Amateur singer and professional costumer, Gwen Stefani, let fans down last Saturday when she appeared at a Halloween party in a half-assed lumberjack disguise. Stefani’s costumes have always been greatly admired and applauded, from her 2002 appearance in a convincing bridal outfit to her recent performances, whimsically dressed in period attire as the lead singer of the 90′s band, No Doubt (who ironically shares her name).
But at a children’s party on October 19, accompanied by sons, Zuma and Kingston (most likely fake names), who were dressed as a Power Ranger and a soccer player respectively, Gwen showed up in what appeared to be a hastily assembled lumberjack costume, consisting of an obviously borrowed fat man’s plaid shirt and a stolen pair of blue jeans. When confronted over the Halloween faux pas, Stefani quickly realized her error, pretending that the offending garments were not a costume at all, but were instead “street clothes”.
This unsettling turn of events was even more surprising after her highly praised appearance at the Inaugural Gala for the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills a mere two days earlier, where she portrayed a high-end, impregnated bottle brush. After such an inspired display of creativity, almost any other costume was bound to be a let-down, though no one could have foretold one as seriously disenchanting as this one.
Hopefully this will be an easily forgotten bump in an otherwise unmarred costuming career, but with Halloween only a week away, and with such a public failure fresh in the minds of her fans, can Stefani step her game up and meet our expectations?
If not, there’s always a chance that with a bit of work, a little focus, and a hefty amount of vocal lessons, she can still manage to keep a name for herself by jump-starting her budding career as a singer, for which she shows some promise.