As the style icon turns 30, let’s celebrate with a look back through her best ever looks
Originally posted on MSN UK, November 2014
Today (5 Nov) is Alexa Chung’s birthday which, in the fashion world, is a very good cause for celebration indeed. The woman practically invented the Peter Pan collar, after all.
And whilst we wait with bated breath to see what killer outfit the model-slash-DJ-slash-presenter-slash-author pulls out for her b’day celebrations – will she go for a runway-to-real-life frock? A darling dress with a leather jacket slung over it? A bejewelled pair of denim cut-offs?? – we’ve decided to mark the passing of her 30th with a look back through the style archives at her best ever outfits.
From red carpet cool and festival perfection to 101 ways with denim (seriously, the woman’s collection is out of control), click through the images below to see the very best of Alexa’s enviable wardrobe over the years.
It book launch, New York, October 2013 > No-one rocks a collar like Alexa, so it’s no surprise she chose this collar-and-cuffed Valentino dress to launch her style tome in NYC
It book launch, September 2013 > For the London launch of her book, Alexa was elegant yet edgy at the same time in this Carven number
Christopher Kane show, London Fashion Week, September 2013 > She may have a wardrobe full of designer nowadays, but the highstreet still has a place in Alexa’s heart – here she pairs a Topshop sweater with a Burberry clutch
House of Holland resort collection dinner, June 2013 > It definitely pays to have friends in fabulous places – here Alexa wears her designer pal Henry Holland’s label to celebrate his Resort 2013 collection launch
Met Gala, May 2013 > Kim Kardashian, take note – this is how you do peek-a-book underwear! Alexa was a picture of gothic beauty at this year’s Met Gala
Coachella festival, April 2013 > We’d like to look this cool every single day, please
Coachella festival, April 2013 > We like to call this Alexa’s ‘Wednesday Addams on holiday’ look – oddly, it totally works
Grammy Awards, February 2013 > Even when she’s glamming it up, there’s always an air of nonchalance to Alexa’s outfits – here her roughed-up ‘do adds edge to her Valentino Red dress, sparkly shoes and red lips
amfAR Gala, New York, February 2013 > Channeling that brand of French girl cool that she professes to loving in a polka dot Chanel dress
BRIT Awards, February 2013 > With limbs as long as Alexa’s, there’s no ned to accessorise this Valentino shorts suit
CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards, November 2012 > Lace, chiffon, blue, red – only Alexa could pull of this mish-mash outfit
Mulberry show, London Fashion Week, September 2012 > Alexa followed in the footsteps of fellow style icons Jane Birkin and Grace Kelly in having a bag named after her, Mulberry’s Alexa. Which probably means she gets every single colour for free. Not that we’re jealous. No, not us.
Anna Sui show, New York Fashion Week, September 2012 > Working the floral headband trend away from the festival field
British Fashion Awards, November 2012 > Alexa jazzed up her little black Simone Rocha dress with some awesome Nicholas Kirkwood shoes as she collected her THIRD British Style Award
Launching the British Designers Collective at Bicester Village, March 2012 > We don’t know about Jane – *we* t’aime Alexa’s cute Bella Freud sweater
ELLE Style Awards, February 2012 > Alexa swapped sweet red carpet dresses for Stella McCartney tailoring at the ELLE Awards last year
Sleeping Beauty premiere, Cannes Film Festival, May 2011 > It’s rare you’ll see our Alexa in a towering stiletto – instead she prefers a cute block heel. Now *that’s* a look we (and our poor feet) can get behind
Chanel boutique opening, Soho, New York, September 2010 > Looking every inch the Sixties siren in Chanel once again
CFDA Fashion Awards, June 2010 > Alexa was one of the first to rock the new midi-skirt trend (of *course* she was)
Armani Exchange & ELLE Tee Party, November 2009 > Denim cut-offs are right up there with Peter Pan collars on Alexa’s list of go-to looks. We love the contrast between her sharp jacket and her pocket-baring shorts here
Emmy Awards gala, November 2009 > Who says you can’t wear highstreet on the red carpet? Alexa hit up the Emmy Awards gala in 2009 wearing a one-shoulder Topshop dress, finished with lots of layered necklaces
3.1 Phillip Lim show, New York Fashion Week, September 2009 > Leather jackets also play a key role in Alexa’s wardrobe – here she throws her LJ over a 3.1 Phillip Lim dress. Well, what else to wear when you’re attending the designer’s NYFW show?
Vogue private dinner, September 2009 > This picutre of Alexa in Luella’s heart cut-out floral dress has made us miss the former British label in a BIG way. We imagine Alexa will be first in line to snap up the designer’s first collection for Marc by Marc Jacobs next year
In New York with then-boyfriend Alex Turner, July 2009 > Alexa’s denim addiction meets her love of dungarees in this cute cut-off dress. We’re still kind of sad that possibly her best-ever accessory, Arctic Monkey Alex, isn’t around anymore, too
British Academy Television Awards, April 2009 > Putting a twist on another Luella dress, wearing a black jumper underneath this winter florals frock. Pretty and practical. Love the Lulu Guinness cat bag too!
DJing at the Moet Atelier launch, December 2008 > Another dungaree dress, and an incredible box bag. Too cool
Browns Halloween party, October 2008 > Proving she’s got a keen sense of fun, Alexa went all-out for legendary fashion store Browns’ Halloween party in 2008, channelling Marie Antoinette in this ghoulishy good outfit
V Festival, August 2008 > The outfit that inspired a million look-a-likes. Having pretty much single-handedly made Barbour jackets cool, the heritage label owe a lot to Alexa
ELLE Style Awards, February 2008 > Another Luella winner. On anyone else this dress would be totally saccharine, yet with her loose waves and black shoe boots, Alexa gives it the edge it needs
BRIT Awards, February 2008 > Alexa went for the glam granny look on 2008’s BRIT Awards red carpet with this PPQ cardigan worn draped over her shoulders – a look that’s big again right now. Is there a trend she *hasn’t* trailblazed??
GLAMOUR Women of the Year Awards, June 2007 > Looking fresh-faced (and long-locked!) at GLAMOUR’s annual awards in a little black dress and chain bag