24 June 2013 by

Alexa Chung On Style Copycats: 'I'm Happy Everyone Looks Exactly As I Want Them To'

Alexa Chung On Her Style Copycats: 'I'm Happy That Everyone Looks Exactly As I Want Them To'

Sartorial twinsies: Daisy Lowe and Alexa Chung

Let's be honest: we want to dress like Alexa Chung. The model-slash-TV-presenter-slash-trend-setter is constantly cramming our Instagram feeds with snaps of her cool girl meets school girl style that makes us weak at the knees. So it's no surprise that she's spawned a zillion copycats eager to emulate her look and it's even filtered into her friendship group. Just this weekend, she was spotted out and about with BFF Daisy Lowe wearing an identikit outfits consisting of rolled up denim cut-offs. But how does Alexa feel about her style being forever stolen? In a new interview with The Times, The Chungster reveals it's not as annoying as you'd think and, in fact, it makes her 'happy'. She also dishes on the darker side of modelling and her hairspiration. Ever helpful, we've rounded up the best quotes for today's Chung fix...

1. On Chung doppelgängers

"I turned on the TV and I saw someone wearing a Peter Pan-collared dress and loafers and a bob. I can’t reclaim that, can I? It’s my dream, really. Can you imagine how happy I am that everyone looks exactly as I want them to? I don’t want that to feed into my opinions and what I do with my life. A couple of years ago I would be like, ‘Oh, I can’t do that any more: I’ll take off the bloody school coat.’ But I thought, ‘I like people who have a uniform.’ I like the way you know what Patti Smith is going to wear.”

2. On wanting hair like Gisele Bündchen

"But I’m sure that’s everyone’s dream. She has that really sun-kissed look."

3. On posing in her undies

“I know a couple of Page 3 models and they’re just like laughing all the way to the bank. Now they live in LA and do whatever they like. I don’t know. I think it’s up to the individual, isn’t it? I wouldn’t be comfortable doing that, but they are and that’s fine.”

4. On her early modelling days

“I actually kept modelling very separate. I never really asked my mum or my dad’s advice during that time and it actually felt like I didn’t want to tell them too much about the reality of what was going on – when I was taking the train to London and being asked to do certain things. I already knew it was wrong. So, you know, if there was a casting where some creepy man there had gone on to his flat in Ilford and you know, ‘Take your clothes off…’ and if I’d have done it, I won’t tell my mum because I know that that’s wrong.”

Alexa Chung as a young model

Alexa Chung as a young model

“You had lots of castings where they were like, ‘This is for swimwear,’ and in hindsight I look back and think, ‘Did you really need an 18-year-old girl to strip in your front room?’ I get flashbacks now. Loads of flashbacks. I’ll be reminded of something because I’ve sort of blocked it out and I don’t really think of those days. Like, recently, I was like, ‘Oh my God. That’s so not on.’”

5. On not being bossed around

“Having spent years as a model not calling the shots and just being dictated to and not really being spoken to, I really enjoy my opinion being valued by certain companies.”

6. On whether it's hard work being the face of a brand

“Well, it is and it isn’t. Doing straight modelling with no promotion – that’s very easy. But I wouldn’t be happy just doing that, which is why I do TV and why I write. I wouldn’t say I am motivated by money. All the jobs I’m interested in have to have some creative input.”

7. On being of Chinese descent

“I remember asking my grandfather if he would teach me Chinese, but I think he was of the mindset that he was in Britain now. The other day I was at the Met Ball and Pixie [Geldof] came up to me with this Chinese man and he was like, ‘Alexa, we really miss you in China.’ Pixie was laughing so hard… Because I guess we never think about that.”

Get inspired by Alexa's greatest style moments in the gallery below...

