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

Adelaide Fashion Festival SLOW Saturday


  The whole reason I decided to make the trip from Canberra to Adelaide for the Adelaide Fashion Festival this year was for SLOW Saturday. Everything else was a bonus. After starting life on the fringe of last year’s Festival, this year SLOW became an official part of the schedule in 2018. The runway is the brainchild of designers and creatives Anny Duff from Good Studios, Natalie Ivanov of Re-Swim Club and Emily Sheahan from The Commons Studio & Exchange who together sought to take the conversation about sustainability mainstream. The event began with a statement from Vogue Australia’s Sustainability… Continue Reading

FASHFEST 2018 Runway Report


  Now in its sixth year, Canberra’s annual fashion event FASHFEST has switched it up to bring something new and exciting. The event began in a warehouse at the airport before moving to the National Convention Centre, which has been its home for the last three years. Just like in previous iterations, the event aims to celebrate more than just fashion. As well as the work of three designers, in 2019 FASHFEST will highlight and showcase the architectural gems that the nation’s capital proudly possesses. The first in a planned series of three events was held at the National Gallery… 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

Rebel Muse and Saloon present a killer runway event ‘Autonomy’


  We have given hope not flowers and performed downward dogs alongside real dogs and now a runway show of epic proportions is taking over Braddon, Canberra as Rebel Muse’s birthday month continues. This Friday (20 April) the premier fashion boutique is teaming 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. The runway event will feature clothes form the likes of Camilla and Marc, Alice McCall, and Acler presented on models from Devojka Models who will sport locks and makeup by Saloon.… 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