This morning it’s been officially announced that Gwen is indeed collaborating with online e-tailer ShoeDazzle for a line of handbags, shoes and accessories. ShoeDazzle frequently teams up with celebrities for limited edition shoe lines. President MJ Eng wanted to work with Gwen due to her work aesthetic and because their customers adore her.
Titled gx by Gwen Stefani, the collection is set to debut on ShoeDazzle.com on February 26 and is said to feature seven handbags and 24 pairs of shoes, priced between $69.95 and $110.95.
According to WWD, “pumps, wedges and heeled sandals are all set to feature, in a range of prints that include pop, tribal, street and punk.” Gwen shared that the key colors in the collection are blacks, whites and reds and calls it “pretty simple, but it has a lot of detail.” The article also hints at more from the line calling this the “initial collection”. More items are expected every month. Gwen continued by saying how gx has the potential to branch out more with more than just accessories but she’s uncertain at this time.
B/W photo courtesy of CadenBach.com.
WWD — Gwen Stefani is stepping into another fashion category with a line of affordable accessories with footwear e-tailer ShoeDazzle.
Priced at $69.95 to $110.95, gx by Gwen Stefani is launching Feb. 26 on ShoeDazzle.com with seven handbags and 24 footwear styles crossing pump, wedge and heeled sandal varieties. The initial collection is an ode of sorts to the many cultural touch points â€” pop, punk, tribal and street â€” that have been signatures of Stefaniâ€™s designs since she broke into fashion in 2002, with accessories in partnership with LeSportsac.
â€œI just wanted to make something that looked really good and high quality, but that you could afford. That was a challenge,â€ said Stefani, who noted the name of the line comes from how she signs off letters and e-mails. â€œWhenever I design, Iâ€™m mixing different cultural influences and, always with the first collection of something new, I want to reflect on everything Iâ€™ve done in a way. This kind of sums up all of my influences. The key colors are black, white and red, so it is pretty simple, but it has a lot of details.â€
MJ Eng, president of ShoeDazzle, said the line with Stefani made sense for ShoeDazzle because of the No Doubt singerâ€™s strong aesthetic and because she resonates with ShoeDazzleâ€™s customers. â€œWe survey our customers all the time because we are trying to get a better sense of who their influencers are. Sheâ€™s consistently up there. Our clients love her to death,â€ he said.
Although Stefani has worked extensively on accessories with LeSportsac and L.A.M.B., the brand she started in 2004 that sells shoes for mostly $225 to $445 and bags for mostly $299 to $550, she finds creating them tricky. â€œTo see a sketch and then to try to visualize what it is going to end up being and how it is going to work on the foot, it is not an easy project. I just think it takes time to learn, and now I have gotten to the point where I feel like my opinion and my input is valid. I know more what Iâ€™m doing,â€ said Stefani. â€œI didnâ€™t go to design school or anything like that. It is all about what I like and my instinct and working with great people, and trial and error.â€
Not one to compromise on style, Stefani has been wearing heels throughout her pregnancy, but her interest in comfort has increased and that is echoed in the gx line. â€œThe really big challenge is to get a shoe to look sexy and be at a comfortable height, and I think that we did that with the sandals,â€ she said. â€œWhen you do find a shoe that you can wear all day long that is high, thatâ€™s a really big accomplishment, and I try to do that. I am trying to make the perfect shoe that you can wear all day long.â€
For the handbags, Stefaniâ€™s goal was to introduce gx with a wide range. â€œI just kind of wanted it to go all over the place and have something for everybody,â€ she said. â€œItâ€™s so weird because, with handbags, I didnâ€™t even wear a handbag until I was in my mid-30s because I was so tomboy. I think your handbag just depends on your mood and what you are wearing that day.â€ She added that at the moment, â€œI love a softer bag that has almost a backpack feel.â€
Even though her third son is due any day now, Stefani has recently been piling up the fashion and beauty projects, notably putting out products with OPI, Burton and denim stalwart Michael Glasser, with whom she is doing the pants line DWP. She said she hasnâ€™t been overly strategic about the timing of choosing these projects or about possible future expansion of the gx line, which is expected to grow every month this year with new items on ShoeDazzle.
â€œEvery line Iâ€™ve done I donâ€™t really have a game plan for it,â€ Stefani said. Specifically speaking of gx, she continued, â€œIt has a lot of potential to branch out more than just with accessories. We will see what happens. You just never know.â€
Asked how sheâ€™s going to balance being a new mom again with the myriad projects she has committed to, Stefani admitted, â€œI have no idea.â€ However, she suggested thatâ€™s not a bad problem to have. â€œThe reason why I started L.A.M.B. and all the lines in the first place was because I always had this dream that I could be at my house, and Iâ€™d have this studio and my kids would be playing around me,â€ said Stefani. â€œAll that has come true except that all that is happening at one time, and itâ€™s mental, completely mental.â€
— Gwen Stefani (@gwenstefani) February 19, 2014