This year marked the tenth birthday of the Stolen Girlfriends Club label, the design trio (Dan Gosling, Marc Moore and Luke Harwood) at the mast head of this famously rock ‘n’ roll style brand put on a fantastic runway filled with an array of prints and an after party with live music from Race Banyon. All this was presented at a spectacular venue; the Saint James theatre on Queen Street in downtown Auckland.
As a spring/summer collection the colour palette could be construed as drab and monotonous, but as we’ve seen from previous Stolen Girlfriends Club collections this is their personal style; lots of greys on blacks and dashes of vibrant colour here and there. In fact the biggest surprise on the colour front was the gorgeous ‘Heavy Petal’ floral print across a range of their clothing. These bouquets were pink and purple and worn across flowing skirts and rompers. Perhaps the most noticeable of the decade influences in the show were strewn with this print, from strappy ‘90s slip dresses over tees to ‘70s flared pants and sleeves. This of course is no revelation though; what with the high street being packed to the brim with such classic styles.
Similar to their AW15 range the clothing was interspersed with checked prints, whether tied around the waist or worn on a collarless shirt dress, it was seen on many of their garments this time in shades of grey. Another print that stood out was the daring panther paraded in hues of blue over fitted dresses and baggy sweaters. This was certainly the most impressive and unique of the prints.
To add to the grungy streetwear vibes many of the more casual garments had frayed hems and a kind of unfinished look about them; this was seen on the denim and woollen pieces specifically. One stand-out piece for this season and the spring/summer to come is the heeled Chelsea boots seen on almost every model in the Stolen Girlfriends Club show, so if you want to look ‘bang on-trend’ this would be the one thing in your shoe collection to have! The makeup and hair styling for this season’s models was toned down from the AW15 runway, with elongated smoky brown shadows rather than heavy black and poker straight hair.
For the finale we got to see all of the pieces together in one eclectic line-up with varieties from a floral bell dress to a heavy woollen turtleneck over a mini skirt. The models looked stunning but let’s not forget the fashionably dressed audience seen only through gaps in the streaming confetti and the VIPs such as NZFW ambassador Colin Mathura Jeffree and Lorde’s partner James Lowe in the front rows.
Words and pictures by Lindsey Catherine.