Jason Kim photographed Alexa Chung for Flare’s November Issue.
Before there was street style, there was Alexa Chung. As the fashion icon’s new book, It, hits shelves, the British beauty shares her life lessons with Durga Chew-Bose and showcases fall’s strongest statements, her way.
Alexa Chung is built like a collapsible chair. Long and spindly, her limbs fold in such a compact way that when I spot her sitting on the steps of the American Museum of Natural History, the British model turned TV host, DJ and international fashion fixture looks almost portable. But as she stands, disentangling herself from herself, and smiles—“Hi, I’m Alexa”—something else comes to mind.
Remember that colourful plastic sphere from child- hood that crisscrossed at its joints, retracting and expanding? Chung, too, retracts and expands, her telescopic reach adding a touch of pantomime to each of her gestures. Reenacting for me a scene from the previous night in which the 30-year-old created a diversion in order to split up a bar fight, Chung erupts into her own rendition of “Gangnam Style.” “They didn’t really know what to make of it,” she says, contorting her face as though she, too, doesn’t really know what to make of it.