Gwen Stefani’s love of bindis was sparked by her bandmate’s mother

Gwen Stefani’s love of wearing bindis in the 1990s was inspired by her bandmate’s mother.The Hollaback Girl singer was famous for her quirky ensembles throughout the decade and often topped off her looks with a bindi, or a bright dot in the centre of t…

Gwen Stefani’s love of wearing bindis in the 1990s was inspired by her bandmate’s mother.

The Hollaback Girl singer was famous for her quirky ensembles throughout the decade and often topped off her looks with a bindi, or a bright dot in the centre of the forehead worn by people across the Indian subcontinent, when attending red carpet events.

Reflecting on the time she wore a bindi to an MTV awards show, Gwen noted she was influenced by the ensembles worn by her No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal’s mum.

“I was so unbelievably fascinated by Indian culture at the time, because Tony Kanal, who was my boyfriend at the time, he’s the bass player of No Doubt, is Indian,” she commented. “And I, growing up in Anaheim (in California), had never spent any time with anyone from India… his mom would come down the stairs to go to these Indian parties all dolled-up with the bindi, jewellery, and these beautiful fabric dresses with patterns and gold.

“I would just be like, ‘I’ve never seen anything like it.’ So, she gave me a lot of bindis and I was like, ‘Hey, what’s up? Boop (on my forehead).'”

Gwen went on to remember how one of her go-to outfits in the mid-1990s was a pair of satin leopard print trousers along with a plain white tank top.

“I pretty much only wore tank tops my whole life. I don’t know why? I just thought they looked cool. I had to be a little bit tomboy and a little bit glamorous. And that was just kinda like the vibe for myself,” the 50-year-old smiled.

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Gwen Stefani’s iconic ’90s pink hair was an accident

Gwen Stefani didn’t mean to dye her hair bright pink prior to an event in the late 1990s.The Hollaback Girl singer has changed her hair colour many times over the course of her career, but one of her most memorable looks has to be the hot pink shade sh…

Gwen Stefani didn’t mean to dye her hair bright pink prior to an event in the late 1990s.

The Hollaback Girl singer has changed her hair colour many times over the course of her career, but one of her most memorable looks has to be the hot pink shade she rocked in December 1999 shortly after her breakup from No Doubt bandmate Tony Kanal.

Reflecting on the shade in an interview for Vogue’s Life in Looks video series, Gwen shared that she had actually wanted a very light pink hue.

“It’s so true, if you go through like a breakup or a really big change in your life, sometimes you go ahead and change your hair to (help) wash those feelings out. At that time, there was really only one brand you could get, it was Manic Panic,” she recalled. “I wanted my hair to be like cotton candy, light pink. I had this vision of what I wanted and I ended up with fuchsia pink hair for like a year.”

Gwen went on to share that she was greatly influenced by Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry’s style at the time too, and was also adjusting to getting braces on her teeth.

“The braces were like me coming home (from a large tour) and being like, ‘You see this money I got? Boom, I’m getting braces, finally!'” the 50-year-old smiled.

Elsewhere, Gwen spoke about another one of her dramatic transformations – the time she dyed her hair blue for the MTV Video Music Awards in 1998. The star topped off her quirky look with a blue fur bikini top and a shiny skirt with matching trousers.

“Somebody had sent me this product which was a gel that you put in your hair and it turns your hair a colour and it was blue. It was a paste. I was really inspired by Judy Jetson from (TV cartoon) The Jetsons, sort of, in this moment,” she shared. “I had met this girl through my manager who made clothes and so she made this little skirt for me. The shoes, somebody had literally just sent them to me, and same with the bathing suit top.”

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Gwen Stefani defends Harajuku Girls era in face of cultural appropriation claims

Gwen Stefani has defended her Harajuku Girls era against claims of cultural appropriation.The singer embraced the unique fashion style, which is a fusion of the country’s sub-cultures, and also invited a troupe of dancers, known as The Harajuku Girls, …

Gwen Stefani has defended her Harajuku Girls era against claims of cultural appropriation.

The singer embraced the unique fashion style, which is a fusion of the country’s sub-cultures, and also invited a troupe of dancers, known as The Harajuku Girls, to work with her in the mid-2000s.

Gwen came under fire for using the dancers and singing about the culture in her solo track back in 2004, but the 50-year-old has now revealed that she has no regrets and didn’t think it would be offensive.

