Alexa Chung Talks Normcore and Skyping With Kate Upton

Sounds like her illusive clothing line has taken a back seat to her gig as a contributing editor for 'Vogue' UK.
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Sounds like her illusive clothing line has taken a back seat to her gig as a contributing editor for 'Vogue' UK.
Photo: Mike Pont/Getty Images

Photo: Mike Pont/Getty Images

Alexa Chung probably has a really hard time filling out the "occupation" or "job title" boxes on forms. Her recent gigs have included author, TV host and eyeliner guru. But since her book has been published, her Fuse gig is behind her and her Eyeko line is on shelves, she has time to mix things up a bit career-wise. Her latest job: hosting FIT's Future of Fashion runway show Thursday night, where her love of fashion and quick wit melded seamlessly. 

While the show was great (more on that later), we were also very excited to get the opportunity to chat for just a few minutes with the leggy, Calvin Klein-clad brunette about her new gig as a Vogue UK contributing editor (including her Kate Upton cover story), whether that clothing line will ever happen, being referred to as an "It" girl past the age of 30 and why she's not that into the term #normcore. 

What's the latest on your own clothing line?

I regret saying that [I was planning to do one] because now everyone is waiting with bated breath and I don't have any news for them sadly. 

So what are you focusing on now that your book is out and you're not doing Fuse anymore? 

What do I do? A lot of things really. It's confusing. I'm writing for British Vogue still, so I just wrote a cover story on Kate Upton, and I'm about to do another feature this weekend. I work on an eyeliner range for Eyeko that I design the packaging and development for. I work on a secret project to do with another beauty thing and another secret project to do with more things.

What was Kate Upton like?

She couldn't do [the interview] in real life -- it was during the blizzard/storm situation, so it was odd. We had to do it over Skype, but she was amazing and a very intelligent and driven businesswoman. 

A colleague of mine recently wrote an article about using the term 'girl' to describe women in fashion. Does it offend you to still be referred to as an 'it girl' past the age of 30?

It doesn't offend me because that's an outside label that's being projected onto me, it doesn't have anything to do with how I exist on a daily basis or how I interact with my friends, so as much as it it's been flattering, especially in my younger years... because I never paid it too much attention and never gave it too much credit or weight, it similarly can't affect me too much when I start outgrowing it. I've never fully embraced that, but I could see how that might be condescending and weird, but I don't find it offensive. Do people refer to me as a girl?

Fashion publications do tend to use the word 'girl' a lot.

Ah, yes, like 'girl of the moment,' that sort of thing. I think that's because traditionally when they emerge, they are still girls. 

Another turning-30 question: Do you feel like you approach getting dressed differently now?

It changed overnight, I suddenly feel like I'm ancient, I woke up and was 30 and was like, shit, I can't wear any of this anymore. [Just kidding.] It's the exact same actually, I think so far, it's been six months into 30, so maybe it will seep in as I get older, but no it hasn't occurred to me to switch yet.

And lastly, what are your thoughts on normcore?

It's the most offensive thing.

You're not into it?

No, I am into it but I didn't recognize it as a category of dressing, it's just how people dress, but I know friends of mine that were included in the first article who were quite outraged by that. It's weird when you're just existing and people outside it gather you up and take away any unique vibe you thought you had. They're like, 'It's a trend' and you're like, 'What? No, I just exist.'