Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

'Instagram would be awful if it was reality' Alexa Chung on a life less glamorous and why she's tired of New York

alexa.jpg

She's the darling of the fashion world who commands front-row seats, a burgeoning circle of celebrity friends and entry to the hottest parties in town. 

But Alexa Chung, 31, insists her life is not the filtered fiesta of fun and games it appears to be for her 1.8million followers on Instagram

"No one is as happy as they seem on Instagram," Chung says, in an interview with the Telegraph's Stella magazine this weekend. 

"Even friends of mine. I’ll say, 'Wow, that looked amazing!' and they’ll be like, 'Nah, it wasn’t.’ I tell them, 'You need to stop putting that stuff up because it looks perfect.’ But then Instagram would be awful if it was reality, wouldn’t it? 'Here are my spaghetti hoops and me crying over EastEnders.'"

Alexa in a New York diner booth

Alexa embracing the New York lifestyle

The designer has lived in New York for the past six years - but even this, she says, is not the glamorous SATC-style lifestyle that many people assume it to be.

"The thing is, I live in the East Village and my apartment is nothing crazy. The night-time invitations are fancy-pants, but I’m like Cinderella and at the end of the night I have lost a shoe and I am going home in a pumpkin," she says.

In fact, Chung is currently taking a break from the Big Apple as she admits, "I’ve just felt exhausted by it".

"It is really fun. There’s loads of new places opening up. But there is a groove in the ground where I walk back and forth to the same perfect bars. I’m not over New York, but I think rather than going out seven nights a week, I need to stay in sometimes. Make dinner."

Alexa, in a post on Instagram

Alexa, in a post on Instagram

Chung is currently curating her latest collection for US denim label AG (Alexa Chung for AG), inspired by American girl gangs - with a bit of quintessential Brit corduroy thrown in ("I just can’t help myself," she says). 

The diffusion line is allowing Chung to warm up to launching her very own fashion collection.

"It seems scary," she says. "But everything else has been scary, in hindsight. It’s just that I didn’t have time to think about it. I need to revisit that attitude and get on with it. Everything doesn’t have to be perfect, I’ve realised. You can learn as you go."

The former TV presenter says she became more philosophical about things after turning 30 last year.

"I got more relaxed about things," she says. "It’s as though you are a book and you’re getting through the story and it’s OK. But you’re anticipating this thing happening, which I think came from fear-mongering by magazines: 'What’s going to happen when I’m 30? Do I grow an arm or do something weird?’ Then I saw this Patti Smith thing on YouTube where she says, 'Life is a journey. There are going to be ups and downs and that’s what makes it colourful and interesting.’ So now I’m like, 'Oh, it’s always a bit twisty, so enjoy the moment. Seize the day. Carpe diem.'"

Alexa with Cara and Poppy Delevingne at this year's Glastonbury

Alexa with Cara and Poppy Delevingne at this year's Glastonbury

Alexa Chung

To read Stella magazine's full interview with Alexa Chung, click here

Related

rexfeatures_4255117h-(1).jpg

Victoria Beckham on her fashion formula and recipe for success

balloon_main_rt.jpg

The happiness myth; Is our quest for contentment making us feel worse?

hero.jpg

This week's A-List Instagram round-up

the-perfect-present-1024.jpg

Female friendship and the great baby divide

rexfeatures_4770907c.jpg

Alexa Chung; 'I'm a nightmare to date'

hero.jpg

Unique and whimsical wedding style ideas from social media

Comments

More

This week's style list: from Annie Warhol to chandelier earrings

Indulge yourself with a treat from our hand-picked edits

by The Stylist web team
25 May 2017

Five items in your wardrobe that were inspired by Cristóbal Balenciaga

Don't know much about him? Look no further...

by Harriet Hall
25 May 2017

Daily outfit inspiration with our look at the best dressed A-listers

Casual dressing ideas from stylish celebrities

25 May 2017

25 unusual accessories to update your wedding wardrobe

Shoes, bags, jewellery and headgear to perk up your one-wear wedding wonders

by Amy Swales
24 May 2017

22 unusual and awesome Father's Day gifts

Stylish, foodie, boozy, outdoorsy: we've got you covered

by Amy Swales
24 May 2017

Summer looks like jeans that turn into shorts

You didn't know these were missing from your life

by Amy Swales
22 May 2017

A closer look at Pippa Middleton’s wedding dress

One of Britain's most celebrated designers, Giles Deacon, created the gown

21 May 2017

The feminist t-shirt everyone’s talking about on Instagram

It’s time to wear your feminist credentials front and centre

by Kayleigh Dray
19 May 2017

All the best red carpet looks from the 70th Cannes Film Festival

From Winnie Harlow to Susan Sarandon

by Sarah Biddlecombe
18 May 2017

Here’s where to buy Margot Robbie’s beautiful bridesmaid dress

Warning: it doesn’t come cheap

by Kayleigh Dray
18 May 2017