Insider Roundup: Instagram's New In-App Shopping Feature & More | Clozette

Can you believe another week has already passed? Don't worry if you missed a couple of headlines because of how time flew by fast. Celebrate the end of the week with a smile with news from Instagram, Netflix, and more in today's Insider Roundup.

Are you ready for Instagram shopping?

Instagram In-App Shopping Feature

Good news for you, bad news for your wallet: Instagram now has an in-app checkout feature. This allows users to simply tap, add to cart, and immediately purchase products straight from their feed without even leaving the app. Shipping methods, details, and payment options are all intact with this new feature as well, making the platform now close to how e-commerce sites are. Still, it was no surprise that the platform has ventured into this and has enhanced its past business-friendly technology since its family of apps like Facebook has been implementing this for quite some time. We can only anticipate how these continuous advancements will change and merge our experience with both social media and online shopping in the future. 

Barbara Palvin as the first plus-sized VS Angel? 

It's been just almost a week since Victoria's Secret announced Barbara Palvin as their newest Angel. And yet the news is already causing so much trouble for both the brand and their patrons. Many fans of VS kept on claiming that Barbara is the first plus-sized model to don the brand's title — and while some are happy, others even go to lengths to body-shame Barbara. Obviously, people are furious. The 25-year-old Hungarian model stands 5'8 and weighs 121 lbs., which is definitely a lot curvier than VS's past Angels, but plus-sized? Not even close. Still, she doesn't deserve to be body-shamed for either being too skinny or too curvy.

This year has not been particularly good for Victoria's Secret with the decline of the ratings of their most recent Fashion Show and the announcement of at least 53 stores in the U.S. closing down. Now, despite them not being at the helm of labelling Barbara as their first plus-sized Angel, critics still hold them partially responsible for remaining to be stubborn to rebrand in the face of diversity and propagating a linear perception of beauty in the past years. 

Influencers face backlash over California super bloom incident

Lake Elsinore Bans Influencers

Not again! After recently being banned from areas in Paris, London, and more for obstructing traffic and causing residents inconvenience in their pursuit of finding the "right Instagram spot," influencers are facing backlash yet again, this time in California, for similar reasons. During the rare super bloom of Lake Elsinore's poppies, California needed to declare a state of emergency in the area for the sudden influx of visitors they received. The city hall claimed that the terrain of the botanical site is rough and is not meant for such a surge. Because of the attempts of both "families and Instagram-influencer wannabes" to free-climb to reach the spot, rocks and large boulders toppled behind them, putting the residents in danger of getting hit below. One injury was reported due to this. Soon after, the area was declared closed until further notice by the city officials. 

To All The Boys I've Loved Before starts shooting for second movie

Missing Lara Jean and Peter Kavinsky already? Well, they are going to be back on our screens sooner than we think. The stars of the Netflix hit, Lana Condor and Noah Centineo, teased their return to production with a short Twitter conversation on how they can't wait to see each other again on set. And while we're waiting for its comeback on Netflix, what do you say about giving the first movie a watch again this weekend?

Gucci creates diversity campaign post-blackface controversy

Fashion brands are always caught in some controversy and Gucci is no different. Just a couple of weeks ago, they were under fire for debuting a balaclava sweater allegedly portraying blackface imagery, but now, they are trying to bounce back. Called the Gucci Changemakers program, the initiative aims to create support for students who are venturing into fashion. But that's not all. According to the fashion house, the program also aims to strengthen connections and create opportunities for African-American and communities of people of colour, in general. Good start to make amends, don't you think?

LOEWE opens first standalone store in PH

LOEWE PH opening

A brand known for striking colour themes and beautifully crafted pieces, LOEWE finds a home in Shangri-La Plaza for its first standalone store in the Philippines. Aside from admiring its modern aesthetics featuring furniture and displays from designers across Japan, Spain, France and more, find yourself shopping for a curated selection of leather goods, accessories, and eyewear that will truly add some flair to your current wardrobe. 

More exciting news from earlier this week here.



Airports aren’t just gateways to the different parts of the world anymore. They’ve also become places where our globetrotting fashionistas show off their unique looks. Unsure how to fuse trend with convenient comfort? Let these Asian celebrities show you how to do airport fashion and make the runway your very own.


