FASHFEST has always been more than a red-carpet fashion event. It has always billed itself as a ‘fashion experience’ because each show is so much more than a collection of new garments by fashion designers. It is about so many creative elements, including sound, lighting, interior design, hair, makeup, DJs and live music, and original [...]
While the name LLL Designs may not ring an immediate bell in your head, you have probably come across their bright and funky stalls pretty much all over Canberra, from the Night Market in Barton to the Fash’n’Treasure Markets in EPIC, to the awesome free jewellery-making workshops for kids at Belconnen Mall.
LLL Designs is a [...]
While the rest of you were at the supermarket, watching the footy or hanging out the washing on Sunday morning, RiotACT was swanning around the National Convention Centre with 530 aspiring models. We were at the casting for Fashfest 2016, getting a taste of what to expect when Canberra’s own fashion week gets underway in [...]
[ 28 May 2016 at 12:30 pm; ] Join Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences fashion and dress curator Glynis Jones on a walk and talk through our new exhibition as she highlights the work of Muslim designers and entrepreneurs making a mark on the fashion industry.
Saturday 28 May, 12.30pm
National Archives of Australia
Queen Victoria Terrace
Deciphering a dress code for a formal event, party or gathering can get tricky. Especially when words such as “Sophisticated elegance” and “Dress to Impress” are written on your invitation. Dress codes, and de-coding these codes is enough to cause anyone stress!
When receiving an invitation for such event, like the Diabetes ACT Gala Ball, it’s [...]
I don’t know about you, but it’s been pretty darn warm outside these past few days.
When the temperature starts to rise, most people tend to freak out a little, and end up wearing the same t-shirt and shorts ensemble over and over. This outfit works for when you’re hanging out at home in the air-con, but [...]
It’s that time of year again – my favourite time of year actually. The weather has warmed up, the year is close to ending (which means holidays and work free days!), and the festivities have begun with cocktail parties and various soirees popping up left right and center.
With the amount of Christmas shopping still to be [...]
RiotACT met some Melbourne Cup lunch-goers at the Hotel Realm this afternoon. You can see all our photos on Instagram, or view a selection here.
Justine Redwin, Karen Mathias, Lana Davidson-Parker, Alicia Murphy, Ashleigh Hogwood and Alicia Welsh.
Laura Neill, Kate Chaloner, James Neill and Georgia Clear. James won best dressed bloke later.
At right, our pick for [...]
So you want to get out and celebrate Melbourne Cup but haven’t booked anything?
Fear not. Some of the best Cup day experiences I’ve had were last minute scrambles from the office to the nearest pub or club in time for one drink while the race is on. Plenty of casual drinking holes will be showing [...]
This week I had the pleasure of catching up with the beautiful and classy Jemma Mrdak at A.Baker. She steered me away from regular tea and we both sipped chai lattes (don’t tell her I said this, but I think she is addicted). Here is what else I discovered about Jemma and all things fashion.
With a salon in Kingston, twelve employees and the 2015 Australian Salon of the Year Award under her belt, it’s easy to assume that Jenni Tarrant has always had hairdressing and business figured out.
But the three-decade industry veteran and owner of Bond Hair Religion says this is definitely not the case.
“When I first took over [...]
Winter is often a time when people cocoon themselves in layers of black and grey knitwear and coats, but just because it’s cold doesn’t mean we have to be boring!
Today we’ll be experimenting with colour blocking to shake off those winter blues in this slouchy, off duty weekend look. You may even have so much [...]
Welcome to a new series where I get to introduce you some of Canberra’s most fascinating women, starting with Sarah Kelly.
I invited Sarah to sip tea with me, although you will see that this particular cold day, we both opted for extra strong coffee. Thank you to On Flinders Manuka for hosting us.
Here is what I [...]
Winter – that time of year when all Canberrans band together in mutual hatred for sub-zero temperatures. It’s also a great opportunity to inject some layering and cute accessories into your outfits. But before you spend an entire month’s rent on a new winter coat and piles of cashmere sweaters, why not check out your [...]
I recently wrote an article on what it costs me to get ready for a special event such as a wedding. The comments I received back from readers were overwhelming (some positive, others not so much!)
Although I still stand by my choices, I will agree that I could have spent my money in other ways and [...]
The FASHFEST runway shows are over for another year, and what a year it has been!
Starting with the model castings, the announcement of the two faces of FASHFEST and the change of venue, this has been a time of growth and experimentation for the annual event.
The convention centre welcomed us through the doors from Wednesday [...]
FASHFEST is back and bigger than ever, kicking off for its third year last night.
Unlike previous years where the four-night event was held at the Canberra International Airport, this year guests are being treated to an extravagant experience at the National Convention Centre. The foyer and catwalk space are decked out with gossamer curtains, multiple [...]
In February I shared my experience attending the 2015 Fashfest model casting. At the time, I was pretty sure I wasn’t going to be selected. To my surprise, I received an email two weeks later, congratulating me on being selected from over 300 hopefuls as a 2015 Fashfest model.
With Fashfest kicking off this week, here’s a [...]
The cost of attending someone else’s wedding quickly adds up. By the time you buy a gift, choose a dress, get your makeup done and travel to the wedding venue, it can be a pretty pricey day – and you’re not even the one getting married! Sophia Carlini has more.
Like most women, I love weddings. So when my [...]
Former Canberra journalist Marina Dojchinov is one of the youngest editor in chiefs for New York-based Vox Populi and Promo magazines, has helped to produce films screened at Cannes and the San Francisco Film Awards and guest lectured to students in Melbourne and London – some of whom she says were twice her age.
Her love [...]
Now that the colder weather is setting in it’s time to start think about ways to stay warm while still making a statement. Autumn is a great time for light layers, long sleeves and experimenting with thicker fabrics. So for today’s op shop outfit, we’ll be tackling a tricky trend: Double denim!
Denim shirt – $7 [...]
When I think of hen’s nights, I imagine fashioning wedding dresses out of toilet paper, eating cookies in the shape of male genitalia and drinking a lot of champagne (if only to make the first two activities seem slightly more appealing).
My previous hen’s night adventures had left me unprepared for last weekend, when I was invited [...]
Are you looking for a good Canberra hairdresser but don’t know where to start? Here are my recommendations for what to look for when selecting a new salon and stylist:
Do the staff at the salon all have the same hairstyle? This is not a good sign (unless that’s the exact look you’re going for!).
Does the person cutting your [...]
[ 22 March 2015 at 4:00 pm; ] Canberra fashionistas are getting excited about yet another addition to the local fashion calendar this March. Dubbed Bespoke, this event will showcase some of the region’s most talented designers, make up artists, models and hair stylists in a one night only show in the New Acton precinct.
The event is being organised by Janette Lenk, Sofia [...]
Aspiring Canberra model Chloe Granger will travel to the Gold Coast at the end of next month to represent New South Wales at the national Miss Teen Galaxy Australia finals. The 18-year-old has her sights set on winning the pageant and competing in the Miss Teen Galaxy international finals to be held in the United [...]
FASHFEST has announced that this year they will put forward not one, but two Faces of FASHFEST. In contrast to previous years, the organisers have chosen two young and relatively inexperienced models, 17-year-old Dickson College student Hannah Clare McKenzie and 21-year-old University of Canberra Student Ken Scruton.
The first Face of FASHFEST, Anneliese Seubert, was 39 [...]