Alexa Chung For Harper’s Bazaar UK October 2011

Alexa Chung channels the Swinging Sixties in a retro shoot for the October 2011 Harper’s Bazaar UK issue.

The DJ, muse, designer and presenter was photographed in and around David Hockney’s Notting Hill flat by Ellen Von Unwerth.

Her rebooted sixties photoshoot included retro-inspired designs from Chloe, Burberry, Prada and Stella McCartney.

In her interview Chung confesses to being in love with all things Sixties and has even dedicated a wall in her Columbia Road flat as a shire to her multiple sixties muses (such as Astrid Kirchherr, Marianne Faithfull, Jane Birkin, Jean Shrimpton) covered with cut-and-paste effigies, including paparazzi shots of those halcyon days.

The Harper’s Bazaar October British issue is on sale now. Here are some extracts from Alexa’s interview:

On why the Sixties suit her body type: “My ex-boyfriend [photographer David Titlow] showed me Antonioni’s 1966 film Blow-Up in my late teens. I remember seeing Jane Birkin. And I couldn’t believe it. She even made just wearing a pair of tights look sexy. . . I think the Sixties vibe suits my body type, which is skinny legs and a boyish frame.”

On loving the Sixties vibe: “It’s the groupie vibe that I’m attracted to. They had these amazing love affairs, and both the men and the women were made amazing by them. The girls in the Sixties were never overshadowed by the men they dated. You can talk about Jane Shrimpton without having to mention Bailey or Terence Stamp first.”

On the Christopher Kane silver transparent dress she wore to Met gala: “It was very Birkin. My pants were showing, and I wanted to kill myself before I left the hotel, but Christopher said it was sexy.”

On her own sixties-inspired A/W 11 collection with Madewell, J Crew: “I’ve invented this tartan mac, it’s like something the Shrimp would have worn. It’s got a round collar and a tie on it, so you can wear it like a cape without your hands in your sleeves.”

On falling out of love with the Sixties … briefly: “I fell out of love with the Sixties for a while. I think because I was so identified with it. It’s like Sienna Miller when she did boho, then suddenly stopped because she was like, ‘Fuck. What else can I do, because I’ve done it?’ Everyone copied my sodding coat for a while too. It was my Harrods kid’s vintage one. Every girl suddenly had one and I was like, ‘Arrgh!’ I got really bored of smock dresses and loafers for a while. But I feel like I’m ready to fall in lve all over again.”

Credit: & Ellen Von Unwerth for Harper’s Bazaar UK

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44 Responses to Alexa Chung For Harper’s Bazaar UK October 2011

  1. Pam September 8, 2011 at 05:10 #

    Wow. A lot of hostility against this girl. I’m not sure why since I don’t really have a clue who she is, other than she appears to be some kind of tv? personality.

    The shoot looks great. She looks adorable in these photos and she doesn’t look overly photoshopped. 😀

    • Chloe September 28, 2011 at 05:51 #

      I agree, everyone seems to hate her. I think these shots are gorgeous!

  2. Katharine September 8, 2011 at 04:25 #

    In her wardrobe choices, Alexa Chung is like Goldilocks. The street fashion is usually too infantilizingly small or too schlumphily big. In this editorial, the silhouettes are flattering, and she looks like a beautiful woman.

    But she certainly has tickets on herself : those quotes make my eyes roll.

  3. Lee September 8, 2011 at 02:23 #

    Wow, animosity overload. The shoot looks great, this is a style that really suits her. She does have wonky hair about half the time, I still like her look and her street style, I always think she looks like she’s got a strong personal style that she owns.

    • philip croft November 7, 2011 at 01:00 #

      At last something positive and balanced. Such bile and whining, Alexa has acheived far more already, than anyone writng here will in a lifetime. Her appeal is world-wide. She should worry–

  4. karina September 7, 2011 at 08:50 #

    I like the shoot! She looks great!

  5. Julianne September 7, 2011 at 05:42 #

    Wow she look damn gorgeous in the cover shot.. why can’t she look like that everytime.. lol

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  7. Gaber September 6, 2011 at 19:02 #

    The Burberry is hideous, but I am finding myself quite enjoying the McCartney and the Prada.
    And I kind of like the cover.

  8. Amanda September 6, 2011 at 18:02 #

    I am not gaga over her but will note to all you posters questioning her appeal that my husband considers her one of the cutest celebs and he is usually more into real girls than celebs or models!!

    • Kin September 6, 2011 at 20:45 #

      -1 lol

  9. guest September 6, 2011 at 16:54 #

    She’s awfully full of herself for someone who tends to forget to wash her hair.

  10. Gretta September 6, 2011 at 16:19 #

    I can’t actually read the article, Im rolling my eyes so much…

  11. TeaAtTwo September 6, 2011 at 14:36 #

    Wasn’t a fan of the Prada A/W11 collection but I do like that red coat.

    • TeaAtTwo September 6, 2011 at 14:47 #

      Bottega Veneta did the best interpretation of 60s imo.

  12. Emily September 6, 2011 at 14:26 #

    Interview aside, I think the photos look gorgeous, especially the cover shot.

  13. Kin September 6, 2011 at 13:37 #

    To me she’ll always be a boy reaching puberty, dressing up in women’s clothes. She doesn’t look like a woman from any angel.

  14. Jones19 September 6, 2011 at 13:29 #

    She sounds very full of herself…I’ll never understand why she’s considered chic.

  15. LizLemooooon September 6, 2011 at 13:10 #

    Wow she has quite the ego for someone with such a contrived. unimaginative style.
    She’s note responsible for bringing back 60’s fashion, I’m pretty sure London hipsters have always fetishised fashion from the past. Girls dress like that because they are aping their favourite musicians from that era, not Alexa.
    The only people that think she’s stylish are teenagers. The only reason that designers give her clothes is because she’s a well connected, famous scene girl that also happens to be thin. The end.
    What a useless twait.

  16. Matt y. September 6, 2011 at 12:35 #

    Someone please make it stop. This interview is full of unnecessary crap and it proves why she is soo unlikeable.

  17. msd September 6, 2011 at 12:25 #

    Let me get this straight… she apes Twiggy and Jean Shrimpton and Jane Birkin and then says everyone copies her? Urgh, make it stop. It’s time to move onto the next corporate, media-constructed “it girl”.

  18. miwa September 6, 2011 at 12:17 #

    She sounds like a twat.

    • CreoleLady September 6, 2011 at 12:49 #

      LMAO. Not quite sure what a twat is (Google, here I come) but I’m going to go out on a limb and agree with you based just on the way the word sounds.

  19. Mahima September 6, 2011 at 12:16 #

    She sounds a bit full of herself.

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  20. Moody Crab September 6, 2011 at 12:07 #

    *Rolls eyes*

    Sixties this, sixties that. Jeez! Where is the character and personality? None!

    I won’t bother buying this mag…

  21. Iris September 6, 2011 at 11:07 #

    i’ll never get this girl’s appeal.

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      • Iris September 7, 2011 at 07:15 #

        😀 😀 😀

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