Culture Map — Singers don’t often make good designers. Or they get bored and move onto something else. Remember J. Lo’s clothing line? Didn’t think so.
But Gwen Stefani might be an exception; her L.A.M.B. clothing line has been in operation for several years. The spring 2011 collection featured some nice pieces made of African-inspired prints and beading, eye-catching ensembles like plaid pants with a matching bustier and Ikat totes. There were so many midriff-baring items, though, that anyone buying her collection has to visit the gym first. No muffin tops allowed.
Even the fittest specimens can’t compete with Stefani, who when taking her bow to the No Doubt song, “Hey Baby,” looked better in an oufit from her collections â€” a bold African print peplum jacket and patterned skirt/pants combo â€”than the models.
Cheering Stefani on from the front row were her husband, Gavin Rossdale, with the couple’s young son Kingston on his lap (their younger son, Zuma, was being tended to on the second row), reality star and former Spice Girl Mel B, and singer Deborah Harry, in a white mop wig that made her look like an elder Raggedy Ann.
When Stefani came out for her bow, Kingston broke away from his dad and ran toward his mom, who took his hand. The spontaneous moment earned a standing ovation.