It’s been four months since Bouchra Jarrar stepped into Alber Elbaz’s shoes at Lanvin, and since then industry watchers have been waiting expectantly to see what fashion direction she would steer the house in.
Well, the first signs are out: Lanvin’s Resort 2017 collection, its first designed by Jarrar, who was in New York last week to quietly show it to store buyers.
In it are ready-to-wear, bags, shoes and jewellery, all of which the designer came up with in the space of two months. Not that they look rushed – the pieces have a clean, calm and collected air about them, much like the French designer herself.
There’s a two-tone scarf blouse that’s fluid yet fitted to take the wearer from day to night; and sharply cut “Wardrobe” trousers inspired by men’s tailoring. Most covetable is a 1930s-inspired romantic floral-print gown that seems to float about the top half of the body, then swoop elegantly toward the ground.
It’s all pretty yet practical – and in that sense what Jarrar has done this season has echoes of what Elbaz used to do for Lanvin (we still can’t thank him enough for making flats cool to wear on any occasion). If Resort 2017 is any indication of the ideas she has in store, we can’t wait to see what’s next.