Gwen is featured in the February issue of Teen Vogue Magazine,on some newsstands now.Gwen was interviewed by teen fashion blogger Tave Gevinson at the L.A.M.B. studio during Fashion Week back in September(Gwen had Tweeted at the time about hanging out with Tave).Hopefully scans of the two-page article will be available soon,but here is the full transcript of the excellently-written article:
I can’t say I’m enthusiastic about the recent celebrity-turned-designer trend.In fact,I’m a skeptic. Too often I feel people are expected to drop a couple hundred dollars just because X celebrity was good in Y sitcom,thus somehow making X’s design abilities top-notch. So,though a fan of Gwen Stefani’s music,I wasn’t sure what to expect when I entered the L.A.M.B. studio.
Gwen and I went straight to posing for the photos you see here,while discussing hair coloring,Heathers,and the time we’d previously met(it was supercool that Gwen remembered me a year later!) When the photographer suggested we look more active,Gwen would say things like that,”Let me show you this purse!” in a sarcastic way that poked fun at how awkward it was to create the illuision of natural conversation through midsentence expressions. Even better was when she pointed to a botched sample bag and smiled for the camera,uttering through clenched teeth:”See these little dots?They make me want to punch someone”. Her dryly humorous but composed anger reminded me of her attitude in the video for No Doubt’s ”Just A Girl”. This isn’t to say she wasn’t stoked about the collection,just smart enough to care about the conditions of her designs.Excited to show it to an outsider and receive feedback,she had stories behind each piece,many of which gave African-inspired fabrics a streetwear shape. A few of my favorite things(Gwen’s not the only one who can reference The Sound of Music!) included an optic bag, a butterfly-print dress,and deconstructed jeans.
In discussing how the brand came about,she said she didn’t want to name it after herself and that she hopes those who buy her clothes do so for the garments,not her celebrity. As Gwen showed me different ways she’d style a pair of what she nicknamed ”jailbird pants”,an old video I’d seen on YouTube came to mind:Gwen is 22,pre-fame,and showing the camera a DIY ”jailhouse dress”. That use of personal identity is what makes her designs not derive from tabloid appearances but act as a further reflection of her as an artist. Like her music,they embrace a side of her that is unabashedly unique,whether she executes it through kaleidoscope prints or by singing a friendly reminder: ”It’s my life!”-Tave Gevinson
Here are the details of how to enter to win a L.A.M.B. tote from Teen Vogue:
Start the New Year off right by following Teen Vogue on Twitter @TeenVogue and you could win a prize a day! Every day from Jan.3rd-Feb.1st, @TeenVogue will reveal a secret hashtag,pose a daily question,and reward our most loyal followers with fashion and beauty must-haves!
Check @TeenVogue at 4PM EST each day to discover the secret hashtag,question and exclusive prize.Enter for a chance to win by tweeting the secret hashtag within 24 hours.@TeenVogue will retweet the winning post te next day. Check out the complete Tweet to Win calendar at teenvogue.com/contests.
**UPDATE** Here is the behind-the-scenes video of Gwen in the L.A.M.B. showroom:
There are also bonus photos of Tave’s time with Gwen HERE