If you don’t already know Tao Okamoto, the Japanese model and actress, now is the time. Okamato, along with her boyfriend Tenzin Wild, will be featured in “The New Look of Banana Republic” campaign, under the direction of newly appointed creative director and EVP of design, Korean American Marissa Webb.
The campaign, which has just been released, features “effortless cool, blending easy-wearing pieces and textures” according to Wall Street Journal. Webb also told WSJ in an interview, “It’s been exciting for me to work with the fall collection and push the fashion component even further through styling. I’m excited to share what we’ve been working on and the direction we are headed.”
Okamoto has walked for just about every major designer in the industry including Alexander Wang, Chanel, Fendi, Louis Vuitton and many more. She is also no stranger to fashion campaigns, once the face of Ralph Lauren and appearing in ads for Dolce & Gabbana and Kenzo. She’s also been featured in fashion spreads for international editions of Harper’s Bazaar and Vogue.
Together with boyfriend Tenzin Wild, the EIC and co-founder of The Last Magazine, the two make a very stunning and stylish power couple, whom we all very much envy.
Here are some of their best looks together:
The couple pictured here with French model Camille Rowe-Pourcheresse
Story by Steve Han.
Mega-brand Banana Republic has hired Marissa Webb, a former womenswear designer at J. Crew, as its new creative director and executive vice president of design, it was reported in the Los Angeles Times this week.
Webb replaces Simon Kneen, who was in charge of the store’s design department from 2009 to 2013, during which time the retailer lost ground to competitors J. Crew, H&M and others. Gap Inc., Banana Republic’s parent company, revealed earlier this week in its financial reports that the retailer’s sales declined by 4 percent from the year before.
A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, Webb was adopted by an American family from Korea at age 4. She also previously worked for Polo and Club Monaco. In 2011, she launched her own eponymous label, a casual contemporary clothing line that is sold at retailers like Barneys New York.
“I’m thrilled to be joining the extremely passionate, talented design and creative teams at Banana Republic,” Webb said, according to the Fashion Times. “This is an amazing opportunity for me to combine my unique vision with a brand that has such a strong legacy.”
Established in 1978 in San Francisco, Banana Republic has more than 600 stores in 32 countries around the world.
Webb’s first collection for Banana Republic will debut in the summer of 2015.
This story was originally published in iamkoream.com.