Embrace


                    Credits Photography: Chris Walsh / Instagram @c_walshie Makeup: Lilah Gow Model, Creative Direction: Emily Egan / Instagram @emilyeganinsta at Victoria’s Models   ‘I like to consider myself an immensely creative person. Having modelled for years I love being a part of the creative process which sees the development of a concept into a beautiful set of images shared between creatives, shown off to the world. In saying this I am usually, as the model, part of someone else’s vision having to quickly jump into character to pull together a concept… Continue Reading

It’s Time to Stamp Out Systemic Sexual Abuse in the Fashion Industry


  In the wake of the harrowing reports of rampant sexual misconduct committed by Harvey Weinstein and the resulting #MeToo movement, stories of misconduct and abuse across a range of industries are unfolding on a seemingly daily basis. The latest report to rock the world of fashion was released on Saturday 12 January by The New York Times. Legendary photographers Mario Testino and Bruce Weber have both been accused of sexual exploitation by fifteen former and current models in the case of Testino, and thirteen male assistants and models in the case of Weber. On January 17, another four allegations… 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

FASHFEST Runway Report – Show 6


    The closing night of FASHFEST rolled around too soon. We walked the red carpet, ate some doughnuts and took our seats, ready for the final shows.   Karen Lee     Canberra based designer Karen Lee’s eponymous label specialises in slow fashion for the every day woman. Her work is designed for comfort, to transcend trends and to be worn again and again. This year’s FASHFEST collection was no exception as the designer sent out an array of versatile dresses, pinafores, trousers and shirts. Nothing was figure hugging; clothing was designed to skim over the body’s curves. Hemlines… Continue Reading

FASHFEST Runway Report – Show 5


  The closing night of FASHFEST rolled around too soon. We walked the red carpet, ate some doughnuts and took our seats, ready for the final shows.   Charly Thorn     This young designer from Cooma has been garnering a lot of attention of late. We first came across her at a fashion event in Cooma and were blown away by her talent. Along with everyone else we marveled at her debut FASHFEST collection last year, the centerpiece of which was an origami like gown worn by Annaleise Suebert. Charly has since shown at Vancouver Fashion Week and will… Continue Reading

FASHFEST Runway Report – Show 4


  Welcome to the second night of FASHFEST. After getting in to the swing of things on the opening night (catch up on our runway reports here and here) we returned to the red carpet to document our outfits before heading in to take our seats for the shows.   Bianca Pavlic The Label     This eponymous local label made its FASHFEST debut this year. Designed and assembled by hand in her home studio, Bianca is also mindful of textile waste and sustainable practice. Undeniably one of the strongest collections from the festival so far, what appeared on the… Continue Reading

FASHFEST Runway Report – Show 3


  Welcome to the second night of FASHFEST. After getting in to the swing of things on the opening night (catch up on our runway reports here and here) we returned to the red carpet to document our outfits before heading in to take our seats for the shows. Show three shined a spotlight on New Zealand design with six collections presented featuring designers from across the sea.   Melanie Child     Melanie Child returns to the FASHFEST runway with her signature re-worked denim, sustainable ethos and intelligent, timeless design. Her latest collection featured lots of denim, cotton tees… Continue Reading