Almost Everything I Wore This Month


All the way back in January I started taking a mirror selfie every day to document my outfits. I wanted to hold myself accountable to my new years style resolutions and to also chart the way I was making use of my wardrobe. For the most part I have kept this up throughout the year, missing a day here and there. Largely due to laziness I haven’t shared the images here until today when, as I yet again reached for an orange funnel necked top, I felt an urge to go back and look at how many times I had… Continue Reading

The Trouble with Hedi Slimane and his View of Women


  This season, spring/summer 19, was completely overshadowed by designer Hedi Slimane and his new vision for iconic French house Céline. When it was announced that Slimane, he who revolutionised menswear at Dior Homme before divisively reinventing the wheel at Yves Saint Laurent, was to take over from revered British designer Phoebe Philo, who was stepping down from the brand after ten years as creative director, jaws collectively dropped. How could the champion of louche youths in thigh skimming mini dresses possibly take up the mantle of Philo? With her devoted community of ‘Philophiles’, Philo was championed as a designer… Continue Reading

Leiden’s Top Tips for Op Shopping


  Have you ever noticed that those people with the most enviable personal style don’t dress head to toe in any one designer? They mix and match between designer, high street and vintage to create looks entirely their own. Kate Moss does this better than anyone. She practically invented this approach to dressing in a modern context. But lets face it; we don’t all have Kate Moss’s fashion connections or bank account. So how can the average person start to build a wardrobe of clothes unique to them? The cheapest and easiest, not to mention most environmentally friendly, way to… Continue Reading

Into The Bath


                                          Credits Concept: Emma Batchelor and Rasi Gupta Photography: Jesse Petrie Lighting, Retouching: Alex Tricolas Model: Rasi Gupta / Instagram @la_vie_en_lens Styling: Emma Batchelor and Rasi Gupta Hair and Makeup: Rasi Gupta Set Styling: Emma Batchelor / Instagram @emma.leiden Bathroom and snacks: Susanne Morton and Alex Tricolas

Designer Profile: Zilpah Tart


  Canberra-based label Zilpah tart has been around for a few years now, building a cult following for feminine designs adorned with trademark photographic prints. It would be easy for designer Yumi Morrissey to rest on her commercial success, however, with each new collection she continues to push the boundaries of her practice, experimenting with new fabrics and silhouettes. We caught up with Yumi after the launch of her latest collection Shoreline which takes its inspiration from the South Coast of NSW.   Leiden: Your photographic prints have always been at the heart of your label. What first sparked the… 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

What Savage x Fenty Says about Female Sexuality and Diversity


  One of the most eagerly awaited presentations at New York Fashion Week (NYFW) this season was Rihanna’s Savage x Fenty lingerie collection. And just as she did when launching Fenty Beauty, Rihanna really shook shit up. Taking place at the Brooklyn Navy Yard, the presentation was more akin to performance art than a traditional runway show. There were no seating assignments, no front row packed with VIPs, instead attendees were treated equally and were encouraged to move throughout the space, exploring a range of installations inspired by the Garden of Eden. The models, or ‘savages’ as they were referred… Continue Reading

Designer Profile – auór


In our latest designer profile we sit down with one half of the team behind new accessories label auor to talk design, art and slow fashion.   For some time now, I have been pining for something green. Perhaps its because spring is now here and verdant greenery is seemingly everywhere. Or perhaps its just that green is just a damn appealing colour. As is often the case these days, I found just the fashion item to fill my green coloured void while casually scrolling through Instagram. There they were: celery green hoop earrings just begging to find a home… Continue Reading