L.A.M.B. Spring 2012 Review

L.A.M.B. Spring 2012

Photos courtesy of L.A.M.B.

Looks from the L.A.M.B. Spring 2012 presentation

Show: L.A.M.B.

Theme: The Rat Pack, graphics, and the Maharaja

Accessories: Bags by Artisan House, shoes by Titan, and jewelry by Noir for L.A.M.B.

Hair: Danilo for Pantene

Makeup: Charlotte Williams for Maybelline

Overall Takeaway: A romp through Gwen Stefani's personal wardrobe

The big question regarding this season's L.A.M.B. presentation was whether people would attend. It was previously reported that designer Gwen Stefani would likely be a no-show—she's finishing up her latest record with No Doubt, so one had to wonder if the clothes would be enough of a draw. The answer: a resounding yes. The venue (the studio at Lincoln Center) was over capacity 20 minutes into the showing.

With two lines of editors, writers, fans and more flocking to see the collection, it was a chaotic scene. But after a solid 35-minute wait, the crowd pushed forward and we entered into the room. Panic inducing? Yes. But let's talk about the clothes shall we?

Stefani is strongest when she designs for herself. The star's style is notable, fun, and a look many a girl has emulated. And the Spring 2012 collection is very much in that vein. Printed jumpsuits (with a loose, forgiving fit and tapered, cropped leg) paired with bright, chunky heels could have easily walked off the set of one of her music videos.

A ruffled tuxedo shirt offered up a more demure take when paired with pants in the same print as the aforementioned one-piece, while an animal-print combo (matching top and pants) was fun and looked like something straight out of the designer's own closet. In fact, the strongest pieces were those that screamed Stefani. Even the loose fitting green trousers were very much on par with her personal style.

Guess we didn't miss Gwen after all—she was definitely there in spirit.