It is going to be an important week for Bouchra Jarrar, who currently has all eyes on her due to her newly released Lanvin resort 2017 collection. While debuting as a creative director of one of the world’s most acclaimed and oldest fashion houses in general is surely not an easy task, doing it with a resort collection might be even more stressing. Bouchra Jarrar, who has been slowly and steadily ascending the fashion industry for a few years now, was appointed as Lanvin’s creative director back in March 2016, after Alber Elbaz’s departure (who worked at the fashion house for 14 years in a row).
Jarrar presented her Lanvin resort 2017 collection in New York, miles away from home, showcasing a line-up that perfectly mixes Lanvin’s legacy and signature styles with the French designer’s clean cuts and minimalistic designs. Her educational background includes both designing apparel and jewelry pieces, and for her resort creations she infused signature lines and cuts with classic couture shapes from the Fifties and the Sixties. Her ethos is a refined, sophisticated and classic one, yet with an eased-up, modern twist.
“Bouchra Jarrar is a talented and visionary designer. She is the obvious choice for Lanvin. Her talent, her high standards and her mastery of cuts and fabrics will bring a breath of freshness and modernity into the house, while respecting its soul as the oldest Paris fashion house, a symbol of French elegance,” Lanvin’s chief executive officer Michèle Huiban told Business of Fashion, unknowingly describing this Lanvin resort 2017 collection too.
Just by looking at the proposals, a sense of modernity, fluidity, freshness and elegance takes the lead, catapulting us in a fairy tale where both the old and the new peacefully coexist as the main protagonists. The line-up features solid-colored, fluid haute couture-esque pieces, both androgynous and uber-feminine, as well as delicate pops of colors either in the form of romantic patterns or vibrant monochrome designs.
A goddess-like floor-length gown with jabot detailing alternates gently tailored mannish suits, while a princess trench coat is seen combined with a pair of somehow extremely elegant flat sandals. Button-down Oxford shirts, along with their textured fabrics, create a pleasing contrast with the sheer fluid fabrics of the dresses, transporting the collection to the Sixties, when the feminine ensembles were artfully interrupted by the very first mannish proposals.
A logo Jarrar found in Lanvin’s archives celebrates Jeanne Lanvin through the foulards and shirts, ultimately confirming Jarrar’s willingness to enhance and never underestimate the house’s legacy.
“Jeanne Lanvin always worked on the logo. It was a kind of tribute to her that I wanted to do,” she told Vogue, further explaining that the collection is not for her, but rather “for all women. I understand the power of clothes. It’s why I give a lot of attention to proportions; I like to optimize them. I want women to be beautiful, that’s my job.”
As for the Lanvin resort 2017 collection, chances are that it will be shown during the July couture shows in Paris. Let’s keep our fingers crossed!
Photos courtesy of Vogue