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London Fashion Week: Peter Jensen

Conway Hall, 15th February 2008

Written by Jojo Ma

It’s the last day of LFW and plied with cups of steaming Yorkshire tea and moist lemon cake to ease the wait I was prepared to be blown away, case more about save the best ’til last right? After much london underground hustling and bustling into the Conway Hall for Jensen’s latest offerings, nurse I was more than a little trampled on – what, with there being a whopping 4’11 of me. My height anguishes pushed aside, we were lead to wooden pre-school benches (a recurring theme this week) where three dimly lit tents with a painted starry night backdrop sat upon a stage.

World ethicality and being at one with nature has essentially become the talking points of this year, and this underlying theme creates the foundation for ‘Candice-Nature’. Traditional barn-dance folk and country music set the scene and tartan skirts and suits paired with woolen knits in shades of autumnal muddy browns, foggy greys, sullied oranges and mossy greens walked the walk. The art of crochet and knit were executed and woodland animal motifs were prevalently seen on the aforementioned cosy jumpers as well as t-shirts. Metallic but neutral macs with giant hoods were next, practical enough for rancid mud-bashing Glastonbury go-ers, yet remaining extremely easy on the eye for onlookers. For the less adventurous, flouncy prairie skirts for daisy-chain makers were also on show. Modern twists came in the form of comic-strip T-shirts, dressed-down with traditional woollen skirts and trousers, adding a twist to an otherwise rather placid and dare I say it, safe, collection. Accents of a brighter orange and turquoise manifested in feathery hats, and futuristic shocking pink gloss donned the models’ lips. Bed-hair, crimped and back-combed, completed the country look, whilst the male species made like best friends with hair gel, perfecting the modern comb-over. Lop-sided overgrown chef hats in grey and black, however, threw me off; I don’t really know what to say about them apart from what the hell were they about?!

Overall, Peter created a very down-to-earth, wearable collection Mother nature would have approved of, plus a few gimmicks. Perfect for the hardcore veggie-lovers out there in their combine harvesters, but give me a much more eccentric Gareth Pugh any day.

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