When we last left Alexa Chung, she was in Berlin, art directing the UGG campaign, and talking about chihuahuas.
Fast forward and now Chung is in New York, hosting the AG dinner and talking about civil rights.
What a difference a botched election can make.
“Ever since November, current issues are all my friends and I have been talking about, even when we’re just hanging out,” Chung says. “When AG asked if I’d collaborate with them on a holiday party, I was like, ‘Sure, but can we make it meaningful?“
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Enter HeForShe, a global activist group demanding gender equality worldwide. From abolishing child marriage to eliminating wage gaps, HeForShe works with leaders in every field to champion human rights.
“We decided the party should be in their honor,” Alexa explains, “because it’s important to welcome women, but also men, together to help move the needle on women’s issues.”
To join the movement, click here. To read about Alexa’s fashion predictions, read on.
Yes, you can do both.
2017 is coming. What’s the future of denim?
We’ve had distressed edges. We’ve had culottes. We’ve had high waisted jeans, we’ve seen the heralding of the new bootcut back again. I’m so sorry to say this to you, but the only way forward is ultra-hipsters, you know? Like super-low cut, low-rider jeans, to the extreme.
Like the Alexander McQueen bumsters from 1996?
It’s not now. But in a year, those will be back. It’s the only way forward.
What denim trends should die in 2017?
Oh, easy: bumsters. I already can’t handle it.
Can you just make more overalls? I just wanna wear overalls.
Oh don’t worry, I’ve got your back there. You’ll be fine.
Boyfriend jeans are so popular, they got their own Jeopardy clue.
Seriously? Speaking of “he for she!”
But are “boyfriend jeans” better than just a pair of guy’s jeans? Shouldn’t we just steal boys’ pants?
I wish we could, but no. Here’s the thing about boys: they secretly have very narrow hips. Depressingly, you can never get into their fucking jeans.
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Even me! But then, I do date quite small men. And one large man! Just one…
Speaking of dating, you recently told the Evening Standard that just because you’re famous doesn’t mean you’re an expert on love…
When I read that, I thought, “Oh, that sounds audacious. I’m including myself in a section of society that I don’t normally affiliate with.” Because you know, I’m not “famous!” And it made me feel sick reading it. I saw that pull quote and I said, “Oh no! I’m not famous! I didn’t mean that.”
The only way forward is ultra-hipsters, you know? Like super-low cut, low-rider jeans, to the extreme.
You’re totally famous, but whatever. Besides love, what else do people think you know about?
Listen, the idea that I might be a fashion soothsayer is very flattering but completely inaccurate. My relationship with sartorial news is only what I like. I’m very selfish! I’m only thinking about how I would look in clothes, and not how we as a society might appear in those clothes. My crystal ball is fundamentally flawed. And you keep asking me about style, and I’ll never understand it.
Hmm… Are you an expert on holiday presents? What’s your policy on re-gifting?
Never. I actually never do. It goes back to not cheating on tests. I can never say a line someone else has given me, which is why script meetings on TV shows always go terribly for me. And the idea of giving someone something that I got, that makes me feel sad… But I’ll totally give you something I designed.
You must get the craziest presents…
People get intimidated because they think I have everything, but it’s just not true. I get a lot of fashion gifts, but rarely do I get something that’s just fun. Today I went to Love Adorned and I saw a toy dinosaur teddy bear that I really wanted. It’s a dinosaur as a teddy bear. The dinosaur part is the key… Or I’d be really happy with glow-in-the-dark pens. Last year, my friend Aimee [Phillips] got me a magic trick. She said, “It’ll occupy your mind and you can show it off to boys.” It’s a bag that turns into another bag. It’s my favorite thing.
Now that you’re working with HeForShe, are you and Emma Watson besties? Are you getting her a Christmas present?
Oh, we’re not like text-message friends. We’re more like Twitter-direct-message friends.
You haven’t spent extensive time at Hogwarts…
No, but I finally found out which house I am. I’ve never seen a Harry Potter movie in my life, but Pixie [Geldof] made me take the test and it turns out, I’m the goody-two-shoes one.
What? No. Please. I’m Gryffindor.
Gryffindor is the good one!
But isn’t there a cool one? Pixie’s the cool one. Slytherin. That’s what she is. I’m not cool enough for that one, alas.