February 28, 2013 Paris
With outerwear so well represented in January, Jarrar's new collection was focused more on wardrobe basics like high-waisted pants, contrast-trim cardigans with deep shawl collars, and silk crepe blouses and dresses. Except that nothing is ever quite basic in Jarrar's hands, least of all a "total look" black and white checked pantsuit that she showed with a couple of her signature graphic scarves. The designer goes to great lengths to deliver uniqueness. The geranium red of a leather shift dress was specially made for her; same goes for the camel gabardine of her high-waisted pants. With Jarrar's profile on the rise, maybe it's time to move that January show a month back and combine those highly detailed clothes with the simpler ones here, so the larger crowds of ready-to-wear can see what the fuss is about.