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Dress to impress this festival season

06/09/2011 by Jil Hogan

Spring is upon us, and while you got in early and secured your tickets to the hottest gigs over the festival season, you may be yet to spare a thought for your perfect festival outfit. We chatted to Lex Holden from Parliament Clothing about what you should be wearing this season... Floral Dresses & Maxi Skirts


Stranger Than Fiction collection launches @ Itrip Iskip

23/08/2011 by OutInCanberra

Canberra-based women’s fashion label Stranger than Fiction (formerly known as Grazed Youth) lauched their latest collection on Friday night at Itrip Iskip in Braddon. Guests sipped wine and nibbled on cheese, cupcakes and gorgeous pink macaroons as seven models took to the catwalk to show off the latest collection. Named 'Bundle of Nerves', the collection was inspired by Hitchcock-style movie heroines, and scientific and mathematical images from the childhoods of the Stranger than Fiction team.


Local designer's graceful creations

08/08/2011 by Jil Hogan

Local designer Graciela Topal is fascinated by buttons and beads. Her range, Trade With Grace, is a line of unique and playful jewellery made from buttons and beads, matching colours, textures and styles in unusual ways to create unique, eye-catching pieces. “They are versatile, playful and fun to work with,” says Topal of her medium of choice. “They are available in so many different shapes, sizes and colours and it’s possible to obtain a range of different effects just by playing around with them. And most importantly, they look great on anything.”


Sneak a peek at Angela Menz's new collection

19/07/2011 by OutInCanberra

Enjoy a sneak peek of award winning milliner and designer Angela Menz’s new collection at Benedict House. Formally trained in fashion design at the Canberra Institute of Technology, Angela discovered her natural talent and love of millinery. Having picked up many Fashions on the Field titles across Australia, she is most well known for her race wear and racing millinery.


Sugaring arrives in Canberra

05/07/2011 by Jil Hogan

The combination of sugar and lemon juice is well-known as an ideal topping for pancakes, and now it can also get your body smooth and ready for the bikini season with the arrival of Sugaring in Australia. The hair removal treatment uses a natural sugar paste and boasts a string of positive including being less painful, more gentle, and more efficient than its alternatives. Erica's Aesthetics in Kingston is the first place in Canberra to offer the hair removal treatment, which has taken the world by storm and is preferred to waxing in parts of Europe.


The Making of a Milliner

27/06/2011 by Jil Hogan

Outside of racing season, the art of millinery doesn’t get that much attention. It was given centre stage last week at the Hyatt hotel, where tomorrow’s millinery masters showed off their range of handmade wares to celebrate the completion of their CIT Certificate III in Millinery. One of the graduates, Linda Walsh, said it was a relative who inspired her to enroll in the 18 month course. “A seed was planted some years back when I discovered that my dearly departed Nana had an interest in Millinery,” she says.


Shop for free @ the Clothing Exchange

14/06/2011 by OutInCanberra

Revamp your Winter Wardrobe without spending a cent and clean out some much-needed space in your wardrobe at the Canberra Clothing Exchange. The Clothing Exchange is a professional swapping service that promotes the simple notion of swapping instead of shopping for a better wardrobe and a better world. Having travelled the country since 2004, the Clothing Exchange comes to Canberra this July. At the start of the event, garments are swapped for buttons which then become your currency for the evening. Once all garments for swapping are checked in, it's shopping time!


Fresh and bold designs from E4 clothing

31/05/2011 by Jil Hogan

Inject something fresh into your Winter wardrobe with E4 clothing. Canberran designers Jon Shirley and Rohan Thomas launched the brand in 2009 after initially creating some printed shirts for a festival. “We created the brand as a bit of fun, and it just kind of stuck,” says Shirley. “We could see it had potential and we really enjoyed creating designs and ultimately developing the brand to where it is today.”


Handmade Market @ National Convention Centre Canberra

26/05/2011 by OutInCanberra

Handmade Market, Canberra's Quarterly Upmarket, brings together talented artists, designers, stylists, craftspeople and gourmets all at the National Convention Centre on Saturday June 11th. It is a unique event to connect the makers of beautiful things to people who appreciate quality, handcrafted and locally designed items. The market features over 120 retailers, including new designers Princess Perfect, Heaven in Earth, Art of Switch, annie & belle and Miss Lulu Clothing. Open from 10am - 4pm. Entry is free. For more information visit


Canberra Charity Fashion Show @ Hotel Realm

17/05/2011 by OutInCanberra

The cream of the crop in Canberra designers and labels gathered at Hotel Realm on Saturday 14th May for the Canberra Charity Fashion Show. Following a steady stream of talented Canberra designers leaving the city, organiser Japna Singh decided to take action. "The night was really to raise awareness of local Canberra designers," she says. "So many designers move to Sydney and Melbourne. So the plan was to get everything together in the one room and really promote local designers."