“When it first came out, I think people understood that it was an artistic and literal bow down to a culture that I was a superfan of,” she told Billboard. “So, it was my fantasy. When the Harajuku Girls came out, it was like, you’re not even real, you’re a dream. It wasn’t like, ‘You’re not real because you’re Asian.’ Are you kidding me? That would be horrifying!”

The former No Doubt frontwoman went on to explain that she even called the four dancers Love, Angel, Music and Baby, which was the title of her debut solo album.

“When people asked me about it during radio interviews, I told them this was all a concept and we were having fun. By the way, the girls were cast to be dancers – that’s all. We went to Nobu in London and we talked about the concept of the record and I showed them my style bible,” Stefani added.

Additionally, the Cool hitmaker said she used the Harajuku style because she was in awe of it after visiting Japan when she was in her early twenties.

“When you’re from Anaheim (California) and never travelled outside of your city until you’re 21 years old, it was really crazy to go to Japan,” she added. “When I got there and saw how fashion-obsessed they were, I thought they were my people, because my style was so unique.”

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Gwen Stefani honours mum and grandma as she collects People’s Choice Fashion Icon award

Gwen Stefani thanked her mum and grandmother for giving her their sense of style as she picked up the Fashion Icon honour at the People’s Choice Awards on Sunday night.The pop star revealed her matriarchs influenced her look and inspired her love of fa…

Gwen Stefani thanked her mum and grandmother for giving her their sense of style as she picked up the Fashion Icon honour at the People’s Choice Awards on Sunday night.

The pop star revealed her matriarchs influenced her look and inspired her love of fashion as she hit the stage to collect her honour in Santa Monica, California.

“I always loved fashion, it was one of those instinctual things,” the 50-year-old said. “My mom would come home from school and my grandmother would have made her prom dress.”

Her designer pal Jeremy Scott was on hand to salute her at the awards show, insisting Gwen’s designs “always have a piece of her in them”, and adding, “She has never forgotten who she is or who we are.”

The former No Doubt frontwoman wowed in a blush Vera Wang gown with a huge black bow and walked the red carpet with boyfriend Blake Shelton, who was wearing jeans and brown boots.

She also discussed what it was like to have fans of No Doubt copying her style.

“I can remember being on the tour bus with No Doubt and looking out the window… and seeing myself and going, ‘Wait a minute, that girl’s copying me!” Gwen told E! News host Giuliana Rancic. “To have someone copy me was just bizarre – and it’s a great feeling, especially when you’re designing as well.”

Stefani, the brains behind fashion brands L.A.M.B. and Harajuku Lovers, later revealed she would be handing her trophy to her 11-year-old son Zuma.

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Gwen Stefani was ‘really confused’ when she dyed her hair pink

Gwen Stefani was “really confused” and going through a rough patch when she dyed her hair fuchsia pink during the 1990s.The 50-year-old singer opened up on her iconic looks over the years in a new interview for Vogue’s Life in Looks video series and ex…

Gwen Stefani was “really confused” and going through a rough patch when she dyed her hair fuchsia pink during the 1990s.

The 50-year-old singer opened up on her iconic looks over the years in a new interview for Vogue’s Life in Looks video series and explained that she was going through big changes when she transformed her locks from blonde to pink for an appearance at the VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards in 1999.

“It’s so true: if you go through a breakup or a really big change in your life, sometimes you go ahead and change your hair to try to, I don’t know, wash whatever feelings those are out of your hair,” Gwen candidly shared.

“I was really confused at this time,” she added. “I was 29 years old. I was really confused about my relationship. I didn’t know who I was. I had come off a long long tour. I had gotten famous. I got to buy a house. I got to move out of my parent’s house. So much had happened.”

At the time, the singer was the frontwoman of rock band No Doubt, who had shot to worldwide fame following their massive hit Don’t Speak in 1995.

Despite her new fame, Gwen admitted that she didn’t even have a stylist and dyed her hair pink using an at-home dye kit.

“I didn’t have any budgets. I didn’t have a stylist. It was literally on my own with all guys. I wanted my hair like cotton candy light hair. I had this vision of what I wanted and I ended up with fuchsia pink hair for like a year,” she stated.

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Gwen Stefani was stunned by transformation for debut U.S. Vogue cover

Gwen Stefani doesn’t recognise herself when she sees images from her first photoshoot for U.S. Vogue.The Hollaback Girl singer had her make-up done by Pat McGrath and was photographed by Steven Meisel for the April 2004 issue of the fashion publication…

Gwen Stefani doesn’t recognise herself when she sees images from her first photoshoot for U.S. Vogue.

