With no New Zealand Fashion Week for 2022, Stolen Girlfriends’ Club took matters into their own hands by staging a unique catwalk show in an underground bunker in Avondale, Auckland.
Creative director Marc Moore called this latest collection American Dream, with references to Elvis Presley and Americana. It is now on sale at stolengirlfriendsclub.com.
‘We were given access to the Elvis Presley archives early last year, and after looking through it I was really inspired by some of the trends and silhouettes that were prevalent around America in the ’50s and ’60s. We’ve really focused on leather and denim a lot this season, and amped up the metal hardware and trims to give the collection a tougher and more gritty feel. With the colour palette and the overall æsthetic, I like to call it “Palm Springs punk”! If you took two films like Summer of Sam and Mystery Train and mashed them together, this collection would be the result,’ said Moore.
The show had a 1,200-strong audience, and featured a giant LED screen, a 60 m runway, and 51 models. A third of the models were not professionals, but ‘extraordinary people and personalities,’ said the company.
Vintage glo-mesh, graffiti and fire motifs, white lace, embossed leather, long metal spikes, fur trims, and Elvis Presley prints marked out the collection.
Kiekie Stanners oversaw the make-up, with hair direction by Anthony Bayer of Lust Hair. DJ Cassettes for Kids performed at the after-party, supported by Andy Heartthrob and Daffodils.