With the video premiere of its new single, “Settle Down,” it’s clear that despite a ten year hiatus, No Doubt hasn’t lost a bit of the energy that made Gwen Stefani and her boys a household name. Pulling together No Doubt’s signature images like oranges, punk rock attire and even Gwen Stefani’s Harajuku girls into one neon-infused party, director Sophie Muller reminds us why we fell in love with this band – and especially Gwen Stefani – to begin with.
One aspect of the video we especially love is the fact that both visually and musically it is bursting with Eastern influences. At the start of the video, each member of the band pulls up in his or her own truck, and of the four, it is bassist Tony Kanal’s truck that really struck an Indian-inspired chord (a nod to his Indian heritage, of course). Did you see the colorful tassels hanging inside his truck? They instantly reminded us of the embellishments that designers sew onto lenghas and blouses. We also loved the marigold wreath he had hanging from his rearview mirror.
Fashion-wise, Gwen’s Indian-inspired print pants take center stage throughout the video. Not only do they feature classic Indian colors and patterns, but they also have intricate mirror work that’s similar to the artisan techniques used in Rajasthan.
In true Stefani fashion, Gwen pairs the pants with her signature “bra strap out” top and, of course, some ridiculous accessories. Her layered watch and bangle look is something we anticipate becoming a huge summer trend. Want to recreate it? Try pairing a neon watch by Nixon with Luxemi’s Gold Coin and Crystal Bracelet Set.
This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Gwen mix Eastern and Western influences (often with that iconic pop of neon). At Berlin Fashion Week 2011, Gwen wore a black and white saree-inspired draped gown on the L.A.M.B. runway with her son, Kingston. And way back in the days of Tragic Kingdom, Gwen rocked bindis in music videos and photo shoots, and even on Red Carpets.
For your viewing pleasure, her is No Doubt’s Settle Down video in all its Indian-inspired glory.