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Bouchra Jarrar focusing on new ventures following Lanvin exit

Bouchra Jarrar focusing on new ventures following Lanvin exit

Bouchra Jarrar is set to focus on "new projects" after confirming her exit from Lanvin.

The French designer announced she was leaving the fashion house after just 16 months as artistic director on Thursday (06Jul17), with both parties releasing statements following rumours of conflict between Jarrar and chief executive officer Michele Huiban.

Speaking on behalf of owner Shaw-Lan Wang, the brand stated, "Madame Wang wishes to thank Bouchra Jarrar, who since her arrival brought her talent to serve the company. Bouchra Jarrar thanks Madame Wang for her trust. She wishes most particularly to acknowledge the work of the teams with who she collaborated to express creativity and French know-how. Bouchra Jarrar will now concentrate on new projects."

Jarrar also shared some final words as she departed Lanvin, telling WWD, "It's been an honour to work for the oldest haute couture house, and I have a great admiration for Jeanne Lanvin, the founder. A chapter is coming to an end, another one will come. Creation is my engine."

It's not yet known what other ventures Jarrar is concentrating on and her replacement has yet to be confirmed.

However, WWD claims there a several names being eyed up for the role, including Christelle Kocher, creative director at both Koche and Maison D'Art Lemarie. Fellow French designer Olivier Lapidus, who specialises in couture, is also thought to be in the running.

Jarrar's departure comes after Alber Elbaz's shock exit in March 2016, with it believed he didn't see eye to eye with Huiban either. It's also thought he sparred with Wang due to his desire for her to sell her majority stake in Lanvin, which has seen a decline in sales over the last two years, with Jarrar's employment within the company in 2016 failing to make an impact on profits.

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