You can take the girl out of LA, but you can’t take the Chola out of the girl. And that is why I love Gwen Stefani’s L.A.M.B. collections. Though different themes inspire each of her collections, Gwen always gives it the Chola twist. For Spring 2012, Gwen Stefani was inspired by “Rat Pack, high voltage, and maharaja” and wanted to create items she wanted in her “dream closet.” (Style.com). I would say she succeeded.
High voltage pops of color like cobalt blue and red and intricate Maharaja-influenced patterns stood out against a neutral collection of black, white, beige and olive green. The Rat Pack element came through in many of the menswear inspired pieces and in the black and white foundation of the collection. My favorite pieces included jumpsuits, slouchy trousers, full skirts and a quilted bomber jacket. Beauty was kept pretty simple but it wouldn’t be a L.A.M.B. show without thick, black winged-out eyeliner (remember the Chola influence?). Hair looked effortlessly cool in messy up-dos, with black extensions mixed in, that looked like the models tossed up themselves. Stefani may have tried to create items for her dream closet – but I can think of a few other girls who wouldn’t mind having these pieces in their closet – including me!
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