Alexa Chung

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  1. 'Sophisticated' Alexa Chung is set to be crowned Style Influencer of the Year award - as she can catapult brands to stardom with a single Instagram post

    Alexa Chung is one of the world's most fashionable stars whose every outfit sends women rushing to the high street to copy her look.
    Now she is set to follow in the footsteps of other famous fashionistas by being lauded for her ability to set trends and drive shoppers in their stampedes by being named Style Influencer of the Year.
    Hampshire-born Alexa, 31, will be given the title that was previously bestowed on Nicole Richie and Tabitha Smmons at the 29th annual FN Achievement Awards on December 2.

    The award singles out her love of stylish footwear and points to her close relationships with top designers and brands, including Charlotte Olympia, Roger Vivier, Gianvito Rossi, Tabitha Simmons and Bionda Castana.
    In fact, British-born shoe designer Simmons named her Alexa flats after the UK trendsetter, and British label Mulberry also named a bag for her.
    And during New York Fashion Week, Chung was spotted at an intimate dinner held by Roger Vivier and Mytheresa.com to honor Vivier creative director Bruno Frisoni.



    The award singles out her love of stylish footwear and points to her close relationships with top designers and brands, including Charlotte Olympia, Roger Vivier, Gianvito Rossi, Tabitha Simmons and Bionda Castana.
    In fact, British-born shoe designer Simmons named her Alexa flats after the UK trendsetter, and British label Mulberry also named a bag for her.
    And during New York Fashion Week, Chung was spotted at an intimate dinner held by Roger Vivier and Mytheresa.com to honor Vivier creative director Bruno Frisoni.

    FN also say that Alexa also has an innate understanding of how to bridge the gap between high fashion and accessible style. Recently, she co-founded the fashion app Villoid, which brings together social media, digital community and e-commerce by allowing users to share photos of their favorite products or follow influencers like her, and then purchase items they like with the click of a button.
    In her launch video for Villoid, Alexa explained the reasoning behind producing the app, saying: 'You know when you wake up in the morning you’re like, ‘Oh my god what am I going to wear today?'
    She added, 'I think street style is such a huge influence on so many designers these days and it’s no longer the sad little brother of the fashion conglomerate. It’s really where inspiration comes from.'
    And on Dec. 2, all sides of the footwear world — from luxury to performance athletics — will converge for FN's annual awards ceremony.
    Now in its 29th year, the FN Achievement Awards have recognized the biggest talents in the shoe business, including Christian Louboutin, Manolo Blahnik, Stuart Weitzman and Pierre Hardy, as well as powerhouse brands like Nike, Under Armour and Prada.
     

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  2. Alexa with Alexander Skarsgard
     
  3. Alexa Chung reveals she's still waiting for her maternal instincts to 'kick in' and isn't planning on having a baby any time soon

    She's a global fashion icon, a regular on the party scene and has a plethora of celebrity pals - and Alexa Chung's not in a hurry to bid farewell to her glitzy lifestyle any time soon.
    The 31-year-old English TV presenter confessed to Elle Magazine that she is still waiting for her maternal instincts to 'kick in' and isn't in a rush to have a baby.
    Alexa, who is rumoured to be dating Swedish actor Alexander Skarsgård, said: ‘I’m not thinking babies. I mean, they look great! I’m open to it and I would like a family one day, but I’m not desperate to get moving on that front.’

    Former T4 host Alexa also divulged some of her style secrets and revealed what kind of garments help boost her confidence.
    ‘I feel uncomfortable in anything tight or body-con. Anything sexy, I don’t feel myself in,' she said

    'I don’t know what the psychology behind that is. Maybe I’m constantly fighting for people to listen to what I have to say, so it seems undermining to look too girlie or frivolous.’

    Despite her fashion pedigree, Alexa, who dated Arctic Monkeys' frontman Alex Turner for four years until July 2011, admitted she is anything but high maintenance.
    ‘I’m terrible at looking in the mirror,' she said. 'I just get out of the shower and put moisturiser on and often don’t wear any makeup’.
    She has a similarly laid back attitude to her designer wardrobe: 'My wardrobe is a floordrobe. I can’t take it any more.
    'I’m terrible at throwing things away. I don’t wear about 70 per cent of my clothes. My flatmate’s arranged for a professional organiser to come round and take care of my life.’
    For the Elle Magazine shoot, Alexa was dolled up by her squad of stylish showbiz pals including Henry Holland, Pixie Geldof and Daisy Lowe to help celebrate the launch of her new shopping app Villoid
    In one glamorous shot she can be seen in a tweed suit with flared trousers, a lemon-coloured blouse and open-toed platform heels.
    In another, her trademark bob is styled in front of her eyes and she dons a gingham blouse with spaghetti straps and puffball sleeves.




