A weekend-long launch for the Canberra Centre brings beauty and wellness to the revitalised Monaro Mall precinct.
Over the past weekend the Canberra Centre opened the doors of the newly refurbished Monaro Mall to unveil a world-class beauty and wellness precinct to scores of eager shoppers, with a series of masterclasses and a litany of opening-specials.
I was fortunate enough to be invited to attend the opening festivities, and so on Thursday morning when my alarm went off at the ungodly hour of 5:00am; sleep-muddled and more than a little cranky I rolled out of my warm bed in order to get myself to there.
At 32 years of age, there isn’t actually a lot that I will get myself out of bed this early for anymore.
Sleek styling from Saba during the Praxis showcase on Friday night
The Canberra Centre is arguably the biggest and best retail space in Canberra, and at the forefront of contemporary fashion, dinging and lifestyle. Since it’s refurbishment in 2006 it has become the premier destination for Canberran’s to indulge in a bit of retail therapy, sporting a number of stores not seen in any other malls across Canberra.
In recent years it has also lead a change in how customers interact with and experience it’s retailers. The Canberra Centre hosts seasonal events based around the Spring/Summer and Autumn/Winter collections of its retailers, and has brought a host of talented individuals like Maragret Zhang, Luc Wiseman, and Elle Ferguson and Tash Sefton to present talks to eager patrons. There’s also been a number of local interstate artists who have been invited to produce installations for the space.
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…)
My first experience of Australian menswear sensation M.J. Bale was when I received a necktie and a copy of their in-store magazine Manual in a gift bag from an event hosted by Q.T. Canberra last year.
The necktie that I received is a gorgeous pale blue wool affair in a very interesting shade and texture, and I was instantly captivated. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve worn it since I received it, but I am always complimented when I do, and to this day it remains looking brand new.
I was naturally intrigued then to learn more about M.J. Bale, and subsequently purchased two pairs of the best-fitting chinos I have ever owned in my life from their Sydney store. These chinos are sadly out of commission at the moment (break-up kilos, let’s not talk about it); but their design and the quality of the fabric used in their construction is really something else. I find it a little hard to believe that pieces of such high quality are from an off-the-rack chain, but that’s sort of the whole point of M.J. Bale really. (more…)
Tonight I had the privilege of attending the Canberra Centre celebration of Christmas, Magical. The event was an opportunity to see the amazing typographic artwork of Gemma O’Brien, commissioned by the Canberra Centre to help ring in the festive season and get everyone in the mood for #thatchristmasfeeling
Emceed by the lovely Sarah Kelly, the event provided guests with a selection of delicious canapes and bubbling champagne in the ground-floor foyer of the Canberra Centre, with a magical mood set by the talented harpist filling the space with angel-soft sounds. As guests took in the atmosphere, Gemma was applying the finishing touches her mural on the wall of the Canberra Centre – a colossal undertaking to paint the word Magical in shades of gold and white. As you can see above, O’Brien hand-painted the beautiful piece directly onto the wall with astounding grace. (more…)
I’ve been very lucky to be invited to two of the Canberra Centre’s #SS15 style events, which are bringing a collective of style influencers to Canberra to share their thoughts and expertise in their collective fields.
These events are part of the #SS15 programme and have been held in conjunction with QT Canberra and Lucky’s Speakeasy. The events have been emceed by Steven Wright and Sarah Kelly, the Canberra Centre’s local fashion experts, and have thus far been truly fantastic events that I have left feeling inspired for the season ahead.
Guests of the events have been treated to a Grooming Station by QT Canberra’s Barber Shop, delicious catering from within the Canberra Centre, stunning cocktails from QT’s Lucky’s Speakeasy, and of course complimentary Canberra Centre style bags to take home. (more…)
It is a bit rare for menswear to get much of a look in here in Canberra, so when one of the most exciting contemporary voices in menswear happens to be stopping by the Canberra Centre to present a style-centric talk on all things menswear; you’d better believe that I am there!
Luc Wiesman is the founder and managing editor of D’Marge, an online magazine aimed at magnificent bastards all over Australia who are looking for a bit of an edge in their grooming and presentation without having to faff-about too much to get to the nitty-gritty.
Since launching in 2011 D’Marge has quickly grown to one of the largest menswear and lifestyle focused websites in Australia, with over 800,000 visits a month.
I was lucky enough to shoot Luc some questions around menswear and our fair city of Canberra, and his answers offer a fantastic insight into what we can expect from tomorrow evening’s presentation at the Canberra centre. (more…)