Stevie Nicks on Love, Loss and What She Wears

With her first solo album in a decade widely praised as her "best yet," the rock icon reflects on past loves, present challenges, and her growth beyond Fleetwood Mac.

By Holly George-Warren
Stevie Nicks "In Your Dreams" cover

SN: Yes, and I think that's really great because I think of my grandmother, my mom's mom--I adored her.  And I spent every summer with her from when I was about 3 until I was 15, and I just loved her so much and I had so much fun with her.  She would let me stay up all night and drink coffee and watch movies.  And I just wish so much that she had been writing, because it she had written it down, I'd have it. I keep my journals in those big leather-bound journals because I find that those don't get lost. I like to tell all my fairy god-daughters and my niece Jesse that when I'm gone ... which is not a bummer, it's just fact ... they can sit on the floor and go through all these journals, and they can walk through my life, and they can smell the gardenia perfume on the  pages.  They can have it in their hands ... who I was.

More: Your look has been so influential, and continues to be. You'll see “the Stevie Nicks” look come up in various fashion seasons.

SN: Margi Kent has been making my clothes since the day I got home from the first Fleetwood Mac tour in 1975, and realized that I could never again go on the road with a suitcase full of stuff and try to figure out what I was going to wear onstage. So I went to her and drew a handkerchief skirt and those little sleeves and platform boots and a little top hat, and said, “This is who I want to be." That was the look.

More:  I love what you're wearing on the new album cover with the white horse.

SN: That was done in my back yard, and I looked out of my bedroom window, and that horse was standing over in the back of my yard.  It was a sunny day and there's big evergreens in my yard and the sun was coming through the trees and lighting up that horse. And that black dress I'm wearing is a Morgane Le Fey dress, bought in 1994.

More:  I can't believe you can still wear your dress from 1994.

SN: My whole weight thing has fluctuated.  Right now, I'm down to a pretty thin weight for me.  And all those clothes are pretty drapy; they're not fitted, they're gowns.

MoreThey're very flattering.  Do you have some sort of routine?  Do you work out, or are you following a certain type of diet?

SN: I have had such amazing luck with Weight Watchers.  I'm not as successful as Jennifer Hudson, because I've only lost about 11 pounds. But  I'm only 5'1" and I haven't been the weight t I am now since the mid-1990s.  So for me, I'm thin now, and I'm totally loving it.

More: What about exercise?

SN:  For 15 minutes, I walk to "Secret Love" and then I do another 3 or 4 minutes on the Power Plate, and then for 15 minutes I walk to the "Moonlight" song.  That's what I've been doing over the past 3 months, and I have to say, I've never gotten tired of those two songs.  And it cracks me up, because I've got all this other great treadmill music, and I am totally sticking with those two songs, because they are working.

More:  As far as the subject matter of your songs, they’re pretty timeless, and there’s a broad appeal to all ages, considering the vampire aspect, which so many people today are so interested in – from teens my son’s age to women my age.

SN: I know.  All of my friends are somewhere between 50 and 60 and we are all so into those Twilight books.  I saw the first two movies first, then I wrote “Moonlight.” Then I went back and read them.  So the song's about the second one.  It's about me through the eyes of Bella and Edward, back through their eyes to me.

   I'm so completely involved in all those stories ... I saw the movie Eclipse, which was not my favorite one, but then I went back and I read the Eclipse book, which I thought was fantastic..

First Published May 16, 2011

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