Peter Jensen – Pre Spring/Summer 2016 Ready-To-Wear
When Peter Jensen launched his business in 2001, he had no idea that his dream girls were in a movie theater near him. That was the year Thora Birch and Scarlett Johansson appeared as Enid and Rebecca in Ghost World.
It wasn’t until three months ago that the designer finally saw the film and realized how perfectly Enid and Rebecca embodied the innocent yet knowing quality that has always made the Jensen girl so quietly winning. And those girls got him thinking about how his girl might have changed with time. If his collection for Resort 2016 was any indication, the answer seems to be not much. Her naive charm remains unsullied by experience. But over the years she has acquired supreme confidence in her style, and Jensen refracted that very effectively through the sophisticated lens of everything he himself has learned since 2001. With a finely honed 18-look edit, he spun a polished story out of pastel pinks and blues, tomboyish sweats and tees, ruffled boy/girl polos and capris, drop-waisted jersey dresses, and twisted jacquards in sunflower yellow with a subtle sheen of Lurex. He drew a swirly ghost print for the simple smock silhouette that is his best-seller, but it’ll likely be the ice cream cone motif (Enid and Rebecca spent days in a diner) that will be the collection’s grabbiest. That suits the sweetness that is Jensen’s calling card.
Still, Ghost World was a place with a dark edge, and there’s always a tang of the sour in Jensen’s sweet. A ghost-printed crepe de chine dress with sleeves to the elbow spoke to Sherilyn Fenn in Twin Peaks. Let’s hope she’s listening.