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Definitely Not a L.A.M.B. to the Slaughter

Godfrey Deeny
February 11th, 2010 @ 3:57 PM - New York

We saw an intriguing role model for young American women Thursday afternoon in New York, a rambunctious Barbie babe courtesy of Gwen Stefani who presented the fall 2010 collection of her fashion label L.A.M.B. with considerable sass and polish.

This was Stefani second show since she shifted licensee to a Canadian outfit last year and a highly respectable collection it turned out to be.

For fall, Stefani sees gals strutting their stuff in deconstructed pants and off-the-shoulder knits, saucy but never ever slutty. She had lots of military references with fatigue pants, sergeant’s belts and camouflage tops, but these were maneuvers will extend no further than a packed after party, or a steamy bar.

Stefani remains obsessed with deconstruction, so much so it’s become her signature, whether leather corsets worn over khaki shirts or chopped up French Revolutionary blouses. She showed lots of leg – skirts were cut way up the thigh - though alternated this with skin-tight suede leather pants, and a large dose of bondage references. Though these were the sort that wouldn’t offend your granny, that is if she’s the kind of lady who dreamed of going to a swingers club, but could never find the right guy to take.

It helped that Stefani was savvy enough to surround herself with strong back up. Winning distinctions were excellent, mega eye lashes and thick sooty eyeliner courtesy of English beauty genius Charlotte Tilbury and the M.A.C. Pro Team, and a medal for DJ, and John Galliano mix master, Jeremy Healey, who got the mood spot on with his rocking mélange.

It was a marked improvement since we first spied a Stefani runway show some six years ago, a rather hackneyed affair in Roseland Ballroom that most critics panned. Well, it turns out this lady has staying power, and enough commitment to have learned her new trade well. This was nothing very revolutionary, but for a convincing suggestion of what young women can wear, and feel good about themselves in, we’ll give this saucy doll collection high marks.

And if you had any doubt what the lasses on this catwalk were looking for, then the small goody bag pressed into our paws as we exited made it clear – miniature 10ml bottles of Harajuku “Sunshine Cuties” Lovers fragrances.

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