There’s a genuine magic to Gwen Stefani’s new album, This Is What The Truth Feels Like, which she wrote in the wake of her divorce with Gavin Rossdale and blossoming Blake Shelton romance. Tinged with the pain of love lost and dusted with the promise of something better, Stefani created the LP from a place of lyrical honesty, successfully skirting the pressures of chasing trends in today’s fast-paced music industry.
The project is timeless and transparent, though Stefani’s admirable authenticity has thus far sacrificed some of the glossy style flaunted during her previous projects, The Sweet Escape and Love. Angel. Music. Baby. “Used To Love You” was raw and slimmed-down with nearly no fashion in sight beyond a peeping electric blue bra strap; “Make Me Like You” amped things up a bit, but felt inevitably empty because of the live, one-shot Target-endorsed format.
On her third music video, this time for current single, “Misery,” Stefani finally reclaims style icon status with a full range of outfits that could easily be lifted from a glossy fashion editorial. Staged against gritty backdrops—an abandoned bar, industrial elevator and empty parking ramp—the result is a fantastic juxtaposition that visually reflects her own emotional state—control against chaos, beauty against ugly, love against pain. Watch, below: