Gwen Stefani in Balmain at the AMAs

Posted on November 19, 2012

Going from the ridiculous to the sublime:


Gwen Stefani attends the 40th American Music Awards in Los Angeles in Balmain.

Balmain Fall 2012 Collection/Model: Zuzanna Bijoch (NEXT)

We love this look; a perfect blend of rocker chick and high fashion, which is kind of her whole schtick. That jacket is stunning. She looks so comfortable with herself, doesn’t she? Do you think Christina Aguilera could ever be talked into something like this? Probably not, but it would do her a world of good.


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  • Sobaika

    Stunning, full stop. She always presents such a striking image.

    • If I were the boss over at Balmain, I’d be giving someone a bonus for putting her in this outfit.  She totally makes it work in just the way that I suspect they wanted it to work.

      In other news: has she had something done to her chin?  Was she always so … uh … chinny?  Did I just not notice?

      • LesYeuxHiboux

        I think she’s gotten thinner. I noticed it in recent photos. Reese Witherspoon has the same thing going on: the more weight she loses the more prominent her chin becomes. 

        • formerlyAnon

           Or it’s a combination of weight loss and the way some people’s faces seem to become leaner as they age. (Only perk of middle age I’ve encountered in the appearance department.)

  • Pants_are_a_must

    Christina Aguilera wouldn’t know what to do with this outfit. It would swallow her whole and spit her out.

    I’m not very fond of the ultra cleavage looks, but Gwen Stefani can work things which shouldn’t. That’s her thing, really.

    • ChiliP

      I think it helps that she’s not super-busty, so you can take in the details of the jacket and outfit without thinking “whoa, boobs!”.  Unfortunately, that’s probably the reaction you would get if someone like Christina Hendricks wore this. Anyways, I just love this on Gwen. She looks awesome.

      • Kristina Toma

        This. I look at outfits like this and realize they work because of a smaller chest. 

        Being a busty woman, I’m aware of these things. If someone like Hendricks wore it, it’d be a sea of “BABY HEADS” comments. 

      • RebeccaKW

         I also think it helps that the “bra” doesn’t look like a bra.  Christina either wouldn’t wear a bra, or it would be a real bra covered in sequins.

    • ChiKat67

      Even worse, XTina would wear the same size Gwen has on, so she’d look like so much bedazzled stuffed sausage.

  • Material Girl meets Pearly Queen.

  • quiltrx

    That jacket is absolutely magical…not something a mere mortal could wear, but SO fabulous!  I like the soft hair with this look, too.

    And please tell me gorgeous Gavin wasn’t cropped clean out of a couple of these pics.  The Bitter Kittens need his beauty too!

    • Kristin McNamara

      Gorgeous, yes, but that jacket looks like it weighs a TON!

  • charlotte

    She looks stunning, but when did she morph into the love child of Winona Ryder and Franka Potente?

  • alyce1213

    The jacket is stunning, but I’m not a fan of the visible bra and 2 giant crucifixes.

  • I tried on a shawl-neck blue velvet Balmain blazer during FNO and have had serious fashion-envy since. Balmain makes my perfect silhouette, and I love their crazy (veering old-lady without crossing that line) bling. That is to say, I love all of this (though I would probably wear a shirt under, not a bra – I love my crazy fashion but I’m still not that daring; Gwen and her Phd in wearing clothes, oof). Hair is looking a little brassy, though. Needs a refresher.

  • A. W.

    That jacket is perfection. Makes me want to run to a thrift store and buy an 80s besequined jacket to try to emulate this look’s fierceness.

  • crash1212

    Total rock star. WERQ!

  • Mismarker

    Slammin’.  Can I be Gwen Stefani when I grow up? I want those pants.  

  • zenobar

    Don’t love this; it’s a little Pearly Queen for my taste – but she does work the everloving shit out of it.

  • It’s funny. I saw this and thought “This is very Rita Ora” then I realized that Rita cites Gwen as her style inspiration. She(Rita) is literally a not-quite-poor man’s version of Gwen Stefani. She even looks like her a little.

    • gabbilevy

      I like Rita’s style, but she wishes she was as effortlessly awesome as Gwen.

  • f_yeah_marie

    It’s nice to see her with her hair down.  She looks great!

  • eowyn_of_rohan

    Extremely geeky comment, but the first thing I thought of when I saw this was the line in Lord of the Rings where Gandalf says he is “Saruman as he should have been.”  Well, Gwen in this look is Madonna as she should have been.

  • I like everything about this except the lipstick.  

    • shirab

      Thank you! I am tired of her red lipschtick.

  • Janet B


    I’m a bit jealous of her understanding and ability to wear such clothes.

  • MilaXX

    Gwen has always had a sense of style, even when her clothes were thrifted or homemade. Xtina has never been anything but tacky.

