Private Icon is a NYLON series that looks back at pop culture's most stylish figures, shops out items inspired by their aesthetic, and reimagines their wardrobes for today. In this edition, we're paying tribute to three of our favorite female rock icons: Gwen Stefani, Karen O, and St. Vincent — with a 2020 twist.
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As the frontwoman of No Doubt, Gwen Stefani came onto the mainstream music scene upon the release of the band's 1995 ska-punk album, Tragic Kingdom. "Just a Girl" and "Don't Speak" captured Stefani's laid-back California fashion sense — a mix of tomboy, skate-style outfits comprised of crop tops and low-slung pants.
Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs always makes bold choices when it comes to both music and getting dressed. While the early aughts brought on squeaky-clean pop stars, Karen O served as the music industry's cooler, fearless alternative. Her experimental aesthetic was almost always in collaboration with artist-designer Christian Joy, who created most of her avant-garde stage outfits.
These leggings in a trippy tie-dye print would make a big style statement while allowing Karen O to move about on stage.
We have to give it up to Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent. The New York City musician used fashion as a way to transform from chill, indie Brooklynite to an experimental art-rock force of nature. Her newest album, Masseduction, from 2017 was a prime sartorial example of this major change, filled with bright colors, eye-catching silhouettes, and a lot of latex.