Marissa Webb, global creative director of Banana Republic since April 2014, has carried forward the brand’s heritage while also infusing it with her own cool-girl aesthetic. For spring, she was inspired by a recent trip to Marrakech — and the result was a dash of spice added into the mix. For her women’s collection, she played with color and texture. It was feminine and fun at the same time.
Webb showed plenty of great summer dresses that were girly and sweet, including a sun dress with eye-catching printed floral bands. Denim came a variety of ways from distressed jeans to a crop top with frayed trim. Webb really pushed the collection forward with a bra top and full skirt look, a men’s wear-striped shirt paired with lace trousers and a jeweled top and striped pant combo. For women who look to Banana Republic for their work wardrobe, she offered a classic pinstripe blazer, a seersucker pantsuit and plenty of men’s wear-inspired shirts.
Much like the women’s looks, the men’s wear offering felt youthful, but it didn’t veer too far from the brand’s heritage. Webb said the design team continues to play with suits. The silhouettes were slimmer, the pant hems were shorter and the styling was more relaxed.
One of the strongest looks was a linen suit that was paired with a khaki trenchcoat — which looked perfectly worn — and white sneakers. Prints, which ranged from ditzy floral patterns to an ikat motif, were a nice update to shirts, shorts and chinos.