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Sep 14, 2010 9:22PM

New York Fashion Week Spring 2011 - Peter Jensen

Peter Jensen

Peter Jensen, Danish born designer, is based in London. He's a graduate of Central Saint Martins with an MFA in menswear. In 2001, following the success of his men's line in Paris he went on to design for women. With muses such as Sissy Spacek, Tonya Harding and this season, Shelley Duvall, he specializes in quirky but wearable clothing. He's collaborated with Fred Perry, Topshop and Topman.

Colors: primary colors in blue, yellow and red, green, navy

Materials: crepe, silk, knits, corduroy, suede, chiffon

Loved Looks

Photos: WWD/Pasha Antonov

Photos: WWD/Pasha Antonov

Photos: WWD/Pasha Antonov

Peter Jesen's Shelley Duvall inspired collection was a flashback to the 70's with shapes and colors the era's casual wear. Color on the runways this season has been shown in scarce patches, except here at Jensen's show. He's known for going his own way. His collection will most likely appeal to the Teen Vogue/ Marc by Marc Jacobs crowd with rainbow banded knit sweaters, color blocked cardigans, chunky Lego Land colored shoes and corduroy minis. But, very much like Marc by Marc, the over thirty crowd might stumble upon a piece or too that doesn't read too young like the long backless navy halter dress.

Unloved Looks

Photos: WWD/Pasha Antonov

Young or older, Peter Jensen sent some pieces down the runway that were just too frumpy.  The pink corduroy suit jacket was ill-fitting and the double pockets and heart belt over top didn't do much to help it. Perhaps if the pants were more of a bell bottom and the jacket hit slightly lower on the hip, maybe I wouldn't have disliked this look so much. The skirts over top of skirts over top of pants meant well, but didn't translate as I think Jensen intended.

Music

Shazam didn't pick up any of the songs playing by DJ Jerry Bouthier.

People and Scene

Some people were confused as to whether this would be a presentation or a runway show. With a few benches and the rest standing, it was indeed a runway show on the West side of Milk Studios. The carpet runner used as a runway helped with the 70's vibe as did the old windows over looking the city. The crowd was part quirky 80's hipsters along with the full on sunglasses-at-night-dressed-in-leather fashionistas.

 

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Sep 9, 2010 11:09PM

New York Fashion Week Spring 2011- The New Digs At Lincoln Center

Today was the first day that I went inside the tents at Lincoln Center! Here is a list of  Fashion Funhouse Emporium's pros and cons when it comes to the new location of Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week.

Pro: Its far away from Times Square which cuts down on the passers by who decide to crash shows at the last minute.

Con: It's now far away from central Bryant Park location, making a longer trek to off-site shows like Mac & Milk's Fashion Shows and others. Im in Brooklyn. The L train to the F train was a quick hop skip and a rail away. With the C train its a longer haul, and especially heading back down to 15th Street at Milk.

Pro: Its spacious and well organized. The Fashion GPS system makes an easy, quick check in.

Con: If you write for Fashion Funhouse Emporium and are still working on your styling career, the standing line is where you end up on plenty of occasions. You still have to wait, and the haute hounds still bum rush to the head of the line. See definition below*

Pro: AOL Media Center has Blackberry, Droid and iPhone chargers readily available in multiples.

Con: Same port -a -potties with stupid push nozzle sinks. Those sinks anger me. How are you supposed to wash your hands and hold down the button at the same time?

Pro: More room for sponsors like Starbucks, Treseme, Fiji Water, Diet Muscle Milk, PopChips, DHL, Mercedes Benz, DHL, and more.

Con: Starbucks is only has those bottled Frappicino "coffee drinks" Not a real coffee in the whole damn tent. Don't they know some of us will be going from 9AM to 9PM?  Bring back Mc Cafe, at least they had much needed caffeinated dark roasted black coffee.

Pro: Has a small court yard inside that is decorated with lighted benches and Hampton-like outdoor furniture. I call it the smokers lounge.

Con: I kind of miss watching the random old men play boccie at Bryant Park while sitting outside in between shows. There are also no people walking around with cardboard signs damning all us fashion types to hell.

Pro: Larger space makes for a more private, less chaotic experience.

Con: Tents look empty now, creating less of an excitement. (Which is actually a "pro" if you are an agoraphobic) Also finding where to go for each show takes a bit more asking for directions.

Overall, the Lincoln Center location is a gorgeous display. Its a cultural center which makes a better connection to fashion as art, rather than fashion as spectator sports. Next season, once show goers are a bit more used to the process, it will be a welcome change.

Haute Hound (Hote Hownd) n. Person that manages to get invites to fashion shows and has no affiliation, no fashion credentials, and no reason to be at fashion week except to see and be seen.

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