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7 WONDERS: ALEXA CHUNG

Happy Birthday Alexa Chung! We’ve charted the style icon’s seven best moments to celebrate her turning 31 today.

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Roll out the cake, light the candles and get ready to sing: it’s Alexa Chung’s birthday! Everyone’s favourite British style icon is turning 31 this year, and in typical 7 Wonders style, we’ve taken this opportunity to tell the world why we love her. Alexa has done a bit of everything, from modelling to TV presenting, being a contributing editor to British Vogue and most recently designing her own line in collaboration with AG Jeans. Becoming known to most of us via Popworld in the mid 00’s (precious memories),  Alexa has gone onto become a style icon, and has gone international – now splitting her time between London and New York. Here’s our favourite seven Alexa moments from through the years.

THE BAG

The first bag that Mulberry named for a celebrity back in 2009, the Alexa was credited with helping the company fight off the recession. The boyish cross body style tapped into Alexa’s personal style, and allowed women across the world to emulate that little bit better – for a price.

INVENTING THE PETER PAN COLLAR

She may have not actually crafted the first peter pan collar with her own two hands, but is synonymous with this popular look from a few years back. A cute look while it lasted, before the high street moved in and ruined it.

THE FAMOUS EX BOYFRIEND

She dated Arctic Monkeys lead singer Alex Turner for three years until 2013, and made having a rock star boyfriend cool again, as well as making a lot of teenage girls jealous.

EVERYONE’S FAVOURITE TV PRESENTER

She started out on Popworld, Channel Four’s quirky Saturday morning music show, and has gone on to host her own programme on MTV in the US. Before that, she was present on many, many other Channel 4 offerings, including a memorable segment on a Gok Wan programme in which she interviewed Roberto Cavalli, Jean Paul Gaultier and Karl Lagerfeld. Match made in heaven.

BEING AN AWARD WINNING STYLE ICON

Alexa won the British Style Award, as voted for by the public, in 2010, 2011 and 2012– cementing her style icon status in the fashion hall of fame three times over.

THE BOOK

Last year Alexa released her book ‘It’; the titled cleverly alluding to her status as the world’s ‘it girl’. A collection of thoughts, musings, images and generally cool stuff, It was a sure fire crowd pleaser of a gift last Christmas. It’s hard to put down on paper exactly what an ‘it girl’ or style icon is, but surely this is It.

HER NEW COLLECTION

She unveiled a new collaboration with AG Jeans to the press last week, which includes 21 key pieces each named for a friend, with the Pixie dress and the Tennessee overalls being staples. Although not available to purchase until early 2015, this seems better than the average celebrity collab.

Words: Elliot Rose

7 WONDERS: ALEXA CHUNG

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