'Is that Alexa Chung on the catwalk?!' someone whispered at today's Topshop Unique show. A slender brunette with slightly scruffy, centre-parted hair, cat-winged eyeliner and killer cheekbones strutted towards us swathed in a luxe boiler suit of black silk velvet. But no, sillies, it's not Alexa. It's a model working a gorgeous piece from the Autumn Winter 2012 collection, although the similarity was undeniable. In fact, the buttoned-up shirt dresses, pajama silk shirts and bulky coats that followed could easily have stepped out of Chung's most covetable of wardrobes.
Meanwhile, Alexa was actually sitting on the front row eyeing up the catwalk offerings inbetween Olivia Palermo and Pixie Geldof. She looked typically-understated-but-devastatingly-cool in an ivory blouse with ruffled collar tucked into a pair of flared jeans under a navy blue coat, accessorised with a colour-popping Loewe Belen bag and blue ballet pumps. Thank goodness she didn't chose to wear a black jumpsuit this morning, or things could've got very confusing.
‘I thought that was my idea!’ Alexa trilled when Grazia Daily asked what she made of Topshop's eveningwear jumpsuit. ‘The girl wearing it did look like me…and she had my eyeliner. And my parka jacket!’
Us mere mortals can only dream of inspiring an entire collection, but surely Alexa is used to seeing copy-cats everywhere she goes. ‘It makes it easy for me because I can imagine what I’m going to look like in them.’ Well, that’s handy.
Of course, we couldn’t resist asking about that fabulous Stella McCartney party last night. As you’ve seen from the pictures we tweeted last night, Alexa bravely volunteered to be hypnotised by a magician during the gob-smacking extravaganza. ‘I levitated and was on a bed of daggers. It was really good fun,’ she confessed. But wasn’t that err, slightly nerve-wracking? ‘I was pretty scared before, but nervous more that I had to perform in front of Anna Wintour and Rihanna.’ We might want her wardrobe, but we sure wouldn’t want to be in her shoes for that one...