RUN THE WORLD
Three reasons why designer Marie Holman-Rao is our summer girl crush.
1. Her career success is insanely inspiring. As the president of Banana Republic, she helped oversee the retailer’s transition from safari specialist to modern mega-brand. She also launched Pink, the bestselling Victoria’s Secret label that gave the world sweats emblazoned with “Pink” on the behind. (“I took a picture of a woman in the airport once and thought, ‘How did I ever let this happen?’”) Holman-Rao’s current gig is chief creative officer of 424 Fifth, a brand-new private label from Hudson’s Bay and Lord & Taylor. 2. Her debut 424 Fifth collection is filled with super-covetable pieces—tank dresses, midiskirts, sweet sweaters with French bulldogs on them—that move effortlessly from office to terrace. “We always put what to wear to work first,” says Holman-Rao. “It’s an essential concern for modern women.” 3. Her own girl crush is supremely worthy. Who is it? “Beyoncé,” she says, her eyes widening. “And all the amazing women in my life, of course. But Beyoncé— yes.”