REBEL YOUTH: Alexa Chung looked stunning in her AG jumpsuit, Saint Laurent heels and Shrimps bag at the cocktail hosted by the denim label in Paris’ Montaigne Market boutique on Thursday, the last day of couture week.
“I have just arrived in Paris. I was filming something,” said the British “It” girl, who was mum on further movie details. She has teamed up with Los Angeles-based AG for a second collection.
“I have always loved denim. It’s an easy, go-to fabric for bringing more feminine tops and high heels down to a more street-style and cooler [look]. I do find it difficult to find perfect jeans. Once you find them, you should buy a couple of pairs because it’s like gold dust,” she told WWD.
While Chung’s first line was based on the missing pieces of her wardrobe like a basic denim miniskirt, she said: “[I] couldn’t find a vintage one that fits properly, so just made one.
“I was interested in that book by photographer Karlheinz Weinberger. A lot of imagery associated with denim is male-centric and motorbike gang, set in the Seventies. I thought it would be good to create a fancy collection for a group of women that would be kind of badass, like the rebel youth kind. And then we introduced a lot of suede. I added a British element to it; there is a practicality and a kind of dorky secretary thing going on,” she said with a smile.
“But also a lot of it was inspired by friends like Sarah Walker in L.A.,” Chung continued. “She dresses like ‘Game of Thrones’-meets-motorbike-gang. I know – wacky, right? The Walker coat in black suede with embroidery at the neckline and sleeves would be something she might wear.”
Other fabrics used include corduroy, chambray and broken twill. Sweaters come in wool, merino, cashmere and a lightweight ribbed wool blend, and there’s a silk high-neck blouse.
“This truly is a proper ready-to-wear collection,” stated AG president Sam Ku.
It consists of around 30 pieces, with prices ranging from $98 to $1,248 for the Walker. The collection is being sold exclusively at Montaigne Market before hitting stores worldwide on July 23.
“I know Paris from the Londoner-coming-for-Fashion-Week perspective, so I like the Bristol, Hôtel Costes and Le Petit Vendôme, where I get a glass of wine and a cheap sandwich,” Chung said.