Alexa Chung For Madewell: Part Two!

23 August 2011

Back in March, Grazia Daily was delighted to hear there would be a Part Deux to Alexa Chung's brills collab with Madewell. You'll remember the first collection delivered dreamy tea dresses and high-waisted skinny jeans perfect for frolicking in the sunshine. Then Chungers teased us with a tweet that her A/W'11 offering was inspired by Nineties cool with a side-order of Seventies funk. We were excited.

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Five months later and the ads for her second offering have just landed. Although the 'patent bubble gum coloured tiny minis' which Alexa hinted at haven't materalised (boo!), there IS oodles of her customary casual-coolness (yey!).

Capturing a road-tripping-through-Texas vibe, the holiday-esque snaps show AC sitting on one of those swing seats, Dawson's Creek stylee, in a lace top and teeny denim shorts.

And here's the cat-eyed Brit prancing on a train track wearing a fluffy sweater with a cute collar. Tres Hailee Steinfeld for Miu Miu, no?

And finally, perched on some porch steps while modelling pyjamas a blouse covered in retro palm trees (inspired by that summery manicure, perhaps?). What gorgeousness. Is anyone else reminded of the vintage romance of The Virgin Suicides?

Kate Moss watches Pete Doherty as he performs at Glastonbury 2007

Now, if you're worried about getting chilly in Alexa's skimpy A/W designs (especially considering today's dire weather), fear not because it's all part of that Musical Muse aesthetic, yah? 'A lot of the collection is based on girls in bands' the presenter-slash-designer revealed 'or girls standing side of stage.' Kate Moss, she means you. 'I felt like they’d be on tour so they wouldn’t mind getting cold.' Hmm, is she speaking from experience?

Either way, we're assuming 'girls in bands' means effortless hipster types like rocker Alison Mosshart from The Kills, rather than Nicole Scherzinger from The Pussy Cat Dolls, which is no surprise considering AC is known for her indie tendencies – she dated an Arctic Monkey, her bessie mate is Tennessee 'drummer of The Like' Thomas and her career began on Popworld, y'all.

So let's take this opportunity to celebrate some of our all-time favourite Girls in Bands who may have inspired Ms Chung, shall we? Ooh, let's!

Alison Mosshart and Debbie Harry

Zooey Deschanel

Karen O and Courtney Love

Florence Welch

Natasha Khan and Alice Glass

Anyone we're missing? Suggestions below, please!


by Jessica Vince


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