FaBSoc Women in Creative Industries Panel Event


Last night, Thursday 28 April 2018, we attended the Women in Creative Industries Q&A Discussion Panel, an event organised by the ANU Fashion and Beauty Appreciation Society (FabSoc). The event took place at Rebel Muse with speakers Najima Rasool of successful blog Dusk Avenue, Ashleigh Bujaroski the designer behind the label Summer Paradise Seekers, Alicia Xyrakis owner of Rebel Muse Boutique, and Emma Batchelor, editor of Leiden, discussing the highs and lows of working in a creative industry.   The Space   The Attendees The Panel   Become a member of FaBSoc to stay in the loop about upcoming events… Continue Reading

How to Become a Conscious Fashion Consumer


  Since putting together Building a Conscious Wardrobe alongside my lovely friend Lexi Keelan, I have radically revaluated the way I think about fashion. I am buying less and buying better, I am caring for what I have and I am being more mindful about how I dispose of what I no longer need. And I am feeling pretty darn good. A by-product of all this change is the debate about ethical and sustainable fashion I now find myself engaging in regularly with my friends and family and in particular with my mum.   Here is an excerpt from our… Continue Reading

All the Runway Action from Rebel Muse x Saloon ‘Autonomy’


Last night (Friday 20 April) Rebel Muse teamed up with Canberra’s first blowdry and beauty bar Saloon to present Autonomy, a runway event showcasing pieces from the latest autumn/winter collections from Australia’s top designers. If you missed out don’t worry, we have captured all the magic in a series of dreamy, intimate imagery.   The Venue Before the runway began, VIP guests enjoyed drinks, makeup touch-ups and a pop-up Rebel Muse shop.   The Guests     In addition to VIP guests who had a front row seat, a crowd of onlookers lined the runway cheering, dancing and enjoying delicious… Continue Reading

Leiden Book Club Book 1 – Breakfast at Tiffany’s


  What can one say about Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Truman Capote’s miniature opus? The novella, despite its slender spine, has an awesome weight to it, carrying the great mass of reverence that has been heaped upon it since its first publication in 1958. And while the film adaptation does tend to soak up the bulk of this acclaim the judgement of time is still clear: here lies one of America’s finest novel(la)s. So, what’s the deal? Breakfast at Tiffany’s is the tale — told through the first-person eyes of mononymous narrator Fred — of Holly Golightly, a young, beautiful and… Continue Reading

News Round Up – The Latest News From Around the Internet


  Fashion Business of Fashion Meet Fashion’s Next Generation: Over 60s By Victoria Berezhna, 13/4/18 ‘In what’s being called a ‘Greynnaisance,’ fashion brands are enlisting older models and influencers to entice oft-ignored Baby Boomers and younger fans on social media.’ Read More   Business of Fashion It’s Time for Vogue Africa Leanne Tlhagoane, 14/4/18 ‘With international editions of Vogue for the Middle East, Latin America and more recently for Poland and even the Czech Republic, calls for Vogue Africa are growing louder.’ Read More   Gender Medium What Do We Do About Women With A Penis? Cassie Brighter, March 2018 (but… Continue Reading

The Light Within You


  We’ve established a false sense of identity which is not in line with who we really are. A socially constructed set of attributes, formed from a very early age from the way we have been brought up and the environment around us. Many of us grow up with the underlying belief that we are never good enough ‪— so we continually seek new diets/training/clothing/materialistic objects to make us feel better about who we are, not realising in the moment that all of this is just feeding our ego and our false sense of self. The constant pursuit of unattainable… Continue Reading

Does it Really Cost More to Eat Healthy?


  One of the many reasons why people don’t eat a healthier diet is because it costs more. I have never really believed this to be true so it was perfect timing when the consumer advocacy magazine, Choice, published an article in their October 2017 edition about the cost of healthy eating. One of the first points addressed in the article is the perceived cost of healthy eating and how people will choose the more expensive choice between similar products which also have the same generic health claims. A concern raised by the researchers is food marketers could take advantage… Continue Reading

Designer Profile – kumi xu


  ‘If you’re designing your own label, then know yourself.’ – Tom Ford.   This was a quote designer Kumi Xu shared with us when we asked her to describe her eponymous label which launched at the end of last year. For such a nascent project it is evident that Kumi has taken this advice to heart. We caught up with the Sydney based designer to find out more about her experience in fashion and what it takes to get a new label off the ground.   Leiden: Tell us about your ethos. Kumi Xu: kumi xu is a focus on… Continue Reading