February 20, 2009 London
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.