The Weekly Collection #38

Serena William hits back with fashion, turmoil for an Aussie brand, OneTeaspoon’s latest (and cutest) launch, and the SS18 collection from 124 Shoes: all this and the latest sales in the weekly collection.

Serena Williams Aces Critics With Her Latest Tennis Look

In June of this year, tennis superstar Serena Williams shook the world at the French Open when she wore a sleek black Nike catsuit with a red waistband. Williams told reporters that it made her feel “like a warrior princess” - but aside from serving an empowering look, the catsuit also helps blood circulation and prevents clots. It seemed that the world at large was impressed by Serena’s unique, fresh take on female tennis attire - that is, until an interview in Tennis Magazine with French Tennis Federation president Bernard Giudicelli was released last week. Giudicelli claimed that sometimes tennis fashion goes “too far”, and specifically criticised Williams’s catsuit: “it will no longer be accepted. You have to respect the game and the place.” On social media, Williams’ fans clapped back, accusing Giudicelli of sexist body policing - but the greatest clapback of all came from Williams herself when she turned up to the US Open in a one-shoulder tutu dress. It was a clear, and simple message: it doesn’t matter what she’s wearing, Serena Williams will slay every time.

Shoes of Prey “taking a pause”

One of Australia’s most innovative brands has announced this week that they’re putting their business on hold while they reassess their options. Shoes of Prey describe themselves on their website as a “global, multi-channel retail brand that enables shoppers to design their own shoes online.” Over the past week, however, the brand has admitted that in recent months they have taken a battering, with co-founder Jodie Fox explaining on Instagram that Shoes of Prey “were not able to truly crack mass-market adoption.” As an announcement on their website states, “we’re pausing to consider our options for the future of our business, and we have stopped taking orders.” Remaining remarkably transparent with their shoppers, Fox says that once they have taken stock of the situation, Shoes of Prey will either “sell, or at a later date, reboot the business with substantial changes.”

OneTeaspoon Launches Kids Denim

On a chilly but sunny August morning, Aussie denim brand OneTeaspoon took over Bondi Beach for the global launch of their kids line. Also accompanied by a showcase of exclusive styles from their mens and womens collections, models switched up the traditional catwalk with a choreographed show on skateboards in the beachside skate bowl. With the tunes of kid-DJ Seb Massi providing a soundtrack for the event, a boutique coffee cart, and a temporary tattoo booth, new denim launches have never been more fun. Shop the brand here:

124 Shoes SS18 Launch

This week, Backyard Opera was lucky enough to attend the SS18 launch for local shoe brand, 124 Shoes. Hosted by founders Neville Colaianni and Anthony Barbieri, the event buzzed with the passion and excitement of its attendees. Special guest artist Alesandro Ljubicic, unveiled his beautiful and intricate paintings on the night, alongside the 124 shoes he wore during the painting process. With mouthwateringly good pizza by Maybe Frank and bevvies by Bellini Cipriani, it was a memorable night for all. Check out 124 Shoes’ website here, or visit them in-store at The Galeries, Sydney.


WHAT: AW18, one-of-a-kind samples, seconds & clearance.
WHEN: Thursday, September 6 - Sunday, September 9
WHERE: 17 Oxford St, Paddington

Matilda Clearance Sale
WHAT: Up to 85% off sass & bide, By Johnny, alice McCall and more.
WHEN: Saturday, September 1 - Saturday, September 8
WHERE: 193 Victoria St, Potts Point NSW 2011, Australia