Gwen has a five-page spread in Italy’s Amica magazine for December. Again, it’s not a new photo shoot (these photos are from Gwen’s 2011 InStyle shoot with Michelangelo Di Battista) but the interview is new.
In the interview, Gwen says it was easy to reunite with the band since they’ve been together since they were 17. She mentions that it was a very “productive” break for all of them, now having eight children. Gwen also calls herself a makeup and hair expert since she’s used to doing it by herself now after touring with all the children.
She’s says the secret to being a rockstar mother is to learn how to say “no”… and have an understanding band like she does.
Gwen says she was also striving style-wise to have the body of Angelo Moore (from Fishbone) and the head of Marilyn Monroe.
Gwen also says that if she had to choose music or fashion, she would choose music (though she admits it might be from the passion she has for the new record).
Huge thank you to Anne for sending in her scans from the magazine and a special thanks to Francesca for sending over her translation from the article.
From the Hollywood Diva she learned theat style is everything. And she translated it into the dresses she designs. Into the songs she records, into her childreen education. Fenomenology of a perfect artist. And very happy.
She is perfection made woman. Red-fire lacquered nail. Bleached hair twisted in funy chignon, in a fake uncombed effect. Carmine lips. Perfect make up. White microfiber sleeveless turtle neck, black leather pants. Dozen bracelets. Gwen Stefani is curled up on a light couch, barefoot. She sips a big glass of water.She is sinuos like a smiling cat. It’s hard to say she is 43, two kids (Kingston 6 years, Zuma 4), a husband (british singer Gavin Rossdale, guitarist of Bush) and a frentic life. She is in London with Tony Kanal, the bassist of her band, No Doubt, to promote the new album Push and Shove. They are back together after a 11 years break. During which her solo carreer took off – 16 millions records sold, two Grammy Awards – she made a movie debut with Martin Scorsese (The Aviator) and she launched her fashion and accessories brand L.A.M.B (Love.Angel.Music.Baby).
While I sit, she reaches a blue box with a nice ribbon and she takes a chocolate: “Do you want one?”. No thanks. Aren’t you on a diet? “No, no, I don’t do diets”. And I do not dare to ask how she is able to eat chocolate and have such an amazing body. She sips some more water and she is ready and smiling.
Is it hard to get back together after such a long time?
No, easy. Even though we never really got apart. We started playing when we were 17. Then we wanted to make different things. It was a very productive break: I got married, had two kids. Same did the guys. Eight in total. A big family: last summer we took them on tour with us.
Don’t tell me even that wasn’t hard.
Hard. Funny but hard. I knew how to manage that. I got pregnant in 2005, during tour rehearsals. When Kingston had only 8 months, and I was still breastfeeding him, I left for another tour: about a hundred dates. Nursing, nights in the bus, shows, then again breastfeedig. In the break month I got back home and I got pregnant again. I would had also to record the new album. It wasn’t easy. Now I’m a make-up and hair expert in chaotic situations. You know what i mean? They scream, they push each other, make thing falling…I keep quiet, and i put everything back in order. I can’t don’t do that: I fix myself and I comb my hair even if I have to go to my mother’s for a barbecue.
Tony: “Tom, Adrian ad me we are admired for how she can make everything work: record, mom, and fashion. She inspired us: Push and Shove, comes from her, from how she can give sense to everything”.
That’s why it tooks so much to make the record?
Almost two years. An elephant pregnancy. It’s mainly my fault: it takes a lot of time to be a mum.
The secret of being a rockstar and a mother?
You need to say no to many things. And have a comprehensive band when you say “I can’t make it to rehearsals, kids problems”.
Let’s get back to 1995. With “Just a Girl” when you sang the stereotypes of fragility, you became the symbol of femininity. And of a modern feminism.
I was just a naive girl. I would never thought that someone would interpret it that way. I wanted to tell that there’s a moment, in the passage between childhood and teenager, where they whistle at you in the street: that’s when you realize that you have a power. Then you discover your feminity. But I never thought I would become a reference point.
Ska, punk, post-grunge: were does this fusion style comes from?
I’ve always loved make up, dresses, invent new ones, since I was a little girl playing with Barbie. Then music took over. I started to listen to the new wave ant then Prince, The Depeche Mode, the Cure. But also the british ska band like Madness or The Specials. With their music in the ears No Doubt were born. Then one day I saw the Fishbone. It was the beginning of the 80’s: what a wonderful style! Not only how they played, but also the way they used to dress. Strong, energetic, contagious, Expecially the singer Angelo Moore: I was crazy for his look. I wanted to have his body and the head of Marilyn Monroe.
It’s with the same spirit that you design your fashion brand?
I’ve always loved the Hollywood divas, those of the 30’s, and the 50’s and 60’s. In that periods everything was style, from dresses to hairstyles. I’m inspired by them and by different cultures, like India and Japan, modern and geometric, with pop elements, like manga and ancient traditions.
What is style for you?
I answer with an anecdote. I was 30 years old when I saw my first Vivienne Wastwood fashion show. Exiting I thought : “Wow, why I didn’t get it earlier, this is my world”. But the real push was given by my kids. I started when I realized I was staying home. I wanted an alternative to be happy.
And also rich: with your brand, clothes, accessories and perfumes, she has a yearly turnover of 90 millions dollars.
I’m exactly the opposite of a business woman. I love design, work with fantasy.Then there are people who take care of the rest. Like in music: you write a song, a record, then people make it work. It’s a team work.
How do you see yourself in the future? Musician or designer?
Instinctively I would answer music comes first. Maybe It’s for the enthusiasm of the new record. Then I think about my fashion lines, the kids, and my husband. Who’d ever say that! It’s much. Is it too much? I hope I keep on doing like this.
And while she waves goodbye she eats another chocolate.