four allegations… Continue Reading

Our Style Goals for 2018


  The start of a new year presents the perfect opportunity to reflect upon personal style. We asked a few members of team Leiden to share their wardrobe goals for the New Year.   Emma My goals for the year ahead are to: Buy less and make better use of what I already have. Buy better quality, investment pieces and avoid fast fashion. Shop as ethically as possible. Be bolder in my styling and to have as much fun with my clothes as possible. Actually make use of all my accessories and jewellery. Experiment more with my makeup. Go to… Continue Reading

A Power Plant is Burning Discarded H&M Clothes Instead of Coal


  Sweden is not just the home of Scandi-cool, street fashion stars and of the moment clothing labels, it is also a country that has proudly embraced a renewable energy market. Thanks to its hydro, wind and nuclear plants, Sweden has an almost entirely emission free power system. The remaining few coal – and oil – fired power plants are being converted to instead burn biofuels and garbage. One plant in Vasteras, northwest of Stockholm, aims to become a fossil fuel-free facility by 2020. Instead of coal, the plant will be burning recycled wood, garbage and discarded clothes from fast… Continue Reading

Beware the Black Friday Sale Frenzy


  It seems traces of American culture are slowly creeping into our Australian way of life. First it was Halloween filling our social media feeds with over the top costumes and elaborate beauty looks. Now it’s 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. In America, Black Friday and its sister, Cyber Monday, mean big business. This four-day weekend retail bonanza kicks off the holiday season, with 30% of the entire seasons sales taking place on Black Friday.… Continue Reading

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