Alexa Chung

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  1. Part of Alexa's interview for the coverstory of Harper's Bazaar UK


    Talking to the groovy and clever Alexa Chung is exhausting. The conversation is so banter-heavy, that when we're done, we both need a nap. In the interest of sparing you our endless chatter, here are the highlights of an afternoon with Chung.
    Alexa on her public versus real life persona:
    "In real life, I rarely think about clothes. But because I'm interviewed frequently, it becomes a constant frame for other things. The other day I was doing an interview. There were a lot of people from different territories, some people from Korea, some people from South America, people from everywhere. And they were asking me these questions and I realized I was frustrated because they were all about how to team a bag with an outfit, or how to get my style."
    "They were all quite shallow, and that's the nature of the business. I thought, 'How can I get these women to have a more interesting conversation with me?' And it occurred to me later that night as I was falling asleep that I can't expect people to ask me interesting questions if I can't provide them with anything interesting to talk about."
    On the difference between her brand of fame and Cara Delevingne's…
    "I think it's going to take a number of years to have enough distance to reflect upon it. From how fast the Internet has gone, I can already understand that I'm a different beast than younger girls like Cara Delevingne or Kendall Jenner—the Instagram generation. The way it happened for me was through blogs and Tumblr. But because of that – because people weren't necessarily watching my TV shows, because they weren't living in the UK or the US, that's when the illusion of "It" girl came about."


    On having projects to help relay the fact that "clearly she's a thinking person even though she's got really nice overalls on."
    "I wasn't concerned until recently because I always had an outlet. I always had a voice. It didn't matter to me if magazines got something wrong. I was like, "Well you don't know that I get to work at 8AM every morning and read the script." Since I gave my job up, I had no desire to engage in a television production for a year or so. I didn't realize how much I valued that. It was something that kept me happy. So now I want to do TV again."
    On fashion editing…
    "I love curating things in general. I love writing. It might actually be the solution to my problem, my dilemma that I don't know what to do. It's because I like to do everything. I like to appease that nature of wanting to dabble in things."
    On developing an eye from a young age:
    "I grew up in a very visual household. My dad is a designer, my sister is a designer, my brother is an amazing architect who does music. But I think in the Chung household, how things looked was an important part of who you are."
    "I remember being in art class as a kid and them teaching us about Futurists and being like 'yeah yeah yeah, are we going to talk about [Gino] Severini, or what?' But it was because I had the Cubism books. They were the books I would have on my shelf—my mum was really into literature and my dad was really into art."
    On intellectuality in the fashion realm…
    "It depends on whom you surround yourself with. I find that the most intelligent humans are in this industry. Like Derek Blasberg's brain is like he's firing on all cylinders and the extra backup one, all at the same time. I feel like there are plenty of entertaining, clever people here."
    On focusing her efforts:
    "Someone said to me the other day, 'Name someone who excelled in more than arena.' And they said, 'Alexa, you need to focus on one thing because you can't succeed if you do it simultaneously.' I was like… I won't allow people's **** limit what I do."
    On keeping a journal:
    "I found a little story that I wrote about how one day I might be in England and I might have a kid or something and I might say, "I lived in New York once." And I won't have any of the breadth of things that happened there. And it's so cheesy. I'm always in that space where I'm trying to decide where to live and I think you need those [notes] to exist."
    On traveling solo versus with others:
    "No experience exists unless it's a shared one. I can't remember the hotel room in Chicago or Brazil or LA if I was on my own. But if I was drinking rose and smoking out a window with a cute boy, I remember the specifics. Great time you had there!"
    The last thing she bought:
    "Louis Vuitton boots. They're black with tan straps. For my birthday. I do feel bad about spending that much money on things."
    On dating in New York versus London:
    "It doesn't happen in London. You just don't really date in London. You just go out and meet someone you like. If you happen to hook up more than three times in a row, you don't have the conversation. You just wait until someone gets jealous enough to have some pub brawl over you and then you go, 'Well I guess that's my man.'"
    "Then there's the New Yorker's dilemma of choice. It's always compare and contrast. I don't know because I'm obviously not massively successful at dating. I'm just more old-school in the idea that things happen when they're supposed to. You can't force it. Everyone I've ever fallen in love with, I just fell in love with! I didn't date them to try."
    Current girl crush:
    "Caroline de Maigret. We met in Paris and through my agent. She just came to dinner because he was taking me out. And she was so cool, she had a record label and that hair. And she was like, "What are you up to tomorrow? Want to go underwear shopping?" And I was like, that's kind of weird, but yeah. Cool! I was saying, there was a boy coming to Paris to see me and she was like, "Well you need perfect underwear." I'm not really that kind of girl, like sexy-matching, she was like "Please. You have to." She was really French about it. "I'll take you underwear shopping."
    Habit to drop:
    "I just broke it. Smoking. I just quit. I was forced to quit. Command+Quit. Force Quit."
    The first thing people notice about her?
    "People comment on my voice. They always ask me if I'm ill. Taxi drivers, doorman."
    What would she like people to know about?
    "Nothing. I'm done over-sharing. They always want a secret. Like, "What's your secret talent that you haven't told anyone?" Well it wouldn't be secret if I told you."
    "My image has swallowed me up! I've given so much out to this projected version of myself, but now I have to live up to this character that I don't even associate half the time."
    Childhood career ambition?
    "To be blonde. It was just my ambition in life. Just to be blonde."
    On her AG collaboration:
    "I was there a lot and it wasn't just the designing. It was like art direction. That collection came down to everything like how the label was going to fit in and which billboard to put it on… and what soundtrack goes with it—I think kind of like psych-synth, '60's. It was more work than I anticipated, really. And much more like being a proper designer than I had anticipated."
    On designing her own collection in the future:
    "I'd need a great business partner. I'm glad we're talking about it because it's been a great frustration in my life. I can't seem to find the right person to help me do that. The matter is, I'd love to do that but I need financial backing and I need a great business partner."
     

