Canberra

Zilpah Tart – A Fashfest First Three Years In The Making

The proud owner of the first Zilpah Tart necktie, featuring the gorgeous ‘Lucent Blue’ print. The bold pattern of the necktie actually works beautifully in an otherwise understated menswear look, and brings to mind the patterns of 1980s business attire.

 

Zilpah Tart has held a special place in my heart for a few years now. I love to see our local Canberra design talents develop and achieve great things, and you would be hard-pressed to find a label that is achieving as much as the creations of designer Yumi Morrissey. Bright colours balanced with sleek, feminine styling – Zilpah Tart conjures for me a sense of union between Dianne Von Furstenberg  and Emilio Pucci.

I have always resented a little that Morrissey focuses solely on women’s wear, and more so in recent years with the introduction of her signature exclusive fabrics featuring Canberra scenery and landmarks. Naturally most men would probably shy away from the bright colours and fractal patterns of the exclusive fabrics, but I’ve always had something of the peacock to me, and I have lusted after the gorgeous Canberran designs for some time.

This year, I’ve got a taste of what I have been missing out on with the creation of a very special necktie featuring the Lucent Blue print from Zilpah Tart – a menswear first for the label from the 2017 Autumn/Winter Illuminate collection. (more…)

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 www.fashfest.com.au. 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…)

Beauty Redefined – Canberra Centre Launches Beauty and Wellness Precinct

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.

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Fashfest 2017: A nervous morning at Canberra’s biggest model casting

Serious business – hopeful models strutting their stuff at the 2017 Fashfest model casting last Sunday.

On Sunday morning I was up early, dressed, showered and on the road by 10:00am. While I didn’t have far to go, I was nervous.

It was not the paralysing sort of nervous that usually has me curled up in a ball on my lounge watching re-runs on Netflix to distract myself. No, this was the frenetic sort of nervous. The type of nervous reserved for first dates, public speaking, or the dentist waiting room, manically searching for any task to try to wrangle my nerves under control.

But I had a task already – I had to drive myself to the 2017 Fashfest Model Casting at the National Convention Center Canberra. (more…)

Meet the Makers – Cellarmasters event at QT Canberra

What would you say if I told you there was going to be more than 20 leading Australian winemakers, with over 100 Australian wines available for tasting, all in one place with fantastic food; and you could win yourself a double pass to attend?

Cellarmasters and QT Hotels are bringing the fantastic Meet the Makers event to QT Canberra on Friday 19 May 2017, and I have five double passes to give away to Ink & Leathers readers!

Meet the Makers is a fantastic combination of winetasting and speed dating that gives customers the opportunity to actually speak with the brilliant minds behind their favourite tipple. You might have a favourite wine from a Vineyard that’s a little too out of your way to visit in person, or you might be like me and refuse to drink anything that isn’t a desert wine. Meet the Makers give you the opportunity to actually discuss the wines available on tasting with the people who produce them, from vine to glass as it were.

Cellarmasters have been running the Meet the Makers events for 4 years now, and the popular events are now finally on their way to Canberra. As we’re in the midst of Autumn, I can’t think of a better way to spend a chilly Friday night than sampling a selection of wines in good company, with great food and the opportunity to pick the brains of some of the industry’s greatest.

But, how can you win yourself a double pass? (more…)

Millennial Watches: The Royal Treatment

Blogger Grant Heino wears Millennial Watches latest model The Royal - Canberra, Australia

The Royal is the latest model from Millennial Watches – a sleek and elegant offering in navy and rose gold, available now.

 

In late 2016 I shared a story about Millennial Watches, an exciting venture by local Canberra talent Riley Tanton.

Since I last told you about Millennial Watches, Riley has not only met the first stretch goal of his Kickstarter campaign and had to order more watches; but he also placed as a finalist in the category of fashion in the Australian Champion Small Business Awards, the Oscars of small business in Australia. (more…)

CARDIF Collective Fashion Alley Giveaway

Would you be interested in attending a showcase of local Canberra Fashion talent showcased in a gritty industrial space held for a fantastic cause? Well, you’re in luck! Local fashion collective CARDIF will be hosting an event on the evening of 8 April 2017 to support the Heart Foundation of Australia boyandgirlco’s Lost and Found initiative, and I have two tickets to give away!

CARDIF Collective Fashion Alley is part fashion show, part art exhibition, part auction, and promises to be a whole lot of fun.

The event will be held in Highgate Lane, Green Square, Kingston. This is the first time that the service laneway will be used for a catwalk event, providing a fantastic juxtaposing of raw industrial service with the polished elegance of designer fashion.

 

To give you a taste of what the evening will include:

  • New label Thunder Thighs will be launched.
  • Hunter The Label will launch a new autumn/winter 2017 collection called ‘Norwegian Wood’.
  • Zilpah Tart will showcase their new autumn/winter 2017 collection, called Illuminate.
  • CARDIF Collective will present a segment featuring pieces from their in store designers.
  • An art exhibition with works by artists from M16 Gallery.
  • A live auction will be held with auctioneer Richard Luton, with all proceeds going to the Heart Foundation.
  • A silent auction will be held with all proceeds going to the Lost and Found initiative.

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