Monthly Archives: March 2016

London calling The Duxton!

Duxton Kerbside Markets are back in 2016 with a twilight pop-up hosted by The Duxton, O’Connor, and shaking up the market scene with a real street/kerbside market feel a la Brick Lane in London! By Aine Dowling

Image courtesy The Duxton

Image courtesy The Duxton

With more than 25 stallholders, you can grab a bargain in clothing, vintage, homewares, aromatherapy, food and wine, art and design, jewellery and accessories, toys, and much more! You can also enjoy The Duxton’s great hospitality with burgers, steaks, pizza, salads, and yummy desserts, and kick back to cool music from Afi Ayup.

Here’s a little sample of what to expect—and enjoy!

Hummingbird Vintage—who doesn’t like a bit of vintage … ladies and men’s trendy vintage fashion at great prices. I know this because it’s where I bought my gorgeous tartan kilt last year, and it is a real kilt not just a pleated skirt.

Image courtesy Hummingbird Vintage

Image courtesy Hummingbird Vintage – image from Hummingbird

Wyx and Wax make the most amazing candles. Remember these? How good do they look?

Candles from Wyx and Wax

Candles from Wyx and Wax – image courtesy Wyx and Wax

Treat yourself to something special from Bonty or Glitterbomb

Bonty Bangle - image from Bonty

Bonty Bangle – image from Bonty

Glitterbomb pendant - image courtesy Glitterbomb

Glitterbomb pendant – image courtesy Glitterbomb

Then, take home a cheery bunch of flowers from Daisy’s Daisies, or a natural sweet treat such as this brand new Gungahlin honey with lemon, pear and vanilla, from Canberra Urban Honey

Gorgeous flowers from Daisy's Daisies - image courtesy the florist

Gorgeous flowers from Daisy’s Daisies – image courtesy the florist

Canberra Urban Honey - image courtesy producer

Canberra Urban Honey – image courtesy producer

Duxton Kerbside Markets are on this Thursday 31 March from 6 – 10pm.

It’s Vivid!

Colour your World VIVID, by Wendy Johnson

Vivid is a word that describes perfectly the stunning colours of the leaves gracing the capital during autumn. And it’s a word that inspired Yumi Morrissey, the fashion designer behind Canberra’s independent label, Zilpah Tart, to get behind the lens of her camera to capture picture-perfect images she could use to design three new lines of fabric.

Vivid dress - also available in plain black

Vivid dress – also available in plain black

Vivid features a print with bright golden leaves Yumi discovered on trees in Yarralumla’s English Gardens. Another print features bold red leaves the designer discovered on trees while meandering through Diddams Close Park, Lake Ginninderra. And the third print—of a full tree image—was created around a shot Yumi took while in John Knight Memorial Park, also in Ginninderra.

Zilpah Tart’s three most popular styles of dresses are made in all three prints. For the colder weather (fast approaching) Yumi has adjusted her designs so some dresses and tops have long sleeves and she’s launching a new line of cape and outerwear.

Flared black cape - also available in red

Flared black cape – also available in red

Vivid loop scarves, which can be worn however your heart desires, are also part of the collection. “They’re light weight and an accessory in their own right,’ says the designer. “We wear a lot of solids in winter in the colder weather here in Canberra. These scarves easily add beautiful pops of colour.”

Vivid Loop scarf

Vivid Loop scarf

The first time Yumi used her own photos to design her own fabrics representing special spots of Canberra was for the collection she launched at FashFest 2015. One pattern featured Australia’s very own Parliament House and a second the Civic Fountain. It was such a success that Yumi found herself wandering about with her camera in spring, capturing pretty blossoms at Tulip Top Gardens and Lennox Gardens for her Bloom Collection.

With Vivid, Yumi has manipulated the background colour of her photos, changing the blue sky to a grey scale, to form a colour palette that’s easier to wear in autumn and winter. “The grey is also a stunning contrast to the bright leaves on the autumn trees,” says Yumi.

l-r: Lava dress, T-shirt dress, Cowl neck dress

l-r: Lava dress, T-shirt dress, Cowl neck dress

Vivid garments and scarves will be available at Cardif Collective, from Thursday 31 March (second level, Cusack Centre, Green Square, Kingston). Cardif Collective has the largest collection of independent, Australian fashion labels in the inner south. The Vivid collection also includes a gorgeous pencil skirt, and cowl neck top. Check out the full collection at

Vivid cross-front dress

Vivid cross-front dress


Zilpah Tart products are also available online. Some, like Yumi’s handbags, cushions and scarves featuring the Parliament House pattern, are also sold through the gift shop, Parliament House.

Photography: Zilpah Tart

Make-up: Steph Church

Model: Rochelle Riley

In the Trench!

Went to a terrific style night recently with style guru and fantastic speaker and presenter Trish Murray, and got the low-down on what’s in for autumn and winter fashion, and, some great tips and tricks on how to ramp up a simple pair of jeans and top and look like you’ve just stepped off the catwalk! But more about that later … what really caught our eye was the Blue Illusion Three-Way Trench Coat.

The trench is going to be ‘big’ this winter, and this trench beats them all.

Iris wears - Blue Illusion three-way Trench Coat

Iris wears – Blue Illusion three-way Trench Coat

A short style trench in classic navy with tan contrast in the lining, lapels and inner collar, the coat is fashionably double-breasted and comes with a nice buckle belt—how to fasten the belt however, is the monumental question, though the general consensus in the fashion world is that you tie the belt. However, if you’re Iris Apfel (who’s 94 years young and the face of Blue Illusion—and isn’t that just fantastic!) you can basically do just what you feel like … and rightly so.

But back to the trench.

The trench works three ways. First, it’s a very stylish winter coat in 100 per cent pure cotton and looks totally fabulous, but … remove the trench feature and sleeves and you have a sleeveless vest trench. Then, wear the trench feature and sleeves by itself (it’s one piece) and it’s a bolero or cropped jacket that fastens at the neck. How cool is that!

The three-way trench sells for $299 and is available from Blue Illusion online, or from outlets at Westfield Belconnen and Woden, The Canberra Centre, and the Manuka Centre.

And now—how to ‘do’ the belt. You can tie at the front, or back, or do a grand Iris—whatever the heck you feel like!

Tie Trench coat

Back tie Trench coat 2

Buckle trench coat