“It’s always kind of the same for me,” Gwen Stefani said during apreview of her collection. “It’s always a clash between the masculineand feminine.” Add to the list of Stefani trademarks dropped crotches,great cropped jackets, bold prints and hodgepodge inspirations (a dashof punk — here in plaids and checks — being a constant). Stefani hit allof these marks in her lineup, which featured vibrant African and tribalmotifs, and also emphasized loose, beachy shapes for day. Making hergeographic influence clear in bright ethnic patterns including ikat, ananimal print and zebra-esque stripes, Stefani turned out feisty tops andshort dresses boasting ruffles, knotting and draped effects, andballooning bottoms with folded waistbands and tapered hems, plus many apair of bloomerlike shorts. 

 

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