Fergie is one "Glamorous" bag lady. The Grammy-winning superstar is launching her newest creations for her bag line, Fergie for Kipling, and gave OK! a sneak peek at the eclectic collection.
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"The designs are about my high school years," she tells OK!. "There’s tie-dye, there’s Jerry Garcia, it’s groovy. That’s when I was able to just go down to Venice Beach – go with a really big bag with all my stuff in it and just walk around and just people watch."
And when she’s not busy concocting designs, the 33-year-old is working on new tunes (including the Sex and the City movie theme) and planning her upcoming nuptials to Las Vegas star Josh Duhamel. Find out how she does it all!
What was the inspiration for launching a bookbag line?
The first bag design I did, I was basically in the mode of the Dutchess album, so I was using a lot of the elements that were in my mind – things that related to Dutchess. With this, there was a fresh palette and it was fun so I was thinking, “Let me go deeper, I want to go back to my high school years. And that’s what the designs are about.
How do they reflect your high-school years?
California Doll, that line is all about it. There’s tie-dye, there’s Jerry Garcia, it’s groovy. That’s when I was able to just go down to Venice Beach – go with a really big bag with all my stuff in it and just walk around and just people watch. It started off with the domino print, that’s from before that would be with kickbacks. Guys would be sitting around, playing dominoes, dollar bills crumpled up, everybody’s playing.
It would just be really fun and loud and just reminded me of back in the day. So we started playing with that idea – a gambler, a risk taker. And the colors that came to mind were reminiscent of race car driving, the bold colors. Chic Rocker is the third line, is more street influenced. A bandana print really started that inspiration – each one starts off in kind of a pattern – so this started with the bandana.
So did the Domino have any inspiration because of Las Vegas?
I think that was a lucky coincidence! The laws of attraction, I guess. I am a gambler.
Will this collection inspire your music?
Yeah, you know, it brings back memories. There are things inside that if you start thinking about it, you start remembering other things. It’s how people relate. It turns into a statement of who you are. If you can relate to something that bag says, that kind of says a little bit about who you are.
You did Candies, you have your bag line, you did MAC makeup… What’s next — jewelry?
Mixing Cartier with Chrome Hearts [shows off engagement ring]. I call this one "Duhamel," it’s an original. He did a good job! But I’ll take it step by step, day by day because I don’t want to swamp myself and if I sign up for something, I won’t have the time and put the effort in. The great thing about Kipling is that they were ready for my ideas, which was great because I had so many ideas and so many opinions.
Your song "Labels or Love" is the theme to the Sex and the City movie. How were you inspired to write it?
The song completely fits the personalities of the girls – it’s kind of a love triangle between love, friends and fashion. I was thrilled to do this song, I’ve been such a huge fan for so long. My mother and I would watch it religiously. So when I saw the movie, I got all of the references. I loved it.
Who would you like to collaborate with?
I want to collaborate with a lot of people. I love Nelly. He’s such a great performer, he’s so hyper and so am I.
How do you stay so grounded in this industry? Who’s your support system?
I have my team. Like if you see everyone around me – I have my hair and makeup girl, my assistant. They’re very calm, they’re all about positive energy. There’re no drama queens. Everyone wants everyone else to have a positive experience. There are no agendas. I think it creates a healthy environment and they are no boundaries to cross.
So, planning a wedding – is it stressful?
I don’t know, I haven’t started yet! [laughs hysterically] They say we have a date or something like next summer, but it’s like "Really? Thanks! Good to know!"
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