Reggae and Harajuku influences, menswear inspired looks and lots of prints are what we’ve come to expect over the years from Gwen Stefani‘s L.A.M.B. line, but this season she showed her versatility as a fashion designer at one of the last shows for fall 2011 at Lincoln Center on Thursday, Feb. 17, in New York.
The show opened to a projected helicopter landing, as “Soldier Girls” donning diaphanous camouflage tops and bottoms, boiled wool trench coats and aviator jackets and shades made their way down. Second scene’s Rasta “Ragga Muffin Girls” were anything but, as cleaned up reggae-colored getups in Navajo tribal print maxi dresses stood alongside intellectual-inspired, preppy ties and sweaters.
Although not a complete, cohesively timelined show, each group had its own retro style scheme, like “London Girls,” ’70s school-girl-meets-menswear plaids and “Buffalo Girls” clean tailored and streamlined looks topped off with ’60s “Clockwork Orange” inspired headwear.
Stefani’s usual androgynous looks were present but her over-the-top feminine ensembles, as seen in the last two sets, “Mod Girls” and, her Gwen look-alike “Glamour Girls,” were sexy and sophisticated. Even taking cues from the haute couture fashion house with Chanel inspired houndstooth, it’s easy to see that Stefani has taken her fashion line up a notch. By toning down the previously overdone red, yellow and green motif, as well as the Asian-inspired schoolgirl outfits, she took her fans through adolescence, leaving them with a mature and classy wardrobe.
For the first time, Stefani’s L.A.M.B. line wasn’t just the visual expression of her girlish music, but rather, an ostensibly talented conglomeration of easily wearable looks for nearly any stylish woman. Check out some of my favorite looks in the gallery below.
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