This season, l.a.m.b. moved from the largest space in the tents, to the smallest. The lack of designer Gwen Stefani, who was busy recording the new No Doubt album in LA was the likely culprit for the downgrade. But I couldn’t help but feeling a lot more than just Gwen was missing.
Thankfully, the hair and makeup was on par with past l.a.m.b shows. Famous hairstylist and Gwen BFF Danilo never fails to thrill with his amazing and eclectically influenced hair creations.
Danilo, for Pantene created the look for spring, describing it as an “Indian inspired yoga knot”.
To get the look:
Start with Pantene Beautiful Lengths Smoothing Balm, slicking the hair back into a high ponytail. Next, black ponytail extensions (using extensions from Flawless by Danilo) were fastened around the natural pony. Hair was then twisted into a messy topknot, and secured with an elastic.
Nails were by ESSIE. Using 2 coats of the upcoming Winter 2012 color “Bobbing for Bubbles”, celebrity manicurist Elle created an eye-catching look for the models nails.
Maybelline’s Charlotte Willer created an updated smokey eye to coincide with the Indian-themed inspiration.
To get the look: Create a smooth surface with Fit Me Foundation and Pressed Powder on the face. Next, using a damp makeup brush, gray shadow from Maybelline Pink Persuasion Eye Studio Color Plush palette was applied around the top and bottom of eyes. Eyes were finished with black liner around the entire eye, and multiple coats of Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. Finally, cheeks were enhanced with Maybelline Blush Deep Rose in Pink, with lips finished using Color Sensational Popstick Lip Color Gloss in Pink.
I can’t help but feel deja-vu to past l.a.m.b seasons…
Unfortunately, I was more impressed by the backstage beauty than the actual clothes for Spring. As a fan from the very first season, I have to say this collection left me wanting. It was nothing new, from a brand made famous by its ability to transform a wide variety of influences into a unique creative collection.
The saving graces of the collection would definitely be the patterns–Gwen is never afraid to take risks mixing prints and patterns. I found this season’s shoes, and the jewelry, by NOIR to be the standouts by far.
The pieced together look of the woven handbags was fun, but didn’t quite grab my attention like the older seasons of l.a.m.b bags have in the past.
Sadly, l.a.m.b seems to have lost many of the little touches (like Gwen’s lyrics incorporated into the clothing) that initially set it apart from other brands, and the sea of much less inspired celebrity clothing lines.
Here’s hoping Gwen Stefani is back to her usual inspiring level of creativity that brand devotees are accustomed to by Fall 2012.
See the full photo set here.
All photos and content ®2011 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost