After taking a three-year hiatus from NYFW to focus on her music career and family, Gwen Stefani returned to the calendar this season in true rock ‘n’ roll fashion with a L.A.M.B. presentation that was anything but average. The models dancing onstage with wild braids, feathers, and clips in their hair (Stefani summoned her favorite hairdresser, Danilo, to create the style) as trippy visuals screened in the background resembled a scene you might catch at Burning Man. The over-the-top production heightened Spring’s “New Nomad” theme. Stefani has always marched to the beat of her own drum, and the worldly lineup fused together many of her favorite cultural inspirations. African tribal motifs came on drawstring halter dresses, and cropped shirts paired with baggy surplus pants channeled an “Orange County girl meets Jamaican dancehall vibe,” she explained.
While Stefani herself usually gravitates toward a monochromatic color scheme, she found herself in the mood to fearlessly experiment with bold hues and patterns—as exemplified by the full-on spotted fuchsia tracksuit (coordinating with her perfectly painted pout) she donned while snapping selfies with her fans. Among the other vibrant highlights here were brushstroke-print sweatshirts, a punky pink silk midi dress cinched with an ethnic belt, and a softly tailored pale blue suit with athletic ribbed details in the back. “It feels really good to be back showing again. I think the collection really reflects how much fun I’m having lately,” she said backstage afterward. “I could’ve never predicted that I’d be having such an amazing moment now, with [judging on] The Voice and having a baby and all this new music coming out. There’s so much great stuff happening all at once, and everything here just looks how I feel.” While the clothes themselves may have taken a backseat to the spectacle of Stefani’s celebrity, there’s no doubt that every guest left the venue energized, entertained, and eager to blast some old school No Doubt in their headphones.