The Hollaback Girl singer had her make-up done by Pat McGrath and was photographed by Steven Meisel for the April 2004 issue of the fashion publication, with the cover image depicting her posing in a monochromatic striped dress and heavy 1930s-inspired cosmetics.

However, in an interview for Vogue’s Life in Looks video series, Gwen noted that she is amazed by her transformation for the photoshoot.

“I had just done The Aviator movie and I think the make-up was kinda influenced by that, like the way the eyebrows were. I look at the photo and (think), ‘Who is that?’ I don’t even think it looks like me,” she reflected. “Interestingly, they put me in the stripes which is something that’s been a signature of mine for along my journey, and still is.”

Gwen then recalled how the photoshoot took place over an entire weekend and how she had a two-day fitting prior.

And while she was a little “relieved” once it had finished, the star did appreciate all she learned about the relationship between art and fashion on the set.

“It was like an event. I was used to having so much control over my look and what I did and was really quite anti-fashion magazine when I was growing up because as a kid I just felt like I was alienated (from that world). It was like, ‘You can’t get that stuff, that’s for rich people, those things aren’t real,'” the 50-year-old commented. “Of course, I was just naive and I didn’t know, what I love about Vogue and what I love about being able to do the cover of Vogue, is being able to collaborate with so many talented people (and) learn about art, you know, art through fashion. And I think that this was that experience.”

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Gwen Stefani to be honoured with top fashion award

Gwen Stefani has been named the recipient of the 2019 Fashion Icon prize at the upcoming E! People’s Choice Awards.The singer is to be feted for her success as a style guru as well as for co-founding several popular lifestyle brands, including her fash…

Gwen Stefani has been named the recipient of the 2019 Fashion Icon prize at the upcoming E! People’s Choice Awards.

The singer is to be feted for her success as a style guru as well as for co-founding several popular lifestyle brands, including her fashion line L.A.M.B., its sister label Harajuku Lovers, and her eyewear range gx by Gwen Stefani.

“It’s an incredible honour to receive this year’s Fashion Icon Award at the E!’s People’s Choice Awards,” said Gwen in a statement. “As an artist, musician and entrepreneur, fashion has always served as a creative outlet for me to express my personality and music. I am so grateful to receive this award and continue to be inspired by those who stand apart and embrace their unique style and individuality.”

Since launching her music career with No Doubt in 1995, the 50-year-old has built up a reputation for embracing a quirky aesthetic and effortlessly merging modern glamour with fashion-forward streetwear.

Accordingly, bosses at E! couldn’t think of a better person to receive the prestigious prize.

“Gwen Stefani is a global music artist, whose unique signature style and individuality has transcended time,” added Jen Neal, general manager, E! News, Live Events and Lifestyle Digital. “She has effortlessly evolved her success in music to fashion and beauty launching numerous popular lifestyle brands.”

The 2019 E! People’s Choice Awards will be broadcast live from Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California on 10 November.

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Reese Witherspoon regrets wearing brown lip liner in the ’90s

Reese Witherspoon regrets wearing brown lip liner with a light-coloured lipstick in the 1990s.The Legally Blonde actress, who made her debut in 1991 film The Man in the Moon, can pull off just about any fashion or beauty trend, though tends to stick wi…

Reese Witherspoon regrets wearing brown lip liner with a light-coloured lipstick in the 1990s.

The Legally Blonde actress, who made her debut in 1991 film The Man in the Moon, can pull off just about any fashion or beauty trend, though tends to stick with a classic look.

However, Reese experimented with the brown lipliner fad made popular by stars like Gwen Stefani and Drew Barrymore at the height of the ’90s, though she now wishes she didn’t follow the crowd.

“I think in the ’90s when we did the thing where you had brown lip liner that was darker than my lipstick – that was an odd beauty moment. For some reason, I just took that one a long way,” she told Refinery29. “We also plucked our eyebrows really severely. I really wish I hadn’t plucked my eyebrows, but thank God they grew back.”

Reese continues to have a big fan of beauty and skincare products, though is now more focused on caring for her complexion.

And while the Elizabeth Arden ambassador genuinely uses the brand’s Retinol Ceramide Capsules, she isn’t afraid to try out drugstore products too.

