September 14, 2006
Is Gwen Stefani the Tory Burch of the downtown crowd? Both hired the MisShapes to deejay their presentations, and both presented heaps of cool items that their fans will want to snap up come spring. Dressed in a long, languid black gown with trademark leopard print at the sleeves, Stefani talked about her touchstones for spring, chief among them being Michelle Pfeiffer in Scarface. That explained all the blond-wigged models. Jamaican Rude Boy attitude and "global-inspired" prints, referencing Guatemalan, Indian, and Japanese textiles, rounded out the list and kept things from getting too high-concept, though. Tracksuits (one had a side stripe that read, "Are you L.A.M.B. enough?") were surefire hits, as always, but the long evening looks were attractive, too. A new line of bagssome ladylike in blue and white, others with a red, yellow, and green ombré patternand footwearfrom "disco" shoes to L.A.M.B.-emblazoned bootsaccessorized the show. Overall, Stefani's spring line (developed with Zaldy Goco), was kicking.