Since Alber Elbaz’s departure from Lanvin in October of last year, the fashion world has been speculating as to who will replace the beloved artistic director. Well the time has finally come, and the legendary fashion house has confirmed that industry veteran Bouchra Jarrar will be his successor. Her debut collection will be for the S/S 17 season, and it’s sure to be the most highly anticipated show in Paris this fall. Jarrar will serve as the womenswear designer only, unlike Elbaz, who oversaw menswear collections as well. Jarrar’s impressive résumé includes stints as studio director at Balenciaga and head of couture design for Christian Lacroix.
Lanvin CEO Michèle Huiban said in a statement today, “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 fashion house, a symbol of French elegance.” In 2010, Jarrar launched her own namesake line, which has been highly praised for its sportswear. The Cannes-born designer said in today’s statement, “Joining Lanvin satisfies my desire to create and express myself in a space of larger expression.” We can’t wait to see the next incarnation of the 127-year-old fashion house under Jarrar’s lead.