Bouchra Jarrar delivers bold, clean-lined couture
Posted: Tuesday, July 6, 2010 8:01 pm
By JENNY BARCHFIELD
Associated Press Writer
PARIS(AP) — For a haute couture collection, Bouchra Jarrar’s fall-winter 2011 collection was remarkably short on bling. Slim panels of gold lame were the only thing that shone on Monday’s collection, a tour de force of understated elegance.
Jarrar, a relative newcomer to the rarified world of Paris’ made-to-measure couture collections, delivered clean-lined sheath dresses with plunging V-necklines and pretty cap sleeves. Short dresses had cutaway vents that exposed a swath of skin or a hidden panel of gold lame. Dramatic V-shaped necklaces in minimalistic gold gave a touch of drama to the graphic collection.
In a Spartan palette of ecru, navy and black, the collection felt like it was channeling a crisp, updated Coco Chanel.
Jarrar, who cut her teeth at Christian Lacroix and Balenciaga, said that, despite the show’s vaguely 1920s feeling, she hadn’t been inspired by any era in particular.
“Really, my only inspiration is the world outside me, the women who surround me,” said Jarrar, who showed her debut couture collection under her signature label last season. “I tried to create a sort of ideal wardrobe with all the elements women now need.”
Published in The Messenger 7.6.10