As I promised yesterday, here are the photos of the Banana Republic Spring 2015 collection designed by New York designer Marissa Webb. Formerly of J.Crew and with her own highly-coveted namesake line, I think a lot of us were waiting to see what she’d do with the wardrobe staple label.
I have to say that I really like the clothes. If you like Banana Republic, it’s simply a remix of silhouettes with which you’re already familiar but with an influx of Webb’s urban chic sensibilities. You’ll see a good mix of hard and soft, which is an old fashion editor trick that you see a lot in street style: structured vests with soft cotton scarves, leather jackets with eyelet dresses, military jackets with floating chiffon. It’s well-styled and it makes for a really versatile urban wardrobe. There’s plenty here for work and for play.
I have to say the handbags are really clean: unfussy, solid colors and shapes that translate well for a variety of events. The bags don’t walk into the room ahead of you and they compliment the wardrobe well. The shoes were to DIE FOR, though. I want all the shoes. I love the lower heels, I love the printed leather, the woven black-and-white huarache-like sandals with a stacked heel, and the pastel multicolored woven lace-up sandals are really gorgeous. See also: a good mix of flats.
Menswear was also well-represented (wouldn’t forget my gents!) and created a very easy collection without looking too relaxed. Linen separates, well-cut summer suiting, cuffed cotton pants, shorts – all looked incredibly sharp, but the collection really came to life with the accessories. Webb mixed in great messenger bags and totes along with scarves, ties and great shoes. It’s youthful and well constructed with just that little nod of prep.
I mean, male models.. Sigh…
But I digress. Check out photos from the presentation below and let me know what you think!