see the slideshow ›view full screen ›NEW YORK, September 16, 2010
By Matthew Schneier
L.A.M.B. has always grooved to an Afro-Caribbean beat—this is Gwen Stefani we’re talking about here, who reintroduced ska to Top 40 listeners in the nineties—but this season, Stefani went all in. For Spring, L.A.M.B. is all about prints, prints, and prints, preferably of the vaguely African persuasion. “Prints,” Stefani said backstage before the show, “are really hard to do and really hard to wear.”
If she and her stylists found them tough, it didn’t show. They piled them on with haphazard abandon, both in contrast and in concert, cycling through African and ikat options, then shirting plaids and tie-dye before it all was done. Of the options proposed, Stefani’s preferred drop-crotch carrot trousers were probably the best. But scarcely a style was left unexplored. If the collection didn’t especially cohere, no matter. The show did—around its patroness and star. There are plenty of people out there (each one armed with a camera phone, judging by tonight’s crowd) for whom Gwenliness is next to godliness. Stefani just gave them 47 new ways to slip it on.
Punk rock princess-turned-designer Gwen Stefani wrapped up New York Fashion Week with a rocking runway show last night for her L.A.M.B. Spring 2011 collection. Before the show started, sons Kingston and Zuma, husband Gavin Rossdale and No Doubt bandmates Tony Danal and Tom Duman hung out backstage with Stefani. Front row celebrities included Debbie Harry, Mel B (wearing a black L.A.M.B. catsuit), rap mogul Russell Simmons and fellow designer Christian Siriano. “I feel like a lot of people, me included, have been wearing a lot of black, white and gray, so we decided to go really colorful. [This collection] is kind of this dance-all African queen,” she told us. It’s fun to have all those prints and I think prints are definitely hard to do and do them good, but we really pulled it off with this collection.” We loved the eclectic mix of maxi skirts, harem pants, T-shirts and crop tops, all styled in Stefani’s signature style. But the moment that really stole the show? When a leather jacket clad Kingston hopped up on stage during the finale to congratulate his mommy.