Marissa Webb Fall/Winter 2016

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There are two types of designers: the ones who take inspiration from almost psychopathic places and twist it into art that we barely understand, none the could less fathom wearing minus a model-thin figure, and those who think about real women and create clothes around their real needs. Marissa Webb is of the latter breed. She has this incredible talent for pulling together opposites and fusing them into beautifully layered ensembles. This season, Webb focused on the dichotomy between masculine and feminine elements for a compelling take on trans-seasonal dressing- arguable the most talked about trend of 2016. Take a springy, floral dress in featherlight chiffon for example- it was shown on the runway with a perfectly tailored jacket, wool scarf, and knee-high boots to make it a viable option for colder months, but can be restyled with loose locks and flat sandals for warmer ones to come. Elsewhere, military-style jackets and pants strengthened jaunty lace, and motorcycle pieces crafted from rich leather made preppy checks feel slightly devilish. All of these aesthetics could be translated into a certain type of costumer- the biker-chick, the 70’s daydreamer- but what makes Webb so unique is that she throws them together with ease to represent the many facets in every woman. While the designer’s stylistic influences change show after show, her brand’s principle remains constant: chic clothes meant to be dissected and rearranged to represent a full wardrobe.


The Chic Peak

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