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FASHFEST 2016 ANNOUNCEMENTS

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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.

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CARDIF AND CARDIF COLLECTIVE HIT CANBERRA

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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…)

Magical: anEvening at the Canberra Centre

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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…)

Hustle & Scout Final Market for 2015

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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.

Men Inc. at QT Canberra

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Tonight I was fortunate enough to be the guest of QT Canberra, Lucky’s Speakeasy and the Barbers at QT for the official launch of their summer men’s grooming, style and entertainment series: Men Inc.

This fantastic event kick-started the series, which will be held every Thursday until the end of the year. Lucky’s Speakeasy and The Barber Shop at QT Canberra have joined forces to bring a brilliant line-up of grooming, style and lifestyle help for Canberra’s gentlemen. There’ll be ‘late night touch ups’ available until 9:30pm in The Barber Shop, men’s tailoring whilst drinking an old fashioned in Lucky’s Speakeasy, a How to Dress Like James Bond night and other nights that focus on Summer Accessories, Summer Swimwear and Boys Toys.

Tonight was also the launch of QT Canberra’s Movember activities in support of men’s health and the special new partnership between ‘This is Beard Season’ and ‘The Barbers of QT’ to raise awareness of the importance of melanoma checks for men. (more…)

Oh Happy Day – Party & Events Fair

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This Saturday Canberra will play host to its first Party & Events fair, OH HAPPY DAY, at the National Portrait Gallery. Oh Happy Day is the coming together of events planners, wedding specialists, caterers, stylists, florists, photographers, designers and all things ‘Party’.

This gorgeous new event has been a labour of love from the creative minds behind Canberra’s most popular market events, Handmade Canberra and Hustle & Scout, and will be a one-stop-shop for anyone planning a luxurious, on-trend and inherently local event. (more…)

Moxom & Whitney Flower School

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Last Wednesday evening I did something that I had been hoping to do for a long time, and attended a Moxom & Whitney Flower School evening in their gorgeous storefront in the Ori Building, Braddon.

For those of you not familiar with they name, Moxom & Whitney is Canberra’s most dynamic Florist by-far, and I have rapidly come to think of theirs as the only sensible place to purchase flowers in the ACT. Located in the heart of Braddon’s Lonsdale Street Traders precint in the heart of Canberra, Moxom & Whitney is a luxurious oasis of indulgence. Co-owned by Lou Moxom and Belinda Whitney, the duo deliver blooms with a unique, organic wholesomeness that is distinctly creative. As soon as I heard about their Flower School evenings I knew that it was something that I needed to do, and so I recently booked myself in for the Wednesday evening course. (more…)