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Review: Alexa Chung's New Book, 'It'


The coltish Ms Chung did her utmost to prove herself more than a very pretty face with the launch of her first book, It. One can only assume the title’s a reference to her long-held title as one of London’s foremost It Girls, since references to the Addams family's cousin are few and far between.

Alexa Chung grew nervy on Tuesday evening, tweeting "Anxiety dream waiting to happen: signing copies of my book 5-7pm at Liberty in LDN tomorrow. Keep me company? #tumbleweed". But Alexa Chung’s not the sort of gal who needs to worry about a lack of mates – celeb friends like Pixie Geldof, Daisy Lowe and Laura Bailey showed up to give Alexa’s book a fashionable seal of approval. Plus, Alexa’s outfit was pronounced fabulous by fashionistas the world over as she looked demure and elegant in an off the shoulder pale blue Carven dress.

It wasn't long, however, before Literary London began savaging the book, which has been described as a combination of an autobiography with a style guide, with the Standard describing the tome as 'one great big enhanced selfie' and asking 'how did we ever manage without it?'

How indeed. The book’s replete with some real corkers. I’ve listed the best of these below so you can enjoy the sophisticated humour of Alexa Chung (hmm) without forking over seventeen quid for arty photos of pumpkins in shopping trolleys and sketches of large-eyed characters festooned with stars:

"I have a weird mental block every time I go shopping that means I forget what I already own the moment I cross the threshold into the store."Image


"My relationship with my denim hot pants is incredibly special."


"Eyeliner aside, sometimes I go crazy and add a red lip to my make-up look, but it has to be a very special occasion."

Nabokov’s Lolita is "my favourite character to reference when getting dressed in summer months. It can look ridiculous if you're under 16 or over 25 but I'm willing to keep paying tribute to this limby literary icon…at least for the time being." Make of this what you will.


"Looking effortless takes a lot of effort. When I get new Converse I dedicate some time at home to shoving mud on them so they don't look squeaky clean."

Oh, Alexa. Still, we imagine Mizz Chung will be laughing all the way to the bank.

Will you be picking up this book to make up your own mind? Let us know below!


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