In a new brand new interview with Elle, she sat down to discuss The Voice, working on new music of her own, L.A.M.B.’s new collaborative lingerie line with Hanky Panky and returning to New York Fashion Week this September (finally!)
Though Gwen’s collaboration with Maroon 5 has been confirmed for their new album V, out this September, she says herself and Adam Levine were discussing collaborating after meeting. Gwen says that she got the call about the Voice almost immediately after giving birth to new baby Apollo and wasn’t sure what was next after that. “My Heart Is Open”, co-written with Sia Furler, has been confirmed as Maroon 5’s new song with Gwen, and in the article she mentions that she’s “going to be working on some new music” saying “it’s all very exciting”.
She’s enjoying her time on The Voice set and calls collaborator and friend Pharrell “inspiring, talented and humble” and admits she still gets excited being around him. Gwen says she’s already a huge fan of fellow coaches Adam and Blake Shelton calling them funny and finds it exciting to be around “such chemistry”.
When asked about new music, Gwen says she doesn’t “know what’s happening musically” but says that the way she’s going to do it will be different. She says that she has already “started on it” and felt inspired when “Hollaback Girl” shot back up on the charts after her surprise performances at Coachella and on The Voice. Gwen admits that it really inspired her to want to do music again. Though it has yet to be confirmed or denied, several sources are saying that Gwen is indeed working on a third solo album, which is set to be released later this year. She had been very vocal in the recent past about not wanting to release anything on her own again outside of No Doubt, but another solo album is being highly anticipated. “Push and Shove” collaborator Diplo also commented saying that he has already been working on material for “Gwen’s new record possibly” in a recent interview with Idolator.
Gwen talks about the new L.A.M.B. x Hanky Panky collection saying with her line she’s been able to try different things and calls the collaboration a “no-brainer”. She says she’s a big fan of the brand and loved adding her signature prints to represent herself.
And yes! Gwen says that after several years of being absent from New York Fashion Week, she’s planning on returning with L.A.M.B. this September with either a presentation or show. She admits to missing past seasons due to school schedules, but says that this year will be an exception since it falls on different weeks. We are thrilled to hear that Gwen is planning her return and cannot wait to see whats in store for us this September!
Elle — Thereâ€™s a reason Gwen Stefani has graced the covers of ELLE many timesâ€”she manages to do it all and still keep her cool, despite being one of the most famous women in the world. She just had another baby, but the No Doubt frontwoman isnâ€™t slowing down, even for a minute. In fact, life these days for Stefani is B-A-N-A-N-A-S. The mother of three has just signed on as a judge for The Voice, along with Pharrell Williams, Blake Shelton, and Adam Levine. Plus, sheâ€™s got a new collaboration with Hanky Panky out this month, featuring some of the labelâ€™s best-selling styles in Stefaniâ€™s signature camo and rasta prints. And, of course, sheâ€™s got a music career of her own and her clothing labels to manage as well. We sat down to talk to her about lace and lingerie, all things Pharrell, and her return to New York Fashion Week.
You have a lot of projects going on, between the lingerie collaboration, a new baby, and now your role on The Voice. Is it true that you and co-host Adam Levine might be working on some new music together?
I just met Adam and we are talking about collaborating and getting into the next phase. I didnâ€™t know I was going to be doing The Voice. I literally had the baby and then got a call and then suddenly, I was doing it. I didnâ€™t really know what was next. Now, all of a sudden, I am doing The Voice, my son is going into kindergarten, and I am going to be working on some new music. Itâ€™s all very exciting.
Pharrell is also a co-host on the show. Whatâ€™s it like working with him again?
I was freaked out. I know Pharrell as a producer and in a different role. I am a huge fan and when I am around him, I like donâ€™t know how to describe it, my heart sort of flutters a little bit. I have known him for a long time and we have a lot of history together. He is so inspiring, talented, and humble and the list goes on. He is unbelievable really. Over the years, he has gotten even more deep and special because he has matured. As for Blake, I think I might be his number one fan. I donâ€™t even know him though, I have only been on the set with them for like a week. The version you get of Blake and Adam on TVâ€”I get the R-rated version. They are so funny and have such an amazing chemistry. Itâ€™s brand new and I am just getting my toes wet.
Whereâ€™s music going these days, do you think?
I think itâ€™s an exciting time in music. Itâ€™s inspiring to be in the position of coach, which is something I have never done before. I am hearing a 15-year-old boy who had all these hits on YouTube saying thatâ€™s how he became famousâ€”thatâ€™s not what we did. We asked our dad for $5, rented a mic and went to the garage. You can be nobody but become someone thanks to the Internet. I think thatâ€™s exciting.
What can we expect from your new music?
As for me, I donâ€™t know what is happening next musically, but I know the way I am going to do it is different. I have already started on it. I feel inspired that I went on The Voice and did “Hollaback Girl,” which is such an old song, and it went back on the charts the next day. It made me feel so happy and made me want to do new music. It made me think that maybe people might want to hear it.
Getting back to fashion, I hear you reached out to Hanky Panky about working with them. What drew you to the brand?
Yes, after doing L.A.M.B for so long, thereâ€™s so many different categories I could do. Working with someone that already has that expertise is kind of a no-brainer. I am a big fan of the brand and thatâ€™s what Iâ€™ve worn before. I added my signature prints and things that represent me. They know what works and what doesnâ€™t work.
What do you look for in lingerie?
I go through different phases. Right now, I am nursing so itâ€™s about how can I get to these boobs the fastest. I am really just happy to be back into my Hanky Pankys again and to have my body back (itâ€™s still a work in progress though). I had phases where I was really into neon and I was like, â€˜If Iâ€™m going to wear this, it might as well be neon.â€™ But at the end of the day, itâ€™s about comfort. If you feel uncomfortable itâ€™s almost not worth it.
Will we ever see L.A.M.B return to New York Fashion Week?
Interesting you should ask, I am going to do some sort of presentation or show this September. The only reason I havenâ€™t lately is because it falls when my kids go back to school and I was like, â€˜Oh, I guess I will go to NYFW and miss my kidâ€™s first day of kindergarten.â€™ No. This year it falls on a different week so I can be in both places.