Exclusive Interview: Natasha Bedingfield, StyleBistro Celebrity Guest Editor
Natasha Bedingfield arrives at The 53rd Annual GRAMMY Awards held at Staples Center on February 13, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Getty Images)more pics » Natasha Bedingfield was all smiles in one of her favorite looks at the 2011 Grammy Awards. (Getty)
While it may have been Natasha Bedingfield's musical prowess that put her in the spotlight (who hasn't caught themselves unknowingly humming "Unwritten" or "Pocketful of Sunshine?") her self-described "whimsical rock 'n' roll" style has earned her place in the StyleBistro limelight.
This songstress pretty much has creativity coming out of her pores and shared with us that she is currently in the midst of working on a new album and will make her big screen debut at Tribeca. But let's get down to the nitty-gritty fashion details: Check out our guest editor's favorite designers, trends she'll be wearing come spring and her biggest red carpet regret (teaser: she was compared to a stripper).
StyleBistro: How would you describe your style?
Natasha Bedingfield: I like bold, eclectic silhouettes. Whimsical, where vintage meets rock 'n' roll—where feminine meets masculine.
SB: Who are your style icons?
Natasha: Grace Jones, Vivienne Westwood, Gwen Stefani.
SB: What has been your favorite red carpet outfit?
Natasha: I really liked what I wore to the (2011) Grammys—the purple dress. I love that it had a shape to it. I also went to a Clive Davis party and I dressed in a more masculine look, a boyish look, with my hair all pulled back (left). The suit that was open in the decolletage area but my hair was back and I kept my makeup simple and I really enjoyed that.
SB: Any red carpet regrets?
Natasha: I wore some very high platform stilettos for the Princess Diana tribute concert that Prince William and Prince Harry asked me to sing at. In the press the next day, they were saying that they were stripper shoes! I guess wrong shoes for the wrong occasion. They made me feel great, though.
SB: Who are your favorite designers? What do you like about them?
Natasha: I love Vivienne Westwood. I love English designers. To me, it's a taste of home. I also come from New Zealand, my family comes from New Zealand, so I like to incorporate couture with a more natural look. I love McQueen, l always have. I love Matthew Williamson, and I also love Diane von Furstenberg. I also love vintage—anything that has history and personality.
SB: What trends for spring are you looking forward to wearing?
Natasha: I just love the spring jacket. I love those lighter colors, as well. You can have a trench coat, a Burberry trench, in a light material. I love that it's getting warmer and you get to show more skin. I just really love spring colors.
SB: How does your stage style differ from your regular style?
Natasha: Stage wear just has to be extra bold. It has to really stand out under the lights. You're just a little person on a big stage so your outfit can be a lot bigger. I think people on the red carpet can look like they are dressing for Halloween. So for the red carpet I try to be classy, but were I really go crazy is on stage.
SB: Do you have any upcoming projects you can tell us about?
Natasha: I'm working on my new album, so I'm in the creative mode right now. So expect to hear new stuff from me and see some new looks I'm working on. I've got a really creative team around me, photo shoots and writing, it's just the most awesome time where anything can happen.
I'm also in a movie that is coming out in Tribeca and it's called Russian Winter with John Forte. I also performed with him at Sundance so that was really awesome. We actually went to Russia and sang with local Russian musicians and it is just a wonderful album that's coming out and also a movie.
SB: Anything else you'd like to add style-wise?
Natasha: I love Zanotti shoes. I love stilettos. I think they make everything look great—they make me look powerful. There are some really cool ones that I wore on Ellen that I loved. Also, sometimes I dress to match my lingerie.