Each season, Peter Jensen picks a muse to inspire his collection, and for spring it was Shirley Kurata, the Los Angeles-based stylist. He took his cues from the “Sixties-meets-Eighties,” silhouette that Kurata favors. “I’ve always really liked the way she presents herself,” Jensen said of the stylist, with whom he has collaborated for years.
Kurata’s personal style proved a natural match for Jensen’s design signatures — the drop-waist dresses, prim shirts and fun motifs he is known for. One silk crepe dress with a frilled hem was printed with a pattern of tiny illustrations of Kurata, while a black-and-white striped A-line skirt was worn with a black polo shirt with a cactus motif, a nod to his muse’s California home.
Jensen showed this upbeat, youthful collection on a cast of models done up to resemble Kurata, wearing her signature peaked caps and oversize sunglasses, and they looked like clones of each other as they assembled in a live tableau.