Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B Spring 2012 Collection is Hot Like the Maharaja Desert
Despite the absence of singer-turned-designer Gwen Stefani, who is currently in the studio recording the No Doubt’s new album, the L.A.M.B Spring 2012 collection was still on lively display during New York Fashion Week. Opting for a presentation rather than her usual, larger than life and star-studded runway shows, the showcase was less exciting but allowed attendees a closer, more detailed look at the bold, colorful designs.
An interesting take on the typical presentation, models were proped up on elevated white platforms arranged in a circle, with violet neon lights streaming around the room. Stefani’s go-to guy on the one’s and two’s, DJ Jeremy Healy, curated the music for the presentation with a comprehensive mix of hip hop, reggae, and pop that was as vibrant as Stefani’s collection. A track that had the collection’s onlookers head bobbing was the heavy bass remix of “Hold the Line” by Major Lazer, who happens to be the producer of No Doubt’s new LP.
This season, Stefani drew inspiration from three distinct themes, the “Rat Pack” group, Indian women of Maharaja, and the Mod vespa culture. Somehow, despite their typical clashing aesthetics, Stefani incorporated many details which kept the collection fluid, as she does for her own style of course. Many of the L.A.M.B signature styles were evident in the cargo-style jackets and pants, printed maxi-dresses, flared mini-skirts, and sexy jumpsuits. Similar to what we’ve seen in the past, bold patterns, candy-colored stripes, high-voltage hues, and black-and-white combinations dominated the color palate.
Completing the design’s ensembles were chunky platformed heels, tribal statement jewelry, and handbags which consisted of large travel totes and chic tiny clutches. Keeping in form, the beauty styles were as equally dynamic as the collection, with hair tied up in towering topknots and eyes shaded with jet black eyeliner.
While some might argue that her collections are predictable, or just an extension of her personal style, I would respectfully disagree and say that that’s what individuals look for in the L.A.M.B label. Despite musing from multi-cultural backgrounds for spring, Stefani’s designs complemented each other, made a statement, and remained utilitarian. In other words, it was a collection that was quintessentially Gwen.
Lauren Valenti is founder of fashion and music website, TheVogueVibes.com , as well as a Contributing Editor to the MyFDBlog during fashion week