– By Andrea Mestrovic –
We take note when big consumer brand executives leap out on their own; so, when fêted J.Crew alum, Marissa Webb, debuted her S/S13 collection, we were in the front row, with high expectations.
Webb studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York. Upon completing her degree, she joined J.Crew and spent the next twelve years perfecting her skills with the retail giant – most recently as the Head of Womenswear and Apparel Design.
For her debut collection, Webb successfully found the equilibrium between free flowing, feminine softness, and tailored, masculine architecture. The collection is unquestionably made for a certain type of woman – one who is confident, unique and has a strong sense of personal style. Her clothes are unadorned and straightforward, yet particularly commanding in conveying confidence. For Spring/Summer 2013 she gives her audience a blend of mischievous leather, dramatic prints, and lively sequence.
Webb’s inspiration board for her Spring 2013 debut collection. Photo courtesy of Shanna Ravindra.
Apart from the striking aureolin neon pieces, Webb presents a number of black and white separates that are easy to repeat-wear. One of our favorites in this collection are slim fit “Binta” leather moto shorts with side welt pockets and topstitch detail, paired with a whimsical, soft and sheer, snow white blouse. Another standout is the silk georgette “Ada” blouse with a double sash and french seams. The “Genevieve” jacket, made of Italian cotton linen, with a convertible shoulder peplum, also make our top pick list.
Marissa Webb presents a collection that is unforced, natural, and particularly easy to wear. The color codes she chose to work with are easily transferrable for Fall. We are thrilled about the launch of her new on-line shop and eager to see what she will be showing in the seasons to come.
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Andrea Mestrovic is a multi-lingual, multi-talented, but modest multi-tasker who has lived on both sides of the Atlantic. Andrea has a sure-footed instinct for discovering magnificent finds all over the globe. You can follow her on twitter @AndreaMestrovic or read all her posts on oliviapalermo.com/author/andrea