Following in the footsteps of Sissy Spacek, Cindy Sherman, his great aunt Jytte and most recently Diana Ross – Yoko Ono is the latest in the line of headstrong women that have inspired the collections of Danish designer Peter Jensen. Known for his light-hearted and playful take on fashion, London based Jensen has designed tie-ins for the likes of Topshop, Cheap Monday and Fred Perry as well as collaborating with a whole host of creatives, including photographer Tim Walker and illustrator Julie Verhoeven for his namesake brand.
Left: The Yoko Ono Inspired Lookbook Shoot, Right: Designer Peter Jensen
With a glittering fan-base including Kanye West, Kirsten Dunst, Maggie Gyllenhall, Nicole Kidman and Lindsay Lohan, Jensen has also been enjoying the spotlight thanks to Lena Dunham of Girls fame, who often posts selfies on Instagram wearing his cute designs. She was introduced to the brand when her mum – the renowned artist and photographer Laurie Simmons – provided the inspiration for Jensen's Spring/Summer 2010 collection.
Peter Jensen's Apple Prints
Another addition to the Resort calendar, Jensen presented his line in an installation format. Journalists present then witnessed the collection being photographed en tableaux with a troupe of twenty-something Yoko Ono doubles modelling the looks. The clothes themselves featured a sixties silhouette reflecting Yoko's era as a darling of the New York avant-garde art scene. This was also the period that she met John Lennon and subsequently became best known for 'breaking up' the most famous band in the world. Now seen as the godmother of conceptual art, it's the humour implicit in her oeuvre, he explained that most appealed to him and inspired the collection.
Left: Peter Jensen's Resort 2015 Moodboard, Right: Signature Rabbit Printed Shoes
Jensen's narrative starts from the fabled moment when John Lennon walked into the Indica gallery in London and took a bite of out of one of Yoko's artworks – an apple on a plinth – which cost £200. Green apple prints are dotted across the collection making a sweet addition, as are abstract Yoko-face motifs, which are featured in cotton voile shirts and dresses. Of course Jensen's ever-popular, signature rabbit logo also makes an appearance, this time cropping up on mini skirts and clumpy court shoes. Yoko’s own style is noted with shift dresses, high waisted shorts and wide leg trousers present and there's also a reference to her ‘Ono’s Cut Piece’ work of 1964 with slashes introduced into garments.
By Gemma Hayward