New Video: Gwen Stefani, ‘Early Winter’

We know, we know: Another acutely artful, immeasurably stylish Gwen Stefani video? About as shocking as the (albeit relatively non-scandalous yet hopefully live-saving) arrest of rehab-forsaking Amy Winehouse… Yet still, Gwen’s managed to raise the bar on her own superlatively supreme style in her new video, “Early Winter.”

The fifth single off The Sweet Escape, “Early Winter,” which Gwen co-wrote with Keane’s Tim Rice-Oxley, was shot in Prague, Budapest and Milan by acclaimed director Sophie Mueller (which totally explains the Annie Lennox vibe too — she’s directed over a dozen of her videos and the Eurythmics’.)

And while “Early Winter” recalls Cyndi Lauper’s classic “Time After Time,” tips a hat to Madonna’s “Take a Bow,” and hurts like “Don’t Speak,” (which Muller also directed, and No Doubt picked up a Best Group Video VMA for it in 1997) it’s undeniably all Gwen. Who cares that the song’s such a holiday buzzkill, when the video is this beautiful?