The Weekly Collection #63

It’s been a busy week in the world of fashion, and we’ve wrapped up the highlights for you in this week’s Weekly Collection.

Instagram Just Made Mobile Shopping Way Too Easy

In a move that will probably drive many Insta-lovers to bankruptcy, everyone’s fave photo-sharing app Instagram has announced they will soon be launching in-app purchasing. Yes, that’s right - you’ll be able to buy from the brands you swoon over directly through the Instagram app, with no extra steps to sway you from your Insta-wormhole shopping frenzy. According to the social media company, the process will be relatively straightforward: select the brand new “checkout on Instagram” button, choose your size and colour and enter your billing info for the first purchase only - it’ll be securely saved for the inevitable further purchases. While the option is only currently available for beta testers in the US, it’s sure to hit our shores shortly. Already, a huge list of big-name brands have signed on to the program, including Adidas, Burberry, Kylie Cosmetics, Zara, Uniqlo and more.

Gucci Wants You To Buy Dirty Sneakers for $1,175

Yep, you read that right. In the latest instance of “weird products by luxury brands that I can’t ever imagine purchasing”, Italian fashion house Gucci have released their “Women's Screener leather sneaker”, which literally look like the pair of sneakers I bought five years ago and have not thrown out or washed despite the copious amounts of dirt that have built up on them. And yes, they are being sold for a breathtaking $1,175. Oh, and in case you want to add a bit of sparkle to the dirt - they’re also available with a bedazzled crystal chain for $2,015. And as expected - the public aren’t responding favourably, with many decrying the sneakers’ glorification of poverty at the ironically high price point.

Louis Vuitton To Pull Michael Jackson-inspired Pieces

Following the shattering allegations of child sexual abuse against the late King of Pop, Louis Vuitton have announced they will no longer be producing any of the Michael Jackson-inspired pieces debuted on their FW19/20 menswear runway. The allegations were raised by the documentary “Leaving Neverland”, which premiered at Sundance and was released earlier this month by HBO. The collection in question featured clothing that took inspiration from Jackson’s style, and included printed jumpers, T-shirts, trousers and jackets; as well as pieces referencing the singer’s signature loafers, white socks and sequined tops. In a statement to WWD, artistic director for Louis Vuitton, Virgil Abloh, explained his decision to pull these pieces from the collection by saying “I am aware that in light of this documentary the show has caused emotional reactions. I strictly condemn any form of child abuse, violence or infringement against any human rights”. Chairman and CEO of the French fashion house, Michael Burke, also said “We find the allegations in the documentary deeply troubling and disturbing. Child safety and welfare is of utmost importance to Louis Vuitton. We are fully committed to advocating this cause”.

SALES: Camilla

WHAT: Reduced prices on past collections
WHEN: Friday, March 22 - Sunday, March 24
WHERE: 249 Oxford St, Paddington

SALES: Aoyama Archive

WHAT: Purchasable collection of highly sought after and rare archival pieces from COMME des GARÇONS, ISSEY MIYAKE, Jean Paul Gaultier, Thierry Mugler, Prada and more
WHEN: Friday, March 22 - Sunday, March 24
WHERE: Campbell Project Space, 8 Campbell Street, Surry Hills

SALES: Ixiah

WHAT: Warehouse sale, up to 90 per cent off
WHEN: Friday, March 22 - Sunday, March 24
WHERE: Verona Studio 01, 17 Oxford St, Paddington