For her Spring 2012 presentation at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Gwen Stefani gave us an eclectic mix of RTW garments with her signature touch. The L.A.M.B. collection was broken down into three parts according to Stefani who did not attend the presentation to the disappointment of her many fans who stood on a long line to enter the venue.
Widely recognized for her trend setting personal style and natural elegance Gwen Stefani created L.A.M.B., an acronym for Love Angel Music Baby out of her love of design and fashion. The brand is defined by Gwen’s innate sense of style which often features a playful juxtaposition between classic hollywood movie star glamour and more modern and casual street influences.
“The first is a Rat Pack group that is very black and white and quite graphic.” said Gwen is speaking of her presentation. The IKAT prints and mod, retro looks gave off a vibe of the cool girl hanging out on a spring evening. Some of my personal favorites were the slouchy jumpsuits with cargo pockets worn with large satchel bags, easy to wear and to transition from one season to the next in. Quilted motorcycle jackets in lambskin leather mixed in a little punk rock. The silhouette was one of easy street style that could be seen in NYC or on a california surfer girl.
“The second [motif] we’re calling High Voltage because there are lots of bright electric colors.” The towering sky-high platform sandals certainly added some high voltage power to the collection. The colors scheme was cobalt blue, tomato red, coral, black and electric blue. There were bold colored short and billowing maxi dresses in horizontal, vertical and zig-zag stripes.
The last theme that influenced the collection was “Maharaja – an Indian inspiration – loosely weaves in and out.” The heavy gold necklaces had a luxurious indian cultural feel to them. The fully beaded cotton eyelet jumpsuit paid homage to the indian influence.
This is a show where the hair, makeup and nails have to be discussed. The hair was styled up into sky-high buns with ponytail extensions woven in. “We love the black hair. We love the kohl. And we love that whole exotic element,” said Danilo, lead hairstylist for Pantene. The models were given cat eyes not unlike what we see on Gwen herself quite often. There was plenty of mascara and black eyeliner used by Makeup artist Charlotte Willer for Maybelline. The nails were painted with Essie’s Bobbing for Bubbles furthering playing up the rat pack vibe.
The jewelry was by n0ir for L.A.M.B.
It was a nice departure to view a collection that was simply RTW separates that could be in anyone’s closet from season to season.