  • It’s a great look on her. I kind of love that the inside heel of her shoe is scuffed.

  • Love. Her.  Girl has mad style.

  • BrooklynBomber

    For me, there’s a lot wrong with this look, but it’s all relative. After the previous post, it’s like having gone from a crime scene to a meadow with bunnies and puppies and daisies and rainbows.

  • afabulous50

    She’s channeling her inner Madonna…I like it.

    • Ugh, that’s why I don’t. She is looking like Madonna in the face, ugh

      • afabulous50

        I will defend The Queen to my death.  I just saw her MDNA concert 4 times.  No one is better.  No one.  So, needless to say I’m not a fan of her detractors.  She’s helped me out many times.  I owe her that.

  • miagain

    Bet that thing weighs a ton!  But it is a stunner…

  • Verascity

    Fantastic. Should be a WERQ. She looks perfect.

  • teensmom99

    stunning but I think on someone else the jacket could veer into Chico’s territory.

    • Susan Collier

      That’s what I thought. Bea Arthur would have worn this with a dickie underneath.

      • MrsMaxPower

        And billowy pants…Bea rocked the hell out of some billowy pants. And she would have been a WERQ. 🙂

        • formerlyAnon

           If I were tall enough, I’d have dressed a lot more like Bea, starting in my ’30s, mockery be damned.

    • Introspective

      I hear you. but I looked at this and thought instantly that she hit the right balance of edgy yet grown up.

      a dash of CBGB + a sprinkling of Chico’s mixed in with confidence and an amazing figure and hair that wont quit = Gwen having a major WERQ moment.

  • Kyle Crawford

    looks like she is playing dress up – its too darn big! Beautiful jacket, just not for her…. 

  • I think it’s a great jacket, but it overwhelms her thin frame a bit. 

  • nannypoo

    She looks really beautiful.

  • BigWhiteGrannyPanties

    I love this look.  I covet that coat.   The only issue are the crosses which are distracting to my eye.  The jacket is adorned enough – nothing else is needed.  Plus, as someone said below, it reminds us of Madonna.  

  • I just realized that Gwen looks a lot like Sharon Needles. Or would it be that Sharon looks like Gwen. Either way it’s a compliment!

  • cooperalden

    Wow, I am out of ther loop today.  When I see this, i think, add a black camisole or bow blouse and its Kathy Lee hosting with Regis again.  I realize I am alone here.

    • Alisa Rivera

      You’re not alone. I hate that jacket. In general, I’m not as in love with her look as most. I think the platinum hair and red lipstick are aging her.

    • Kayceed

      Not alone. Anyone around in the 80s remembers this look very well.

  • Judy_J

    She looks great, and I don’t even mind that her bra is visible.  It goes with the edginess of the outfit. 

  • Lisa M. (ReVoir) Kramp

    Bowing down to this elegant rock goddess. 

  • ccinnc

    Booties would’ve looked better IMHO … she needs a little weight at the bottom to counter the weight of all those pearls! Otherwise, love.

  • Damn you Gwen, pulling of a crazy rhinestone pearled leather jacket.  Kudos for adding a bra to up the taste level.  

  • marilyn

    The black bra top changes it somewhat.  It is nice she is being so modest, but I don’t know if it looks good that way.  Is the jacket too big for her?  For some reason, she has no shape.  I realize that all her clothes do not need to be skin tight, but this is so bulky, she has no shape.   I realize she was at the AMAs, so a little outrageous is in order, and she is wearing an Elvis/Liberace style jacket. I am not as much in love with this look as you are.

  • bertkeeter

    Sorry…Jacket is too big on her, sleeves too long. Would have liked a cooler shoe with out the ankle breaking up the black. Hair n makeup nice!

  • B_C_J

    I like the jacket. However, I think it’s too large for her. It is swallowing her.  I also do not like the bra/top underneath it showing so visibly.  I appreciate why she is doing it but either you use some double sided tape or you don’t wear it. She has a small bust so wearing the jacket sans undergarment is possible for her. 
    I like the soft hair. 

  • I love this entire collection; glad to see someone do it justice. 

  • pattyw

    Not getting the love for this look at all. The jacket fits like a sack and makes her legs look stumpy. 

  • Its kind of cool, but she also looks like a Pearly Queen…which is pretty cool, actually.  Nicely done, Gwen.

  • merciblahblah

    Her hair is GLORIOUS here. Love it so hard. And don’t even get me started on the Balmain. Dying of envy.

  • ClevelandburbsBeth

    I think she looks great but does anyone else see Elisha Cuthbert? To me it’s uncanny, but I’ve never noticed it before these pictures.

  • jw_ny

    That jacket could easily overpower anyone else…not Gwen.  She looks fab, per usual.  I imagine it doesn’t come in a multitude of sizes, nor be easily altered, so I’ll guess Gwen borrowed this and fit into the sample size for this event.  Christina never would have…nor would she even look good in this.  She’s too busty for it.

