Perhaps, like us, you’ve tried to block out most of the fashion and beauty from the year 2000. There were some bad moments during that time period, but when we came across this photo of Gwen Stefani from February of that year, we just couldn’t keep it to ourselves.
You probably remember that the singer, now known for her signature platinum locks, had pink hair for a while. But we had completely forgotten that she rocked cornrows at the same time. We dug back in our archives looking for old photos of Stefani to celebrate this week’s release of No Doubt’s new CD, Push and Shove.
It wasn’t just the hair she had that left our jaws on the floor, though. It was also the hair Stefani didn’t have. We’re referring to those barely-there eyebrows. She complemented the look with knee-high magenta boots, a leopard-print midi and extra-large gold hoops.
Quite a different Stefani than we’re used to seeing nowadays. But if this flashback proves anything, it’s that the singer has always been fashion-forward and unafraid to take risks. Thankfully, her risks no longer involve a bottle of neon Manic Panic. Tell us: Would you like to see Stefani return to her pink roots? Or should she try another color in lieu of her blonde strands?
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Alice + Olivia‘s colorful, girly creations are a favorite here at StyleWatch — and a favorite in Hollywood. Not only does designer Stacey Bendet have a close relationship with Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23 star Krysten Ritter, but she always draws a group of young starlets to her presentations; this season, Lauren Conrad, Jamie Chung, Elisabeth Moss and Odette Annable were just a few notable names spotted inside.
But there’s one star in particular she’s always hoped to dress, and somewhat serendipitously, her dream just recently came true.
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“I think I’ve always, my whole life, loved to get dressed up and even if nobody was looking at me, I would still get dressed up,” Stefani tells Harper’s Bazaar The Look. “My mom took me to the fabric store … we made clothes from when I was a little girl.”
But she really grew into her look in her teens. “High school was really when I discovered music and I figured out, ‘Oh, this defines me,’ and I was making thrift-store clothes,” she reveals. “I used to do a lot of buying of clothes and then altering them to make them how I wanted — lots of glue guns, lots of Velcro.”
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So many beach styles — so little summertime! Though we only have a few more weeks of beach weather left, we’re pining for more — not only so we can savor the season, but also so we can try out some of the sleek cover-ups seen above.
Gabrielle Union (left) caught some waves in Miami in June, wrapping the bottom of her black bikini in a printed sarong. A month later, in Santa Monica., Calif., Gwen Stefani (second from left) covered up in a breezy white tee and matching peasant skirt. Never one to shy away from bold details, Kate Moss (center) topped her swimsuit with a textured white tunic while in St. Tropez, France.
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Ever since No Doubt’s “Just A Girl” video debuted in 1995, Gwen Stefani‘s signature red lip has been emulated by fashionistas everywhere. But the inspiration behind the look wasn’t the star’s idea — it came from someone older and wiser: her grandmother.
Thinking back to her high school years, when her grandmother gave her a tube of crimson-red lip color, the singer tells Harper’s Bazaar, “I remember sitting in my ghetto, beat-up Honda Prelude, and putting on that lipstick in the rear-view mirror and being like, ‘Uh-huh, I like that. That’s the sh** right there.’ I never stopped after that.”
The glossy’s cover girl also dishes on the origin of her other style signature: her hair. According to the rocker, at 25 she spent eight hours at a salon in Long Beach, Calif., dyeing her hair platinum blonde — and she immediately loved the new ‘do. “It was like I’d unlocked the key,” she reveals. “I remember feeling like, ‘I have arrived. This is me. Finally.’”