FASHFEST 2018 – What I Wore


FASHFEST time, for me, has become a highly awaited event each year. Being one of the runway models for the past two years, this year I am the special correspondent for Leiden at the event. So in addition to our usual runaway report, you get a quick run-down of how I went in full feather. Fashion events are a golden opportunity to get creative and experiment with every aspect of your look. It also brings the eminent pressure of googling ‘what to wear at a fashion show’ obsessively, contemplating buying a new outfit, renting outfits or certain pieces and what… Continue Reading

FASHFEST 2018 Runway Report


  Now in its sixth year, Canberra’s annual fashion event FASHFEST has switched it up to bring something new and exciting. The event began in a warehouse at the airport before moving to the National Convention Centre, which has been its home for the last three years. Just like in previous iterations, the event aims to celebrate more than just fashion. As well as the work of three designers, in 2019 FASHFEST will highlight and showcase the architectural gems that the nation’s capital proudly possesses. The first in a planned series of three events was held at the National Gallery… 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

Our Most Read Articles in 2017


Take a dive into our most-read articles this year.   Number 10 Fashion meets Baking – An Interview with Saadia Masood of La Ombre Creations Number 9 Inside the Cult of F45     Number Eight My F45 8 Week Challenge Diary Part 1   Number Seven Inside the Ancient Practice of Tai Chi     Number Six My F45 8 Week Challenge Diary Part 2 – The Big Reveal   Number Five H&M is Coming to Canberra – But Do We Really Want It?   Number Four Does FASHFEST Still Pass the FASH-test?   Number Three Review: Good Dye… 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

Leiden Podcast – Episode 1: A Rundown on FASHFEST


  What’s that? We have started a podcast? That’s right! Welcome to Leiden Podcast a fortnightly podcast discussing all our favourite things: fashion, beauty, health and fitness. But we don’t stop there, we also interview amazing people, talk about relationships, books, pop culture, money and sex. In our first episode we unpack our experience at Canberra’s fashion festival FASHFEST. Leiden editor Emma Batchelor chats with contributors Miriam Walsh and Cleo Pilcher about the fashion, the makeup, the music and highs and lows of the festival. Leiden Podcast and it’s catchy jingle is produced by the greatest guy around Roshan Fernandez.… Continue Reading

What We Wore to FASHFEST Night 3


  We love any excuse to dress up and FASHFEST provides us with an opportunity to do just that. On Night 3 of the festival, we ate doughnuts, drank cocktails from a mini goon-bag, and enjoyed the runway shows.       To see what happened on the runway catch up on our runway reports for Show 5 and Show 6.   Team Leiden on the night consisted of Emma Batchelor, Jesse Petrie, Lexi Keelan, Sheree Yap and Johanna Dziadkiewicz who is also the offical FASHFEST illustrator.