Feb 24, 2011

New York Fashion Week 2011-L.A.M.B.

Nakima Benjamin is a New York based fashion stylist and creative consultant. She has a knack for describing the look and feel of the slinky clothes that saunter down the runway. Ms. Benjamin was on hand at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week and lent me her expert eye while attending several fab. shows. Check out Nakima's reviews of the Fall 2011 collections!

The L.A.M.B. show felt like a very cool, fashionable cultural studies and world history class.  No doubt (pun intended :)), Gwen Stefani drew inspiration from all corners of the globe for her latest collection.  Beginning with pieces in camo print and army green, Stefani made clear that the military trend is still going strong.  From Vietnam, we then were taken to Jamaica, with girls in large, colorful knit hats favored by Rastafarians.  The color blocked knit vest was a favorite of mine.  After Jamaica, we saw British school girls (with a boyish bent), 60s mod, Japanese innovation (with a nod to Rei Kawakubo of Comme des Garcons and Yohji Yamamoto), and 70s glamour (with a nod to Halston and the Studio 54 set).  While the looks were a bit more eclectic and unrelated than typically seen at a show, she managed to maintain an underlying menswear feel and influence which made the collection more cohesive.  I also appreciated that the collection stayed true to Stefani's own personal style and persona.  Most importantly, Stefani succeeded in having something for everyone!  Just pick your corner of the globe.
For further information on Nakima's fashion editorials and advertising campaigns and to view samples of her work, go to her website - www.nakimabenjamin.viewbook.com.

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