Gwen Stefani lookalikes model singer's latest LAMB collection – but where on earth was the woman herself

Gwen Stefani, one of the few celebrities who has stuck with her fashion brand for the long haul, offered a That Girl vibe at the New York Fashion Week show for her LAMB line.

And though the singer and designer was not present at the showcase, it still delivered her signature mix of punk and ladylike elegance.

Black-and-white photos of New York in the 1960s provided the backdrop for tweed miniskirt suits, chunky knit sweaters worn with shorts and tights, and a double-zip, high-neck jumpsuit.




Lookalikes: Though Gwen Stefani was not present at her LAMB label's showcase today, the garments, modelled by girls sporting her peroxide beehive, still delivered that signature mix of punk and ladylike elegance

Greys and blacks were punctuated by occasional flashes of bright yellow.

Unfortunately, the logistics of her
presentation Saturday night at the Lincoln Center tents during
Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week made it difficult for the assembled editors,
retailers and stylists to get a really good look at the collection.

A half-dozen models at a time were rotated onto a small stage as hundreds of people tried to get a glimpse.

It was hard to get a sense of the cohesive message of the line, although it seemed like there was a definite point of view from Ms Stefani.




Sixties vibe: The designer said she was inspired by 'the original rock girl icon, the sweater girl in a pencil skirt'

In an email interview, she told how the collection differed from previous seasons.

No-show: Ms Stefani on the runway at the end of her LAMB show this time last year

No-show: Ms Stefani on the runway at the end of her LAMB show this time last year

'I began with the original rock girl icon,
the sweater girl in a pencil skirt and looked at early Sixties fashion
imagery. These girls were the first and have always stayed current,' she explained.

'After that I added all the things I always loved. Houndstooth, mixed
print, black and white, pop colours. This season I tried to make the
clothes stand out and yet be very easy to wear.'

She described her ideal customer as 'a fashion-forward girl, an individual who needs her clothes to perform like classic sportswear.

'She enjoys her fashion, loves her style, likes to express herself and not look like everyone else.

'Her clothes should cruise along with everything else that she loves in her life and not be difficult or restricting to wear.'

Despite currently recording the new No Doubt album, and the demands of being a mother to two young sons, Ms Stefani says she still finds time to keep tabs on up-and-coming designers.

'I'm constantly on the Internet at the studio late at night…' she revealed.

'I love sites like Trendland, and am always finding tons of new Japanese sites to go through too.

'I love sending my team all of the images I find. So much fun. I'm totally obsessed.'