Fans of J.Crew's preppy meets fashion-forward aesthetic will be happy about this bit of news: the brand's former womenswear designer Marissa Webb was named the Creative Director at Banana Republic today. This big announcement comes shortly after Banana Republic revealed they'll be collaborating with Roland Mouret on a capsule collection, and both pieces of news are clear indicators that the brand is looking to up their fashion focus.
"I'm thrilled to be joining the extremely passionate, talented design and creative teams at Banana Republic," Webb said in a statement. "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. I'm excited to be joining Banana Republic and being able to make an impact for our modern customer."
Webb is most recently known for her own eponymous line, which she started in 2013 after leaving J.Crew. Her designs are loved by many A-listers, including Anna Kendrick, and the allure is obvious: Webb seamlessly combines modern, downtown elements with a classic preppy aesthetic. So needless to say, we can't wait to see what she has in store for Banana Republic. Look out for Webb's first collection in stores in fall 2015.