With a nickname like shark, emerging designer Marissa Webb is sure to make a splash in the fashion scene. With a degree from the Fashion Institute of Technology and a resume that boasts experience at companies including Polo Ralph Lauren and Club Monaco, the designer was bound for success.
The former head of women’s design for J. Crew is certainly someone to watch this season as she steps out on her own and onto the catwalk to debut her inaugural collection at New York Fashion Week this fall.
Webb’s style, recently described as a blend of tomboy edge with a girly twist, promises to flaunt an edgier attitude in an array of pieces with inspiration from her past projects as well as a hint of her self-proclaimed “tutu obsession.”
Those familiar with her work at J. Crew have wondered if her debut collection will resemble the preppy-chic style so rooted in the J. Crew wares. Webb’s answer: “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.”
A combination of simple silhouettes and fabulous fabrics, WWD hints that Webb’s collection is just that—a mixture of J. Crew-esque staples and some daring statement pieces thrown in for a combo that will speak to every fashionable lady.
With Italian fabrics, French lace, and luxe leathers gracing her designs, in our mind, she can’t go wrong. Skinny cargo jeans, tie-neck blouses, and boyish blazers aren’t the only thing up Webb’s sleeve. According to WWD, her collection will also feature a few rock n’ roll pieces including a leather motorcycle vest and an array of layered silk skirts.
The fact that she’s fresh blood on the catwalk isn’t the only reason we’re keeping our eye on Webb. She’s proven her talents over the past 11 years at her post within J. Crew, helping transform the women’s wear aesthetic to anything but tame prep.
Experience isn’t the only thing Webb gained from her past – over the years Webb’s also accumulated a few friends in the business. Among those rooting for her success is Bedrock Manufacturing Company, which now holds a minority stake in Webb’s business. One of Bedrock’s fashion ventures, the multi-brand retailer Steven Alan, will also be handling Webb’s sales.
The collection is set to hit stores next spring. Until then, keep an eye out for the shark on the runway.