Gwen Stefani goes back to rock roots with new fashion line

Gwen Stefani showed off her much improved L.A.M.B. lineup on the catwalk at New York Fashion Week. The Gwen Stefani clothing brand, Love Angel Music Baby, has gone back to the rocker's glamour and mod roots and away from the casual clothes of last season.

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Designer Gwen Stefani walks the runway with her son, Kingston, after the L.A.M.B. fall 2011 collection show during Fashion Week, Thursday, in New York.

Gwen Stefani has cleaned up the LAMB look for autumn, creating one heck of a personal wardrobe in the process.

She covered all her bases in the finale show of New York Fashion Week on Thursday night, offering shrunken pantsuits for work, swingy minis for play, tunics and leather leggings for mom duty (remember she's a rock star), coats for travel and gowns for the red carpet.

She took her bow wearing a one-shoulder, wide-leg jumpsuit, hand-in-hand with son Kingston.

The one thing missing from her new collection were the very casual clothes that she previously put on the runway for her fashion brand. They weren't missed because they aren't the clothes her fans expect to see her wearing — and that's really where her fashion credibility lies.

Stefani still had a few too many gimmicks, but that seems to be her crutch. She should be confident going forward, proving once again that she belongs on fashion's big stage, especially if she continues down the more polished path.

"I don't think people are just rooting for Gwen," said celebrity stylist Jay Manuel. "Her style is so spot on, people want to see her mix of rocker and fashion."

Stefani divided the outfits into six categories. "It's one collection, but like subcategories, which are always my inspiration," she said in an interview Wednesday. "We have Ragga girl, we got a soldier girl, we got an English girl, we got a glamour girl, we got a buffalo girl."

Each section had its own distinct hair and makeup, but the looks that were best had an overarching mod vibe, including London-dandy suits and ties, and rebellious schoolgirl skirts and sweaters.

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