Fashfest – Thursday Night Show One ‘Reverie’


    ‘A visual delight with images to relish. Explore fashion for its beauty, its brilliance, its sensation. This show is for those who want to get lost in a dream, a fantastic reverie.’ – Fashfest show notes   After prepping and preening and taking a good hundred snaps in front of the photo wall; after a trip backstage, and a handful of M&Ms that we smuggled in our handbag, followed by a healthy half hour delay, Fashfest 2016 was off and running. This year the festival followed a new format of six distinct shows over three days. Show one,… Continue Reading

Personal Style File – Amy Peacock


  Name: Amy Peacock Age: 27 What I do: Owner and director of Elite Dance Studio Canberra and personal trainer in the making.   Describe your personal style My Personal style is a huge reflection of my life. Active, youthful, upbeat and independent. I live in active wear so I’m always looking for a fun way to spice it up and not look like I just walked out of the gym or dance class. My statement colour is black; then I’ll spice it up with a bright coloured lip or bag. Because day to day I wear my gym gear… Continue Reading

The Archibald Prize – Marcus Wills Portrait of James Batchelor


    A curious number of finalists have been announced for the prestigious Archibald Prize. Amongst the fifty-one faces portrayed in this years crop of paintings was that of Canberra born dancer and choreographer, James Batchelor, painted by Melbourne artist Marcus Wills. Wills is something of an Archibald veteran having won the prize in 2006 for his painting The Paul Juraszek Monolith as well as making the final in 2015 for El cabeceo. Wills graduated from the Victorian College of the Arts in 1995 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts and was awarded the Brett Whiteley Travelling Art Scholarship in… Continue Reading

Designer Profile: Charly Thorn


  Earlier this year, Team Leiden had the pleasure of attending Fashionation, a fashion event in Cooma showcasing both the local design talent and also the regions amazing wool. After all the excitement of the runway show we sat down with the youngest designer to showcase work on the evening, Charly Thorn to find out more about her design process.   Ledien: What is your earliest fashion memory? Charly: My earliest fashion memory would be when I was about 4 years old sitting on the floor of our new house, no furniture just a mattress, a box of Barbie dolls,… Continue Reading

Beauty Laid Bare


Raw. Powerful. Beautiful. Natural skin, statement eyes and wet look tresses.                     Credits Photographer/Editor – Doug Hall  www.doughallphotographer.com Makeup – Jacqui Scott from Jacqui Scott Makeup + Studio, Facebook Devojka Models, Facebook Model – Mahala Hofert Model – Samantha Farrow, Facebook Model – Alison Mitchell, Facebook Makeup Assistant – Michelle Moore, Facebook Makeup Assistant – Toya Bakoles, Facebook

Fashionation Runway Report


We have told you all about Fashionation (if you missed the memo, you better catch up here), we told you what happened at the event (read our event wrap up here), and now we will tell you about, or rather, show you the star of the show. I know what you are thinking, this article is dedicated to Angus the Merino Ram who made his runway debut on the night, but no, it’s all about the fashion. The evening was broken into two halves, the first featuring wool collections, and the second featuring open collections where designers used a variety… 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

Sugaring: A Sweet Way to Remove Hair


  Ahh, hair removal. The bane of most girls (and guys) existence. Waxing and shaving are probably what comes to mind first, but have you heard of the latest hair removal trend ‘sugaring’? It’s a sweet deal. Whilst very similar to waxing in practice, sugaring is a natural hair removal method that has been used for centuries throughout Northern Africa, Greece, and the Middle East. And if it’s good enough for Cleopatra, it’s good enough for me to at least try! So what actually is it? Like waxing, a thick paste that is traditionally made out of raw sugar, lemon… Continue Reading