With Haute Couture week happening in Paris at the moment, we are all so familiar with the big designers such as Dior and Givenchy. While their creations are absolutely fabulous and oozing with luxe and savoir faire, we are left pondering what sort of woman will be wearing these clothes and where?
Enter Bouchra Jarrar, who presented her second Haute Couture collection this week in Paris. Jarrar a relative newcomer, who was previously at Lacroix and Balenciaga presented a tour de force in refined simplicity and elegance. After reading several reviews on the collection I was surprised that no journalist had mentioned the Courreges type look of the clothes. This was the first thing I had thought of, as the collection was full of simple creams and blacks with contrasting piping and the minimum amount of bling. They seemed an evolution of the Courreges look of the late 60's.
Fabulous boat necks competed with plunging V-necklines, while cutaway panels exposed a glimpse of bare skin or a tiny panel of gold lame.
The collection was incredibly cohesive without a mish mash of styles fabrics and colours parading down the runway. These are clothes you can imagine real women in, going to work or a swish evening of cocktails and dinner.