Tomboy in a Tutu
American designer Marissa Webb showcased her Spring/Summer 2014 women’s collection for the very first time on a runway during New York Fashion Week. Her third collection as an independent designer not only continued with the study between hard and soft nuances, but also between feminine silhouettes and masculine detailing. Webb’s designs were strong and structured, but still relatable to the everyday woman.
The keyboard twang of Class Actress’s ‘Let Me In’ started the show as the first model stepped out in a blush pink silk petal top, full mini skirt, and green lace-up heels. Webb utilized luxurious crepes and rich Italian fabrics for her flirty everyday girl.
While the show may have begun on a sweet note, it was quickly injected with a rock ‘n roll edge. Ladyhawke’s indie rock song ‘Gone Gone Gone’ pulsated within the tent. With full orange lips and tousled hair, models sported waist-defining skirts and torso-hugging corsets. Dashes of electric crimson were seen. The girls, now grittier, strutted on the runway with leather jackets on their backs and fatigue green pants at their hips.
As a seasoned J. Crew veteran, Webb applied her knowledge of pretty schoolgirl rock in an array of tweed jackets and asymmetric skirts with tulle. These garments were balanced with floral silk blouses and topped off with black ties. One thing is certain: Webb clearly understands the female body as she did everything she could to accentuate the waist with a ribbon or bring drama to legs with sweet, short dresses.
“There was a great use of colour in this collection,” commented Samantha Peterson, merchandise buyer. “I love the lime green charchuse and the leather detailing. Marissa’s clothes are very wearable.”
The show came to a close with the hypnotically soothing voices of Haim in their song ‘Better Off’. From sweet to edgy, the Marissa Webb girl is a tomboy at heart. Black leather is styled on top of white mini dresses. Athletic cuts are spiced up with low V-necks or silk ruffles.
The jewellery featured in the show was courtesy of Yael Sonia Fine jewellery, which included cocktail rings, and hammered onyx and quartz pendants as necklaces tied with leather cords and gold chains.
Words / Sheri Chiu
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