Design with Dana Tomic Hughes

  Design is everywhere. From the houses that we live in to the roads that we drive on to the cars that we drive on them in. With design pervading every aspect of our lives it’s no wonder that an annual festival celebrating design and designers is Canberra’s fastest growing festival. Someone who deeply appreciates design in all its glory is Dana Tomic Hughes a self-diagnosed design tragic and founder and editor of online design publication Yellowtrace. And that’s not all: she is an interior designer, design curator adviser and keynote speaker to boot.  We asked interior designer, friend of… Continue Reading

Designer Profile – The Prodigal Daughter

  If you love colour, pattern and flair in your wardrobe then The Prodigal Daughter is a brand you need to know about. The designs from former human rights lawyer Phoebe Mwanza are exactly the vibrant ray of sunshine to wake you up from the chill of winter; and it was on one of those cold blustery days that I sat down with the lady herself to talk about her brand. Born in Zambia, and growing up in Zimbabwe, Phoebe was always drawing and making things as a child. She found that she was often dressed a little differently (and… Continue Reading

A Vintage Dream

                What’s What Photo 1: Vintage Celine bag from Claire Inc Photo 2: Vintage Chanel neck tie from Claire Inc on vintage Dior jacket Photo 3: Vintage Kenzo hankies from Claire Inc, Vintage Celine and Yves Saint Laurent silk scarves Photo 4: Vintage Hermes from Designer Opshop and vintage Hermes pouch Photo 5: Vintage Chanel jacket from Claire Inc Photo 6: Vintage Chanel shoes; navy and oxblood flats from New York, green flats from Paris and heels from Designer Opshop Photo 7: Chanel bag from Claire Inc Photo 8: Vintage Dior bag, vintage… Continue Reading

Designer Profile – Naomi from The Perfect Gown by Naomi Peris

  If you are looking for custom bridal wear that isn’t going to burn a hole in your wallet so large your wallet no longer exists, we have found the label for you. The Perfect Gown is a Canberra-based design studio founded by formally trained designer Naomi Hogie, who specialises in exquisite custom gowns that won’t have you living off two minute noodles for months on end to afford them. In October 2016 Naomi showcased her label Naomi Peris Bridal as part of FASHFEST 2016 (see our runway report here). Her collection ranged from classical inspired pieces including draped, Grecian… Continue Reading

Designer Profile – Madola

  Some time ago we had the privilege of sharing a set of images from photographer Kevin Thornhill which featured a range of looks from clothing label MADOLA. The pieces featured were bold yet sensual: the sort of pieces that imbue the wearer with confidence. In short, these were clothes we wanted to find out more about.   Emma: Who is behind the Madola label? My Name is Ashani Madola and I’m the designer behind Madola the label. I’m a Sri Lankan born immigrant living in Canberra.   E What is your background in fashion? A: I am a graduate… Continue Reading

Australian Label Edition on its way to Seoul Fashion Week

  Canberra based fashion label Edition has been named as one of only three Australian labels to take part in a new program that will see the label, and it’s designer Alice Sutton, take part in Seoul Fashion Week in March as well as Sydney Fashion Week in May. The Australia-Korea Foundation Emerging Designer Exchange Program is an initiative of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, which aims to allow the successful designers to connect and collaborate internationally as well as immerse them in a culture they may not be familiar with. Each of the six participants, three from… Continue Reading


                                    Credits Designer and styling – Rockstars and Royalty Facebook Instagram – @rockstarsandroyalty Twitter – @RockstrsRoyalty   Make up – Kimi Sanders from What Would Blair Do? Facebook Instagram – @what_would_blair_do Twitter – @Kimi_Sanders   Hair – Brooke Varova from Rockabilly Boutique Facebook Instagram – @rockabillyboutique   Photographer – Belinda France from Belle Photography Facebook Instagram – @bellephotog   Models – Dimitra Lyras (bride and pink dress) Instagram – @_babydoll_xo Frances McNair (short hair) Instagram – @frances.mcnair Sarah Mackey (gold dress) Instagram –… Continue Reading

Designer Profile – Rockstars and Royalty Part 2

    No one understands the power of transformation quite like fashion designer Vicky Kidd-Gallichan. Under her label Rockstars and Royalty, she has created hundreds of incredible custom gowns, witnessing first hand with each of her customers that special feeling a unique piece can create. Having recently decided to shake up the structure of her business, moving away from strictly couture to customisable ready to wear, we sat down with Vicky to to find out the motivations behind the change as well as what is next for this  growing label. Catch up on the first part of our interview here.… Continue Reading