February 14, 2008
Many roads lead to the country this Fall, but only Peter Jensen would take the signpost that reads "Mike Leigh's Nuts in May: a film about a miserable camping trip in England." At least, that was the gist of his show notes, which were dedicated to "Candice Marie," the dorky heroine of the 1976 comedy of British social embarrassment. As it turned out, you didn't have to be au fait with the plot and characters to get the clothes, because this time Jensen kept them as simple (or maybe, simplistic) as can be. There were tweed checked skirts, anoraks, waxed-cotton raincoats, and bouclé parkas worn with the occasional picture-knit (a fox head on one) and funny cotton shoulder bags (one in the shape of a donkey with dangling legs). The humor and quirkiness were mostly reserved for the accessories, like thick, heathery space-dyed walking socks and the silly but engaging hats: one a bonkers furry squashed Busby with a plastic visor, the other a poufy chef's hat, which had collapsed to one side.