Lanvin hires Bouchra Jarrar to replace Elbaz as designer

Fri Mar 11, 2016 11:43am EST
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By Astrid Wendlandt

PARIS (Reuters) - Lanvin has hired Bouchra Jarrar as its new designer five months after the abrupt dismissal of Alber Elbaz caused uncertainty about the future of France's oldest fashion house.

Paris-born of Moroccan descent, Jarrar, 45, is known for her black and white neo-classic outfits and feminine tuxedo jackets. She founded her eponymous house in 2010 and joined the prestigious club of Haute Couture designers in 2013.

Previously, Jarrar worked closely for a decade with former Balenciaga designer, Nicolas Ghesquiere, who is now at LVMH's Louis Vuitton, and at Christian Lacroix Couture.

Lanvin said on Friday Jarrar was going to close her own label to focus exclusively on the French fashion brand and would bring "a few" of her team with her.

Founded in 1889, Lanvin is known for its silk cocktail dresses adorned with chunky jewelry and it is one of the last remaining independent major luxury fashion brands in France together with Hermes.

Many industry specialists say Lanvin has the potential to be one of the industry's biggest fashion brands and could replicate the phenomenal success enjoyed by Valentino.

Several sources estimated Lanvin would need at least 100 million euros ($110 million) of investment to take its development to the next level. Lanvin has 36 directly operated stores around the world, a fraction of big brands such as Gucci and Louis Vuitton which each have hundreds.

Lanvin's controlling shareholder, Taiwanese media magnate Shaw-Lan Wang, has sold off many of its assets including its Japanese operations as well as its perfume business to perfume maker Interparfums.   Continued...

French designer Bouchra Jarrar appears at the end of her Haute Couture Fall/Winter 2014-2015 fashion show in Paris July 8, 2014.       REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes