With a son named, Kingston, there is no doubt that long time fashionista and recording artist Gwen Stefani has a love for Jamaican culture. The once urban, punk princess can now be more closely related to as a demurely refined icon within the fashion commerce and her brand, L.A.M.B, is set to ignite the Spring/Summer of 2011 collection on fire.
Stefani with son Kingston and L.A.M.B clothing
Stefani’s collection seems to acquire influences from the West African culture of ethnic prints and beads which are accompanied by preppy fedoras, canvas bags, tailored blazers and strappy platform heels. The combination of African prints, sophisticated tailoring and accessories create the unique Stefani brand that we all know and love today.
The pop princess is driven to set Spring 2011 off with printed crop tops and off the shoulder details in order to cultivate the African feeling of remixing native prints with western tailoring. Her use of striped pants and silk chiffon ruffled shoulder dresses have been teamed with blazers for a masculine edge, while the attention to colorful detail creates a feminine quality to the compilation. Furthermore, the signature style to which Stefani was known for in her early career comprising of loose fits, asymmetric hems and a bold block color pallet of black and white was incorporated into this trend. Stefani used the previous 2010 trend of harem trousers and cropped pants with a new ideal of the animal printed tank tops, which was her way of capturing the Afro Caribbean influence while incorporating her symbolic personal style. Her collection is set to be B-A-N–A-N-A-S!
Words by Gina Badhen