Singer/fashionista Gwen Stefani recently signed a promotional deal with Hewlett-Packard: she's the new spokesperson for their printers, so they've made some "Gwen's Style For You" printable downloads available on the HP site. If you use Vox, or certain other Internet services, you may already be aware of this: it's been heavily promoted in a few places. (Incidentally, this is not Stefani's first deal with HP -- back in 2005, she designed a limited edition camera for the company.)
But have you actually gone and looked at HP's page of "Gwen downloads"? The printables aren't pics of Gwen; they're much more interesting than just another photo of a pop star. Instead, they are illustrations and designs reminiscent of some of her fashion brands, particularly Harajuku Lovers. I don't think she precisely did the art with her own two hands, but she did commission and endorse it. And it's pretty cool!
The photo accompanying this article shows a Harajuku Lovers bag, with a pattern that's echoed in a few of the downloads. There are other styles of art available, a total of seven, all structured as cards, CD inserts and labels, and "style sheets" (mini-posters); some designs are more guy-friendly than others. There's also a "Paper Doll Entourage" -- dolls in the style of the Harajuku girls, as above, that you can customize online and then print out -- and a printable version of the Sweet Escape Tour Book.
There seems to be precious little do-it-yourself about this particular item, so why am I telling you about it? Well, the downloads are free, and there isn't much to stop you from using these in ways other than those suggested by HP. You could easily print a "style sheet" design onto a "dark t-shirt" transfer (so the design doesn't need to be reversed), use it as a decorative cover for a binder, make invitations for your next party, and so on. Whether or not you're a fan, they're hip, modern, and cute -- don't pass them up without a glance.