  • Susan Collier

    Her head looks like Kylie Minogue’s to me.

  • l_c_ann

    Is this jacket a one of a kind or is it an off the rack, comes in multiple sizes?

  • Tatiana Luján

    I like it better with booties, because that way the legs would look longer, and with such a long jacket, you need longer legs. Gorgeous otherwise.

  • MrsMaxPower

    If she has had work done then she has a damn good surgeon because she doesn’t looked like has aged at all.

  • How much do you think this jacket weighs? Great look, but I’m guessing after a few hours Gwen was ready to jump in her limo and shrug that thing off. Then she asked Gavin for a shoulder rub and they ended up having hot sex in the car on the way home to their impossibly cute kids. 

  • The only thing I will not sign off on is visible bra and multiple crucifix necklaces under that stunner of a jacket.  I’d have put on some kind of plain shirt, but I know that’s her style.  It looks great on her.

  • mmc2315

    Very nice!  I want to to pick up that jacket and feel how heavy it is!

  • AmeliaEve

    She looks really pretty. The proportions of the tight pants and the long jacket are exactly right here. I think a sleek solid shell would be less distracting than that little bandeau, though, and I wish the sleeves were about an inch shorter.

  • That jacket is beyond amazing.

  • Puck Thornton

    I don’t like that the jacket is oversized and it’s too Pearly Queen for me. Also, the ‘I have to pee’ pose is not working for me. 

  • Victoria Sharoyan

    My god, I love this woman. Head to toe fabulous. Her hair looks especially amazing.

  • LesYeuxHiboux

    Aguilera would look terrible in this outfit, she’s quite curvy, but I agree that the aesthetic is what she sometimes aims for and always misses. Xtina needs a session with an honest person and a tape measure, and nothing sharp or heavy to throw within reach, so she can accept that she has a different body than the one she had at sixteen. Then move on and pick fabulous divalicious outfits for the bod she does have and make us all very happy.

    This is not really to my taste, but I appreciate what Stefani is doing here.

  • decormaven

    I love the detailing on the coat, but would have liked a silk camisole instead of a bra top. She’s pulling this look off well.

  • Emily Wilson

    Not the biggest fan of the pattern on the jacket–reminds me of the quilted jackets my grandmother would make except with sparkles. Besides that, love it!

  • Ms. Stefani scuffs the inside of her heels just like us minions do!!

  • another_laura

    Must. Have. That. Jacket.

  • Buffy

    Stunning!  In my imagination I can rock this jacket too.

  • PrunellaV

    Stefani is like the cool Madonna.

  • Would have been a WERQ if she’d done something a little different with her hair.

  • dharmabum8

    Love everything but the shoes, which are too blah.

  • MaryanneGirl

    The detailing on that jacket is exquisite! It seems slightly large on her (shoulder pads, perhaps? Can’t put my finger on it.) But you’re right, TLo – she looks quite comfortable!

  • sweetlilvoice

    She reminds me a young Madonna, I’ve never noticed that before. Jacket is beautiful! I can guarantee it’s more expensive than my mortgage. 

  • CeeQ

    Love this look! A younger Madonna – is that on purpose, I wonder.

  • allcapsERINN

    Wait . . . I didn’t even recognize her face. That’s not her nose! Seriously. She’s done something to her nose and chin. And possibly cheeks. Look at older pictures of her. I mean, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I didn’t even realize it was Gwen Stefani at first. She looks great . . . it just threw me for a loop for a minute. And made me use ellipses. 

  • formerlyAnon

    Hate the necklaces and the bra-top (though I know they’re part of the look).  It’s just a bit too old school rocker, without being old-enough school, for me.

    But I LOVE the jacket and am left, overall, yet again impressed – when she was just starting out I loved her but sure would never have predicted how she would come to master her own personal style. She hardly ever puts a foot wrong.

  • Rebecca Jay

    She is so beautiful.  I could just look at her for…. ever.

  • DebbieLovesShoes

    Omagosh.  I just went from Christina Aguilara straight to this….. I feel like I’ve just had an emotional whiplash (in a good way).  Thank you Jesus for Miss Gwen Stefani.  I have regained my will to live. 

  • Sean Tracey

    Who makes the jacket she wore during the performance???

  • JaneDC

    The bra breaks up the line.  Otherwise, perfecto!

  • In the fourth picture, she is like telepathically telling Christina: “see, this is how it is done.”

  • Why is this not a WERQ?!   Perfection!  Isn’t this bitch 40 or so?  Bitch.

  • NNgela

    Gwen Stefani is TWELVE YEARS OLDER than Christina Aguilera.

  • I wouldn’t change a thing. Love her!

  • guest2visits

    Beautiful again, Gwen.