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Gwen Stefani struggles to handle too much creative freedom

Published 11/08/2016

Gwen Stefani
Gwen Stefani

Gwen Stefani and Jennifer Lopez have spoken out to praise styling duo Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn.

Gwen Stefani sometimes feels “overwhelmed” when she has too much freedom with her style.

The blonde pop star is known for her quirky outfits and even helms her own fashion line, L.A.M.B. However, for her concert and music video ensembles she relies on styling duo Rob Zangardi and Mariel Haenn to dress her to perfection, like they did for her recent Misery video.

“For me, that sometimes feels overwhelming. When you have too much freedom, too much licence to move,” she told The New York Times, adding, “but with them, they’re so relaxed about it. We just started trying things on, and everything’s always a ‘yes.’ ‘Can we cut this off? Can we make these changes?’ And they’re always like, ‘Yes, we can make that happen.’”

With this relaxed approach, Gwen, 46, no longer worries or gives too much thought to her outfits as she knows Rob and Mariel will have her back.

Another client of theirs is singer Jennifer Lopez, whose looks for her Las Vegas residency, All I Have, are created personally by the pair – also known as R and M. They’ve worked with the Jenny from the Block star since 2011 and like Gwen, Jennifer feels totally at ease with them.

“The whole idea is, get me the best of what’s out there and let me choose what really suits me,” she smiled. “That’s what I count on them for: to be on top of all the young designers, the old faithfuls, the proven ones we work with all the time, to just run the gamut of what’s out there.”

Jennifer, 47, loves having all the best jewellery and fashion laid out in front of her to choose from, as Rob and Mariel planned the costumes long before her tour even started.

“Before she even had song lists, before the show was a show, we were trying to map it out: ‘We know she’s going to have a Latin section; we know she’s going to have a hip-hop section,’” Rob added. “The show started based on the costumes.”

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