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.

What We Wore to FASHFEST Night 2


  As previously discussed in our guide to event dressing ie. not giving a fuck what anybody else thinks, part of the fun of attending a fashion event is appreciating what everyone else is wearing. Unfortunately on this night, we got carried away faffing around the foyer that we didn’t capture as many beautifully dressed people as we would have liked. We did come across one of our lovely competition winners on the red carpet, as well as other lovely friends of Leiden which was a delight.       To see what happened on the runway catch up on… Continue Reading

What Everyone Was Wearing to FASHFEST Show 1


  As previously discussed in our guide to event dressing ie. not giving a fuck what anybody else thinks, part of the fun of attending a fashion event is appreciating what everyone else is wearing. Unfortunately the mood lighting was a little dark to do too much appreciating but we did manage to see some fabulous people wearing some fabulous things.     To see what happened on the runway catch up on our runway reports for Show 1 and Show 2.   Team Leiden on the night consisted of Emma Batchelor, Jenna Maurer, Hannah Wallace, Jesse Petrie and Johanna… Continue Reading

Inside the NGV Gala and Celebrating The House of Dior Exhibition


    Last night I had the pleasure of attending the inaugural National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) Gala celebrating the opening of The House of Dior: Seventy Years of Haute Couture. My family bought me my ticket back when the gala was first announced; I purchased my dream dress not long after and have been counting down the days in the lead up.   So what did I get for my $500 ticket?   The Opportunity To Dress Up   The moment I saw a particular red dress on the runway of Simone Rocha’s collection before last, I knew I… Continue Reading

Met Gala – Manus x Machina: Fashion in an Age of Technology


Each year the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute hosts a Gala event to mark the opening of their latest fashion exhibition. As well as being one of the most exclusive tickets on the New York social scene, the event is a major fundraiser for the Institute. If you are looking to rub shoulders with the hottest designers and celebs, a ticket will set you back a cool $25k. The exhibition’s theme sets the dress code for the evening with many attendees pushing the envelope with their interpretation. This year we saw hundreds of fashionable guests explore the intersection of… Continue Reading

The 88th Academy Awards Red Carpet


Gone are the times when an actor attending the Academy Awards could just roll up in the clothes from their latest film (a la Diane Keaten in her Annie Hall garb) or whatever sparkling confection caught their eye (Meryl Streep in the 80’s), now the Oscars are big business for the fashion houses.  The television air time, social media hype and magazine pages devoted to the Oscars make dressing a celebrity an almost priceless marketing opportunity, such that each house vies to get their outfit on a celebrity of choice. Because of the high level of scrutiny we have seen… Continue Reading

Diane Kruger at the Vanity Fair Oscar Party


  An accomplished actress and a damn fine dresser, we love Diane Kruger at Leiden. She always looks sensational on the red carpet and the Vanity Fair Oscar Party was no exception. The ‘naked’ dress has been a fixture of late with Beyonce and Kim Kardashian both sporting one at the most recent Met Ball, but this Reem Acra creation leaves the rest behind. The deep jewel tone, texture and detail make this dress look opulent and tasteful. It doesn’t tend to the slutty at all given how much skin is on show. Simple makeup and an elegant up-do complete the… Continue Reading