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FashFest 2014 – Opening Night

by The Editor

FashFest Logo

Reviewed by Top Notch

Fashfest is back, and didn’t Canberra turn out in its finest last night to see the latest and greatest offerings from a top crop of local designers? From the local glamours striking a opose in front of the media wall, through to the cool kids kicking back with a nonchalant glass of Moet, the crowd felt as diverse-yet-stylish as the collection on show.

So, what were the highlights of Fashfest’s opening night?

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Peaking on Adventure Gear

by The Editor

Mont-1-BWMont. ‘Mountain’ in French. Correct?

Not necessarily so.

In our darling capital it’s short for Andrew ‘Monty’ Montgomery, who started an adventure gear label 33 years ago that remains fiercely independent in a world where bigger operations gobble up smaller ones, and that’s just for entree.

Mont Adventure Equipment is homegrown. Yes homegrown. Today it runs a national operation and has international fans too.

This year, for the second time, Mont will be on the catwalk at Fashfest. You’ve got to be kidding? What does adventure gear have to do with fashion? And a red-carpet fashion event at that?

Keep reading.

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Spending Time with William, Kate and George

by The Editor

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Here we are… The Royals (note the capitals) are making their way through a tour of The Colonies. How wonderful it must be for the old guard to travel halfway around the world to marvel at the cultural melting pot so far away fro the dream imagined when first a flag was planted in Botany Bay? One must imagine we live in extraordinary times. Certainly Will’s Grandfather, old ‘Phil the Greek’, wouldn’t quite know what to make of it all.

So, what’s it like to spend time with the Head of State (and the one thereafter)?

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It’s a Cheeky Business – Tuffys&Tuffetts

by The Editor


It’s a cheeky business taking care of Aussie bums. So many shapes, sizes and, well, we likely don’t need to say much more. Or do we?

Tuffys&Tuffetts is going to be on the catwalk at FASHFEST 2014 to prove they can cover all the bases, with the latest trends, styles and fabrics in 100% Aussie-made undies for women and men  …  of the ‘highest form, fit and function’ according to owner Lisa Nouh.

Does this sound like a bum steer?

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Fashion for Men—From One Spectrum to Another

by The Editor

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You couldn’t get more extreme if you tried. Seriously. You couldn’t.

We’re talking about the lineup of designers of men’s clothing who will showcase new collections at this year’s FASHFEST, no doubt the biggest fashion event on this year’s social calendar in our darling capital.

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Settling in at Parlour Bar

by The Editor


It seems all the action is occurring over on the western side of Canberra City. With the recent arrival of Molly and QT Hotel, as well as the completion last year of the last bits and pieces of NewActon, there’s a lot going on once you cross Northbourne Avenue.

We decided to spend an evening at one of NewActon’s newest (and oldest) venues – Parlour Wine Room. You may have been there during the three years it was open prior to the tragic fire that started in Flint Restaurant and took Parlour with it, however, rest assured the new Parlour Wine Room is something far beyond what previously existed.

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FASHFEST: Kicking Fashion Butt with New Designers

by The Editor

FashFest LogoThere’s less than a month to go. Less than a month before FASHFEST fever soars to an all-time high on opening night.

Kicking fashion butt this year is a line-up of new designers whose aesthetics cover every genre of the fascinating world of fashion. It’s an eclectic mix of emerging and established talent, all with a connection to the nation’s capital.

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QT Hotel Lands in Canberra

by The Editor


Certainly there was a lot of hype and speculation leading up to the official launch of QT Canberra. Could the old, modernist structure standing sentinel over Canberra’s Lake Burley Griffin really receive a mega make-over in keeping with Australia’s most edgy hotel brand?

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Fresh Brew – A Preview of ‘Bent Spoke’ Micro Brewery

by The Editor


It was inevitable, really. In Canberra’s hipster-haven of Braddon there was only a matter of time until someone had the good sense to install a craft beer outlet.

(Not that it’s a bad thing!)

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Fashion-forward Canberra

by The Editor


It’s said that innovation happens at the edge of industry. This is certainly true of Canberra.

Being on the edge of major centres like Sydney and Melbourne, we’ve truly come into our own as a thriving mini-metropolis—an inspirational place exploding with eclectic, imaginative minds. These minds are bursting with creative ideas and fuelling amazing stuff in our nation’s tiny capital. If you’re still wondering if we’ve got what it takes, you simply don’t get out enough.

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