July 03, 2011 Paris
Jarrar loves bold, graphic lines. Vivid stripes of pulsating blue and white bisected a simple gray shift, trimmed a charcoal tweed sleeveless coat-dress, added interest to knits. Backstage, the designer said she was interested in playing with the contrast of masculinity and femininity, but it's that luminous blue that people will remember. It was particularly striking on a vest interwoven with natural-color yarn, whose handwork made it the show's truly haute-est piece. Jarrar's collection may not be couture, per se—it's sold at Ikram, Jeffrey, Kirna Zabête, and Bergdorf Goodman—but its unfettered modernism gave it an edge on the first day of these Paris shows.