French designer Bouchra Jarrar is having a bit of a moment. Her nomination as an official member of the haute couture community, the first woman to receive the honor in thirty years, has put her on the radar of a lot of luxury multi mark stores and fashionistas looking for sophistication.
This season, Jarrar continued to show her collection in a presentation setting so that clients and editors can all get a hands-on experience with her garments. See, in detail, the workmanship that goes into the weaving of her fabric, the precision construction of her coats and appreciate the smart small details- like letting the underlying color of a vest curve around to the side of the fabric, to give the face of the garment a sublet outline.
“I wanted to work with apposing fabrics on extremely elongated silhouettes,” explained the diminutive designer. However, her petite frame looked just as lovely in one of her ensembles - a crème sweater that broke open at the hip and floor skimming fitted navy pants - as did her lanky model who donned one of the designer’s hallmark sleeveless, perfecto jackets cut in military green and bright pink.
Moving away from what we know Jarrar does best, a pleated A-line dress was a lovely surprise and one tennis inspired dress with a pleated skirt and racing stripe waistband and a top of twisted fabric, which gave a sculptural aspect to the sporty look, had a youthful freshness about them.
Jarrar is one of those designers who doesn’t need all the bells and whistles of a fashion show to sell her ready to wear clothing. They do that all on their own.