Gwen Stefani’s personal style has never failed to excite us over the years. That was true in her early days as the lead singer of No Doubt, and it remains true today in her current guise as a coach on The Voice and a resident performer at the Planet Hollywood Resort in Las Vegas. Nobody does plaid pants, tank tops, and candy-colored hair like Stefani. This week, the singer sat down with Vogue to revisit some of her favorite looks.
Her trip down memory lane began with her appearance at the 1996 MTV Video Music Awards. “At that time I didn’t have any budgets, I didn’t have a stylist,” Stefani told Vogue. “I was literally on my own, with all guys.” Attending with her No Doubt bandmates, Stefani wore one of her most-recognized looks ever: a cropped tank top with satin leopard pants.
“I pretty much only wore tank tops my whole life. I just think they look cool,” Stefani said. “I had to be a little bit tomboy and a little bit glamorous.” Two years later, she hit the ceremony’s step and repeat once again in a blue fur bra, skirt (worn over pants), and platform sandals—though the highlight of the look was her electric blue hair.
“Someone sent me this gel that you put in your hair and it turns your hair a color,” Stefani said. “I was inspired by Judy Jetson from The Jetsons. The blue bathing suit top [in] fur—you would wear it too if it was free and you just got off tour, so be quiet!”
As Stefani’s stardom grew over the years, especially when she branched out on her own for a solo career, her style evolved. She began working with her very first stylist, Andrea Lieberman (who now has her own label, A.L.C.); “I felt like she was me, but the cool version of me,” Stefani said of Lieberman, whom she still considers to be her fashion “soulmate.” She fondly recalled the 2001 Billboard Awards look that they collaborated on, which included a bra top, cropped satin jacket, layered pearl necklaces, and plaid pants (her go-to item at the time).
Other highlights in Stefani’s throwback video? Shooting her first Vogue cover in 2004. “I was really quite anti-fashion magazine growing up...[but] learned about art through fashion,” she said of the experience.
Watch the full video, above.
Director: Joe Pickard
Producer: Vara Reese
Editor: Daniel Poler
DP: Cole Evelev
Camera Operator: Lucas Farrar, Zach Eisen
Sound: Kurt Seery
Set Designer: Javier Irigoyen
Visual Producer: Kento Spanos
Originally Appeared on Vogue