    Meanwhile on Tuesday Alexa was a VIP guest at Hearst Magazines third annual MAGFRONT event in New York, which was also attended by Drew Barrymore.
    Alexa flaunted her eclectic taste by teaming a baby blue sweater with a pleated skirt.
    While the silver midi skirt added a touch of glam to the ensemble, Alexa ditched the heels in favour of some lace-up ankle boots.
    The fashion writer and model's short bob framed her pretty features, which the stylish star accentuated with a touch of pink blusher and lip colour.
    Alexa Chung’s fashion app Villoid is available to download for free for iPhone and Android.
    Read the full interview with Alexa Chung - on sale 31 October. Read more online at elleuk.com/alexa. Also available as a digital edition.






     

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  4. #34 Apr 27, 2016
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2016
    Alexa Chung and British Vogue won the Webby and People’s Voice Awards for best fashion and beauty video (online film and video) for "The Future of Fashion".
    Hailed as the “Internet’s highest honor” by The New York Times, The Webby Awards is the leading international award honoring excellence on the Internet, including Websites, Advertising & Media, Online Film & Video, Mobile Sites & Apps and Social. The Webby Awards is presented by the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences (IADAS).
    A ceremony honoring the winners will take place at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City on Monday, May 16, 2016. The entire show will be available to stream on the Webby Awards site the following day.

    http://webbyawards.com/winners/2016/online-film-video/video-channels-and-networks/fashion-beauty-channel/
     
  5. Maybe it's just me but I just don't get her appeal, there is something odd about her
     
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  6. I like Alexa, but I like her more in videos and such. Her charisma is more seen and felt than on the photos.
     
  7. I completely agree with you! I'm so happy she won the award for her series! :hbeat:
     
  8. She looked fab!!! With her hair and the earrings she gave a little Bowie tribute at the Met Gala and I love it!
     
  9. Alexa in Bangkok for Longchamp
     

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  10. #42 May 11, 2016
    Last edited: May 11, 2016
    By Man Repeller:

    http://www.manrepeller.com/2016/05/alexa-chung-interview-chatroom.html

    The Chatroom: Alexa Chung

    IT’S SO FUNNY.

    Have a bit more time on your hands? Listen to Alexa Chung’s podcast episode here.

    Things Alexa Chung and Leandra agree on: it’s difficult to look nice in the winter, layering is a great solution to most problems (See: styling, wolf-repelling), crying on airplanes is a “thing,” hot pants are always appropriate and the word “cockpit” is an excellent excuse to say “cock” on repeat without being beeped out (just in case you’re on public TV or something).

    Things Alexa Chung and Leandra don’t agree on: how to pronounce the word “literally.”

    In this episode of The Chatroom, the two discuss all of the above (lit-trally), as well as Chung’s app, Villoid, how she gets her hairs — all three of them — to look that way and the power that introducing just one new thing into your closet can have when it comes to perceiving your old clothes in a new light.

    Are you guys ready? Pop some headphones in and get ready to laugh.

    Directed by Jay Buim, photographed by Krista Anna Lewis.
     

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  12. new Interview:

    http://www.buro247.sg/fashion/insiders/brunch-with-buro-alexa-chung.html


    Brunch with Buro: Alexa Chung

    In Singapore for Longchamp, Yvette King catches up with Alexa Chung for a candid chat about fashion, being a francophile, and transitioning from TV presenter to a certified It girl.

    Yes she's the #kween of style, but beyond being able to throw on a good frock and get away with air-dried hair, while still looking effortlessly cool, Alexa Chung is pro-level with quick wit and unapologetic honesty. Years of TV presenting and fashion journalism of the highest order (um Vogue anyone?) can do that to a person. Or maybe she was just born with it. Now in Singapore for a quick visit, Alexa is putting her pretty face to a name, once again for Longchamp, their fifth collaboration. I caught up with the It girl herself for some banter and black coffee.

