Illustration by Hilton Dresden
Bouchra Jarrar had her first show as Creative Director of Lanvin at Paris Fashion Week yesterday, and delivered an organza and pinstripe-filled collection, an amolgamation of finely tailored pantsuits and high-fashion negligees.
Jarrar took over for Alber Elbaz this year. The former CD was known for his lavishly embellished gowns. Jarrar gave a nod to her predecessor by incorporating feathery collars into several of her line’s most provocative looks.
Jarrar is one of two new female Creative Directors of major French fashion houses as of this year, joined by Maria Grazia Chiuri of Dior, who will make her runway debut with the label on Friday. While many assume Coco Chanel to be the pioneer head female designer of the fashion world, Jeanne Lanvin actually preceded Chanel and other female couture designers.
“She made menswear and sportswear before she did women’s,” Jarrar explained to Vogue.
Pictured: Bouchra Jarrar (bottom row, second from left), Alber Elbaz (bottom row, third from left), and Maria Grazia Chiuri (top right). Illustration by Hilton DresdenJarrar’s debut was exciting in that it took risks and experimented with old forms – only forthcoming seasons will tell what her overarching vision is for the brand moving forward.