Fledgling New Zealand label Stolen Girlfriends Club finds its footing with a brassy fifth collection, its strongest and most complete yet. A mash-up of all trends counterculture from the past thirty years proves to be an inspired exercise in mixing, but more importantly, indicates the eclectic nature of dressing in the iPod era. Just as Blondie can share a playlist next to Beck, SGC pours a multitude of influences into each look, which can only be described as alternaglam. Fusing grunge with goth, the meaning of tartans, tutus, and ripped jeans are renewed again. Flashy but cheap materials like velour and faux fur are layered over destroyed denim. Barely-there cutoffs are paired with thigh-high cobweb stockings, and what seems to be the half cut off are reused as denim stockings. As with all good punk rebellions, the resulting unexpected flashes of skin dares a stare from the even the primmest.
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