Oh Peter Jensen, you had me at Diana Ross.
When an email with the Danish-born, London-based designer’s spring ’14 collection landed in my inbox, I didn’t have to read very far past the “this season’s muse is Diana Ross” note to know I was going to love it. The voice, the songs, the hair, and of course, the outfits...it’s all so good that there’s a reason she’s become such an icon.
For Jensen, his Diana Ross moment came during a concert she gave in Central Park back in 1983; though it started pouring, she told the audience, “It’s taken me a lifetime to get here. I’m not going anywhere.” It somehow stuck with him, years later, and influenced the late-’70s, early-’80s bend of his latest collection. Think belted trench coats, disco ball sequined two-pieces, gold lurex dresses, and even a print inspired by the onetime Supremes frontwoman (a collaboration with artist Julie Verhoeven).
Of course, there are plenty of major trends you’ll want to get on come spring--among them, stripes, metallics, and all-white ensembles--but the great thing about using an icon as inspiration is that it results in something that’s pretty timeless.
So play “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and flip through the gallery to see all of Peter Jensen’s spring ’14 lookbook.