Simply sporty

Singaporean actress Julie Tan is proof that your airport fashion can never go wrong with athleisure wear. Amazingly, an ensemble consisting of a simple hoodie, yoga pants, and sneakers does wonders as it helps you nail that laid-back look. You won’t even need to worry about managing all the check-in stress because the outfit provides you with the flexibility to run to your boarding gate.

Monochrome essentials

If chic and modern is the way you want to go, then maybe an all-black outfit is the way to go. Like Malaysian TV host Scha Alyahya, you can opt to wear a statement sling bag to contrast and save your look from being plain. With its thick and studded strap, you’ll be sure that all your valuables and necessities are right with you wherever you go.  

Travel smart

If you’re heading to a destination where it’s a bit colder, opt to take a light coat with you. Filipino actress Anne Curtis' airport fashion is preppy and casual. She shows how to go cosy in style by overlaying an earthy brown coat on her shirt and sweater combo. A suitcase whose shade compliments the outfit’s palette also adds oomph to the whole look.

Convenient blooms

On the other hand, if you’re off to a country with a warm climate, then florals are your go-to. You can follow SNSD’s Hyoyeon and keep it convenient (and less weighty for your baggage later on) by choosing a one-piece clothing like a romper or a dress, paired with a blazer that you can also use with the other ensembles you’ve got for the rest of your trip. Skip the hassle of having to take your shoes off for security checks by just wearing dainty sandals instead.

Chic comfort

Thai actress Urassaya Sperbund is the epitome of chic in this airport outfit and she shows exactly how to wear comfortable clothing without compromising the silhouette. Although the oversized sweater is paired with denim culottes, she brings the attention back to the waist with her Louis Vuitton belt. Prevent the look from becoming bulky by finishing it with sleek stilettos.

Totally yours

Avoid losing your hand luggage in the sea of black bags around the airport by carrying a personalized tote bag like Japanese model Anne Nakamura. Not only will it have a large enough room for your essentials and extras, but it will also be eye-catching enough to not miss.

(Cover photo from: @urassayas)

Next, here are some nifty travel tips from Hollywood celebrities.



When you think of Raya, what come to mind are long sleeves and flowy skirts, high collars and intricate batik patterns. The finest of Malaysia’s local designers have turned that train of thought right around to bring you updated silhouettes, subtle colour palettes, and sparkling embellishments on the runway this year at Zaloraya 2019. Ahead, the highlights of the show.

Subtle shades 

3thelabel kicked off the show with combinations of blush pink and buttercup yellow. Models sashayed down the runway in a variety of silhouettes to suit the modern woman. Major love was shown for Ezzati Amira’s collection featuring Japanese-inspired designs — kimono-style tops and sleek skirts — done in shades of seafoam green and champagne with leafy prints reminiscent of cranes taking flight. More may be more, but some things are better done in muted colours and luxurious fabrics.

Bold prints

Aside from the pleasing colours that came down the runway, we also noticed an abundance of prints adorning the garments. Afiq M brought out some unique looks amidst the more sedate pieces in his collection, drawing the eye with kaftan tops cinched at the waist, accentuated with eye-catching nature-themed prints. Tom Abang Saufi also wowed us with flowing kaftans and kurung Kedah featuring contrasting geometric prints on vivid yellows, blues, reds, and oranges.

Dulcet drapes 

The Yadotsa show was a delight, with every piece carrying just the right amount of softness to exude a light feminine aura. Our favourites were the Calla and the Jules kurung, both in updated styles that we’d love to own. Syaiful Baharim left a mark on our hearts with his flawless draping, managing to flatter a woman’s shape while maintaining her modesty and creating an air of elegance with warmer tones of purple, rosewood pink, and magenta.

Blooming beauty 

Spring is in the air with Petra and Justin Yap designs blossoming with fresh florals and foliage in earthy tones. Justin takes a more contemporary approach with two-piece outfits that you can wear as separates, and Petra took inspiration from interior wall art of old palaces, lending a regal air to their glossy, magazine-worthy pieces, and adding a touch of whimsy with delicate polka-dotted mesh.

Shimmering accents 

Forget understated; it’s time to go big or go home with an outfit from Zalia and dazzle your guests as you welcome them into your home this festive season. We’re talking gorgeously embellished tops that shimmer with every movement and sleeves that sparkle from shoulder to wrist. Lubna closed the show with sequinned stunners paired with matching skirts that catch the light from every angle, making you the undoubted belle of the ball.

Discover the collections and shop them here.