To the mutual delight of pop and fashion fans alike, No Doubt’s Gwen Stefani graces the cover of January’s Vogue. This marks her second occasion fronting the landmark fashion publication; she last appeared there in 2004 as a preamble to her very style-conscious solo pop career. When rock royalty visits, the Vogue-ettes let loose a little, and let their wilder styling instincts reign supreme. Fittingly, Stefani’s cover also marks Vogue’s first editorial salute to Hedi Slimane’s controversial Spring 2013 Saint Laurent collection, which was predictably anchored in Seventies insouciance. Never mind that Stefani will forever be an Eighties chick at heart; she imbues Slimane’s potentially cliche-ridden glad rags with a new spark. Inside, she reveals to Jonathan Van Meter how hard she finds it to balance her very full, very well-branded life. With No Doubt newly active for the first time in seven years (eleven since their last album), her clothing lines L.A.M.B. and Harajuku Girls (and its toddler-friendly mini-line), a marriage, and two children, it’s all become a bit much. But it inspired a new strain of Stefani’s trademark lyrical angst; questions of mortality, fame, vanity, and the drive to be a sane, balanced adult pepper their comeback release, Push & Shove.
Stefani started L.A.M.B., a contemporary women’s line which now earns $90 million annually, as a fun vanity project in 2002. ‘Who knew that ten years later, I’d be doing a No Doubt record, be married, have two kids, have three clothing lines?’ she laments. ‘All at one time! It would be ridiculous to do that. And it is ridiculous. It’s impossible. So I think a lot of what I was going through on the record was wanting to be who I’ve always been, but now I’m somebody different. I am a mother. And if you don’t do it right, there are serious consequences. That’s what this whole record was: trying to balance it, trying to be my creative self but also be the new me.’
Watch No Doubt’s Push & Shove below: