Girl Crush Supreme - Our Interview with Alexa Chung
We’ve had a girl crush on model-turned-interviewer-turned-whatever-she-wants Alexa Chung for ages. So we’re using the upcoming launch of her amazing collection for Madewell as an excuse to subject her to the same brilliantly funny questions she’s asked celebrities on her beloved, departed MTV talk show, It’s On with Alexa Chung. Here’s one you asked the cast of Glee: Let’s say you’re opening a chain restaurant. What will you call it? A themed restaurant or just a restaurant?
A themed one, obviously. Well, it’s a shame that Jekyll & Hydeis already taken, because that is really good. Um. I’d really like to do a Spice Girls restaurant. We can call it Spice Up Your Life. It can have Spice Girl memorabilia everywhere and serve curry.
Speaking of Spice Girls, which one would you be? Definitely Ginger Spice.
You asked Emile Hirsch how he’d describe his smell. So how about yours? Ha. I don’t know. I wear rose perfume, so maybe I smell like roses.
Now for Lady Gaga, you asked her about what she wears to the grocery store. So how do you dress to go grocery shopping? I dress like Lady Gaga.
Would you rather lose an eye or gain one? Oh, that’s from John Mayer. He was cracking me up at the time, and I couldn’t hold it together, because I thought that was the best thing I’d ever heard. As he said, I’d gain one then work an eye patch — a really cool, bedazzled eye patch. Though maybe I can gain one and put it in the back of my head and switch between the three. I’d be like an owl.
And you could cover the third with hair? And you could see what people were saying about you, literally, behind your back.
This last question is also something you asked John Mayer. And it’s our favorite question ever. It’s about the hairline, isn’t it?
Yes! Would you rather have a receding hairline or a — if this is a word — proceeding hairline? Oh, man. I don’t know, because neither is particularly attractive on a lady. I mean, if you’re a guy, you can just kind of have a receding one, and it’s fine. Or a proceeding one, and it can be like a beard. But I’m a lady. No facial furniture’s okay really, right? So I guess I’d have a receding one, and I can cover it with wigs.
We like that answer. Well, I don’t want to be bothered with shaving every day. I can’t even bother with shaving every day now, so if it were on my face, it’d be a real nightmare. There’d be a lot going on.
Finally, is there anything you wish we’d asked? If you die tomorrow, would you be happy with everything you’ve accomplished so far?
That’s a good one. So what’s the answer? You’re quite deep. Well. It’s aiiight.
For more delightful insight into the world of Chung (her Madewell collection, fave foods, and whose closet she wants to raid), click to the DailyCandy Dossier. Visit regularly during Fashion Week for the chance to win one of the great makeup bags from the collection, launching September 9 online at madewell.com. Still want more? Check out our gallery of her original sketches.
Alexa Chung's Fashion and Favourites
When we called Alexa Chung for our interview, our phone was being echoey — and she immediately asked if we were in a toilet. (To which we replied, “Yes, we always do our interviews in the bathroom.”) With that, our Q&A was off to a great start. Here’s what followed.
Whose closet would you want to raid? If you could build me a time machine, I would go back in time and raid Anita Pallenberg’s closet when she was hanging out with the Rolling Stones. Or maybe even Keith Richards. His wardrobe is pretty good.
If you could wear only one designer the rest of your life, who would it be? Uh. I don’t think I could decide. I like too many. This week I really like Isabel Marant so much. But beyond that, there are just too many.
What was the design process with Madewell like? It was really cool, because the design team was totally on board and really understood the kind of clothes and styles I like. I wasn’t really sure what was expected of me, so I did lots of sketches and brought in things from my own wardrobe I thought could be better. You know, so I could make my dream item. From that, the designer made proper drawings, and we got samples and decided on materials. And, yes, there are many polka dots — because those were my favorite things at that time.
Is there one trend you rocked in the past that now makes you cringe when you see pictures? I’d say everything other than today. I don’t feel like you’re ever happy with something you’ve worn before. I’m only happy when I’m in the moment I’m in.
Can we expect to see an Alexa Chung brand down the road? Well, maybe. I’m weary of celebrity designers, because I’m like, “You don’t have the right to do that. It’s just not fair.” With the collection for Madewell, definitely half of it was Kin [Ying Lee, Madewell design director], who had the ability to transpose my sketches into reality. Until I’m capable of doing that on my own, I don’t think I deserve to have my own line.
What’s your favorite food? I went to dinner last night and someone gave me sea urchin, and that’s definitely not my favorite food. I think ice cream is my favorite food. Milk shakes. I guess that’s a drink not a food. But I’m pretty keen on milk shakes.
Do you prefer cats or dogs? Depends on what kind of dog and what kind of cat. Dachshunds are definitely my favorite kind of dog. But then I like all breeds of cats. So maybe I’m more of cat person.
What’s the last great book you read? I’m reading it now, and it’s called Please Kill Me. It’s an oral history of punk and how it came about in New York — from The Velvet Underground to the Ramones.
Are you a morning or night person? I don’t think I’m either. I’m working during the day, so I’m usually tired at night and in the morning. I’m a day person.
And finally, if someone — hypothetically — wanted to send you candy, what’s your favorite? I like Reese’s Pieces, but I’m also partial to Hershey’s cookies ’n’ creme.
Want to get your hands on something by Alexa Chung for Madewell (we’re positive the line will sell out in an hour)? Come back, ’cause we’re giving away her adorable makeup bags later this week.