Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring ’12. L.A.M.B. Pops With Color and Bold Prints

September 11, 2011 • Fashion Blog, Fashion Shows, New York Fashion Week Spring 2012, New York Fashion Week Spring ’12

Summary: As a vocalist and style icon, Gwen Stefani is renown for her downtown, street-inspired aesthetic. As a designer, she does well to infuse that same energy into her clothing line, L.A.M.B. Showing today at a very packed presentation in Lincoln Center, Stefani showed a 28-piece collection that, while cohesive in styling (the model’s twisted, top-knotted buns have been some of the best hair thus far), almost seemed to embrace three different sets of inspiration. There were a set of looks (a romper, and a capri pant/oversized tank blouse combo) whose design drew more from Indian culture and were built in muted tones like khaki and army green. These were significantly more casual than some of the collection’s other looks — with such a minimal presence, they seemed almost out of place amongst their brightly hued and printed counterparts.

But what Stefani knows best she does best, and her design aesthetic was strongest in her array of printed black and white ikat gowns and summer dresses. Her series of adventurous striped dresses and separates (a long black maxi with a cobalt strip up the center, sheer sleeves, and slits up both sides was a personal favorite) are gorgeous; their diaphanous shapes and bold colors would flatter many a figure.

Ultimately, the collection stands out for its styling. As I moved throughout the presentation, the vast majority of viewers were ogling the accessories: a red clutch with mini folds sewn to the top flap for fingers; layer upon layer of gold studded bracelets and rings; intricately designed collar necklaces that draped down the rib cage; and thick, high-heeled strappy sandals in various shades and designs — punctuating each look with a pop of color.

While there may be some inconsistencies throughout the collection, there’s no question that overall it was a hit and the result of passionate design. Ever the crowd pleaser, this season Stefani’s L.A.M.B. is no exception.

Colors: Electric blue, black, white, yellow, grey, tomato, coral, cobalt blue, bone, metallic, elephant, red, seafoam green, orange, gold, khaki, army green

Fabrics and Textures: Knit, crochet, checked, chiffon, ruffles, silk, lambskin leather, woven, plaid, vinyl, animal print, quilting, ribbing, twill, linen, ruching, marling, eyelet, sandwashing

Key Looks: Back bow draped chiffon cocoon dress with Alejandra shoe in electric blue; maxi column dress with cobalt front stripe and high splits at the sides with the Morisa shoe in black and the Khasi satchel in yellow vinyl; fully beaded cotton eyelet jumpsuit with Indian influence and the Alma shoes in grey; ruffled sleeveless blouse with crunch collar and paper bag waist with a full mini skirt in an engineered print, with Mollie shoe in black.

— Amanda Aldinger


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