A look from Stolen Girlfriends Club’s I Don’t Want To Go Out collection. Image supplied.
Stolen Girlfriends Club have launched their new range I Don’t Want To Go Out which is a clever collaboration with renowned Sydney-based photographer Derek Henderson. The collection features a fascinating selection of prints on a range of styles that are images from Henderson’s unpublished archives.
“The image of the horse and foal was taken near the lighthouse on the East Cape. They are… observations I make of places I go to, often they are fleeting and I see them from the car and stop and go back and take a photo,” says Derek Henderson. “Some places I return to, they seem to have a hold on me.”
Back in the 90s, Derek Henderson was part of an anti-brat pack of Kiwi creatives who helped define the fashion of the era through photography, styling and make-up. Since then Henderson has gone on to be a globally respected artist who exhibits work as part of his fine-arts practice both nationally and internationally.
Derek Henderson and Stolen’s Creative Director Marc Moore first started working together when the brand was fresh to the market and finding it’s feet locally. “I remember this young bunch of surfers taking on the fashion industry” says Henderson “and I was like here we go, this is going to be interesting.”
Time has flown and Stolen is now approaching its sixteenth year having found longevity in the fashion industry for it’s rebellious yet appealing style. Marc Moore reached out to Derek Henderson to help him bring to life the latest collection’s theme of “escape from the ‘real’ world into calmer waters: sabbath and rest from the twin drugs of accumulation and accomplishment.”
For the new range Moore chose a variety of intriguing images taken during Henderson’s road trips across New Zealand. The imagery features landscapes, burning fires and wise white horses that help tell a story of hope for the future and a longing for the past. It works beautifully as clothing in Stolen’s contemporary style that also nods to 90s nostalgia.
“It’s not normally how you would see your images, for the most they are in magazines, galleries, books,” adds Derek Henderson. “I like it, it feels like it’s giving life back to something that’s normally static. Marc does a great job of transforming those images.”
Marc Moore is looking forward to this much-anticipated collection of Stolen pieces being out in the world, adding “Derek has a way of making ordinary, sometimes sad moments so beautiful and I think it works perfectly with Stolen’s own way of finding beauty in things that don’t quite fit into the norm.”
I Don’t Want To Go Out is currently available for pre-order on Stolen Girlfriends Club’s online store with orders shipping once Auckland is in Alert Level 3.