June 14, 2010 London
A romper suit in sand-washed silk or a dress with puff sleeves and a pie-crust frill around the hem were superficially sweet, except that the designer imagined them being worn by Christiane F., the teen junkie from the eighties cult movie. And his pretty little cherry red crepe de chine skirt worn with a T-shirt, socks, and trainers or stilettos? "Chloë Sevigny in Kids," said Jensen.
The argyle cardigan stitched with elasticized ribbon to suggest streamers; sugary tops in pale blue, pink, and magnolia; the butter-colored denims with the kind of embarrassingly sharp crease a well-meaning mum would have ironed into her little boy's jeans—these all hinted at the collection's seventies-style kids' party theme. But there was a much more grown-up seventies feel to full-on cocktail dresses in jewel-toned dupioni silk, and ponchos in crepe de chine printed with what looked like a collage of Japanese paper patterns. The gold leather blouson was glam rock, impure and simple. Jensen feels he appeals to "a younger customer," the kind of girl-woman who gets his pretty-but-perverse take on fashion—but it's a clear pointer for the future that his best seller is something he calls a "straight dress," as in, a straight up-and-down belted shift. In this collection, it also stood out as "straight" in the sense of "not weird"; its appeal was distinctly adult.