What we’re talking about: Fashfest gets fresh


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Fashfest gets fresh

This year, Fashfest has changed things up. “We want to keep fresh for our fans,” says Fashfest co-founder Clint Hutchinson. “This year we’re hosting a series of rolling shows in venues of cultural and historic significance in Canberra, showcasing the beauty of architecture as well as the beauty of the fashion.” Starting this month, Fashfest will roll out the first in a series of fashion shows. The 19 October launch show will be at the iconic National Gallery of Australia followed by shows in December and February to be held in other significant venues. Three of the labels to be showcased include Charly Thorn Designs, Megan Cannings Design and Hajar Gala Couture.

Tickets on sale now at fashfest.com.au

Cooleman Court turns 40

Weston Creek’s Cooleman Court celebrateS its 40th birthday this month. In light of the milestone, the local community has a chance to join in the celebrations by sharing their own Weston Creek stories from over the past 40 years and go into the running to win a $250 Cooleman Court gift card. The area’s rich history will then be commemorated within the walls of the centre for all visitors to enjoy. “Cooleman Court has always been closely involved in its local community. In fact, the centre’s name was selected from those nominated by the community 40 years ago. Cooleman Court, a name of Aboriginal origin meaning food basket, was chosen. The community also designed and selected the centre’s first ever logo. Back in the day, the centre was the first of its kind in Canberra and cost an impressive $10 million to build,” says Cooleman Court marketing manager, Laura Howes.

Email [email protected] to submit your stories or drop into centre management.

Rise & Resist book launch

Vogue magazine’s first ever Sustainability Editor-at-Large, Clare Press, will be the special guest at a book launch and exclusive clothes swap taking place at East Hotel, Kingston on Saturday 13 October. Hosted by eco stylist, Nina Gbor, founder of Clothes Swap & Style Canberra, the collaboration is an innovative event that will launch Clare’s second book Rise & Resist: How to Change the World. Mingle with Canberra’s fashion community, waste warriors, fellow activists and champions of change. Tickets include a copy of Rise & Resist and entry to the event with food and wine provided.

Visit eventbrite.com.au/e/rise-resist-book-launch-and-clothes-swap-tickets-49 to book.

Zero waste sleepwear

The founder of The Very Good Bra, the revolutionary bra made from sustainably farmed eucalyptus trees, is looking to make the holidays a little less wasteful this year by launching a zero-waste pyjama line in time for Christmas. Designed for the whole home experience, The Very Good Sleep will be made from 100% zero waste components including 100% organic cotton, organic sewing thread, organic cotton ties and organic dyes. The capsule collection will see five styles for women and three styles for men, retailing from $55 to $75. The Very Good Sleep will also be delivered in a 100% compostable mailer bag and sent via Sendle, Australia’s first 100% carbon neutral delivery service and certified B Corporation.

To help back the sustainable sleepwear, visit theverygoodsleep.com

Camping boosts health

Following National Women’s Health Week (3-7 September) where Australian women were encouraged to focus on their health, research has revealed important benefits of caravan and camping trips. Caravan Industry Association of Australia’s Real Richness Report examined the benefits of caravan and camping trips, with the results revealing those who regularly went on these trips are happier, more satisfied and energised than non-campers. Of the women surveyed, 55% strongly agreed that caravan and camping trips can make you healthier. The research revealed both physical and mental benefits, with 74% strongly agreeing that camping helps them “recharge their batteries”, 63% strongly agreeing it relieves stress, and 51% strongly agreeing it can make you fitter.

To find out more about the Real Richness Report, email [email protected]

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