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Bouchra Jarrar: Who Is Lanvin's Latest Rumored Designer?

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Bouchra Jarrar

The designer is reportedly in talks with the French Fashion house.

If there's one thing that was clear at Lanvin's fall 2016 presentation, it's that the brand needs to find a replacement for former creative director Alber Elbaz. And fast. 

Speculation regarding the Israeli designer's successor has been all over the map, though no top candidate has stuck out as a serious contender — until now. WWD reports that 45-year-old French designer Bouchra Jarrar is in the process of sorting out a contract with the French Fashion house.

Résumé

Jarrar's name may only have been on the fashion calendar for the past five years, but the designer herself has been in the business for decades. At 24, she graduated from Ecole Duperre in Paris and went on to work under Nicolas Ghesiquere during his tenure at Balenciaga. She had a brief stint as director of haute couture for Lacroix before launching her own eponymous label in 2010. In 2013, the French designer launched her official haute couture collection.

Red Carpet



TAILOR MADE:
Ciara (left), Tatiana Maslany (center), Jennifer Aniston in Bouchra Jarrar. (Photos: Getty Images)

Since 2014, Jarrar's pieces have been sprinkled here and there across the red carpets — a coat for Ciara at the 2015 Kids Choice Awards, a top for Jennifer Aniston at the 2014 premiere of Horrible Bosses 2 — but it was Tatiana Maslany's white couture tuxedo at the 2015 Emmys that really grabbed Hollywood's attention. Since then, ultimate "It" girl Jennifer Lawrence has been spotted in her crisp tuxedo pieces. 

Reviews
Critics have hailed Jarrar for her impeccable tailoring and attention to detail, especially with regards to her suits, jackets and trousers. Said Vogue's Nicole Phelps of the smoking jackets in her spring 2016 offering, "Does anyone anywhere cut one better?" WWD's Miles Socha echoed similar sentiments with regards to the designer's "mouthwatering" spring 2016 couture collection, again emphasizing the tailoring in her "universe of great-fitting pants, killer peacoats and alterna-tuxedos."

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