Meet Bouchra Jarrar, The New Girl In Couture
With the search now on for new French fashion talent (the editors of French and American Vogues met with the Industry minister, Christian Estrosi, yesterday to discuss what can be done about the apparent dearth of fresh faces), one, with perfect timing, popped up at the Louvre at lunchtime. The oblique explanation for what happens to make young fashion designers invisible is that they do exactly what Bouchra Jarrar did: go to work for a big French house for life, possibly never to come out again under their own steam. But after Jarrar worked for Balenciaga and then Christian Lacroix for the past couple of years, fate (in the form of Lacroix’s bankruptcy) intervened, and Jarrar—a name unknown to all but the friends who have banded together to bankroll her first collection—has gotten her own show on the road. A handful of black and cream silk pieces skillfully cut into halter-necks, fluted skirts, and slim dresses with overlapping panels—with a glancing reference to the classic French Deauville genre going on somewhere—it was enough to suggest a feminine hand with enough experience to know what she’s doing. Now, who will be the first among the official powers that be to ask what help she needs?