The Weekly Collection #73

In this week’s collection, see the latest in innovative fashion design, the intersection of politics and fashion and a new collection of leather goods.

Norwegian Grad Student Bursts onto the Fashion Stage

At the Central Saint Martins’ BA Fashion Show last week, a newcomer burst onto the scene with his shape-shifting balloon designs. Norwegian graduate student Fredrik Tjærandsen stole the show entirely with his innovative designs, which debuted as balloons enveloping the models and were essentially burst to reveal unique rubber garments and ensembles. Tjærandsen took home the L’Oréal Professionnel Young Talent Award, which is the highest award possible for CSM design students; and instantly went viral worldwide, receiving praise and congratulations from renowned fashion personalities including Hamish Bowles, editor-in-large of Vogue US. Speaking to Love Magazine, Tjæerandsen explained the clever system behind his avant-garde designs: “I have constructed these pieces with an air pressure system that lets the wearer control the air-flow. Whenever the wearer wants to deflate it, they open a latch inside to release the inverted bubble part and then that dives out of the deflating bubble”. In a variety of vivid colours and varying styles, the bubble dresses were certainly unlike anything seen on any runway before - and you can take a closer look on the designers’ Instagram here

Fashion and Gender Inequality in Japan

In Japan, a group of women have submitted a petition to the health ministry to protest the “de facto requirement” for female workers to wear high heels to work. As explained by Reuters, #KuToo is “is a play on the word for shoes, or “kutsu” in Japanese, and “kutsuu” or pain”; which also obviously mimics the global #MeToo movement fighting gender inequality worldwide. #KuToo was launched by Yumi Ishikawa, an actress and freelance writer, who was frustrated after being forced to wear heels to a part-time funeral parlor job. In the petition she posted which has now been signed by more than 19,000 people, she explained the health risks of extended high heel use, noting “However, women are very often forced to [wear heels]. Because that's manners”. In an interview with Reuters, Ishikawa explained that “we need people to realize that gender discrimination can show up in lots of small ways,” even if it’s simply traditional rules of fashion in the workplace. The health ministry are reviewing the petition but have declined to comment thus far. View the petition here

MAISON de SABRÉ x Amber Vittoria

Bespoke leather goods specialists MAISON de SABRÉ, fresh off their stint at the MBFWA 2019 Suites, have teamed up with a New York artist to create two exclusive pieces titled Inner Strength and A Bit of Sunshine. The series of prints, commissioned to promote self-love and expression, are by Amber Vittoria, who has worked with clients including Marc Jacobs and Gucci and who has over 69,000 Instagram followers. A Bit of Sunshine aims to inject brightness into the everyday, with Vittoria explaining, “this illustration speaks to always having a little bit of sunlight with you. Incorporating a personified sun with floral and heart elements around it; this design highlights the vibrancy and warmth that light brings with it”. Meanwhile, her Inner Strength print focuses on self-love, as “a reminder of self-confidence every time one reaches for their phone, wallet and or coin purse … reinforcing the idea that confidence is not who you are but what you are and your individual journey”. The prints are available on leather iPhone cases or wallets in four statement shades: acid orange, electric blue, neon rose and black caviar. See the whole collection here


OneTeaspoon Mid-season Sale

WHAT: Up to 70 per cent off including Women’s jeans from $70, knitwear and sweaters 60 per cent off, and 70 per cent off ONETEASPOON MAN
WHEN: Wednesday, June 5 - Tuesday, June 11
WHERE: Online at

Aje Warehouse Sale

WHAT: Up to 70 per cent off past season collections
WHEN: Thursday, June 6 - Sunday, June 9
WHERE: 17 Oxford St, Paddington

Christopher Esber Sample Sale

WHAT: Up to 80 per cent off new season and archive pieces
WHEN: Thursday, June 6 - Saturday, June 8
WHERE: District 01, 46-48 Foveaux Street, Surry Hills