Everything you need to know about Bouchra Jarrar, Lanvin’s new designer
#Lanvin is pleased to announce the appointment of #BouchraJarrar as Artistic Director of Women’s Collections from 14 March. A permanent member of Haute Couture since December 2013, with her own house which she founded in 2010, Bouchra Jarrar (45) has worked with major fashion houses and has built a career on determination and high standards, always putting creation and technique at the heart of her work. Bouchra Jarrar has more than 20 years of experience, working first for Jean-Paul Gaultier, then for Balenciaga, where she spent 10 years, then at Christian Lacroix.
Even though we’re still reeling from Alber Elbaz’s departure earlier this year, it was announced today that Bouchra Jarrar will be taking the helm as artistic director at Lanvin. Who knows if that means the reign of the distressed hem, oversized costume jewellery and patent ballet flats will be over, but change is good, especially at a house that’s floundering financially.
We may have heard her name mentioned in the past, but we need the full backstory on Jarrar. Who exactly is she? Where did she come from? Will she really be able to fill the big, glamour-and-grosgrain-ribbon-filled shoes of Elbaz? We can’t wait to see what she has up her sleeve.
In the meantime, here are six things to know about Lanvin’s fresh face.
1. Born in Cannes, Jarrar graduated from Paris’s Duperré School of Applied Arts.
2. The 45-year-old designer previously worked under Christian Lacroix (where she was Couture Head of Design) and Nicolas Ghesquière at Balenciaga (as studio director) before launching her namesake label in 2010.
3. She earned her haute couture designation in 2013.
4. She takes a tailored approach to design with lots of daywear and a focus on technique.
5. For her couture collections she has collaborated with the same crystal and feather work ateliers used by Chanel.
6. Her first full Lanvin collection will be Spring 2017.