“(I like to use the cleanser) Cetaphil. I use the face wash, and I travel with it. I like the Revlon eyelash curler; it’s as good as any eyelash curler I’ve ever used. I love drugstore make-up, too. I remember going as a little girl to the drugstore down the street from my grandmother’s house, and I’d spend hours looking at nail polish and lipstick and blush,” the 43-year-old recalled.

Recently, Reese also shared that she looks to her 19-year-old daughter Ava Phillippe for make-up tips as the teenager has become quite the cosmetics whizz, especially when it comes to the application of eyeliner and highlighter.

“If I have to do my make-up for a dinner or something, I’ll be like, ‘Ava, can you fix my eyeshadow? I can’t remember what goes in the crease,’ because she has this intense knowledge about how to shade. It’s crazy,” she smiled.

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Jeremy Scott views camp as glamour mixed with ‘over-the-top humour’

Jeremy Scott has opened up about what camp means to him in the wake of the 2019 Met Gala.Designers took the theme, Camp: Notes on Fashion, and ran with it at this year’s style extravaganza, with celebrities like Katy Perry, Celine Dion and Billy Porter…

Jeremy Scott has opened up about what camp means to him in the wake of the 2019 Met Gala.

Designers took the theme, Camp: Notes on Fashion, and ran with it at this year’s style extravaganza, with celebrities like Katy Perry, Celine Dion and Billy Porter stepping out in spectacular designs.

The concept was taken from Susan Sontag’s 1964 essay of the same name, with an exhibition based around the idea set to open at The Metropolitan Museum of Art on Wednesday, curated by officials at the museum’s Costume Institute.

Talking about how camp informs his own designs, Scott told Interview magazine: “Camp to me means over-the-top humour, usually coupled with big doses of glamour. Like everything, the meaning is defined by context. A lot of what is now camp was dead serious at one time, and vice versa.

“I’ve grown up in a very post-post-modern world-references piled on top of references, decades re-emerged and remixed to define the ones we are living in. I grew up genuinely loving things that were bright and glossy, colourful and full of joy-like Barbie. Her late ’80s pink Corvette lifestyle of big blonde hair, totally pink minidresses, and perpetually perfect accessories are now, in this time, rendered ripe for camp.”

For Monday’s event, Moschino head Scott dressed Stella Maxwell, Sarah Paulson, Bella Hadid, Gwen Stefani, Perry, who’s outfit resembled a chandelier, Tracee Ellis Ross, who was decked out with a giant photo frame attached to the front of her dress, and Kacey Musgraves, who came as a real-life Barbie.

The designer ramped things up even more for the after-party looks, with Roar singer Perry slipping into a Moschino burger costume and Stefani swapping her sexy showgirl outfit for an ultra mini skirt with matching tank top bearing the New York Post’s logo.

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Gwen Stefani hoping to count Oprah Winfrey among fans of her new eyewear line

Gwen Stefani is hoping her bold new eyewear collection will appeal to Oprah Winfrey. The singer has unveiled her fourth line of cool spectacles under her fashion company L.A.M.B. and she’s hoping the new designs will be her biggest hit to date. “I…

Gwen Stefani is hoping her bold new eyewear collection will appeal to Oprah Winfrey.

The singer has unveiled her fourth line of cool spectacles under her fashion company L.A.M.B. and she’s hoping the new designs will be her biggest hit to date.

“It’s something that you wouldn’t find everywhere,” she tells People “They still have that edgy, weird ‘Where did you get those?’ vibe.”

The blonde beauty is hoping the items turn Oprah’s head, revealing she is in awe of the media mogul’s eyewear choices.

“She’s definitely a queen, and the queen of eyewear,” the former No Doubt singer shares. “She knows how to do it, because she doesn’t stick to one look, and she’s always mixing it up, but she’s bold.”

“She’s a perfect example of somebody that wears eyewear that reflects who she is. She’s not just one thing. She’s all those versions, and so I think she’s a really good person to… I need to send her some glasses.”

The 49 year old launched the accessories line in 2016 and admits her passion for the designs has been a large part of her creative process.

“I’ve always been a sunglasses junkie, and I’ve been so blessed because through the years, I’ve had so many amazing designers send me sunglasses,” she says. “For whatever reason, people see me as a person that would wear anything, so I’ve always had the craziest glasses.”

Stefani now truly appreciates eyewear, revealing she was once put off by the fact she had to wear glasses due to poor sight.

“I feel like probably how everyone else feels (sic),” she says. “I feel like I don’t want to wear them because I have to wear them, you know what I mean? But being able to design them and mix in my passion for fashion has changed that.”

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