Last night we made our way over to Hotel Americano for a Parisian-meets-British-meets-New-York soiree that only Maje and campaign star Alexa Chung could pull off.
In between munching on hors d’oeuvres, and grooving to the live tunes of Wild Belle, we managed to grab a few moments with the women of the hour: Maje creative director Judith Milgrom (more on that later) and Alexa Chung.
Read on to hear what Chung had to say on people copying her personal style, the new line she’s working on, and her struggles with body image.
So, you’re working on a clothing line, right?
It’s in the works, yeah.
What can you tell us about it?
I’ll get in trouble for talking about it. It’s in the very early stages. It’s like the sperm is just going to the egg at this point. It’s not even fully fertilized.
How do you feel about all the Alexa-look-a-likes currently walking around Williamsburg and London? Was it weird to have people start dressing like you?
It’s quite funny because now people are like ‘Now I’m bored, I’m over her.’ And it’s like well, ‘enjoy your navy blue jumper.’ Because it was tough to get there. No, it’s fine. I get sick of people, too. I used to get sick of people all the time. It’s not like I don’t remember what it was like to not be in this position. I used to read Okay magazine and Heat magazine and be like ‘ugh, boooooring.’ I get it, it’s fine.
What was it like when you realized that people were noticing what you were wearing?
It was really weird. Because I modeled for so long and didn’t get any results from that so then it was like, really? I’ve been dragging my ass around castings for years without anyone saying, oh you’ve got unique style. I think it was very much a case of being in the right place in the right time. I’ve really just been ripping off Jane Birkin. Sorry, has no one else seen a picture of Francoise Hardy? Look it up. I’m just the middle man.
Speaking of attention, sometimes it’s not always so good. A little while ago there was some drama over your instagram being ‘thinspiration.‘ How did you feel about that?