Celebrity Style on Trial: Alexa Chung

We talk a lot on The Fashion Police about crimes of fashion and the people who commit them, but what about the ones who get it right?

We think we need an icon: a guiding light, someone we can look up to and say, “HER: that’s how it’s done.”

The problem with that, however, is that most of the people commonly granted “icon” status by the fashion world are people who make us scratch our heads and say, “HER? Really?”

And of course, everyone has days when they get it right, and days when they get it oh-so-very wrong. We want to find someone who gets it right more often than wrong, though, and who we can look up to as the Fashion Police’s Fashion Icon, so over the next few days we’re going to take a look at some of the women most commonly hailed as “Icons”, and see what you think of their style.

We’re starting off today with Candidate # 1: Alexa Chung

Now, obviously Karl Lagerfeld loves Alexa, but Uncle Karl… let’s just say his opinion can’t always be taken to be gospel on these things.

This photo is actually a pretty good example of Alexa’s style, which has always confused The Fashion Police. She’s a beautiful woman, obviously, but Alexa’s style is very low-key, casual, sometimes even a bit on the dowdy side, if we may be so bold. Alexa will show up on the red carpet in clothes that the rest of us might wear to the supermarket or office: but she’ll still pull it off. She doesn’t appear to own a comb, and she doesn’t really care what anyone thinks – which actually may be a point in her favour here. Is that ladder in her stockings deliberate or accidental? Alexa probably doesn’t care, and everyone else at this show probably considered adding a ladder to their own stockings, such is the power of Alexa.

We want to grab her by the shoulders and tell her to stand up straight here. A couple of days in Fashion Police Boot Camp would soon sort that out, though.

This photo is another good example of Alexa Chung’s signature style. The Breton stripes, the classic trench… the clumpy shoes, and the vaguely uncomfortable suggestion that she possibly forgot to put on pants. We actually love this look on her, and think she’s at her best when she goes causal, but you, of course, may well disagree.

Here are some more photos of Alexa Chung’s style. Tell us: what do you think? Fashion icon or not?

[All Images: Fame]

9 Comments

  • June 15, 2011

    Ez

    I just want her to brush and style her hair and do her make-up a bit more nicely. If you took her head and stuck it on a tramps body it wouldn’t look out of place! She is a really pretty girl but she doesn’t so herself justice! As far as her outfits go I think her fashion choices are a bit blah and too masculine but that’s just my opinion!

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  • June 15, 2011

    Natasha

    For me she’s almost up there with Chloe Sevigny in terms of the WTF nature of her style. I just don’t get it.

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  • June 15, 2011

    Emily

    She looks untidy most of the time. She reminds me a bit of those ‘you wouldn’t start the night like this’ adverts with the girl who rips her own tights and stuff before she goes for a night out. Super skinny girl + vintage clothes does not necessarily = fashion icon for me, but it seems like it does for a lot of people.

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  • June 15, 2011

    Janelle

    I personal can’t stand her style. I’ve read magazines with her interviews and I just skip right over them.

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  • June 16, 2011

    Amy

    mostly, i’m not fan of her style but I must recognise that she has a x-factor and sometimes her outfits are great.The thing that bothers a lot about Alexa is that she can look too childish in her outfits, she’s 28 but she kinda dresses like a little girl.

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  • June 16, 2011

    misty

    i cant get enough of her pics. i love everything about her, shes stunning and all her looks are soo effortless.a true style icon for me.

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  • June 17, 2011

    Alys

    Nope, not a style icon in my books. I look to the likes of Audrey Hepburn and other classical women who pulled themselves together with such panache and elegance, and think how badly she needs to find a comb, an iron, and a proper pair of pants. I like a casual look as much as any girl; we can’t all have Kate’s Burberry trenches and immaculate pencil skirts, court shoes, and the like. *sigh* Though don’t I wish I could! On the other hand, there is something to be said for pulling together a good look and Miss Chung, skilled as she is in other areas (I suppose) is not one of them. The cashier at ATesco’s usually looks better dressed….

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  • June 19, 2011

    Selina

    I’ve never understood the appeal of Alexa’s style. Some people can throw on an eclectic mix of items and make it look ‘effortlessly thrown together’. Alexa just looks, well, thrown together.

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  • February 23, 2013

    cynthia

    I look at her picture, and am so confused. She’s so disorganized most times.

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