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Banana Republic Hires Marissa Webb

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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.

Photo: Indigitalimages.com 

A Fashionable Night In, Screwing Up For Fun And (Fashion) Profit, And More…

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Over in London, the fashion set celebrates Fashion’s Night In, with exclusive deals, live chats with designers, and get-it-first opportunities. Don’t know about you, but after Halloween, we could definitely use a night in. Let’s bring this one to the U.S., hmm? [Vogue U.K.]

Bloomingdale’s is known for its shopping bags—it’s Big Brown Bag is something of a modern icon—but for its latest revamp, the store has tapped a few of its nearest and dearest to put their own spin on the shoppers. Marc Jacobs, Tory Burch, Michael Kors, and Elie Tahari have all contributed new designs, which will begin rolling out next month. [WWD]

The half-glam, half-casual look that’s been a staple of the party circuit for months now finally has a name, courtesy of J.Crew head of women’s design Marissa Webb. (She’s contributed plenty of looks to the genre, like this Fall ’10 one, left.) Ladies, you’re wearing the “intentional screw-up”—yes, it sounds a little bit boarding-school-girl-gone-bad, and yes, we kinda like that about it. [WSJ]

And speaking of boarders-gone-bad, Ryan McGinley hit San Francisco recently for a new show of photos of attractive, young, naked twenty-somethings. Hey, if it ain’t broken… [Hint Mag]

Photo: Courtesy of J.Crew