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

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