Bouchra Jarrar Is Leaving Troubled House Lanvin After 15 Months And Two Collections
Bouchra Jarrar and Lanvin chief executive officer Michèle Huiban
Last year, DM Fashion Book reported that Bouchra Jarrar was named the new artistic director of women’s collections at Lanvin, replacing Alber Elbaz (see it here). Elbaz left Lanvin in 2015, after 14 years.
After 15 months and two collections, Jarrar is leaving the troubled house. Sources say the designer will exit her position before the spring 2018 show season.
According to WWD, “Rumors have been circulating for some time about friction between Jarrar and chief executive officer Michèle Huiban. Sources say the two sides have been negotiating the terms of the split, which could be finalized as early as this week.”
The luxury house was founded in 1889 by Jeanne Lanvin, and Taiwan-based media magnate Shaw-Lan Wang is currently the principal owner. Lanvin has seen its sales erode for some time, falling to 162 million euros last year after reaching a peak of more than 230 million euros five years ago. Last year, the house posted its first loss in more than a decade. Neither Huiban nor Jarrar responded to requests for comment.
The French haute couture fashion designer (Bouchra Jarrar) launched her eponymous house in 2010 and earned the haute couture appellation in 2013. She signed on in 2016 to do a high jewelry collection for Mauboussin. She also held positions including studio director at Balenciaga and head of couture design for Christian Lacroix.
Photos Credit: Lanvin | Kacper Kasprzyk