Friday, October 21, 2011

god gave me style and gave me grace, god put a smile upon my face

Alexa Chung stars in a photo shoot inspired by the mod fashions of the Swingin' Sixties for the October issue of Harper's Bazaar UK, wearing the throwback threads of Stella McCartney, Chloe, Prada, and Burberry that includes a rotation of minidresses that would make everyone from Twiggy to Jane Asher jealous. The accompanying interview is very sixties-centric, with Chung discussing everything from her favorite muses of the decade (Jane Birkin, Marianne Faithfull, Astrid Kircherr, and Jean Shrimpton are among the girls who make the list) and her decision to dress à la Birkin for the Met gala in a Christopher Kane creation

Here are some choice quotes from the article: 

On why the Sixties suit her body type: “My ex-boyfriend [photographer David Titlow] showed me Antonioni’s 1966 film Blow-Up in my late teens. I remember seeing Jane Birkin. And I couldn’t believe it. She even made just wearing a pair of tights look sexy. . . I think the Sixties vibe suits my body type, which is skinny legs and a boyish frame.”
On loving the Sixties vibe: “It’s the groupie vibe that I’m attracted to. They had these amazing love affairs, and both the men and the women were made amazing by them. The girls in the Sixties were never overshadowed by the men they dated. You can talk about Jane Shrimpton without having to mention Bailey or Terence Stamp first.”
On her own sixties-inspired A/W 11 collection with Madewell, J Crew: “I’ve invented this tartan mac, it’s like something the Shrimp would have worn. It’s got a round collar and a tie on it, so you can wear it like a cape without your hands in your sleeves.”
On falling out of love with the Sixties … briefly: “I fell out of love with the Sixties for a while. I think because I was so identified with it. It’s like Sienna Miller when she did boho, then suddenly stopped because she was like, ‘Fuck. What else can I do, because I’ve done it?’ Everyone copied my sodding coat for a while too. It was my Harrods kid’s vintage one. Every girl suddenly had one and I was like, ‘Arrgh!’ I got really bored of smock dresses and loafers for a while. But I feel like I’m ready to fall in lve all over again.”
Quotes from here
Title: from "God Put A Smile Upon Your Face" (Coldplay)


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This photoshoot is such perfection, and she looks stunning on the cover!

Jessica said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Wow, my style icon, thank you for sharing, just love it!!

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Laura said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm not much of a fan of Alexa Chung, but this was a very interesting interview! I love the blue dress she's wearing, too. Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

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I saw this in Bazaar a little while back and was so amazed at how great she looks. She suits the 60's style so well, and has one of those 60's faces. I love that last quote, I went through a phase of falling out of love with the sixties too, totally know what she means! Great post xxx

Raquel said... Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Her cover on HB and photoshoot was my absolute favorite for October, as I posted on Eloise. The photography is just so amazing, and that cover shot with the Twiggy lashes is perfection! And interesting quotes from the interview, I would die for anything Madewell. It fits perfectly for you to blog about this, with the shoot being 60s inspired.