What’s cool, cut­ting edge and im­por­tant.

Marissa Webb’s stylish takeover.

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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.”

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