Spring 2013 Ready-To-Wear : Bouchra Jarrar


"I would waste my time if I wasn't doing things women could wear." Some designers should have that tattooed on their arm to remind them of their raison d'être.

Eric Guillemain - Courtesy of Bouchra Jarrar

Eric Guillemain - Courtesy of Bouchra Jarrar

First published Vogue

Not necessary in Bouchra Jarrar's case. She's built her prêt-à-porter business on the strength of her made-to-measure work—real one-on-one interactions with clients that have taught her how to cut the perfect black leather perfecto, for example. But hands-on experience is one thing; what makes Jarrar a talent to watch is her eye. She paired that perfecto with an A-line tweed top and a full skirt. A woman would cut quite a swath in that outfit. A couple of swingy little dresses also made a big impression. At first glance, they looked rather simple, but their construction, from curving pieces of different fabrics cut on the bias and layered one over the other for a moiré effect, is actually quite complex. Still, the results are effortless. We also liked the look of a white leather shift with a black V-neck, especially when Jarrar accessorized it with a graphic black belt.

by Nicole Phelps