Haute couture’s latest inductee is not interested in making bold new fashion statements each season. Bouchra Jarrar is on a quieter path. Where getting as close to perfection in terms of the tailoring of her now trademark perfectos, precise paints, and fluid trapeze dresses is the goal. But the risk of this sort of tunnel vision towards excellence is that a designer can get lost in the details and loose track of the essential fact that a fashion house must expand out even while it continues to refine.
Luckily, Jarrar began to make some baby steps in that direction with her fall/winter 2014 couture collection. Still staying well within her comfort zone the designer pushed out slightly in terms of reinterpreting her much loved classics. The perfecto, crafted from shimmering blue green tweed and black leathers grew into a boxy jacket come tunic, was sliced back into a dramatic vest that left the back exposed and even came in a covetable trench dress version.
Her pants came in expectedly elegant cream but were also given some bold racing stripes down the outside of a few dove gray alternatives. A sporty ejection was also a nice surprise when spotted as a wide ribbed waistband finishing off a feminine pleated skirt. A new burnt orange animal print used on a pleated silk take on Jarrar's favorite trapeze gowns was another fresh offering. It too was given a touch of couture activewear with its collars made from striped polo shirt material. It looked chic and modern, and so relaxed for this precise designer that it begs for more exploration in future collections.
Jarrar is clearly not willing to stray from her route of refinement. But thankfully she looks to be open to the idea of bringing some new sartorial friends along on her journey.