donna karan‘s spring collection was a study in “desert chic.” the looks were in a dusty palette of sandy beiges, black, brown, cream and bronze, and the shapes were loose and comfortable. billowing tank dresses, caftans, loose striped trousers and shorts, and short skirts and linen blazers. all in all, it was a relaxing and overall soothing collection.
ralph lauren, like marc jacobs, took a detour into the 20s, with a dandy and deauville inspired collection. he paired loose, tuxedo style shirts with relaxed linen pants, peplum jackets, slim capris and polo shirts, vests with button down shirts and bermuda shorts, pinstriped suits, and floral silk short sleeve dresses. for evening, he offerings were mainly in black and/or white, and included black silk shirtwaist dresses, delicately beaded halter gowns, long sleeveless wrap dresses with eyelet hems, and silver lame stunners with beaded bodices.
instead of staging a glam runway show as she did the first time around, gwen stefani decided to show the l.a.m.b. collection to a select group of buyers and editors, along with co-designer zaldy. her main inspiration for the season, michelle pfeiffer in scarface, and you could see the influence in the 70s wrap dresses, big sunglasses, loose empire waist dresses and short shorts. but since this is l.a.m.b., there were hoodies and tracksuits, tie dye fabrics and the rasta vibe, of course, but there was also some wonderful evening pieces and the debut of the handbag collection.