Monday, April 2, 2007

L.A.M.B. sheds Zaldy as designer

It appears that fashion It boy Zaldy Goco has quietly parted ways with L.A.M.B., Gwen Stefani’s pop chic clothing line. The downtown club fixture and former runway model originally worked on the line as a consultant when it launched in 2004, but he and Stefani saw so eye to eye that she asked him to step up as head designer the following fall, which resulted in one of L.A.M.B.’s most successful seasons to date, with its debut fashion show on September 16, 2005 at the Roseland Ballroom ranking as one of the season’s hottest tickets: Gavin Rossdale sat alongside Anna Wintour and Lenny Kravitz in the front row, while Naomi Campbell strutted the threads on the runway.
The collaboration has since spun a line of handbags with LeSportsac, a less expensive range called Harajuku Lovers, and most recently a deal with Coty, Inc. to launch a fragrance named L. But according to a design source inside the company, despite the success of the overall brand, reaction to the clothing line has been less than ideal. “It’s just not doing as well as it should be,” the source offered.
Another cause for the split seems to have been Zaldy’s involvement in numerous side projects, including his namesake line. The fashion darling made a name for himself as an image consultant for such companies as Donna Karan and M.A.C and as a stylist for both screen and stage, creating rock-worthy looks for Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Lopez, Britney Spears and, of course, Stefani herself. “I think he just had too much going on for Gwen,” speculated the source. A spokesperson for L.A.M.B. declined all comment on the split, as Stefani was not immediately available.

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