While majorly girl crushing on a slew of kick-ass talented and cleverly funny stars at the Glamour “These Girls.” event last night, I spotted my style idol Alexa Chung (well, she and Rachel Bilson are a constant tie in my book) before she was set to hit the decks--er, insert a pre-recorded CD--at the after-party. I had a few burning questions on my mind to ask the DJ/TV host/Gossip Girl guest star/designer/spokesmodel (did I get them all?), who was looking gorge as usual sporting winged eyeliner, a bouffant-styled ponytail coif and a very downtown girly printed navy dress. Fashionista: How are you going to DJ today? Did you really bring a CD? Alexa Chung: I usually DJ with CDs because vinyl is very heavy and I’m literally so bad at computers—like, I call them “computers”—I’m not computer literate. I don’t have Serato or software, so I do it from CDs. So what do you think is the best outfit to wear while DJ'ing? Uh, [laughs] I don’t know. I don’t think DJs really have outfits that are really different from anyone else’s so whatever I’ve got on that day. I’m always quite scruffy. I don’t know—I don’t think I’m renowned for putting on a gown and DJ'ing. That’s not really my style. Tell me more about your book. It’s basically a compendium of drawings, photographs and I’m going to write about a bunch of stuff. It’s not like a “style bible”, which I keep reading it being reported as. It’s more like just imagery I find interesting and it’s going to have a sense of humor and I guess more into the things that Rookie has done. I don’t really know yet. I haven’t written it yet. When will it come out? Well they said September, so I guess September. Next September.
Alexa Chung Tells Us How To Dress Like Her ('Wear Stupid Shoes!') and Elle Fanning and Kate Bosworth Gush Over Her New Collection for Madewell
LOS ANGELES--When it comes to personal style, there’s no better embodiment of a brazen fashionista than Alexa Chung; and it’s no wonder that Madewell tapped her for a second collaborative collection (sales of her debut collection went through the roof) this fall. InStyle hosted a celebratory soiree in her honor last night, the eve before the collection hits stores, at the Chateau Marmont and packed the house with a stylish set including Amanda Seyfried, Diana Agron, Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Zelda Williams and more. A pop-up shop displaying the entire line occupied guests for hours, while we made the rounds to see just what it is about Chung’s style that’s so decidedly addictive. “She’s my favorite kind of sexy,” said Kate Bosworth, hot off her European run as the face of Vanessa Bruno. “I think Alexa is so chic and unique and playful. That tomboyish femininity…like she’s not trying too hard. You can tell she’s sharp, totally a smart girl.” Clad in a prim ivory lace dress from the collection, Elle Fanning excitedly fawned over the fashion before embracing Alexa in a sweet hug to congratulate her. “Everything is so cute! I love Madewell and I love Alexa…having them together is like heaven!” enthused the young actress, who first met Chung at the Met Ball months ago. “She’s really, really fun. I love how she sort of wears baby doll dresses but still has the tomboy thing going on. It suits her so well.” So what did the girl of the hour have to say about all of the fashion flattery?