In the midst of all of the couture flash and overstatement, it’s delightful to take in a collection focused on chic day clothes that personify one of fashion’s holy unions, that of interest and wearability.
Bouchra Jarrar nailed it. Her show at the Musée Bourdelle on Monday afternoon was the latest effort in an approach that’s gotten her noticed; later in the evening, she was decorated with the Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres during a ceremony at her workshop.
For the show, Jarrar channeled her exquisite tailoring and eye for subtlety into an expression of contrasts, beginning with textures. She opened with a spectacular group of covert wools in cadet blue, their military nod tempered by big, layered cross-over collars in fur and ribbed sweater knits; another iteration incorporated an asymmetrically closed shearling jacket. She then tempered the structured with the gentility of a silk rose print and, for evening, a simple-but-not blush-toned asymmetric organza top over a floaty charmeuse skirt. Magnificent.