(Almost) Everything I wore in 2018


All the way back in January 2018 I set myself the challenge of taking a mirror selfie every day. Initially, I wanted to hold myself accountable to my new year’s style resolutions — making better use of the clothes I already owned, styling them more flamboyantly and actually doing something with my hair. However, as January drew to an end, thirty days of mirror selfies later, I knew I hadn’t finished playing sartorial anthropologist. For an entire year taking a photograph of myself after getting dressed became as integral a part of my morning routine as brushing my teeth or… Continue Reading

Leiden’s Most Read Articles in 2018


This year we published a staggering 264 pieces of content. Not bad considering we all have full time jobs! As 2018 draws to a close we have been looking back at the articles our readers have loved this year.   Number One- F45 Challenge Diary It made the list last year, but this year Emma’s F45 challenge diary has taken out the top spot as the most read article of 2018.   Number Two – Queer Eye for the Yass Guy In June this year, we broke the news that the fab five had come to town not to make… Continue Reading

Skyline


Bright, bold and a little bit dangerous. This is Skyline.                                 Credits Concept: Emma Batchelor and Rasi Gupta Photography: Jesse Petrie Photography Assist, Retouching: Alex Tricolas Model: Rasi Gupta / Instagram @la_vie_en_lens Styling: Emma Batchelor and Rasi Gupta Hair and Makeup: Rasi Gupta and Emma Batchelor Assistant: Erin Levey

Clothes and Accessories made from Recycled Materials


It’s National Recycling Week so what better excuse to celebrate fashion and accessories labels who are making products from recycled materials. If you haven’t already, check out our ode to recycling, it’s got lots of information about recycling, links between gender and recycling, and tips for what can and cannot be recycled.   Made from recycled plastic Girlfriend Collective’s core fabric products are made from 79% recycled polyester (or RPET) and 21% spandex. RPET is made from post-consumer water bottles. Try ShopMate to ship them from the US.Shop Now.     Mr Tumbuktu makes active wear from recycled bottles and fishing nets. Shop Now.  … Continue Reading

Curvature and Couture: Design and the Pear shaped Woman


  Last night we attended the opening of a new exhibition by designer Bronwynne Jones, Curvature and Couture: Design and the Pear shaped Woman. After struggling to find clothes that suited her body shape, Bronwynne decided to take matters into her own hands. Under her label Thunder Thighs she creates garments for women whose waist to hip to thigh ratio isn’t catered to in mainstream fashion. Clothing, accessories and sculptural textile installations were all on display as well as runway event showcasing new designs. Within the main gallery of the M16 Artspace we crowded around a pop up runway lined by… Continue Reading

Designer Profile: Thunder Thighs


  Nobody knows their way around a men’s shirt quite like Bronwynne Jones. After acquiring them, she unpicks them and turns them into something brand new. Spurred to create clothes that suited her tricky to buy for body shape, her aptly named label Thunder Thighs is now helping many other women enjoy clothes that fit and flatter their bodies. We caught up with Bronwynne to find out more about her journey into fashion, why sustainability is important to her and what’s next for Thunder Thighs.   Leiden: What made you decide to start your label Thunder Thighs? Bronwynne: Like many… Continue Reading

Understanding Camp – A Deep dive on the 2019 Met Gala theme


  ‘The ultimate Camp statement: it’s good because it’s awful.’ – Susan Sontag, 1964   Each year, on the first Monday in May, the Met Gala raises money for The Costume Institute while launching a new blockbuster exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum in New York with a sumptuous model and celebrity filled extravaganza. The theme of the 2019 Met Gala has been announced and it’s an interesting one. Unlike previous themes such as an investigation of the intersection between fashion and Catholicism, or China through the looking glass, this year’s theme of ‘camp’ is far more open to interpretation.   What… Continue Reading