“I think it’s about time people stopped judging women on their appearance and more on their intellect. Like you can appreciate my style without having to appreciate my weight. It’s not actually mutually inclusive. I just get frustrated because, just because I exist in this shape, doesn’t mean that I’m like advocating it and being like, ‘I look great.’ How do you know I’m not looking in the mirror and going ‘I wish I could gain ten pounds?’ Which is actually quite often the case. But if you say that you sound like you’re bragging that you’re naturally thin, and you’re not allowed to do that because even though it’s not the ideal weight, it kind of is as well. So it’s really fucked up. And how people that are bigger can be on the front covers of magazines being like ‘I’m really happy with my shape.’ But if I was to do that, I’d be compeltely criticized and ridiculed. But why can’t I be happy with how I look? … I’m just a bit sick of it. I just think that whole culture of hatred, and also feeling like it’s your right to judge people when you don’t know them is really fucked up.”
– This is Alexa Chung talking to Fashionista about the controversy that erupted awhile back when she posted a picture of herself looking quite thin on Instagram. Chung was derided by commenters on the site for being “thinspiration” for women with eating disorders. The whole interview is quite good and I recommend you read the entire thing. She says some very smart things about how naturally thin and skinny women are not immune to body scrutiny and, while it doesn’t compare equally to larger-sized women, it’s still body-policing. As a naturally skinny person, Chung is on the receiving end of insinuations and comments that she must have an eating disorder. Larger women can’t win and skinnier women can’t win, either. Alexa is right: it’s time we stopped judging all women on their appearance. [Fashionista]
How much do we love Alexa Chung’s style? Let us count the ways. Is it in her delicate fusing of Sloane Ranger prep with downtown chic? Or is it in her ability to make black tights and pink sunglasses look ineffably cool? Or is it simply that she seems so quirky and fun and like someone we’d want to hang out with, despite the fact that she’s totally gorgeous beyond words? The model/TV presenter/designer was caught walking through London in this casual ensemble, a perfect picture of ease, and we decided we’d like to steal her look. So, without further ado …
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Alexa Chung usually nails it sartorially — after all, she’s known for her quirky style — but even our finest dressers cop to a miss from time to time. The combination of hot-off-the-runway Christopher Kane dress, buttoned-up white shirt with metallic embellishments, and tasseled loafer-esque pumps is certainly true to her eccentric, English boy-meets-Gallic girl aesthetic, and I really like each individual piece, but this incohesive look just isn’t doing it for me. Are you into the kooky mix of elements, or have you seen better on Alexa?
Alexa Chung’s talent, the skill responsible for her ascent to fame, is dressing extraordinary well, and does she ever. Though it’s tempting to explain it away as such, it’s not just that everything looks good on her beanpole figure — she really knows how to put a look together using a diverse mix of high and low (admittedly, more high these days), and she’s never afraid to go out on a limb. Surely Alexa does have genetics to thank as well as her own knack for dressing, but she’s so low-key and self-effacing that I can’t help but like her in a way that I can’t muster for most of our famous-for-next-to-nothing celebs. That said, I would do anything for her wardrobe. Anything, I tell you. This look is the consummate example of Alexa’s off-duty British cool — a super-short fitted skirt, edgy boots with socks peeking out, and a boyish pullover are perfectly suited to pretty much anywhere you may go. You know what I always say: let’s steal it, shall we? Keep reading »
Alexa Chung is known for her quirky sense of style, and this outfit, which she wore to host the launch of the Annual British Designers Collective, was totally on point. She’s playing with a lot of trends at once but it doesn’t feel overpowering because she keeps the look very simple: message sweater, floral skirt, patent loafers, and some seriously springy pastel nail polish. Wanna steal the look for yourself? We’ve got all the pieces (for 80 bucks or less) after the jump… Keep reading »
Everything we learn about model/TV presenter/Madewell designer Alexa Chung just makes us like her more. Take the story she told Jimmy Fallon about her DJ skills. Alexa admitted that she doesn’t so much DJ as burn a couple of CDs with her favorite songs and then pretend to be confidently mixing the songs. And if that fails, she just pretends to walk down an imaginary set of stairs. [Fashionista]
Last night, the British celebrated their own particular brand of style with the British Fashion Awards, honoring the best in designing and fashion talent from around England. Women swept the awards, winning top honors for best fashion and accessories designers — Victoria Beckham and Charlotte Dellal, respectively — while Alexander McQueen head Sarah Burton took home the award for fashion designer of the year. Alexa Chung was crowned most stylish (what is this, high school?) for the second year in a row, beating out both Kates — Middleton and Moss — and Stella McCartney, Christopher Kane and Kim Jones took home additional awards.
But what you really want to know is: what did they wear? After the jump, some of the best and worst to grace the fashion red carpet.
“Have fun. Don’t take anything too seriously. Try a bit of irony now and again. Don’t wear anything too tight. Borrow things from your brother, boyfriend or father’s wardrobe. And wear stupid shoes!”
– model and Madewell designer Alexa Chung offers her personal style tips. Stupid shoes, check. [Fashionista] Keep reading »