“It’s always kind of the same for me,” Gwen Stefani said during a preview of her collection. “It’s always a clash between the masculine and feminine.” Add to the list of Stefani trademarks dropped crotches, great cropped jackets, bold prints and hodgepodge inspirations (a dash of punk — here in plaids and checks — being a constant). Stefani hit all of these marks in her lineup, which featured vibrant African and tribal motifs, and also emphasized loose, beachy shapes for day. Making her geographic influence clear in bright ethnic patterns including ikat, an animal print and zebra-esque stripes, Stefani turned out feisty tops and short dresses boasting ruffles, knotting and draped effects, and ballooning bottoms with folded waistbands and tapered hems, plus many a pair of bloomerlike shorts.
The boy-meets-girl theme, meanwhile, came through in the pairings — voluminous trousers worn with snug blazers and African-print bikini or crop tops. Also delightful were lounge-ready maxi dresses and skirts, which will surely appeal to the women unconvinced of Stefani’s beloved “diaper” pants.