Gwen Stefani Covers Vogue Wearing Saint Laurent

Critics be damned, Hedi Slimane's debut collection for Saint Laurent has just received the ultimate endorsement: The cover of Vogue.
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Critics be damned, Hedi Slimane's debut collection for Saint Laurent has just received the ultimate endorsement: The cover of Vogue.
Annie Leibovitz/VOGUE

Annie Leibovitz/VOGUE

Critics be damned, Hedi Slimane's debut collection for Saint Laurent has just received the ultimate endorsement: The cover of Vogue.

Gwen Stefani wears a full look from Slimane's spring collection for Saint Laurent on the January issue, her first ever cover for the mag. [UPDATE: It's not her first Vogue cover--Facebook commenter Khabeer Rashad pointed out that she covered Vogue in 2004.] (Funnily enough, we found out about the cover from an Instagram signed by Anna Wintour--though somehow we doubt Wintour's actually sitting there adding filters and coming up with pithy captions.) Stefani wears another full look from Saint Laurent in the accompanying editorial.

The cover story, written by Jonathan Van Meter, is a pleasant read but doesn't offer up anything that revelatory. Van Meter mentions the backlash No Doubt faced over their use of Native American imagery in their video for "Looking Hot" (and the flack Stefani caught during her solo career for what Van Meter calls her "misguided Madonna-like cultural appropriation" with her Japanese Harajuku Girls backup dancers and clothing lines of the same name) but doesn't ask her about it.

Annie Leibovitz/VOGUE

Annie Leibovitz/VOGUE

It's mostly about how she's not like Taylor Swift or Katy Perry because she fronts a real rock band, and how things have changed for Stefani and the band since they all have kids now. One of those changes is that Stefani no longer designs (or "does the heavy lifting") for her line L.A.M.B.--after her son Kingston entered kindergarten a woman named Paula Bradley took over. The story does not mention the band's upcoming ska-inspired collab with Fred Perry (perhaps news of it dropped after the story had gone to press) but the publicity from a Stefani-covered Vogue can't hurt.

Read the whole story over at Vogue.com.