Fashfest 2017 Tickets On Sale


I am so thrilled to announce that tickets for Fashfest 2017 – Canberra’s largest annual red-carpet event – are now on sale through Fashfest 2017 will be held from 28 to 30 September, promising us three nights and six distinct shows of total fashion experience.

The 2017 programme showcases the work of more than 40 fashion designers—local, national and international—some putting on their own collections and some forming group shows. The event will be supported by fifteen live musical and DJ acts, bringing the designer collections to life.

Tickets start from $49. VIP and Platinum ‘experience’ include exclusive, guided backstage tours. Discounts available for two show packages and bookings of six tickets. Fashfest will be held at the National Convention Centre Canberra. The first show on each night starts at 7pm and the second at 9. (more…)

A New Direction for Fashfest founder



It’s no secret that Canberra’s fashion scene has been changed for the better with the influence of power couple Clint and Andrea Hutchinson. It would be hard to argue that there was much of a visible fashion scene at all before Fashfest, and as someone who remembers attending thrown-together independent shows in creepy warehouse spaces or soulless corporate events in malls, I’m personally very thankful for what this has meant for Canberra.

It is tremendously exciting then to be able to announce that Clint Hutchinson will be leaving his full-time position as Managing Director of ZOO Group to kick start a new chapter in his life, which will include dedicating more time to building Fashfest as Canberra’s pre-eminent red-carpet fashion event.

After co-founding Fashfest four years ago with his wife Andrea, now Managing Director, the couple has decided it’s time to devote more energy to the event, as well as a range of other exciting initiatives they’re developing in the fashion and broader creative space in Canberra. (more…)

Fashfest launch event:


Fashfest 2016 launched today at the beautiful new Eden space in the Canberra Centre.


Today I made a mad dash from the office to the Canberra Centre for the launch of Fashfest 2016. Hosted by the gorgeous Sarah Kelly in the Canberra Centre’s beautiful new Eden space, the event gave founders Clint and Andrea Hutchinson the opportunity to share thougts on where Fashfest came from, how it has grown, and exciting news about what we can expect from the future.

With regard to the origins of the event, Clint recounted a story of travelling to Milan and he and Andrea asking the question of one another “Why hasn’t Canberra had its own event fashion event?” This lead to other questions about how you would run a fashion event in Canberra, and soon after much discussion and some scribbling on napkins, they had designed the very first Fahsfest event.

When they returned to Canberra  the first person that the spoke to Steven Wright, who has been (and remains) a huge part of the Fashfest experience. Clint first pitched the idea of a five-night fashion experience, to which Steven’s response was “You’re crazy, you might be able to make one-night happen.” Clint’s rebuttal was to compromise on a four-night event, and the rest is history. (more…)


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Fashfest 2016 preparations are already underway, with designer applications currently open, the dates locked in and more catwalk shows planned than ever before. It is fantastic to be able to share that planning for Canberra’s pre-eminent and largest fashion event is well underway.

Key bits of information you need to know right now:

  • New dates: Fashfest 2016 will be held on 29 September to 1 October.
  • Number of shows: There will now be a total of six shows – two per night.
  • Designer applications open: all designer applications are due 14 February.




Photo Credit – Martin Ollman

As a fashion blogger living in a smaller city like Canberra, you come to know a lot about how the local fashion scene and how it operates. You’ll make friends with designers, meet with the PR leaders for coffee, and you’ll start dropping the names of up-and coming designers and labels and expecting others to know exactly who you’re talking about.

You’ll also come to realise very quickly just how hard it is for designers to get a leg up in the industry, and just how difficult it is to find a space to work and create within a meager to non-existent budget.

As such, I’m thrilled to report that Canberran designers now have help to realise their aspirations in the form of a new not-for-profit providing space and support to fashion designers in the capital. The Canberra and Region Designers in Fashion (CARDIF), founded by Chris Lloyd and David Traylen, occupies a massive 685 m² space overlooking Green Square in Kingston, and promises to be a ‘working hub’ which will enable designers to feed off one another, share ideas and work in a creative environment. (more…)

Hustle & Scout Final Market for 2015


It seems that I will get back to Canberra from three weeks of holidays just in time for the final Hustle & Scout Markets for 2015!

Hustle & Scout Twilight Fashion Market and The Forage will host their final event of the year on December 5 at a new location never before used for an event – a multi-level car park!

The car park, which will be the event’s third venue for the year, forms part of the recently opened Little National Hotel in Barton. The hotel is situated on the doorstep of Parliament House, boasting spectacular views over iconic landmarks of Canberra. Market organisers Tegan McAuley and Belinda Neame, were approached by the Doma Group earlier this year with an idea to inject more cultural activity into the precinct and celebrate the opening of the new hotel.

After attracting close to 10,000 visitors to their last event, held at the Old Bus Depot Building in Kingston, Ms McAuley and Ms Neame are ready for a new challenge and hope this new, unconventional market venue will capture the curiosity of locals.

“Holding a food and fashion event in a multi-level car park is a whole new ball game for us, but we’re excited because we like to do things differently – this suits our brands perfectly”, says Ms McAuley.

The Forage, who will be presenting their largest food and drink line-up to date, will be located in the outdoor car park of the hotel. Featuring close to 40 vendors, The Forage will welcome a suite of new vendors such as Bush Taco Girls, Yang’s Malaysian Food Truck and Smoothie & Co. The outdoor live music lounge, which will feature local talent such as Kaleid, The Feraude Trio and GhostNoises, will lead into the multi-level, above-ground car park where Hustle & Scout will showcase over 60 fashion designers across two levels.

Staying true to their mission to provide people with an immersive and unique Canberra experience unlike other markets, visitors can expect an entertainment program that showcases a colourful mix of local creative businesses.

The Details:

Date 5 December 2015

Where Little National Hotel, Barton

When 3-8pm

Entry to the event is free.

Ink & Leathers in Narita


So, I’m currently in Japan with the Boyfriend for a three-week holiday to celebrate our five-year anniversary and to spend some time exploring more of this amazing country that has captured my heart and soul.

We’re here for three weeks and will be travelling to several different cities in that time, and I will be Blogging the whole trip – it’s just taken me two days to get that sorted out. I thought that I’d kick things off with a little bit about our first stop – Narita! (more…)