We were obnoxiously proud to get a ticket to the L.A.M.B. show this year for fashion week, and judging by the crowd, it was obviously the show that no one wanted to miss. Those with “standing” tickets were ushered into a separate line more than 20 feet away from those who had seat assignments….and once the initial seating rush subsided, the latecomers with “standing” tickets started oozing by security in their retail-priced L.A.M.B. stilettos – Much to the dismay of the people who were first in the standing line, like moi. This meant that by the time the standing peons were let in, the first “row” of standing attendees had already snuck in without waiting and filed behind the last row of seated guests. In other words….It was hard to see, y’all.
Since virtually everyone my age can claim to be a Gwen fan, I will start by saying I was a fan of Gwen’s costume design when she first started with No Doubt. Audiences clamored over her cute little outfits, but few knew that the Gwenster made all of her outfits herself. I was such a fan of her first collaboration with Le Sportsac, I bought several pieces by her, and still troll the original designs on eBay once and a while.
Although Gwen’s Spring 2011 collection of L.A.M.B. is far more sophisticated than the initial launch of her brand years back through Le Sportsac, her design aesthetic is definitely still as striking, and definitely still soaked with all that is cool.
The L.A.M.B. Spring 2011 line was full of gear perfect for an expensive vacation – There was patterned fabric in almost every look, whether it be ikat (a popular print in spring for a few designers), African-influenced, tie-dye, or ska-plaid. Many of these designs were bold not just in terms of fabric, but in silhouette as well, through use of multiple ruffles, low-slung crotches, and gravity-defying crop tops (or in some cases, only patterned bras).
There were a few of tie-dye pieces that seemed a bit too amorphous to be flattering on the average female, but besides that, my only complaint would be the fact that I don’t have the midriff appropriate to sport L.A.M.B.’s offerings.
The most stunning pieces were the printed mini-dresses and the all-over print suits. These striking wares were complemented by accessories, as a majority of the models were sent down the runway with stacked stilettos and cocked fedoras. Gwen, in essence, managed to transform the soul and bass of a dancehall vibe and translate that into an evening suit. Superb.
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