LAMB NYF Runway
A stellar end to the Spring 2011 shows, Gwen Stefani‘s L.A.M.B. presentation at New York Fashion Week woke up jaded editors with both a killer reggae-theme soundtrack (Sean Paul, M.I.A., Santogold) and a vibrant collection to match.

With husband Gavin Rossdale and son Kingston sitting front-row, Stefani delivered an African-inspired collection that banked on bright wax-block prints splashed on everything from minidresses and crop tops to trousers and drop-crotch jumpers. Mixed in with the Africa theme were a few tailored suits and pieces reflecting Stefani’s own decade-old signature style, including midriff-baring tops, lots of punk plaids, and oversize fold-over pants.

While the collection started stronger than it ended, the showing overall – and no doubt (wink wink) the thumping beats, the knowledge that this was the last show of the week, and seeing uber-adorable Kingston run to his mother during her finale walk – had attendees leaving with smiles on their faces. View Post

Anna Sui Runway NYFW
Anna Sui knows how to get behind a theme. For spring, she did prairie dressing. New York Fashion Week suddenly had a 1960s flavor, and you could just picture her trawling flea markets and vintage archives for inspiration. Sui sent almost 50 looks of maximal Western prairie fare down the runway, all of it exuberant and feminine.

She mixed up patterns, from vines and florals to plaids, birds, and bandana and scarf prints. Almost everything had a ruffle here and a pin-tuck there, and almost everything was chiffon. It was soft and pretty. Who doesn’t want a breezy, floaty printed top in summer, to pair with shorts or jeans, or to wear over a bikini? The clear winner was a plaid apron dress with ruffle trim over a waxed-linen leg-o’-mutton shirt. The collection, in my opinion, would have stood very well without accessories, but with long, feather-strewn rope necklaces with wood, turquoise, bone, and crystal beads by Erickson Beamon, feather and dried-grass headpieces, and boots and shoes by Fiorentini + Baker – I was actually in lust. This is why Anna Sui has such staying power. View Post