Nathan Jenden is a well-known figure in the fashion industry. He served as the Creative Director for Diane von Furstenberg for almost ten years and launched his own line in 2006. It wasn’t until February this year, however, that he announced his split from DVF to focus more on his own line. Jenden’s show on Wednesday, September 15 was actually his first show on his own post- DVF.
The British designer’s runway show for his s/s 2011 collection, called “The Wiz”, featured many asymmetrical cuts and lots of stripes and plaid, all with a Wizard of Oz theme. The models walked down the runway in sparkling ruby red pumps, and their hair was curled, teased, and parted in a kind of modern Dorothy way. As if the theme of the show wasn’t interesting enough, each of Jenden’s pieces in this particular collection had a twist. For example, I was immediately drawn to a blue and white plaid romper with an orange zipper waist belt. The color of the belt made the outfit standout, and the fact that the belt was made from a zipper made it even edgier. I was also intrigued by a strapless blue polka dot dress that not only had an interesting cut out shape but was also reversible (and is actually the main photo in this post). In addition, many of Jenden’s pieces could be dressed up or dressed down by playing with the layering, particularly with jackets, which is perfect for spring weather.
The unique edge of all of Jenden’s pieces from his s/s collection really impressed me. The colors and the shapes of his designs were the convergence of sugar and spice – soft feminine colors and patterns were balanced with cut out shapes and asymmetrical cuts. I truly believe that his collection will be on celebrities and Fashionistas everywhere next season.