Updated article (13/03): Bouchra Jarrar is Lanvin's new artistic director, the company revealed this morning. The announcement cleared the air after rumours of her appointment circulated this week. She succeeds Alber Elbaz, who left the brand in October after more than 14 years as creative director.
"It is a huge honour to continue promoting the Lanvin style, with designs created in the company's ateliers by teams who possess extraordinary expertise," Jarrar said in a statement. "Joining Lanvin meets a desire to expend my creation to wider fields of expression. It is my intention to bring to Lanvin the harmony and consistency of a fashion designed for women, a fashion of our time."
The brand's CEO, Michèle Huiban, praised Jarrar's craftsmanship and believes she'll add a contemporary spin while honouring the house's legacy. "Her talent, her high standards and her mastery of cuts and fabrics will bring a breath of freshness and modernity into the house, while respecting its soul as the oldest Paris couture house, a symbol of French elegance," she said.
Jarrar, who currently helms an eponymous couture line, will present her first Lanvin collection for Spring/Summer 2017.
Original article (09/03): According to WWD, French designer Bouchra Jarrar could be the new womenswear designer at Lanvin, following Alber Elbaz's shock departure in October of last year. Rumors are swirling that the house is close to completing a contract with the designer, who launched her signature label in 2010 and began showing haute couture in 2013 (a major feat for any young designer). Currently, Lanvin has declined to comment and Jarrar could not be reached.
Jarrar's beautiful craftsmanship, attention to detail, and gorgeous fabrications certainly make her a good fit for Lanvin (as does her background at Lacroix and Balenciaga), and it would be refreshing to see more female designers heading up big houses in Paris. It would also bring to the stage another (somewhat) unknown name. Jarrar has a well-known presence in the industry, but is a lesser-known entity in the public arena. Hopefully, time will soon tell all.
Via Harper's Bazaar US