An unexpectedly themed theme park, a footwear faux-pas, a new activewear line and this weeks’ best fashion sales: read on for The Weekly Collection.
Tyra Banks’ Next Venture? Modelland.
And yes, it’s exactly what it (bizarrely) sounds like: a model-inspired theme park. With a multitude of business ventures on her resume - model extraordinaire, Next Top Model creator, talk show host, author and actor, to name a few - “theme park owner” has got to be the most unexpected title thus far in the 45-year-old’s successful career. Set to open late this year, Modelland will be a permanent 2000 square metre attraction in Santa Monica, California. Details are scarce at the moment - but Modelland will host retail and dining options and have entry tickets available to the public. According to Variety, the theme park will maintain Banks’s mantra of bringing modeling to the masses and expanding the definition of beauty: “I’ve always been insanely inspired by attractions like Disneyland and Universal Studios and have wanted to bring that spirit of adventure and storytelling to the world of modeling”. Brb, booking a plane ticket to California ASAP.
Katy Perry Recalls Blackface Shoes
The Katy Perry Collection - and by extension, the famed popstar herself - have come under fire in the past week for a footwear faux-pas. The brand, co-owned by Perry and Global Brands Group, sells shoes and bags, but the public weren’t impressed by their latest drop. Two particular shoe designs featuring facial features on a black base came into question, and complaints filled the Twittersphere.
The shoes were eventually removed from the brand’s website, and Perry and Global Brands Group issued a joint statement, saying: “I was saddened when it was brought to my attention that it was being compared to painful images reminiscent of blackface. Our intention was never to inflict any pain”.
Tommy Hilfiger launches Activewear
Long-time favourite Tommy Hilfiger have recently announced their newest foray into performance-driven activewear. The collection, titled TOMMY SPORT, will feature clothing for men and women, and includes sports bras, leggings, shorts, tank tops and more. The brand attributed the birth of the collection to the shift of lifestyle towards health and fitness: “Active living has evolved into a way of life and changed the way we dress, with the next generations looking for designs that fit their on-the-go lifestyle. Clothing needs to follow this trend”. The collection features bold colours, logos-galore and twists on classic activewear styles - injecting “a cool and bold edge into performance,” as the brand explains. The best news is that after drooling over the promo pics, you won’t need to wait too long for the collection to drop - it’ll hit Australian shores on April 1. For more info, click here: https://usa.tommy.com/en/fitness-tommy-sport.
WHAT: Launch sale
WHEN: Monday, February 11 until sold out
WHERE: 106 King Street, Sydney
SALES: We Are Kindred
WHAT: Sample sale, up to 75 per cent off
WHEN: Friday, February 15 - Saturday, February 16
WHERE: 259 Riley St, Surry Hills
WHAT: Annual warehouse sale, up to 70 per cent off
WHEN: Thursday, February 14 - Saturday, February 16
WHERE: 259 Riley St, Surry Hills