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 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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Gwen Stefani sharing Jennifer Lopez’s stylists for Las Vegas costumes

Gwen Stefani will have more than a little in common with Jennifer Lopez when she kicks off her new Las Vegas residency – they’ll be sharing the same costume designers. The Hollaback Girl hitmaker is preparing to launch her Gwen Stefani – Just A Girl s…

Gwen Stefani will have more than a little in common with Jennifer Lopez when she kicks off her new Las Vegas residency – they’ll be sharing the same costume designers.

The Hollaback Girl hitmaker is preparing to launch her Gwen Stefani – Just A Girl shows at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino next month (Jun18), and she will be dressed in outfits by top design team Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn, the same duo behind J.Lo’s stunning stage pieces.

Although Gwen is excited to dive into her full back catalogue for the gigs, coming up with ideas for her various live looks is partly why the No Doubt frontwoman signed on.

“I’ve really tried to put together a show that has a nostalgic feeling,” she shared with journalist Allison Kugel. “The show is full of hit songs that are recognisable and take you back to that time period in your life.”

“And then of course the real reason for doing Vegas is the costumes. I’m working with Rob (and) Mariel who I’ve been working with now for I don’t know how many years now, but they are just incredible. They did Jennifer’s show; they’ve worked with Jennifer for years. They really get me. I think there’s going to be about five costume changes with little things in between. That’s a lot for me, considering with No Doubt I never did any.”

“Now I’m working with designers to see what they come up with,” she continued. “There are different chapters as far as what I want to look like, and I basically have it all worked out. Now it’s just putting it all together.”

Gwen is no stranger to Rob and Mariel, known as R and M, having recruited the pair in 2016 for her This Is What the Truth Feels Like Tour, and for her Misery music video, but, as has become tradition, the singer will be completing her stage looks herself – by doing her own cosmetics, including her signature red lip.

“My makeup is huge for me,” she said. “I have this song called War Paint. It’s kind of like putting it on and getting ready, there’s a kind of meditation in the preparation. Makeup is art, and it’s like getting into character when I put it on. I’ve always done my own makeup for shows.”

Gwen will initially be sharing the Zappos Theatre stage at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino with Jennifer, who will end her All I Have residency shows this September (18).

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