Three rea­sons why de­signer Marie Hol­man-Rao is our sum­mer girl crush.

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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.”

The amaz­ing Marie Hol­manRao. From far left: Cot­ton jacket, 424 Fifth ($199); cot­ton dress, 424 Fifth ($99). Both at Hud­son’s Bay, the­

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