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Rebel Muse and Saloon take Lonsdale Street for Autonomy

Beatrice Smith

It’s the perfect pairing—the cutting edge boutique and the chic blow dry bar.

But when Rebel Muse and Saloon join forces later this week for Autonomy, it will also be the pairing of two of Lonsdale Street’s coolest businesswomen—Sarah Wright and Alicia Xyrakis.

Sarah opened Saloon, Canberra’s first blow-dry and beauty bar, almost six months ago, while Alicia’s Rebel Muse is turning three.

To celebrate these milestones, Autonomy: A night of fashion, beauty and mischief will feature an immersive experience for guests, including a full-service bar, free makeup touch-ups, music from DJs Hamish Lardi and Ruben, wood-fired pizza from Pizza Artigiana and a runway show on Lonsdale Street itself, featuring the latest autumn looks from Rebel Muse as shown on the beauties from Devojka Models.

Alicia at Rebel Muse

Alicia explains that it wasn’t just the Lonsdale Street connection that sparked the idea of a joint event with Sarah, but a like-mindedness.

“Being business neighbours and in industries that work so closely together, it just made sense for Sarah and me to collaborate on an event,” says Alicia. “Plus, Saloon is such an awesome space…I mean, they have a bar!”

They do indeed have a bar, and those looking to take advantage of this are encouraged to purchase a VIP package, which includes exclusive early entry to Autonomy, complimentary drinks from 6-7 pm, 10% off Saloon services, a gift bag and a $50 Rebel Muse voucher.

Sarah hosting a workshop at Saloon

Sarah says she’s thrilled to be part of the newest wave of Canberra creatives.

“Canberra is starting to become so cool because of all the young people in business with ideas who want to make it creative space,” she says. It was this environment that sparked the idea for Autonomy.

“I’m a new business in Canberra and I wanted to do something exciting and fun and bring everyone with similar interests together. So I approached Alicia because we have a similar clientele and vision. Since it’s [Rebel Muse’s] third birthday this month, she was super keen to collaborate on something awesome.”

“Dejvoka Models have been amazing with supplying models and Empress & Eleanor have helped us with creating a special feature that will be displayed on the end of the runway on the night. It’s so great that all of these businesses are excited to be involved in creating a really special night. All in all, it’s pretty exciting!”

the essentials

What: Autonomy: A Night of Fashion, Beauty and Mischief
When: Friday 20 April from 6-10 pm
Where: Saloon, 30 Lonsdale Street, Braddon
Tickets: VIP Package including complimentary drinks from 6-7 pm and a $50 Rebel Muse Voucher – $59. Free entry to the public after 7 pm
More information: via the Rebel Muse website

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Beatrice Smith

Bea loves that her job as HerCanberra’s Online Editor involves eating, drinking and interviewing people - sometimes simultaneously. The master of HerCanberra’s publishing schedule, she’s usually found hunched over a huge calendar muttering to herself about content balance. Otherwise, you’ll find her at the movies or ordering a cheese board. More about the Author

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