Couture Ready to Wear
Strange times, indeed, for fashion. This week, in Paris, on a single day one can see collections for as many as five different seasons: spring men’s; winter haute couture; pret-a-porter resort, holiday and spring. In fact, the whole notion of seasons appears to be a relic of some other, more orderly era. Now there are just clothes and more clothes.
Bouchra Jarrar, the ex-Balenciaga-ite who shows her ready to wear during couture, consistently offers terrific options that pull off the difficult fashion trick of being both directional and timeless. Here a trench vest, cut close and neat as a pin, finds its match in a black gabardine skirt pleated to resemble an umbrella at half mast.