Photos: Derek Henderson for Stolen Girlfriends Club Spring/Summer 2011/2012.
Despite its 1,000,000 strong population, Auckland is a small town, and here's a prime example: Stolen Girlfriends Club's Spring 2011 campaign was released today, starring Penny Pickard, as shot by Derek Henderson. For those of you who don't know her, Penny Pickard is probably the closest thing we've ever had to a modern-day Kiwi supermodel (besides Emily Baker). To the best of my knowledge, she's appeared on more Fashion Quarterly covers than any other model, and she worked extensively overseas throughout the late 90s and 2000s. If we dug deeply enough we'd probably find that Derek Henderson shot her for her first ever job. But here's where it gets interesting: yesterday it was announced that Pickard had left her agency of the past decade, 62 Models and Talent, and would now be represented by N Model Management.
N Model Management is Auckland's newest agency, started by Ngahuia Williams – a successful model in her own right – who just so happens to be romantically tied to Stolen Girlfriends Club's head designer Marc Moore. And that, my friends, just goes to show: it's not what you know, it's who you know. Even in the modelling game, relationships will trump all else. Also related: by the looks of these photographs, Ms Pickard should get back overseas and start hitting the circuit all over again. The girl has never looked better.
Read my review of the Stolen Girlfriends Club Spring 2011 collection, shown at RAFW in May, here.
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