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  2. From her latest Harper's Bazaar UK Cover
     

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  5. Alexa Chung Talks Kanye West and Festival Dressing at Longchamp DinnerOn Tuesday night, Alexa Chung gathered friends, industry members and press for an intimate dinner in the Meatpacking District to celebrate her latest campaign for Longchamp. The British spokesmodel and author hosted at one end of a long, impeccably dressed table; drummer and fellow Brit Tennessee Thomas held court at the second. "Like a wedding," Chung joked to guests, which included Longchamp CEO Jean Cassegrain and Creative Director Sophie Delafontaine, plus Atlanta de Cadenet, Mia Moretti and Derek Blasberg.A few images of Chung's fall 2015 ads for the French luxury house — her fourth with the brand — strategically trickled out on social media Tuesday. Instead of lounging on the beaches of St. Tropez, Chung posed on the bright, arty streets of Wynwood in Miami for photographer Max Vadukul.
    "It was so fun, but we shot [the campaign] a few months ago," Chung told me during cocktail hour. "It was boiling hot and we were doing the full collection, which was like a mohair roll neck and leather pants and leather jacket. I think Sophie [Delafontaine] chose it to really test my dedication to Longchamp," she teased.
    "We've used the same team of people for four seasons now, so I love them all and everyone’s really funny and in between we’re all dancing and being stupid," she added. "But it was quite hard work — if modeling can be hard work."
    Chung mentioned she was planning to catch a red-eye flight later that evening to get to the Glastonbury music festival, just in time for Kanye West's divisive Saturday night set. "[The petition to ban Kanye from Glastonbury] didn’t work, did it?" she said. "I’m a big fan. I think he’s fantastic. The world needs characters like that, you know. Love him or hate him, he’s definitely pushing boundaries. I respect that he’s so outspoken and he also blurs the lines in between so many careers and perceptions, definitely. Everyone wants you to be in a box, but he’s like, 'No, I’m not ****ing getting in the box, sorry.'"
    The conversation moved to the commodification of festival style. "It’s slightly embarrassing," she said. "Because, first and foremost, you just have to be comfortable and weather-appropriate. So I think it’s a bit naff, some of the iterations on that theme, and how it has become its own style. But, then again, it's a moment where you can really have fun with whatever you’re wearing, so I see the attraction. Coachella, for me, it's become a bit homogenized — and I enjoy going there, I've been going there for 10 years — but the last time I went there, all I wanted to do was wear a suit as soon as I left. I mean, I was wearing what everyone else was wearing but, like, ****ing hell, if I see one more flower crown."
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    So we know one thing Chung won't be wearing at Glasto. The Brit has kept quite busy the past two years: releasing a 21-piece denim collection with AG Jeans and enjoying the success of her first book, It, to name a couple highlights. So what's next for to check off on her list of life goals?
    "I’m going to do more TV things," she said. "I really love interviewing people and writing and doing stuff like that, so that’s what I’m doing this summer and then after that, I don’t know."
    Perhaps a reboot of MTV's canceled-too-soon "It's on With Alexa Chung"?
    "I can’t talk about it," Chung said with a smile. "It’s like two TV things I’m doing." So stay tuned (pun intended).
     

