Peter Jensen has the sort of charm that little girls—tweenagers and even those a bit older who like to believe in the value of naiveté in a naughty world—particularly cherish. Watching one of his shows is like sitting down in junior high to listen to the next episode in a somewhat nutty Scandinavian storybook. This season, Jensen's tale is about his Aunt Jytte, who, he relates, "owned a chip shop and cab company in the capital of Nuuk, Greenland, and liked fashion in the seventies." He dedicated this collection to her "because the Danish government paid for me to go to Greenland and the Faeroe Islands to research."
That's how the folkloric cross-stitch patterns, beaded capes, blanket plaids, and white boots ended up layered into this cozily playful agglomeration of padded jackets, woolly double-bobble hats, over-blouses, and white miniskirts. (This last item was a fashion must the marvelous Aunt Jytte insisted on wearing, according to her admiring nephew, "even if her tights were freezing to her legs.") Much of the detail, the designer insists, is faithful to authentic regional national costume, down to the hand-knitted sock-hats, which are a tradition in the far-flung Faeroes. What it amounted to wasn't an earthshaking contribution to the future of fashion but more of a dressing-up menu for innocents abroad, especially when a chilly spell hits. No harm at all in that, especially as Jensen's prices are quite accessible to well-behaved girls who save up their allowance.
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