Thursday, September 24, 2009

Stolen generation



A really quick post to clock the awesomeness that was tonight's 'Welcome to Nowhere' show from Stolen Girlfriends Club. The last show that I saw from this Auckland hipster collective was last year. And while it was well-styled, with a massive turnout, the distressed jeans, cutoff shorts and graphic T-shirts just, well, didn't really seem to have that much of a point of difference to every other jeans-and-t-shirts outfit on the market. Not so this new collection, which seemed to be three parts Little House on the Prairie, one part The Clan of the Cave Bear, with nary a pair of jeans in sight. In their place, some extremely cute, chunky cable knitwear, charming Liberty print western shirts - some with gold pyramid studding - a suite of sweet dresses, including sexy knit singlets and some faux fur chubbies, such as the mulberry version sported by NZ It girl Zippora Seven.

The cast also included rising NZ male modelling star Levi Clarke, who was still 16 in May last year when he starred alongside Seven - also 16 at the time - in a controversial RUSSH magazine editorial. The magazine's depiction of underage models, alcohol and implied sexual activity prompted an investigation by the Australian Classification Board. The matter was eventually dropped.

As frockwriter walked through to backstage, to spot alcohol laid on pre-show, we wondered just how many under-18s might have been on deck. One male model boasted that he had consumed four Steinlagers.

Apologies for the lack of posts from Auckland. I am doing some coverage via Twitter, but sadly that is restricted to the wifi-enabled on-site shows (I was not sufficiently well-organised to sort out a suitable, and cost-effective, off-site alternative).

I am also doing a photo diary for one publication and a city guide for another and find myself extremely short of time. Will post more in the days to come.





9 comments:

Chloe said...

And don't we all know how much SGC likes to do "versions" of other designer's...

Emma said...

I absolutely loved this show - Apalachian-y goodness! Was a great move forward for the boys. The location was great too (except for getting out afterwards)

Sabrina said...

she is beautiful

Claire said...

Patty, I think the title of this post is really inappropriate. The subject of the stolen generation should not be made light of, ever.

A Colourful Guy Drowning said...

Wasted teenagers... *rolleyes* Like NZ doesn't already have enough of a problem with teen drinking as it is. Granted, I had my own misspent youth as well. However, I never promoted that aspect of my life publicly.

Anonymous said...

Oh wah wah wah you're all so serious.

John said...

Christ, 'scandal hunting with Patty Huntington' any opportunity to ty and stir up controversy eh. "I looked around for 2 hours backstage for solid evidence of underage drinking" and look there' Zippora Seven! Famous for her scandal in Russh all that time ago.. Stay tuned for more 'serious fashion journalism' with Patty. I'm surprised you didn't plant cocaine on someone then take a photo of it on your blackberry so that you could blog about it.

Patty Huntington said...

i was backstage throughout the week shooting a photo diary. i simply pointed out that alcohol was laid on backstage at this specific show. it's true. a fact, by the way, that was commented on by one international model involved in the show. they did not not seem terribly impressed with models drinking before or during jobs.

i actually have no idea how many of the models - if any - were underage, which is why i asked the question. i mentioned, in passing, that two models in the show happen to have been at the epicentre of an underage drinking scandal last year. it's a fair call.

i did not report that zippora seven was drinking.

M I A N N said...

Hmmm, I'm a huge fan Patty but the title isn't working for me.

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