As always, Bouchra Jarrar's ready-to-wear comes like a simplified parallel of her latest Haute Couture collection. That said, the term “simplified” doesn't really imply a facile spin-off of her trademark Couture. It is rather a take on a realistic “ideal woman's wardrobe” that draws from artisanal codes.
"I love to draw the same story line and energy, both, in my Couture, and in my ready-to-wear collections. You'll find a concentrate of my signature style in all my designs,” explained the designer, during her showroom presentation.
Her new Spring 2014 had style elements of Jarrar's latest N°8 haute couture collection – take the long, military-inspired, embroidered vests, the recurrent use of buckle belts as adornments, and the architectural lines of her silky dresses – but the designer also suggested new, casual styles, such as a total sailor stripe look, consisting of boxy bomber jackets, and cropped slim pants that added a fresh sea breeze to the otherwise strict and geometrical patterned collection.
“I don't want to design a second-line or a capsule, things like that...it's my choice. I find it more interesting to work on an ideal wardrobe, where each piece has its very own place, where I spend as much time in designing a mesh top, than in designing a piece of haute couture,” she added. Her ready-to-wear being so precious, one can hardly make the difference between her two collections, as the lines between both are really blurry. And maybe, it is just better this way.