From The Daily Makeover:
Fall/Winter 2010 Fashion Week started today, and Daily Makeover kicked it off backstage at L.A.M.B. with designer Gwen Stefani. She gave us an exclusive look into what inspires her, how she creates that fab red lip (girlfriend does her own makeup!) and what beauty look her husband can’t get enough of.
What inspired the beauty look for the L.A.M.B. show?
The collection is based on a vintage, naughty, Hollywood starlet girl, a little bit of a modern, futuristic girl and a little bit of a soldier girl. I found these Ellen von Unwerth pictures with black makeup and the dark lips [that I loved] so we’re going to do the hair very set, vintage and glamorous with a lot of bangs.
The thing that I’ve learned is that you have an inspiration, you have a picture, an idea and it just evolves into what it’s going to be. You don’t consider when you come up with three ideas for a theme that you’re going to have a blizzard, a baby with an ear infection and the Chinese new year, but at the end of the day the creative process of having that pressure and that drama means you come up with things you normally wouldn’t. I can’t wait to see it all together. For me, it’s all about that part with the music and seeing the girls.
Red lips are a big beauty trend we’re seeing for Fall 2010. The red lipstick look is already one of your trademarks!
I just love when things that I love come back into style. I don’t have one specific red lipstick that I use. MAC’s sponsoring the show today, so [lead makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury] put a mixture of four different reds on me. I know she definitely used Russian Red. I tend to go more for the blue-reds than the orange-reds–I think they look better on me.
My husband [musician Gavin Rossdale] actually really likes [red lips] so whenever I don’t wear them he’s like “Wait, where are the lips?” So I like that Hollywood glamorous look and I always have and always will…I’m kind of stuck in my own ways.
Hi ladies! Hope you’re resting up after a long week. Not sure what your Monday to Friday was like, but mine was a little wild: Not only did we get a mini-blizzard in NYC, but I got to hang out with Gwen Stefani not once, but twice! You’ll never guess what we chatted about (okay, maybe since this is running on a beauty blog, you might be able to guess…)
Gwen was in New York this week to both prep for her LAMB line presentation and to promote her latest Harajuku Girl summer scent, Sunshine Cuties. When I caught up with her sat there, she was surrounded by dozens of her cute little fragrance bottles. (Side note: I want them all!) We talked about fragrance (of course), makeup (natch), her LAMB show (it is fashion week after all) and…Gavin! (Since it’s Valentine’s Day tomorrow I think it’s okay to take a moment to swoon.)
GLAMOUR: The new fragrances are so cute! Which one is your favorite?
GWEN: It’s so hard to choose, but they’re all really cool, aren’t they? And they’re a lot lighter than the last ones we did. I think anyone can wear any of them.
Do you wear all of them?
What I’ll do is I will get really into one, wear it all the time, then I try something new, and then, I’ll get into that one. I don’t switch every day. I’m the same with clothes, I’ll get really into these pants and wear them a lot until I get into something else.
What’s the coconut scent mean to you?
I just always liked the smell of coconut, I like that whole Hawaiian Tropic thing. Growing up I was never super into perfume. (It always made me feel a little bit sick!) I always was more into lotions and oils: I had this coconut lotion that I loved so they incorporated that into it.
We asked our readers what they’d want to ask you on Facebook and we got a lot of questions. So I’m going to ask you a few of their Q’s. First off: that gorgeous lipstick shade of yours. Everyone wants to know what your favorite is!
I have a lot of different reds that I wear. For the show we are going to do a really dark, dark red, but I just wear anything from, I mix it up, mostly blue reds, now recently I’ve kind of got into pinks which I hadn’t done for a long time and I started wearing a burgundy color for a while. But it’s always a dark red because that’s what my husband likes.
(FYI, I found out that she was wearing a mixture of MAC Ruby Roo and Russian Redat her LAMB show!)
Speaking of your husband…Valentine’s day is the weekend. What’s the most romantic thing your husband’s ever done for you–and you for him?
Oh, probably, marry me! (laughs) Procreate with me! (laughs again) That’s pretty romantic isn’t it?
Can you tell me a little about the makeup inspiration behind your LAMB show?
Because the whole collection is a little bit soldier girl, boudoir-like, vintage Hollywood girl, we drew inspiration from those old 1930’s black, real black eyes, dark lips, a lot of makeup, and really sexy, really like naughty, kind of, well…I won’t go too far into all the fantasy stuff, but I drew from old Ellen Von Unwerth shoots. The hair is very set, very Hollywood, and really vintage in feeling.
Well Gwen’s fantasy played out at the show. Makeup artist Charlotte Tilbury gave the models those dark, dark, outlined lips (created by mixing black and red lipsticks) and super sexy eyes which were whipped up with lots of liner, mascara on top and bottom lashes, and finally, a bit black MAC eye gloss on top of the lids!
Meanwhile, Gwen’s own hairstylist of the past 17 years, Danilo used Moroccanoil products and a small curling iron to create the girls’ awesome retro curls. What made the style seem so modern? A center part and clip-on bang extensions! He even styled little Zuma’s hair (Gwen’s adorable baby)! I found out that actually Gwen cuts her kids’ hair herself–Danilo taught her how! How cute is that?
I interviewed Gwen Stefani backstage before LAMB yesterday.
I wanted to gush, and tell her that “Tragic Kingdom’s” one of the only albums I can listen to all the way through, and have been for fifteen years now (woah), but I controlled myself, maybe blushed a bit, and asked Fashion Week appropriate questions.
Like, “You were probably the first celebrity, like legitimate talented celebrity to launch a clothing line–”
“Yes! Were you surprised when everyone else jumped on the bandwagon?”
“I was more surprised–I mean I have so many things going on that I’m not really focusing on other people. I’m really self-centered! No, I mean the way that music is now, people are doing so many other thigs to make a lving which is a natural progression of society and the world and music and who knows. But I love doing it. I mean I started LAMB because I wanted somethign that I loved and was passionate about and I didn’t know if I’d still be doing music.”
Do you think about your collections when you’re making your fragrances?
“When I started Harajuku lovers I was making a world around the music, for the fans. It was a surreal idea that just kept building and building and building. I had no idea it’d turn into this. I was hoping it could! But I mean the girls and the dolls and the fragrance took it too a whole other level that I fantasized about, but never expected to see. So it’s just mind-blowing to me. I love working on it, it’s really challenging and super abstract.”