April 16 2014

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Banana Republic Hires Marissa Webb


Marisa WebbEarlier today, Gap Inc. announced the newest addition to its executive team at Banana Republic: New York-based designer Marissa Webb. In her role as creative director and executive vice president of design, Webb—who spent more than a decade at J.Crew before launching her eponymous label—will guide Banana Republic’s overall creative direction, as well as lead global product design for the men’s, women’s, and accessories departments. She will report to Jack Calhoun, the global president.

Over the past few seasons, Webb has become known for her high-low, edgy-tomboy sensibility (she did help craft that signature “J.Crew look,” after all), so we’re curious to see how she mixes things up at the mass retailer. “I’m thrilled to be joining the extremely passionate, talented design and creative teams at Banana Republic,” she said. “The brand has such a beautiful history, which I truly admire. This is an amazing opportunity for me to combine my unique vision with a brand that has such a strong legacy.”

Gap Inc. also intends to join M Webb LLC’s minority investors by investing in Webb’s label, which is available in more than thirty stores around the world. Calhoun will work as a strategic partner for Webb and will help her further develop her business.

Webb’s first collection for Banana Republic is expected to hit stores in the summer of 2015.


Exclusive: A First Look at the Entire Nike x PIGALLE Collection


Basketball brought them together, and today has an exclusive first look at the collaborative collection from Nike and Pigalle (also known as PPP—Pain O ChoKolat, Pigalle Paris, Pompon).

Sticking to the basics—sneakers, shorts, tanks—the Nike x PPP Collection is as straightforward as it gets, containing all the things ballplayers need and nothing they don’t.

Now for the specifics: There will be two version of the Air Force 1—one AF1 Hi and one AF1 Low—made in leather with a waxed coating that will age nicely with time, and a transparent outsole covering the geometric design of a coach’s play drawing. The rest of the collection is comprised of two tank tops, two pairs of shorts, a hat, and a ball. The garments are tie-dyed, faded, and distressed to create imperfections that will mimic the wear on the sneakers.

“I wanted to take the shoe and make it alive,” says Stéphane Ashpool, a founding member of the PPP crew. “When you put the shoe on, you see the story, so I wanted to relate the patina, the way of dyeing and the texture together so it has the feeling of life.” The varnished and tie-dyed treatments used throughout the collection represent the character of a well-worn court.

Everything will be available at Dover Street Market on April 26.






Photo: Courtesy Nike

The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show Is Coming to London


vsfashion27This morning, Adriana Lima announced that the next Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show will be held in London. “The Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show is the biggest fashion event in the world,” she said during the press conference, which took place at the Victoria’s Secret Bond Street store. Lima was accompanied by fellow Angel Candice Swanepoel and Ed Razek, the company’s chief marketing officer, who said the brand has wanted to show in London since 1998.

The show will be held at Earls Court Exhibition Centre on December 2. But the real question on everyone’s mind is: Will the royal family be in attendance?

Photo: Tommy Ton

Dior Decamps to Brooklyn



Move over, Alexander Wang. There’s a new must-see designer taking over the Brooklyn Navy Yard. WWD reports that Dior has opted to show its Resort ’15 collection at the outer-borough venue (taking place on May 7). “We wanted the show to feel very New York, and the Navy Yard’s view and space captures the city,” explained a spokesperson for the quintessentially French house. Having flashbacks to the post-Wang traffic jams? Don’t fret. Dior will be offering round trips via car and—quite appropriately—ferry. Nothing says “resort” like cruising across the East River after a can’t-miss runway romp.

Photo: Getty Images 

For New Jewelry Line Uribe, Family Matters



In an industry oft focused on fast fashion and the next big thing, it’s nice to see a brand that pulls its inspiration from its founders’ rich family heritage. Launched by husband-and-wife duo, American-Chilean designer Tiffany and branding and advertising whiz Sion Phillips, Uribe is a London-based jewelry label defined by the pair’s diverse backgrounds, their travels, and their traditions. “We both come from families with family businesses, so we always had this idea that we were going to do something together,” the designers explained. “We discussed for a long time what kind of business we wanted to create—what company culture and structure we wanted. Jewelry was almost the thing that came after the ethos of the brand.” Tiffany spent years working at Chanel and Kenzo before meeting Sion in Paris, moving to London, and setting up shop with him. In the debut collection, the pieces display elements of both their kin as well as their own history together—Sion’s family’s background in medical instruments are mirrored in the two-tone metal treatments; Tiffany’s South American roots can be traced in the use of the semiprecious lapis lazuli and the enameled black; white graphic zigzags are a nod to Sion’s career in graphic design. And then there’s the name, Uribe, which is Tiffany’s Chilean maiden name. Adding an element of fun and games rather than simply adorning the body, the necklaces have what look like little faces, and each features details like hooks, twists, and loops that allow the wearer to really make the accessories their own.

The collection can be found on and will be available at Net-a-Porter and My Wardrobe.

Photo: Courtesy Photo