In a new interview with Teen Vogue backstage at her latest L.A.M.B. presentation for NYFW last week, Gwen talked about how she’s always been into fashion, how music has influenced her sense of style and her biggest pivotal moment.
Gwen calls herself a visual person and one of her first memories that really made an impression on her style was seeing Ice Capades. “I have such vivid memories of the costumesâ€¦how there was an all-pink girl and a blue one and a yellow one. I was just always really affected by those kinds of visuals.”
Growing up near Disneyland in Anaheim, Gwen says that she’s always been inspired by “bright, cartoony colors and that whole feeling of happiness” but also found a love for “chola gangster girls”. She also says that being close to Los Angeles still always brought out the old Hollywood side of her. She cites Marilyn Monroe and James Dean as huge influences on her. She recalls buying posters from the corner store of them and putting them all up around her room.
Gwen said she discovered music in 8th grade and that is felt that it affected her in a positive away. “I wasn’t rebellious at allâ€”I was just so curious”. Gwen says she admired the girls who were “different” and found herself emulating their styles. “I’d see something I liked and then sort of make it my own — you keep doing that and it becomes a sort of evolution of your style.”
She names her biggest pivotal fashion moment is when she bleached her hair for the first time. Gwen’s mother first let her dye her hair in 9th grade. She mentions how her breakup with Tony pushed her to bleach her whole head before Tragic Kingdom‘s release in 1995. “I remember my boyfriend and I had just broken up, and I was like I don’t care how much it costs, I’m getting my hair bleached!’ That’s really when everything changed. We had already written all the Tragic Kingdom songs, and that was the moment that sort of started the next chapter.”
When it comes to some of her past looks over the years, Gwen says that she never feels embarrassed but does question her own judgement at times. But she blames that on herself for taking everything on… on her own. “I didn’t have a hair stylist, I did all my own makeup, and I was going to the local fabric store for all of my outfits. That’s just the point I was at in my life. But I’ve always loved fashion — it’s a reflection of your personality. Even if no one was looking, I’d still be wearing the same things.”
Photo courtesy of Glamour.