Lookbook review: Peter Jensen’s Arne Jacobsen-inspired menswear
Fashion and furniture aren’t usually spoken about in the same breath, which is surprising as an interest in clothing and accessories often translates into the priorities you have for your living space. Just think about photographer Todd Selby‘s excursions into the stylish homes of global creatives, Backyard Bill‘s glimpses into the enviable living spots of Brooklyn’s fashion types and what they both tell us about how those people live now. Half a century ago, the focus was on then modern designers like Charles and Ray Eames as exemplars of a stylish way of living. Picking up this theme, London-based designer Peter Jensen has taken inspiration from fellow Dane, architect and designer Arne Jacobsen, he of the classic Egg, Swan and Ant chairs. Fusing the timelessness of Jacobsen’s designs with the energy of his adopted London, Jensen’s collection is full of crisp modernist colours like camel, navy, white and bright red. Individual pieces work as well on their own as they do as part of the whole, a true sign of a grown-up collection. Blazers, self-coloured jeans, white shirts and sweatshirts feature enough details to be interesting whilst keeping shapes and materials classic. The lookbook is scattered with iconic touches from Jacobsen’s quirky persona, such as his signature tobacco pipe, though the use of tabloid headlines (like the Viv Nicholson-referencing ‘Spend Spend Spend’ logo featured on sweatshirts) suggests that Jensen is as savvy about English cultural history as he is about the pride Denmark takes in its design heritage.