Say the name Marissa Webb to the average fashion enthusiast and chances are, they will have never heard of her. But in reality, Webb is already an influence in the general fashion market and you’re probably even familiar with her personal stamp of style. She is the former head of women’s design for J. Crew, having been with the company since 2000. In her years at the helm of womenwear for the company, Webb became almost as much of a face of the brand as creative head, Jenna Lyons. And now, having left J.Crew in 2011, Webb has ventured out on her own.
For spring, she’s launching the Marissa Webb Collection, complete with a presentation during New York Fashion Week. And if you expected Web’s new collection to echo the signature preppy undertones of J. Crew, you’ll be quite mistaken. “I have a tutu obsession,” Webb told WWD. Her debut collection slated for the runway is a melange of edgy, rocker tomboy and frou frou girly. Skinny cargo jeans, tie-neck blouses, boyish blazers, a leather motorcycle vest and gauzy silk skirts and dresses comprise her racks, crafted out of Italian fabrics, French lace and buttery leathers.
But despite the glaring differences in aesthetic, Webb says she hasn’t strayed from her roots. “A lot of people ask me, ‘Will your collection look like J. Crew?,’” she says. “The honest answer is, in my mind, no. But after being at J. Crew for 11 years, a lot of my own personal aesthetic is in J. Crew because that was my job. The same things that influenced me then influence me now.” The pricepoint will exceed that of the typical J.Crew lineup, with wholesale prices ranging from $125 for a T-shirt to $325 for a blazer to $1,500 for limited-edition dresses. Although a seasoned veteran to the world of mass-produced fashion, Webb definitely stand out as one to watch in the emerging designer scene.
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