Lanvin Spring/Summer 2017

by Paige Reddinger

Bouchra Jarrar made her debut at Lanvin after a long time spent flying under-the-radar in Paris, mainly focusing on her couture collections. All of Jarrar’s signatures were there, including a focus on menswear tailoring mixed in with more feminine pieces, like chiffons trimmed in Chantilly lace, and impeccably cut jackets, whether a cropped moto jacket, a menswear blazer, or bouclé jacket trimmed in feathers and leather. The latter was certainly a highlight, as was a white dress version of a moto jacket trimmed in dramatic white feathers. There was also a series of soft, flowing cobalt blue dresses and a trench with chiffon sleeves. A smart-looking black and white jacket was worn over black vinyl pants. It was all about elegant menswear elements meets sophisticated lady attire. Following in Alber Elbaz’s footsteps is, no doubt, a daunting endeavor, but Jarrar surely has her own vision. Whether it will create the same kind of impact? Only time (read: sales) will tell.

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