Copenhagen: Viv by Peter Jensen AW13/14
Peter Jensen AW13 at Copenhagen Fashion Week, Hair by Sidsel Marie Bøg, Makeup by Live Apelland
One of the shows we were looking forward to at Copenhagen Fashion Week was London based designer Peter Jensen from Logstor, Denmark. There hasn’t been a collection of his where I haven’t wanted every piece, as he mixes colors and prints with a dash of humour along with fitting forms from retro to unisex (and I should add that the price tags aren’t scary).
For autumn his collection “Viv” is inspired by Vivian Nicholson, which I only knew in reference from a Morrissey cover. I just learned her story, from poverty to an instant win in the 60′s that made her rich overnight and flung into a life of extravagance until she was penniless five short years later and found herself singing “Spend, Spend, Spend” her catch phrase, in a strip club. It was her nouveau riche spending spree that became the theme. With Jensen’s trademark humour, the collection walks the thin line from gaudy to chic (which also best describes my wardrobe), while models literally walked this line to a string trio playing Morrissey with an audience that ranged from extravagant bloggers, Danish royalty including Princess Marie in the front row, to fashion geeks like myself. For an extra treat, he teamed up again with one of my favourite millinery houses, Bernstock Spiers, for the fun faux-fur beehive looking hats along with costume jewellery by Erickson Beamon.
I’m one of those people that always cry at the end of Working Girl the moment Carole King starts singing Let Freedom Ring and they zoom out of Melanie Griffith in office. With this in mind, I have cried at fashion shows before, my weakest spot is when designers take the final bows with their interns (Pamela Hogg and On Aura Tout Vu come to mind). I know how much blood, sweat and tears go into a collection and that many aren’t possible without the dedication of interns. While there are fashion power houses out there, many others still require a boost to get their label off the ground or continue their work. So, it was hard for me not to get all teary eyed when Peter Jensen was awared a grant to develop his label by Magasin du Nord at the end of the show. Good news for me too, as I have future collections to look forwrd to. By Anna Barr