    Let's start with music and a bit of a #ThrowbackThursday. You were Delta Goodrem's bestie in her famous Lost Without You music video and were the "almost kissed girl" in Holly Valance's Down Boy film clip. My early 2000's mind is blown! Most people don't know that about you right?

    [laughs] They don't know that... how do you know that? Actually I've tweeted that before cause I think it's really funny! And also I met one of my best friends through the Delta video. We went to a casting, we had to pick a partner, and I just chose this girl. They told us to act like we were best friends and she was just so funny — turned out to be an Aussie, Misty Fox. So I made a great friend that day.

    And for the Holly Valance video, in England we do AS's — which is before you do your A levels when you're 16 or 17 — and I got my results that day. So it was pretending to make out with Holly Valance and then phoning my dad opening an envelope asking, "What did I get?!" For a moment there, from 2000 to 2002, my job it seemed, as well as getting an education, was to throw popcorn in slow motion in music videos!

    And then you got your start in TV, hosting the music show, Popworld. Did you ever have to awkwardly throw to one of those clips?

    No, as I think they'd stopped hanging around by then. But I was also in a bunch of other videos and one of them was for The Streets. Recently I went to a dinner in Germany and another guest there was Mike Skinner. We caught eyes across the table and then he asked, "This is really embarrassing but do you remember being in my video?" and I said, "What do you mean embarrassing? That was the highlight of my life!" He said "I've been dining out on that for years" and I was like, "No, I've been dining out on that for years!" It was great!

    I think it was more about directors looking for someone who didn't mind hanging out all day that's not going to moan about being cold on set. Someone who's really good at not complaining. That was back then. Now it's a different story [laughs].

    Diva!
    CC hair and makeup this morning. Eek! [laughs].

    Anyway, did producers ever try and change your presenting style? It's quite unique and is almost the antithesis of a cookie cutter "presenter" type.

    Yeah, I know. They employed me because of that on my first show. And actually I'm really lucky 'cause Channel 4 in England were really good at nurturing talent and they were looking for irreverence, eccentricity, and I think they found joy in the idea that someone could be crap at that job, as it seemed more real and more "youth" at the time.

    That said, when I moved to America, I did my MTV show. And then after that, I worked for a network called Fuse, and they sent me to presenting classes. I was so insulted as it had been a decade that I had already been presenting! They said my accent was unintelligable and I wasn't enthusiastic enough etc, but I was like, but that's my remit. That's the point of me! I asked how many times I needed to go to these classes, they said six times or something. So I said to the teacher, "I know what they want, I just don't want to do it. If I do it exactly as they want me to, be shining and boring, can we spend the rest of these sessions shopping online?"

    To be fair, you do need to be more palatable though, and I understand that. But then it got to a point where I needed to make a choice: Am I willing to forfeit what I believe in and how I like to express myself in order to fit in? Is self-expression more important to me? I decided it was.

    Who has been the most interesting interviewee in your career?

    I was really lucky to be able to interview people like Tom Jones and Paul McCartney when I was very young, so I probably didn't appreciate that I was interviewing legends. My first interview was with Red Hot Chili Peppers and I was so casual about it. In hindsight, I think that was quite cool. But who was the most interesting? I always like Wayne Coyne from the Flaming Lips.

    What about Karl Lagerfeld. Were you nervous?

    Probably a bit. The thing is, he's actually much warmer than it seems. He's funny. He's got a good sense of humour, so he's not that intimidating if he likes you in the moment.

    One of the worst ones, not the person, but what happened, was Raf Simons who I'm a big fan of. I put the voice recorder near me, not him and he talks quite quietly, so when I got back to transcribe it, I couldn't hear what he was saying so I had to go off memory of what the offices were like and create the colour for the story that way. Which was a bit of a fail.

    ****, I hope this is recording right now! So when did you suddenly cross over from presenter to It girl Alexa Chung?

    I think through a couple of years of cloudy miscommunication. I was given a wardrobe budget for TV and was interviewing fashion designers sometimes when I wasn't interviewing musicians. The designers would invite me to some of the shows and people thought I was there as an It girl type person...

    Kind of like a socialite?

    Yeah, and I was livid about it 'cause I was like, "F*ck off! No, I'm not, I've got a job!" But after a while I was like, "How much are you going to pay me? I'll show up!" [laughs]. But this was pre-bloggers. It was a weird moment in time. I don't know if it would happen if I were to start out now.