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  6. Alexa Chung Toasts Another Longchamp Campaign in New YorkThe French leather goods brand Longchamp, a tightly run ship still managed by the descendants of founder Jean Cassegrain, sold its 30 millionth Le Pliage bag in January 2014. The label is almost as ubiquitous as its face, Alexa Chung, who was being toasted on Tuesday night at 58 Gansevoort Street in New York City’s Meatpacking District.

    It was the “It” girl’s fourth advertising campaign with the company and the umpteenth event to promote their relationship. This small dinner, though, in a hot, dimly lit event space above 9th Avenue was nothing like the blowout held in Tokyo a month earlier.
    “That party was in a megaclub, and I can’t thoroughly describe it without sounding crazy,” Chung said, sitting primly on the edge of a couch, where, just a second ago, she was sprawled out looking exhausted.
    While in Tokyo, Chung was surrounded by a squad of dancers moving under black lights. The New York dinner was a more low-key affair, consisting of some of her nearest and dearest — Atlanta de Cadenet Taylor, Tennessee Thomas, Mia Moretti — plus Waris Ahluwalia and The Strokes bassist Nikolai Fraiture.
    Also milling about was photographer Max Vadukul, who’d spent two days in the Wynwood Arts District of Miami scouting locations when he came upon a building striped with colors that would become the backdrop for the Chung campaign.
    At Tuesday’s dinner, a low hum of conversation settled over the small crowd to tunes by Afro Andes. Chung mulled the concept of collaborations with fashion brands, one of her many “It” girl responsibilities. Though she’s also worked with AG Jeans on a capsule, Chung said she appreciates Longchamp’s mom-and-pop dynamic.
    “I want creative input, not just quick turnaround. I think Longchamp respects that, though, and I appreciate that loyalty and discerning factor,” she said. “You think about how big the company is, — I mean, you see them everywhere, but it’s literally six people running the whole business. And we’ve gotten to know each other.”
    Still, when asked about the possibility of collaborating in the future with Longchamp on a product, she admitted she is “kind of collab-ed out.”
     
  7. Some of those photos look nothing like her. The one of her on the horse looks like Brian Williams' (NBC) daughter.
     
  8. IT girl Alexa Chung showcases her trim figure and impeccable style as she unveils her latest denim range for AG Jeans

    • Alexa, 31, teamed up with AG Jeans earlier this year
    • Has unveiled her AW15 drop, which also includes sweaters and blouses
    • Star was seen enjoying Glastonbury festival over the weekend

    Since first making a name for herself as the party circuit's most familiar face more than a decade ago, Alexa Chung has proven she's not just a one trick pony.
    The IT girl, who counts Harry Styles and Cara Delevingne among her nearest and dearest, has worked as a model, TV presenter, author, and now, fashion designer.
    The 31-year-old Brit, who now resides in New York, has unveiled the latest drop from her collaboration with premium denim brand, AG Jeans.


    Alexa, who penned best-selling tome IT last year, showcases her modelling credentials as she poses in a vintage-inspired shoot to debut her AW15 designs.

    The collection of denims, which will launch on StyleBop.com on July 23, are dubbed 'hip, smart and sophisticated' and perfectly reflects designer Alexa's personal style.

    As well as high-waist crop skinny jeans and buttoned A-line skirts, the savvy businesswoman has added Merino wool jumpers and silk polkadot blouses to her offering this season.

    Alexa first revealed that she was working with AG on a collection back in June, telling WWD.com: 'The collection is inherently the missing pieces of my dream denim wardrobe, which, as ever, is predominantly inspired by a late Sixties, early Seventies aesthetic.
    The former TV presenter also revealed that she had paid a trip to the AG factory, in order to get a real taste for how the company operated - and to learn how exactly her pieces would be made, from start to finish.
    'I found the trip incredibly inspiring and an opportunity to learn about denim and make things I had been dreaming about finding,' she added.
    Alexa was spotted enjoying a good time with her pals at Glastonbury festival this weekend.
     

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  9. Alexa with new boyfriend Alexander Skarsgard
     

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  10. What a lovely couple :smile:
     
  11. They make a really cute couple!
     
  12. More of Alex and Alexa
     

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  15. When they were in London