L.A.M.B. Fall 2012 Review

L.A.M.B. Fall 2012 runway

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


HAIR: Danilo at the Wall Group

MAKEUP: Charlotte Willer for Maybelline New York

ACCESSORIES: Jewelry by nOir by L.A.M.B., eyewear from Morgenthal Frederics, oversized bags for downtown—and uptown—girls on the go

OVERALL TAKEAWAY: Gwen Stefani sticks to what she does best, fusing '60s tailored chic with '90s slouchy patterns, giving her girls—the arbiters of cool—what they want.

If there was any doubt as to what was on Gwen Stefani's mind when she took to designing the L.A.M.B. Fall 2012 collection, look no further than the obvious signifiers at the presentation. Black and white snapshots of iconic New York (with noticeable repeats of Madison Avenue signs) coupled with close-ups of girls getting eye makeup applied topped a white backdrop where the models sauntered in front of oversized movie studio lights, while Nancy Sinatra tunes interspersed with rap jams kept the excitable audience's heads bobbing.

The singer-designer must be awaiting the Mad Men season premiere as much as we are but she can't seem to shake the '90s No Doubt heyday: houndstooth prints, pleated skirts, and sportwear-infused outerwear appeared among Peter Pan collars, cat-eye secretary glasses, and cropped jackets.

The mostly black and white numbers, with notes of grey, amplified the classic aesthetic already in place thanks to the models' demi-bouffants and Twiggy-inspired eyeliner. But lest you think Ms. Stefani—unfortunately a no-show—has surrendered her cheeky edge in favor of a buttoned-up refinery, take heart. Premillennial visual cues abounded as muted greens, reds, blues, and the occasional highlighter yellow broke up the otherwise two-toned looks while sheer knee-highs and short suits served as a cavalier nod toward one Cher Horowitz, teen queen of the L.A.M.B. target consumer.