Alexa Chung Flare November 2013

Alexa Chung graces the cover of Flare’s November 2013 issue, shot by Jason Kim, wearing an Erdem lace-accented magenta dress with black Ralph Lauren Collection heels.
In the rest of her editorial she wears J Crew, Chanel, Burberry Prorsum, Louis Vuitton, Marc Jacobs, and in one shot she dons the Valentino T-bar pumps that were the fashion pack’s favourite during Fashion Week.

The Brit TV host and model drops the F bomb a few times when opening up to the mag about everything from dating in New York City to her love life and her upcoming 30th birthday.

Here are a few extracts from her interview.

On dating in New York City: “There’s a richness of incredibly intelligent, talented and f*cking interesting women in New York and far fewer men… I’m always helping out girlfriends and then I’m wondering, who’s going to look after me? But it’s because I seem like I have my shit together. That’s not necessarily the case.”

On her love life: “I’m a serial monogamist. I can’t just casually sleep with boys. It’s just not for me. Call me old-fashioned. I don’t sleep with people I don’t find interesting, or whose brain isn’t the main turn-on for me. It’s not like I just get all, ‘Oh, he’s fit.’ It’s often there’s a deeper connection, so it just means it lasts a bit longer.”

On her type: “Rock stars! It’s becoming a f*cking joke at this point.”

On her impending 30th birthday: “I went out with a 40-year-old when I was 19 and since then I don’t really think much about numbers meaning anything… But I do feel like maybe I’ve neglected to work on developing emotionally and taking care of myself.”

On the challenges of doing it all: “Sometimes I feel a bit out here on my own. Say you’re a writer and you’re like, ‘Fuck, I want to be Joan Didion.’ Or you’re an actress and you’re like, ‘OK, I want to be Meryl Streep,’ or you’re a photographer and you’re like, ‘I want to be Annie Leibovitz.’ I want to be all of those things, and so then it’s hard.”

On her drink of choice: “Whiskey is my downfall. I can give people a run for their money. I’m English. Vodka makes me too wasted and rum makes me too frisky and tequila makes me want to puke, so I’m safe with whiskey.”

On introverts: “Boring. Speak up or forever hold your peace.”

On her favourite ‘Friends’ cast member: “I quite like a little taxidermy. Do you remember in ‘Friends’ when they have sex in the museum? I fancied Ross the most; I hated Joey. He wasn’t hot enough for how many hot jokes they made about him.”

On celebrating English eccentricity: “No one says the word ‘quirky’ much in England. I guess because people are more naturally eccentric. I think it’s a derogatory term [in America]. We just celebrate things differently in England.”

On her many gigs: “I’m someone who is naturally predisposed to boredom. That’s why I have so many jobs… People ask me that all the time [about future projects] and it adds to the pressure of me feeling like I constantly have to be doing something.”

On her British heritage: “I do miss England a lot. I mention it every day because I want to retain my sense of Britishness, which is something I wasn’t aware of until I moved [to the United States].”

On her style strategy: “I’m either working too much to get out there and spend money or I just don’t buy too many trend-led pieces, so if I’m investing in something it’s classic, does the job and lasts a long time.”

On her hidden talent: “I can do good impressions of people; if I spend enough time with a person I can impersonate them: voice, mannerisms, all of it. I do a mean impression. But just actual friends of mine, not famous people. Unless my friends are famous.”

Credit: Jason Kim for Flare