Alexa Chung at the Mulberry Spring Summer 2013 Show during London Fashion Week at Claridge’s on September 18, 2012 in London, England.
Mulberry designer Emma Hill with Alexa Chung, Kate Moss and Lana Del Reybackstage after the Mulberry Spring/Summer 2013 show.
Do you like being called a style icon?
I think it is very flattering but it’s also something I’ve got to be wary of because it puts me in a position where people are going to be even more hypercritical of what I’m wearing when I don’t really take it all that seriously.
Tell us about the Mulberry Elkington bag you were carrying.
I saw an Elkington in oak at Liberty’s and it was so beautiful I found myself wishing I could carry it. Then I thought, wait, I can. I may be a girl but I’m allowed to carry a man’s bag.
What influenced your style as you were growing up?
I grew up in the countryside and my style was influenced by that, as well as by my two older brothers. I also had a pony, so there was an equestrian influence too. I was always in jodhpurs and my brothers’ hand-me-down T-shirts and riding ankle boots.
My mum would wear loafers or ballet pumps, a Burberry trench and a satchel. Without knowing it, I started emulating her style.
How would you describe your dressing?
Menswear, countryside - it’s quite a British way of dressing. I also like pretty tea dresses but when you are in the country, you can’t wear a pretty thing without a big chunky jumper over it.
Also, everyone in England wore school uniforms, so that explains the classic V neck jumper, navy cardigan and pleated skirt. I quite like conservative things.
Tell us your top style tips.
1. Don’t try to be anyone else. Express your own vibe.
2. Dress for your body type. I’ve got skinny legs so when I was in school, I used to wear three pairs of tights to make them look bigger. But then I thought, heck it, it doesn’t matter.
3. Invest in classic pieces that will last you a long time. Don’t be frivolous.
4. Have fun with fashion. Be playful and experiment and do your own thing.
What is the one fashion faux pas you would never commit?
I’d never buy anything from the 1980s. For me, it’s just too sexually aggressive. All the clothes are about power and sex.
I think of 1980s clothes as what a groupie of all those Los Angeles bands would wear - people dressing like hookers.
How do you feel about being called an It girl?
I don’t mind it. Let’s call a spade a spade. I’m told I’m one but I don’t feel like one. I feel like a girl who sits in the bath and gets anxious about things.
British celebrity stylist Gok Wan also said in an interview with Urban: ‘She is honest, down-to-earth, has impeccable personal style, doesn’t conform to what fashion industry thinks is in, is painfully beautiful, very versatile and an all-round nice girl.’
Hosting a Mulberry party at The Orangery, Kensington Palace, London. 21 February.
Alexa Chung during the Mulberry Fall 2010 Collection in New York.
Alex doesn’t seem really happy ;D Sorry about the watermark…
"Today I’m wearing my APC coat, leather trousers by Juicy Couture BIRD and my Mulberry Alexa bag. Ahem. "