Saturday, 19 November 2011

Fashion in Motion: Peter Jensen

Last night I was one of the lucky and organised few who got a ticket for Fashion in Motion at the Victoria and Albert Museum. This is a great thing about London, you can go to a fashion show in the middle of an art gallery during any time of the year! These events are open to a wide audience but places are limited.

Peter Jensen's catwalk show at V&A

Currently celebrating the 10th year anniversary of his label, London-based designer Peter Jensen has a celebratory approach to individuality, creating upbeat and colourful garments that seem to illustrate characters from an intellectual novel.

"Cleverly conceived, quirkily humorous clothes... both distinctive and of the moment." Harriet Quick, British Vogue

Peter Jensen's catwalk show at V&A

When he was asked where he saw himself in 5 years time, Jensen said he would be spending time in his summer house writing a play. If you look at his clothes you don't find this surprising, actually he may be a very good writer, but we need to give it some time to find that out.

For now, we can go through 10 years of his work as a designer which always remain on the wearable side of the unconventional. Jensen's distinctive textile prints are also key, often portraying brightly coloured narratives.

Peter Jensen's catwalk show at V&A

His cool aesthetic captured the attention of different stars, including Kirsten Dunst and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Despite his Danish origin, you can see a lot of the London's quirkiness in his clothes.

Jensen designs for both men and women and has an impressive list of stockists such as Opening Ceremony in New York, b store and Dover Street Market in London and Side by Side in Tokyo.

Peter Jensen's catwalk show at V&A

Fashion in Motion showcased both his mens and womenswear collections from the past decade, including collaborative set pieces, accessories and items that have adorned his shows.

This week, he also featured in the Showstudio's Café Conversations, speaking with the artist Julie Verhoeven. It's an interesting project where you have a close-up of extraordinary people having coffee as if you were also sitting with them.

Peter Jensen's catwalk show at V&A

It was a great way to finish the week in style! Then I went out to indulge in sangria and Spanish tapas with a close friend. Such a pleasant evening! Don't you just love London?