Try the L.A.M.B. 

Gwen Stefani’s clothing line arrives at Scarlet.

L.A.M.B. LIMBS: Too warm.
  • L.A.M.B. LIMBS: Too warm.

Just ignore the legwarmers.

Because once they’re out of the picture, it’s a lot easier to like Gwen Stefani’s clothes than her hit single “Hollaback Girl,” which, thanks to me typing it just now, will be camping out in my head for the next eight days.

Jeanne McNeill, owner of Scarlet, gets it right: Stefani’s L.A.M.B. line is full of designs that are fun and funky, but classy all the same. Interesting, edgy, but stuff you actually could imagine yourself wearing, and might actually be able to afford.

L.A.M.B. — “Love. Angel. Music. Baby.,” also the title of Stefani’s last album — hasn’t been available in Arkansas before this week, when selections from the latest collection arrived at Scarlet. And yes, that selection includes the shorts suit pictured here.

Getting the line wasn’t easy, McNeill said. L.A.M.B. doesn’t present its merchandise at the usual markets, and McNeill had to go through a lengthy application process — including photos — to get the clothes in her boutique. But, she said, the combination of couture style and relatively reasonable prices is worth it.

Check it all out at Nu Cuisine-Lounge’s Fashion Friday, 10 p.m. March 16.

Last week’s marathon got me thinking about feet. Particularly, how much misery can get channeled through them if they’re not happy. So I checked out Easy Runner, the shoes-and-gear shop in Bowman Curve. It’s a small, cramped store, and frankly it intimidated me a little, given that I’m lucky to run a city block without vomiting. But it’s worth a trip out there if you’re thinking about taking up running or walking, or if you already do, but think those aches and pains might be trying to tell you something. Owner Gary Smith, or another salesperson, will watch you run on a treadmill and analyze your gait — whether your feet tilt in or out as you step, that sort of thing. And then they’ll recommend which type of running shoe you should buy. It’s amazing how different they are: over-pronators, people whose feet tilt in, need a rigid shoe that will keep their feet straight, while those of us who tend to walk on the outsides of our feet, or even in the middle, need a much more flexible, cushioned shoe. And Smith gets bonus points for carrying wide-width shoes. (Yeah, he carries narrow widths too, but you skinny people get everything.)

In brief:

RK Collections is clearing out its inventory of denim and club clothes before the store moves to the former Fitness Concepts location at Green Mountain and Rainwood at the end of the month. Clearance merchandise is marked way down, and everything else was 30 percent off at our press time. And when you’re looking at $175 jeans, 30 percent really means something. 

The new and expanded Private Collections is throwing itself a grand re-opening party tonight, March 16, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. There’ll be hors d’oeuvres and drinks, live music and drawings for gift certificates. The store, a former neighbor of Easy Runner and RK Collections at Bowman Curve, moved to the warehouse complex on Cantrell Road — in front of Cajun’s Wharf — earlier this year.

Didi’s, the Hillcrest boutique just up from Hocott’s on Cantrell, closed at the end of February.

It sometimes pays to come to a trend late — in my case, very very late. Horror at how dated my plain brown leather belt looked one morning last week sent me on a lunch-hour foraging trip to the accessories department at Dillard’s, where I picked up a mini-wardrobe of scarfy tie-belts at an obscenely cheap price — $3.75 to $7.50 each. Can’t beat that for a quick and easy update.





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