13 May 2009

Alexa Chung spills on her new US gig

Alexa Chung got off to a bit of a shaky start when she relocated to New York last month. But now she's got her own office at MTV, two sofas, a lamp and tomato ketchup in her fridge at home and has figured out the bars where the ‘Briteratti' hang out, she can concentrate on planning her new show. Mind you, it sounds like she's pretty sorted and secure about the whole thing. ‘The premise is I've just moved here and I'm trying to meet people, so I'm inviting guests on the show,' she explained about her new MTV celebs-meet-music show that's set to air in the States on 15 June – and save the flagging channel. ‘Presenting isn't hard. You're basically reading cards. I mean, how f---ing difficult is that? The hard bit is getting over knowing that lots of people are watching you, and you, your personality, not your looks, not your talent for math or something, is what they're judging.' So thoughts have naturally turned to her wardrobe for the show. Her mate Henry's been lending her some House of Holland and she's been busy shopping at Alexander Wang and Luella Bartley to capture her self-confessed ‘I don't give a s--t style.' ‘It's ironic, because I get to wear nicer clothes and shoot for better magazines now than I did when I was a model,' Alexa says, before musing on her stockpile of clothes. ‘I don't do a normal job. So I have to have more clothes than most people,' she says with a shrug, and she's not about to downgrade her label love just because she's trying to appeal to American kids. That's our girl. Glad her fashion habits haven't been affected by time spent across the pond. But her accent has. ‘I've taken to sporadically adopting an American accent at the tiniest hint of a problem, just to make sure things run smoothly. Hopefully this won't become a permanent habit.' Please do, Alexa. Oh, and come back and visit soon please! [Independent, WWD]


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