Whether you think she’s crazy overrated or you actually want to emulate her manic pixie style, TV presenter/hipster It girl Alexa Chung is a force to be reckoned with in the fashion world. From her collaboration with Madewell to her memoir/scrapbook/style guide to her kinda sorta hangover-inspired makeup line with Eyeko, Alexa’s basically done everything except design her own clothing line. Read more about her design aspirations on The Gloss…
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This is the kind of pitch perfect get up Alexa Chung wears to the friggin’ airport, you guys. Is it any wonder so many of have tried and failed to pull off her bangs? In overalls, a simple button down and a well-arranged trench, she makes the mere mortals flying with her look like disheveled garbage trolls. Alexa, will you sell me your style secrets? I’d pay top dollar, swear. [Photos: Fame/Flynet]
This floral peasant skirt and button-down look isn’t for fashion novices. After all, there are lots of ways to screw this up: wearing the blouse tucked all the way in; finding a skirt that’s just a bit too short or way too long; trying to pair it all with platform sandals or something. But thankfully, Alexa Chung knows exactly what she’s doing. The skirt is above the knees but not scandalously short, and she keeps her top half looking reserved but sexy at the same time. Yeah, yeah, we know we call on Alexa as a style icon all the friggin’ time, but it’s pretty clear she deserves it, yes? [Photo: Fame/Flynet]
Celebrities: They are not “just like us.” They don’t sweat in the summer. Their skin remains perfectly glistening and lovely. Their makeup stays in place. There is no fly-away hair or smudged eyeliner. Who created these mythical beastlings, anyway?
Fabled origins aside, celebs are also very good at wearing black. It is the universal color of cool, after all. They’re also fond of blue, not to mention, when they’re gettin’ crazy, pairing the two together. Here, we see Australian pop star Iggy Azalea; coveted hair-possessor Alexa Chung; Victoria’s Secret model/submissive celebrity wife Miranda Kerr; Foreveralone Jennifer Aniston; and Japanese model Rila Fukushima. They’re all in some combo of black and blue, but which look do you like best?
Hair is so linked to how we feel and everyone goes for something radical after a break-up, but my advice if you’ve just suffered heartbreak or you’ve broken up with someone, is to not touch your hair. It’s the first thing women do, but you’re not in a fit state to make decisions that are long-term — you’ll have to spend the next four years growing it out. Don’t have a fringe cut. Don’t bleach it. Don’t do anything, because you will regret it. Buy a lipstick instead. Go and kiss loads of other people, but don’t f***ing touch your hair, as you’ll still feel sad — and you’ll have weird hair.
— The relationship between breakups (or breakdowns, for that matter) and bad, often self-inflicted haircuts is indisputable. Negative feelings seem to beget the compulsion to reach for a pair of scissors like nothing else in the world. So listen to Alexa Chung when she says just don’t fucking do it, if for no other reason than that she has excellent hair and that she’s also 100 percent accurate when she says that you won’t feel any different but your hair will definitely look shittier. I know it’s tempting. Abstain. [Stylist.co.uk]
Jorts. Jean shorts. They’re a ubiquitous style in the summer time–and whether your wear them high-waisted like Alexa Chung, or frayed beyond belief, like Selena Gomez, they’re a warm weather staple. The key to jort-wearing is keeping it super casual, so don’t try and dress up your jorts with heels or some kind of overly fancy blouse. Jorts should evoke a cool, comfortable style, just like you. Celebs obviously like partaking in the jortery, too, with varying degrees of success. Here, we’ve got Alexa, Emmy Rossum, Miranda Kerr, Selena Gomez and Anna Paquin. What jorts look do you like best?
- Alexa Chung revealed that earlier in her modeling career “creepy men” would ask her to take her clothes off. “I didn’t want to tell [my parents] too much about the reality of what was going on — when I was taking the train to London and being asked to do certain things,” she explained. “I already knew it was wrong. So, you know, if there was a casting where some creepy man there had gone on to his flat in Ilford, and , you know, ‘Take your clothes off…’ and if I’d have done it, I won’t tell my mum because I know that’s wrong. You had lots of castings where they were like,’This is for swimwear,’ and in hindsight, I look back and think, ‘Did you really need an 18-year-old girl to strip in your front room?’” Sadly these exploitative tales are all too common. [Cosmopolitan UK]
- Justin Bieber is banned from indoor skydiving (???) in Las Vegas for being “disrespectful.” [Page Six]
- Last week, Paula Deen didn’t get her Food Network show renewed; now her racism shit-kerfluffle has gotten her fired from a Smithfield ham endorsement deal. [People]
- A simple guide to figuring out if you’re a Beyonce or a Solange. [Crushable]
- In response to the racist reactions to a Cheerios commercial starring an interracial family, the Tumblr “We Are The 15%” shows happy families in all sorts of hues. [Refinery29] Keep reading »
- This rocks: Rookie Mag’s Tavi Gevinson, model/presenter Alexa Chung, writer Miranda July, and a whole bunch of other ladies got together for a cover of Lesley Gore’s iconic song “You Don’t Own Me.” As if you needed another reminder that Mitt Romney is like the boyfriend that you can’t believe you ever thought was not a douchebag. [YouTube]
- Uh oh: “Lea Michele” and “pregnancy rumors” in the same sentence. [Celebrity Cafe]
- Watch 17 actors in the tiny background parts they played before they got famous, like Ryan Gosling on “Are You Afraid Of The Dark?” [The Week]
“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]
- Anne Hathaway’s interesting bridal bandana, explained! [NYMag.com]
- TV host and girl-about-town Alexa Chung is set to release her first book, “a glimpse into Chung’s secrets to successful dressing, style tips, sketches, and personal photos,” next September. [Vogue UK]
- Despite all the drama and criticism that’s surrounded Hedi Slimane’s first collection for
YvesSaint Laurent, bigwig buyers from giants like Barneys and Bergdorf Goodman are loving the wares, which is kind of the whole point. [Refinery29]
- Elizabeth Olsen talks shopping, style, and borrowing/stealing clothes from her sisters in an exclusive interview. Girlfriend’s got it rough! [Grazia Daily]
- Chanel is trying to make French manicures happen again. For what reason, we may never know. [Fashionista] Keep reading »