Tender and strong feminity is exactly what Bouchra Jarrar’s going for in her sophomore collection for Lanvin as artistic director of women’s collection.
Known for her expertise in tailoring and leatherwork, Jarrar has come up with a slew of refreshing eveningwear options in the autumn-winter 2017 collection – a black satin smoking jumpsuit with a plunging neckline paired with perfectly tailored lounge coat with luminous stripe weave, and a panelled shirtdress with ruffled silk collar matched with leather biker vest.
Sleek silk slip dresses updated with carefully draped neckline are right on point when it comes to Parisian chic.
The play on tenderness and power is constantly referenced throughout the collection. Flou dresses with cascading hems and pastel ballerina dresses with lace sleeves are styled with punkish python chain boots and fishnets, with echoes of the heritage maison’s ultrafeminine roots.
Apart from her evening wear, Jarrar applies her tailoring magic to a line-up of power suits. She lends her mastery of draping and construction to crêpe bustiers and double wool jackets.
The bejewelled glove costume jewellery from the spring-summer collection are replaced with plume brooches and chain belt with bird-themed embellishments hanging below the waistline.
Lanvin also debuts its mini secret bag – a python chain pouch with feather embellishments, the perfect arm candy for a night out.
It’s without doubt that Jarrar has taken a different direction for Lanvin to that of her predecessor, and she’s getting rather good at building a fan base of women wanting something different.
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