L.A.M.B S/S 2011 BACKSTAGE BEAUTY

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Arriving backstage at L.A.M.B, I was immediately thrust right into the middle of a fashion frenzy. Models had colorful extensions braided into their hair, manicurists roamed the floor painting nails, and tailors worked speedily on touching up a last minute dress.

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The season’s “African Dance Hall” inspired theme was complimented by every last detail of the models look.

Beautiful dark navy nails brought out the blues in much of the clothing.
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Nails by Angie Wingle for CND.

Nails were painted in a custom-mixed shade of dark blue. Colors used were CND’s Inkwell, Studio White, Speedy, and Anchor.

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A similar color is set to launch as part of CND’s Fall 2011 collection.

Hair was styled in elaborate masses of long braids, inspired by Stefani’s recent red carpet looks, and multi-ethnic traditional hair styles. Lead stylist Danilo, for L’Oréal Professionnel used clip in braids in contrasting colors to create the look. Density Spray was used to mold the extensions, which were pulled back into an asymmetrical pony tail.

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Danilo at work.

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Hair extensions, colored with Inoa color by L’Oreal Professionnel.

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A work of art.

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Makeup by Charlotte Willer for Maybelline

Face: Dream Liquid Mousse.
Eyes: Eye Shadow Quad in Give Me Gold. Gold shadow was applied to the crease. (Also used to highlight inner corners, brow bones, and tops of cheekbones.) Copper shadow was used on the crease, extending out into a cat’s eye shape. Yellow shadow was swept over the entire lid. Followed by black liner under lower lashes, also creating a cat’s eye. The look was finished with multiple coats of Falsies mascara.
Lips: Tempting Toffee Lipgloss #55 for a pink look. And Deep Red Lipstick #645 for a more dramatic lip.

L.A.M.B. COLOR CHART

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The finished look:
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L.A.M.B BACKSTAGE

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As models were prepped, Gwen gave interviews and discussed her inspiration for this season’s collection.
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Members of No Doubt were backstage too, showing their support for band mate Gwen:
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Tony Kanal.

And of course, Gwen’s husband Gavin Rossdale:
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LAMB BACKSTAGE POST-SHOW

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Model inspiration.

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Getting dressed.

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Gwen taking one last look at the collection before the show.

See photos from the runway here.

After the show Gwen was joined in celebration by her band mates, family, and Debbie Harry backstage:
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Tom Dumont and Tony Kanal.

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Gavin Rossdale.

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Tony, Gwen, and Debbie Harry.

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Kingston Rossdale.

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Gwen and her co-designer.

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True Love.

See the full photo set from backstage here.

All Photos and Content ®2010 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost

L.A.M.B SPRING 2011

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It seems fitting to start my first full review of NYFW off with the very last show I attended. Which of course, also happens to be the show with the most photos (Over 2,000 to be exact!). In all aspects, lamb was worth the wait, and to those of you curious to see more from the show, I think you’d agree.

I first started following the lamb brand back in 2005. It’s the one brand I own the most pieces from. And I’ve seen it evolve and watched it more closely than any other brand I can think of. What started as a small line of cute patterned dresses and sweaters, and a collection of tees/hoodies/sportswear, has slowly evolved into a full fledged fashion line. Contrary to what many think, this was not the first lamb runway show. It’s a bit disconcerting to see other bloggers who attended the show saying so.

I started my night backstage, but that’s a whole other post that will be coming soon. Everything about the runway show was amazing. From Sophie Muller’s video backdrops of thunderstorms, the northern lights, and clouds, to the models chosen, to the clothes themselves. It’s so wonderful to see lamb both referencing it’s own past, and moving forward in a new fresh direction.

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This season Gwen went all out, mixing tribal, check, and other prints with tie dye, stripes, and animal print. In the hands of many, all of those elements together would be a recipe for disaster. But for a woman who’s been making and styling her own clothing since she was a teen, it works.

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For those of us who aren’t afraid of color or flashy patterns, this collection is a godsend.

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What I’ve always considered one of lamb’s greatest attributes, is that nearly anyone can wear it. You don’t have to wear four different clashing patterns like Gwen. A simple outfit jazzed up with one of lamb’s beautiful blazers can also look extraordinary.

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Always one to pull her greatest design inspiration straight from her own life or closet, this season Gwen was influenced by Afro-Carribean Dance Hall culture. It was wonderful to see classic lamb staples like blazers, drop crotch pants, and even the return of the bum flap reinterpreted for this collection.

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The collection also features some more “tame” patterned pieces:
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My favorite dress in the collection! It just screams breezy summer nights to me.

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Another favorite look.

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More beautiful patterns!
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It just wouldn’t be a lamb collection without some plaid:
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The final look of the show:
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Gwen herself walked the full length of the runway after the models took their final turn!

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She added in a little booty shake for the photographers:
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Kingston was of course waiting for Mommy at the end:
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SNEAK PEAK: L.A.M.B 3

See the full set with over 150 runway photos here.

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Along with her family, former lamb co-designer Zaldy was in the audience to support Gwen, a fact I found very touching. This was Gwen’s third season with her new design team. I think they’ve finally hit their stride. As glad as I am fashion week is over, I can’t wait to see what’s in store for lamb fall 2011!

All photos and content ®2010 Rachel Scroggins/The Greyest Ghost
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Don’t Let it Go Away, This Feeling Has Got to Stay

Saturday night I saw one of my FAVORITE bands ever, No Doubt, perform live for the first time in SEVEN YEARS!

The last time I saw No Doubt:
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Gwen Stefani, October 2002, Chicago IL.

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I went to three of Gwen’s solo shows, but have really missed No Doubt. This band has had a greater impact on my life than any other band could even come close to. I’ve met some of my best friends, and my old roommates on No Doubt message boards. Traveled great distances to see them live, and even went to an aftershow party with the ND boys (minus Gwen) back in the day.

I was so excited to finally see them reunited on stage in New York, that I cried. Totally embarrassing, but I couldn’t help it! My friend Veronica and I joined the tour club to get presale tickets, so we ended up ultra close in the 7th row! We were so close we could see Gavin and Kingston Rossdale, and later Zuma watching “mom” from the side! I also saw Ken Ehrman, from l.a.m.b their with his family, and of course Curtis, Gwen’s long time body guard walking around.

The whole experience was perfect. The only way it could have possibly been any better would be if they had played my favorite song, “Artificial Sweetner”. The stage, the video backdrops, the costumes–everything was spectacular.
I first saw No Doubt live when I was 14 or 15 years old! They are definitely one of those bands that only improves with age, so this time around they were absolutely breathtaking. I’m pretty sure the show was sold out.

I snapped a few photos with my ancient Sony digicam. I’m slightly embarrassed by the photo quality, but what can you do. (At least you can see Gwen’s costumes, including her gorgeous Ann Demeulemeester boots that I’m very jealous of. ) I’m in desperate need of a new pocket size camera, but wanted to share my photos despite their questionable appearance. I really don’t think anything can compare to the photos I took (with my SLR) at the last ND show anyway…

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