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L.A.M.B. stirs fashion melting pot

posted 18 Feb 2011, 16:25 by Sam Mbale   [ updated 18 Feb 2011, 16:28 ]
Pop star-turned-designer Gwen Stefani goes global for inspiration for her L.A.M.B. Fall 2011 collection presented at New York Fashion Week.
NEW YORK CITY, NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - American rock star-turned fashion designer Gwen Stefani meticulously put the final touches on her Fall 2011 collection at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York.

Like a DJ sampling tracks, Stefani brought a mish-mash of multicultural styles to the runway.

Celebrating tough girls from around the world, the show resembled a rock concert with its different mix of lighting, sound and music.

Gwen Stefani, fashion designer, saying

"We basically divided the collection up into six different categories and had the whole thing be almost like six different little fashion shows. We have hair and makeup different. We have music different. The screens behind the girls are different and it's a lot of work. It's like almost doing six shows in one show, and I don't know whose idea that was."

Models in her "Soldier Girl" collection stomped down the runway in camouflage prints and khaki wool.

"Ragga Muffin Girls," the second mini-collection, featured Navajo-inspired designs in silk chiffon and colorful wools.

Patchwork sweaters and capes defined the "Buffalo Girls" group.

Stefani's theme of multiculturalism was reflected in her choice of models.

Gwen Stefani, fashion designer, saying

"Like all the 'Buffalo Girls' girls are Asian. All the 'Ragga Muffin' girls are black girls. All the English girls have, like, short pixie hair and so it's just kind of fun to be able to be really specific and theatrical about it."

L.A.M.B., founded in 2004, is an acronym for Stefani's first solo album "Love.Angel.Music.Baby." The designer and her 4-year-old son Kingston took a final walk, wrapping up the 8th day fashion marathon at Lincoln Center.

Elly Park, Reuters, New York.