Alexa Chung launches new book
Written by Ellie Pithers
Style icon Alexa Chung launched her new book ‘It’ last night in London to scathing reports from some of the capital’s press.
On Tuesday evening a nervous Alexa Chung wrote on Twitter: “Anxiety dream waiting to happen: signing copies of my book 5-7pm at Liberty in LDN tomorrow. Keep me company? #tumbleweed”. But she needn’t have worried – a gaggle of mates, including Pixie Geldof, Daisy Lowe and Laura Bailey, turned out to support Chung’s latest project last night in London.
Wearing an off-the-shoulder lace Carven dress (that’s two in two days – she wore a pale blue silk dress by the French label to the GQ Men of the Year awards on Tuesday evening) Chung posed for pictures with her new book, entitled It, and signed copies for her adoring public, some of whom had been queuing at Liberty since 2pm.
So what’s all the fuss about? Chung has been coy about the book in the run up to its release, stating that it is categorically NOT a style bible, nor an autobiography. It is also categorically not related to Stephen King’s book of the same title, about a terrifying clown.
No, this is a collection of illustrations, photographs and observations from Britain’s most stylish model/presenter/writer. Gems include:
“I have a weird mental block every time I go shopping that means I forget what I already own the moment I cross the threshold into the store.”
“My relationship with my denim hot pants is incredibly special.”
“Eyeliner aside, sometimes I go crazy and add a red lip to my make-up look, but it has to be a very special occasion.”
Nabokov’s Lolita is her favourite book, and the title character is “also my favourite character to reference when getting dressed in summer months. It can look ridiculous if you’re under 16 or over 25 but I’m willing to keep paying tribute to this limby literary icon…at least for the time being.” Chung is 29.
“Looking effortless takes a lot of effort. When I get new Converse I dedicate some time at home to shoving mud on them so they don’t look squeaky clean.”
David Sexton at the Evening Standard was a little scathing in his review, claiming that “the whole book is best understood as one great big enhanced selfie”; from today, readers can make their own judgements.
*Image courtesy of Rex via The Telegraph