As the former J.Crew VP of womenswear design, it's safe to say Marissa Webb has a black belt in creating irresistibly chic and effortlessly cool pieces for the everyday woman. Last year, the designer branched out on her own to create her very own namesake line launching in Spring '13. Her debut collection features modern, streamlined silhouettes highlighting tailored blazers, fun sequined tops, zipper-embellished trousers, and a lot of leather. The latter features a range of refreshing silhouettes like Bermuda shorts and a leather skirt and tulle that's nothing short of channeling Carrie Bradshaw in Sex and the City. Meanwhile, a smattering of silk bow blouses and peplum details add a ladylike tilt to her cool-cum-classic collection. We spoke to Marissa about the inspiration behind her debut namesake collection, who she wants to see wearing it, and her favorite piece(s). Read below to see what she has to say, then click on to see her Spring '13 lookbook.
On which celebrity she would like to see wearing her new collection: "I have to admit I have a serious girl crush on Cate Blanchett. I honestly think she could pull off a burlap sac. I would be beyond thrilled to see her in a Marissa Webb item."
On the kind of woman she envisioned while designing her collection: "The woman I have in mind is confident, unique, and has a really great sense of her own personal style. I admire a strong, independent woman that also has a sense of humor about herself."
On the one piece from her collection she thinks every woman should own: "I think there's an item for everyone in this first collection. There are a number of leather styles that I personally love, like the Murphy leather tutu skirt. This item embodies both the soft and hard, the contrast that the Marissa Webb label is about. There are also many items that feel a bit more 'classic' that I think works well into any wardrobe."
Source: Marissa Webb