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Peter Jensen

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STORYBOOK SCHOOLGIRLS
New York: Having garnered a cult-like following overseas with his quirky and whimsical concoctions, London-based designer Peter Jensen decided to sprinkle a little bit of his fairy dust over the grey skies of New York for the first time. A dreamer at heart, Jensen framed the collection within a storybook setting, literally, with a pen and ink backdrop by wall-artist Charlotte Mann and story-like show notes citing Gossip Girl and Muriel Spark’s 30s-era novella, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, as influences. As Cardigan’s front woman Nina Persson sang sweet Valentine’s Day ballads, the models strutted out in velvet tartan bloomers, romantic bibbed blouses, lace-trimmed babydoll dresses and cheeky uniforms printed with the Queen’s Guard. With hemlines creeping up the leg and anklets and mary janes on their feet, the models looked like they were awkwardly outgrowing their schoolgirl uniforms; however in typical Jensen fashion, the effect was more endearingly innocently than deliberately coquettish.
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