What’s cool, cutting edge and important.
Marissa Webb’s stylish takeover.
Marissa Webb, who launched her own line last year after leaving J.Crew, is bringing her cool-girl style to Banana Republic as its new creative director. She tells us about her first collection, for spring/sum
mer 2015, which lands in stores this month. What were you most excited about when you joined Banana Republic? “I have fond memories
of going shopping with my father at Banana Republic. I was excited to dig in and give it a new voice and personality. Even when you’re wearing a button-up, you can still have personality.” What was the starting point for your first collection? “I didn’t create a mood board—I got in the car and drove out to the beach to take photographs. The colours came from the sunsets, the
beach and the blues of the ocean.” What are the collection’s key pieces? “A great transitional item, something you can throw on at
night, like the chambray blazer. I also love the violet tunic top. And our men’s soft-wash shirts—
I personally picked up a lot of those.” What modern icon do you think has the best style? “You’re going to think I’m completely crazy, but it’s Pharrell! Every time I see him, I think ‘I would totally wear that.’ I love hats; I have a huge collection.
And I own more bow ties than most men.” What have you learned from designing your own line that you’re bringing with you to Banana Republic? “It’s okay to make mistakes; it’s okay to say ‘I messed up, but I’m learning from it.’ It encourages people to take risks and try something new.
It’s a journey—we have many things to learn.”