It’s impossible to check just one box when describing Gwen Stefani. She’s a rock star, mother, wife and respected designer. The gorgeous, platinum-blonde frontwoman of No Doubt is also one of the new coaches on The Voice (premiering this Monday) and a true fashion icon. She is a woman who does it all, and looks impeccable at every turn (don’t even get us started on those famous abs). Her latest endeavor is the recently launched DWP (Design With Purpose) line—a collaboration with 7 For All Mankind founder Michael Glasser—that aims at replacing jeans in women’s wardrobes with casual non-denim basics. All of this in addition to her other clothing line, L.A.M.B., an affordably priced collection with ShoeDazzle and two albums in the works. Get to know this incredibly talented multihyphenate in our latest Living in Style interview.
Get to Know The Rock Star & Fashion Icon
Photo: BFA NYC
On Her Signature Style
"I’ve been most influenced by Old Hollywood glamour. I’ve always been fascinated with the style and fashion in classic films. Basically I love anything glamorous that came from the 1930s, ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and even ’70s movies."
Gwen trying on a DWP style at their offices. Photo: Courtesy of Gwen Stefani
On the Inspiration For DWP
"DWP is about those cool and effortless pieces every girl wants in her closet. The idea behind the line was to make something modern, stylish and comfortable you could wear instead of your 5-pocket jeans."
DWP's Coated Brody Pant. Photo: Courtesy of DWP
On Her Favorite DWP Style
"I love the Coated Brody pant. You can just throw on heels and a muscle tee and take the look from day to night."
Rocking the DWP Cameron paper-bag pant in snake print. Photo: Getty Images
On How DWP Differs From Other Projects
"It's different because I’m collaborating with Michael [Glasser] who is an expert in the jeans world so he knows a lot about technical things I don't know. DWP is defined by a cool lived-in and washed look. L.A.M.B. is more structured and tailored and covers the rest of my closet."
On The Best Career Advice She's Ever Received
"When my dad said to me, 'Just be yourself. Keep doing what you’re doing. Don’t try to change it and be something you’re not.'"
On Role Models
"It probably started with my Great Grandma Hamilton who was an incredible, creative person—as was her daughter, my Grandma Anne. And then my mom of course."
On The Voice
"It is so inspiring to be on the show—to be around the other coaches, working with really talented singers and be around music all day long. I feel like I’m in a whole new chapter of my life. I'm so grateful to be part of such a fun experience and great show."
(Clockwise) No Doubt's 2012 album, Push and Shove; a Harajuku Lovers fragrance; a shoe from the GX collection.
On Her Upcoming Projects
"I'm working on music right now for both a solo album and No Doubt. I have a new set of fragrances coming out for Harajuku Lovers later this Fall, and GX by Gwen Stefani, my accessibly priced accessories line, is expanding. It’s all exciting and overwhelming."
On Feeling Glamorous
"I want to feel glamorous most days so usually I wear red lipstick and that seems to help."
Gwen doing what she does best—performing. Photo: Getty Images
On How Her Music and Fashion Influence Each Other
"I think music is the fuel for everything I do. The fashion is just an extension of my personality, and my personality is in my music so they intertwine. They are both creative art projects."
"If nobody was looking I would still dress the exact same way. It’s who I am and what I love."
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On Balancing Work And Personal Life
"I think there is no way to really get it right—someone is always going to suffer. It’s about thinking ahead and trying to strategize how you can spread yourself among lots of different people and activities. I also think having a great team around helps."
The Best Part of the Fashion Industry
"I love being creative. I love the process and all of the potential when you’re coming up with a new collection. But I also love clothes at the end of the day—and wearing them."
Gwen in a GX by Gwen Stefani bag and heels. Photo: Getty Images
Her Off-Duty Style Secret
"I don’t have a secret. I love getting dressed. If nobody was looking I would still dress the exact same way. I’ve always dressed up and made clothes since I was a little girl. It’s who I am and what I love."