Alexa Chung in Valentino at International Woolmark Prize on 21st February 2014

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Alexa Chung at the Marc Jacobs show on February 13, 2014

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Alexa Chung at the Marc By Marc Jacobs show on February 11, 2014

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Alexa Chung at Peter Pilotto For Target Launch on February 6, 2014

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Alexa Chung at the British Fashion Awards 2013 on December 2, 2013

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Alexa Chung launches her Eyeko make-up collection at Selfridges on November 14, 2013

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Alexa Chung in Chanel at MoMA's 6th Annual Film Benefit, New York - November 2013

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Alexa Chung in Marc Jacobs at 'It' book signing, New York - 30 October 2013

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Alexa Chung in Valentino at Alexa Chung 'It' Book Launch, New York - 29 October 2013

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Alexa Chung at 2013 Whitney Gala And Studio Party - 25 October 2013

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Alexa Chung in Christopher Kane at 30th Annual Fashion Group International Night of Stars - 21 October 2013

Alexa Chung at Christopher Kane at London Fashion Week - September 2013

Alexa and Cara Delevingne at Mulberry at London Fashion Week - September 2013

Alexa Chung at Burberry at London Fashion Week - September 2013

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Alexa Chung in Jonathan Saunders at the Longchamp Regent Street Grand Opening Party - September 2013

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Alexa Chung out and about in London - 4 September 2013

Daisy Lowe and Alexa Chung at 'It' By Alexa Chung Book Launch Party - 4 September 2013

Alexa Chung in Carven at GQ Awards - 4 September 2013

Alexa Chung in Kenzo out and about in New York - 25 August 2013

Alexa Chung out and about, New York - 04 Aug 2013

Alexa Chung in Valentino shoes available at mytheresa at Bvlgari evening party - July 2013

Alexa Chung at Chanel show, Haute Couture Fall Winter 2013, Paris Fashion Week - 2 July 2013

Alexa Chung at House of Holland Resort Collection dinner, New York - 19 June 2013

Alexa Chung at Tate Americas Foundation artists dinner and after party, New York - 08 May 2013

Alexa Chung at Met Gala - May 2013

Alexa Chung out and about in New York - 3 May 2013

Alexa Chung at Catherine Martin and Miuccia Prada Dress Gatsby Opening Cocktail Party, New York, - 30 April 2013

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Alexa Chung At Heathrow - 23rd May 2013

Alexa Chung at Heathrow Airport, London - 26 April 2013

Alexa Chung at Chanel Tribeca Film Festival Artists Dinner, New York - 24 Apr 2013

Alexa Chung at Coachella - April 2013

Alexa Chung in Carven at British Airways & Visitbritain celebrate the opening of The Big British Invite, New York - 21 March 2013

Alexa Chung at amfAR Benefit Gala - February 2013

Alexa Chung at the British Fashion Awards - 27 November 2012

Alexa Chung at Chanel event - 12 October 2012

Alexa Chung in J W Anderson for Topshop at J W Anderson - February 2013

Alexa Chung at Mulberry - February 2013

Alexa Chung at Valentino Master of Couture opening - November 2012

Alexa Chung at Moschino Cheap And Chic at London Fashion Week - 15 September 2012

Alexa Chung at House of Holland, London Fashion Week - 15 September 2012

Alexa Chung at Margaret Howell, London Fashion Week - 16 September 2012

Alexa Chung at Mulberry, London Fashion Week - September 2012

Alexa Chung out and about, New York - 15 July 2012

Alexa Chung at Field Day Festival - 2012

Alexa Chung at Louis Vuitton fashion show, Shanghai- 19 July 2012

Alexa Chung New York Fashion Week - 10 February 2012

Alexa Chung at Chanel, Haute Couture Fashion Week - 03 July 2012

Alexa Chung in Christopher Kane at Scottish Fashion Awards - 11 June 2012

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Alexa Chung at the Launch Of The Alexa Chung For Madewell Fall 2011 Collection - 21 September 2011

Alexa Chung at Louis Vuitton show, Paris Fashion Week - 05 October 2011

Alexa Chung at Marc Jacobs show, New York Fashion Week - 13 September 2010

Alexa Chung at Yves Saint Laurent's New Fragrance 'Belle D'Opium', New York - 17 June 2010

Alexa Chung in Marc Jacobs at Costume Institute Gala Benefit - 7 May 2012

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Alexa Chung at Chanel, Paris Fashion Week - 9 March 2010

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Alexa Chung in Chanel at British Fashion Awards, London - 07 December 2010

Alexa Chung in Erdem skirt at London Fashion Week - February 2012

Alexa Chung at Burberry show, London Fashion Week - 21 September 2010


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