Bouchra Jarrar is the couture schedule’s consistent outlier. The designer is known for crafting clothes that embody the language of the street and a downtown sense of sophistication. When we think of couture, we tend to think of voluminous gowns, lavish embellishment, and creativity beyond the reach of ready-to-wear. However, Jarrar has continued to defy the status quo every couture season with her impeccably crafted and elegantly assembled collections, which prefer practicality to fantasy.
For Spring 2015, her trousers are baggy and as glossy as an oil slick, her mini-skirts are sliced up the thigh and alluring, and her jackets are marvelously molded from stiff, metallic tweed jacquards. A neutral palette and houndstooth motif depict precision tailoring and wonderful cutaway details, and result in the kind of clothes that women could actually wear on a day-to-day basis. Elsewhere, couture designers are offering six-foot-wide tulle skirts and other exaggerative looks, and Jarrar’s presence on the couture schedule is refreshing. Her atelier and her skills are undeniably great, and her clothes are wonderfully down to earth. The tough, attitudinal approach she took this season resonates with us because it feels empowering. With a wardrobe filled with Jarrar and the right friends, the world is yours for the taking.
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