In her new light-filled digs on the rue Mont-Thabor, designer Bouchra Jarrar welcomed guests with open arms and a mission: to entice more women of all ages, shapes and sizes with both her expanding ready-to-wear collection and her made-to-measure offerings.
Jarrar is the turtle to the fashion world’s racing hare. Slowly and precisely she adds new elements into her trustworthy perfectly tailored trousers, her fitted perfecto jackets and her emblematic fur and varsity-striped knit detachable collars. This season saw the introduction of more prints in abstract animal motifs that hinted at zebra stripes and feline spots.
The designer also tried her hand at superposing multiple lighter weight garments, with the idea of making them more adaptable to the seasons’ fickle weather. One example featured a sleek black vinyl blouson jacket worn under a longer spotted style, which could then be traded, or even possibly layered on top of, with a sleeveless oversized biker-inspired vest.
There is a certain amount of sophisticated androgyny about Jarrar’s work. Which makes this reporter wonder just how long the fashion world will have to wait to see men demanding their own Jarrar creations.