Now in her third season, Marissa Webb has firmly established her rep beyond that of “former head designer of womenswear at J.Crew.”
Well, almost. The mischevious school girl vibe was a teeny reminscent of the retail giant’s signature aesthetic–but Webb certainly put her own stamp on it. (Also, coming from me, comparisons to J.Crew are nothing but a compliment.)
Models sported slightly ratty hair, clipped back by visible bobby pins in a haphazard manner. It was perfect sulky teenager hair–the kind you see on sleepy-eyed school girls as they make their morning class. The clothes carried on that theme: There were crisp button up blouses worn with ties (sometimes under dresses), pleated skirts, and boxy blazers. Materials ran the gamut from tweed to perforated leather and silk.
Webb seemed intent on expanding eveningwear this season, offering up petal pink silk frocks and shirt and skirt combos at the beginning. Those were some of my favorite looks. The finale look, a black gown with leather harness, was probably the sexiest outfit on the runway. On the other hand, some of the frocks veered a little too close to prom territory for me.
Despite the school girl-vibe, there were some seriuouly grown-up looks: a lace top worn with a tweed pencil skirt (with leather panels), a lazer cut black tank dress, and sporty leather short shorts, were the height of sophistication. Ultimately, this is where Webb excels.