Marissa Webb was as obsessive-compulsive about the details of her presentation this morning as she was at her fashion week debut last season, but she has reason to be newly confident. Jenna Lyons' former wingman at J.Crew now has floor space at Barneys to call her own—the department store threw a dinner in her honor last week. More important, this was no sophomore slump. "We're getting the fits nailed down," she said. And she was right on that account.
It's tempting to say pants are Webb's strong suit. She had very high-waisted trousers that she promised really suck you in, as well as cool motorcycle pants in denim and leather. She also cut them in a royal blue Italian wool, which changed the look; they were still edgy, yet also elegant. But double-breasted jackets with slightly built-out hips looked really sharp too. Webb modeled one herself in charcoal gray; the effect was more English countryside than urban when she cut another one in a red and blue plaid with black leather trim. Webb loves a popover top, and she showed a couple in tweedy black and white with leather insets. They have the polish of a blazer without the strictness, and we can't say we've seen a lot of them elsewhere in Barneys.
A sweet silk-wool dress with French lace details had less to distinguish it from a lot of other things on the selling floors. It's still early days for Webb, so it's smart to stay diversified. "I don't ever want to be just one thing," she said. Still, our money is on the masculine, tougher side of her Fall story.