L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

You can almost hear the music as you look at pictures from Gwen Stefani's spring 2011 collection for L.A.M.B. According to reports from the show, people were dancing in their seats.

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

This is definitely one of my favorite shows. It looks like Stefani (and her team of talented designers) pulled from various influences: Kenya, the Caribbean ocean, menswear, Ivory Coast.

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

We will all be wearing white this spring, btw.

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

There's a vibrancy, a rhythm to the garments.

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

Each piece keeps the eye moving.

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

And when Stefani played with proportion and shape, even if the results were wacky, it looked like fun.

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

If the models are smiling, you know it's a good time!

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

With so many African elements — kente cloth, Masai-inspired neck rings — there's bound to be some discussion about cultural appropriation. Is the inspiration okay here because it's got its own twist? Because there's a feeling of global celebration? Or is it like, first Gwen Stefani wore a bindi, then she went Harajuku, now she's all up in Ghana's business?

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

I don't know. I only know I like these dresses.

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

The muted colors were a nice break from busier, louder prints.

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

The drapey plaid reminds me of Masai warriors.

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

More Masai.

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

This weird crotch hurts my feelings.

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

But the energetic party dresses are too cute!

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

Note to 99% of the world: These pants will not look good on you.

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

The hips. Just where you always wanted more fabric!

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

Love!

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

L.A.M.B.: The Hippest Afro-Beat Party You've Never Been ToS

Kingston!

I really felt like the vibe here was: Fashion is about having fun, and borrowing from other people's closets, and mixing it all up, and not taking it too seriously. Which I love. Of course: I could write a long dissertation about Ms. Stefani's exoticization and appropriation of other cultures, and question whether the desire to draw from other cultures stems from growing up in a sunny but possibly culture-less part of Southern California. But not today.

I will say this: If you like anything here, why not also take a look at the Arise Africa Fashion Week images we posted last year — and discover some designers who actually live on the continent?

[Images via Getty.]