LARA JENSEN SS13 'VANITAS' Vanitas vanitanium omnia vanitas – vanity of all vanities, all is vanity. The SS13 collection 'Vanitas' by Lara Jensen, is inspired by the symbolic art forms of Vanitas and Momento Mori (still life and portraiture paintings) that originate from the 15th century. These contemplated the transient elements of beauty in life and the futility of narcissism. Using materials such as Swarovski crystals, 18k gold, hand-moulded leather and taxidermy, Jensen has created a contemporary re-enactment of these ideas. Her pieces are based on elements of these paintings, translated into detailed jewellery, sunglasses, mouth accessories and headpieces. Flowers, birds and maggots meet as symbols of life and death, creating pieces that highlight and reflect upon the fleeting nature of the wearers beauty. These remarkable fashion artefacts celebrate the immortality of their physicality, in contrast to the transience of the wearer. 'Vanitas' is Jensen's first full solo collection and sees her combine the millinery for which she is reputed, with her jewellery design skills.