Stolen Girlfriends Club can always be relied upon to bring the party to New Zealand Fashion Week and they’ve occupied the late Wednesday night spot on the schedule for years now, with an always packed show and raging after-party. This year the SGC team took over the recently empty warehouse building that was prop shop First Scene’s Kingsland home for many years. It was a perfectly grungey setting to showcase their 90s inspired Autumn/Winter 2017 collection called Violence, Terror, Chaos and Other Poems, with the runway weaving its way through both storeys of the space.
The show began with the dramatic “Film 2” by Grauzone, which made it sound like gun shots were echoing through the building, with the first model appearing out of the darkness in a grey hoodie printed with “Violence, Terror, Chaos and Other Poems” on it teamed with black pants. The looks that followed comprised of lots of black leather in motorcycle jackets, shirts, shorts, chaps, mini-dresses and Levi’s 501 jeans. Artist Micheala Van Der Laan transformed the leather jackets and chaps with hand-drawn artwork for a unique touch. The women’s looks also included hoodies, plaid shirts and smiley face tees which had a very 90s feel. Shirts and jackets were worn off the shoulders and belted showing the mesh tops or skin underneath. Guys were also in on the black leather jackets, hoodies and plaid shirts with lots of black distressed denim and skater chains upping the cool factor.
The SGC team have always excelled at high fashion streetwear and this collection was no exception, with their signature short-skirted sexy looks for women and casual relaxed looks for the guys. We loved all the earthy tones, exclusive daffodil print, use of plaid and ironic smiley face tees which utilised some of the best parts of 90s fashion. The show was styled by Sebastian McGirr Hunt and Dylan Richards who did an exceptional job, with the girls meant to look like they had borrowed their guy’s clothes and we think they nailed it. Nice one SGC, we can’t wait to dress like grungey 90s cool kids next winter.
By Evelyn Ebrey
Images by James Yang Photography