Banana Republic has a new designer, and in case it isn’t obvious from these spanking-new pictures of the brand’s Summer 2015 collection, she used to work at J.Crew.
Marissa Webb, who designed for Polo Ralph Lauren and Club Monaco before spending 10 years at J.Crew, debuted her highly-anticipated first collection for Banana Republic this week. And thank goodness. Though BR has always been a reliable source for clean-cut work staples, the overall assortment has been increasingly lackluster lately. Safe, but boring.
Looks like all that is changing with Webb in the house. Webb’s Banana is filled with pieces that, while still wearable for work, are also much more cool. The designer has injected the brand’s classics pieces—button-downs, a-line skirts, safari jackets—with tons of personality in the form of high-contrast prints, bright solid hues, and laser-cut textures.
Webb’s also added plenty of new, on-trend silhouettes to the mix: oversized moto jackets, boxy-sleeved oxford shirts, sleeveless trenches, and even (gasp!) wide-leg culotte pants.
Accessories also got a jolt of energy; the leather purses in ice cream hues are especially appealing, as are the black-and-white high heel sandals and airy lace-up flats.
Best of all, none of it is too wild. It’s on-trend and definitely much more exciting than recent past seasons, but still highly wearable. These are the kind of pieces that are nondescript enough to easily mix into your wardrobe—but still fresh enough to add a little pizazz. Which, ultimately, is exactly the way Banana Republic should be.
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