it’s a bit of a bold move for a less established designer to show a ready-to-wear line during the haute couture shows. but in the case of bouchra jarrar, who spent ten years working with nicolas ghesquiere at balenciaga and another couple of years as head of couture design at christian lacroix, it makes perfect sense.
you can definitely see the balenciaga influence in her fall collection, which has that masculine/feminine thread: belted trench vests, soft trousers, menswear shirting striped dresses with flared skirts, and belted bustiers. but there was also more pieces on the feminine side, like double layer chiffon skirts, bugle beaded gowns, and floral prints. even as raf simons takes over at dior and hedi slimane readies his first collection for saint laurent, right now in fashion it’s still about the women—phoebe philo, laura & kate mulleavy, donatella versace, sarah burton—and jarrar has added her name as one to watch.
images from vogue.it