NYFW: MARISSA WEBB S/S2014

Korean-born designer Marissa Webb’s signature collection is still relatively new, having launched this past February. But she immediately caught the attention of high-end retailer Barney’s of New York and the subsequent success of her line made tickets to her show this afternoon a highly sought-after prize. As word spread that actress Alyssa Milano was sitting front row, even more people strained to cram into the standing-room-only event.

Ms. Webb cut her designer’s teeth at JCrew for more than a decade so there’s an expectation that what she presents will be largely wearable and she did not disappoint with her spring/summer 2014 collection. Starting the show, she teased with a bit of pink, but moved quickly from that to a bright red that brings its own heat to cooler spring nights. The looks are very feminine, even seductive at times.

Webb follows the red with more sedate earth tones and styles that are only a couple steps removed from what we might find in a JCrew catalog. Chic cropped jackets and tapered trousers deliver a comfortable, casual look that is going to look good in just about any environment.

Along the way one finds blues and lemon yellow but the real attraction in the depth of the collection is the tweed. We tend to think of tweed as a fall/winter fabric, but Webb has found a lighter application that is appealing and attractive. From asymmetrical skirts to tunic covers and short shorts, the tweed adds the perfect element of sophistication that keeps the styles from slipping into just another sportswear line.

Marissa Webb has created a line of clothing that I think would be very much appreciated throughout the Midwest. Unfortunately, one is not likely to find the label in the local stores. Marissa Webb is available at Barneys New York in New York, Los Angeles, Beverly Hills, San Francisco, Chicago and Japan, Steven Alan in New York and San Francisco, Gretta Sloane in Oklahoma, and Zoe in New Jersey. Why Oklahoma? I’ve no idea, but if you don’t live close to one of these stores, you might want to consider a road trip.

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