    Yes! It would!

    Do you think? Social media is so weird isn't it? I don't know...

    Was it a strange feeling to be interviewing celebrities and then finding yourself on the other side as one yourself?

    Yeah. Really weird. I also realised how ungenerous it is when people don't give you good answers. Because it's easy to just be nice and give good answers. So when people give you a one-liner that people have already read before, or don't want to talk when you're really doing them a favour by giving their project publicity, it's even more galling these days. Because I'm like, "C'mon, man. You can dig deep! You can give me a little somethin', somethin' more!"

    Do you ever get frustrated with the constant barrage of style questions? It's almost like when you see a doctor at a BBQ it's hard to resist asking them to check your mole. With you, is it the same thing... sans mole?

    [laughs] Will you be a master of the checking out of moles? We were laughing upstairs actually as I was choosing what to wear and a mate was like, "How can you style this day to night?" And I said, "Shut up! 'Cause that's the number one question!" What is 'day to night'? I don't really understand the question. But no, it's fine though. I think it's a pretty easy pay-off. I'm sent lovely things and I just need to answer some questions — leave it to me!

    On that note, my apologies, I'm going to be very annoying and ask you a style question myself! Do you prescribe to the French woman aesthetic? A little bit masculine, wear stripes, chic flats?

    I think I figured out that I'm always trying to explore the intersection between masculinity and femininity. I don't necessarily deliberately subscribe to flats or heels or anything, it's about proportions. I don't like looking too prissy and I'm interested in juxtapositions. If something's really girly then I ask what can I do to make it a bit more unexpected. I'm just trying to entertain myself really.

    Is that why you wanted to collaborate with Longchamp in the first place?

    I wanted to work with them because they threw the sickest party in London, they also collaborated with Charles Anastase, who's one of my favourite artists. I had a cat bag that I loved, and then I DJ'ed for them, and they were so nice. It's rare that the client is actually in the DJ booth dancing along! They then took me for lunch the next day, we all met. It's like breeding. Shoving two horses in a field and seeing if they get on!

    Five campaigns later and you're still with them!

    Yeah, that and also I'm a Francophile. Is that the right word for that?

    I think so!

    Or does that mean I just like Franco. James Franco? [laughs]. Anything that brings me closer to Paris and being a fake Jane Birkin makes me quite happy really.

    What was it like shooting this Longchamp campaign in Paree?

    It was great. We shot both spring/summer and autumn/winter there with Peter Lindbergh. He is so friendly, like an uncle and really sweet, but it's intimidating as he's taken iconic images. He pulls out these insane pearls of wisdom. He's as sharp as a tack and completely on it. Let me just try and find you what he showed me — a quote of some advice he liked...
     
  13. #45 May 14, 2016
    Last edited: May 14, 2016
    While you look for that, what would you rather? Be Jane Birkin for the day or Kate Moss?

    Oh my god, Kate Moss! I'm sure Jane Birkin is lovely but I think Mossy has the most fun out of anyone. At all times. She has the same spirit as Rihanna and I like them both for the same thing. Other people craft the impression that they don't care, when they really do. Whereas they are genuinely having fun. People always say they are the best to work with...

    I found it! Peter Lindbergh showed me this quote: "To express yourself as you are without any intentional fancy way of adjusting yourself is the most important thing". Isn't that amazing? He told me to read it and that I would like it.

    I love it too! But I need to know, which bag is your must-have?

    It must mean I really like this one, as the weather has not been appropriate, but I've been carrying the sheep skin mini tote around. Love it! It's so cute! I like anything that you can pet for security! And the other one is the Pliage Heritage Hobo — it's very different from the sheepskin. It's a chic day to day situation.

    What are the key attributes of the quintessential Longchamp woman?

    I'm not including myself in this category when I go on to compliment myself by listing these attributes, but I think it's about elegance, a certain je ne sais quoi. From what I understand, when I hear Sophie (Delafontaine, the Artistic Director at Longchamp) talk, the Longchamp woman is a free spirit, but also someone that's international, someone that really loves travel and is modern. Modern in the way that women seem to be able to multi-task, be dynamic and independent.

    Back to this whole style thing again. Can you leave our readers with your ultimate style tip?

    Hmmm... "To express yourself as you are without any intentional fancy way of adjusting yourself."
     

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