This week is, of course, primarily about couture in Paris, but designers are taking the opportunity of the world’s fashion press being in town to show pre-collections and ready to wear de luxe. There is some impressive new talent out there and here are some names you need to commit to memory.
Bouchra Jarrar has been covered by Grazia before but this season the ex assistant of Nicholas Ghesquiere and Christian Lacroix was honoured with a medal by the French Minister of Culture. In only five seasons, she has carved a niche for herself in exquisitely finished ready to wear that adds a new dimension to luxury. Her tailoring has an irresistibly modern femininity. UK retailers (Joseph and Browns) are snapping her up. You’ll be hearing lots more about her soon.
The Parisian house of Vionnet may dates back to 1912 when it was founded by Madame Vionnet but it has been dusted off and already suffered the loss of a very talented designer. On their first outing this January were the Croce sisters, the twins Barbara and Lucia, who showed a pre-collection capsule ahead of their ready to wear debut in March. Since 1993 Barbara and Lucia have gained strong experiences in prominent international fashion companies such as Prada, Miu Miu, Gucci and Ralph Lauren (Barbara), and Ter et Bantine, Valentino and Neil Barrett, including various collaborations in Japan and Turkey (Lucia). This is the first time they have worked together and their uncomplicated take on the Vionnet silhouette that is both fluid and shapely is completely in step with a world that needs clothes to be functional, easy and elegant. These are women to watch.
by Paula Reed in Paris