Bouchra Jarrar’s second ready-to-wear collection did not mark a vivid departure from the looks she showed last season, but that’s exactly how the French designer likes it. Her approach is all about wardrobe staples that will be cherished for years to come — the antithesis of a one-season wonder.
For spring, Jarrar took the trenchcoat that formed the basis of her fall couture show and reworked it in black wool without losing any of its impeccable cut or nip-waisted swing. Some of the trench details were also worked into other pieces, such as a shoulder flap on a sleeveless black dress with a pleated panel running down the front. The look was one of many asymmetrical pieces.
Standouts included a cream leather vest with a folded collar, worn over a vivid green-and-black sleeveless blouse and black cigarette pants. “What fascinates me is to harmonize all these contrasts, to turn them into something fluid,” said Jarrar, pointing to a monochrome dress made of panels of silk georgette floated on crepe de chine — its apparent simplicity spoke volumes.