Alexa Chung opens up on endometriosis diagnosis

Alexa Chung has shared her struggle with endometriosis in an effort to raise awareness of the condition.The model and designer, 36, was diagnosed with the common condition last year, and she took to Instagram to urge her fans and followers to get thems…

Alexa Chung has shared her struggle with endometriosis in an effort to raise awareness of the condition.

The model and designer, 36, was diagnosed with the common condition last year, and she took to Instagram to urge her fans and followers to get themselves checked out.

“Endometriosis is a long-term condition where tissue similar to the lining of the womb grows in other places, such as the ovaries and fallopian tubes,” Alexa captioned a shot of her wearing yellow surgical socks as she awaited surgery in hospital. “It can be excruciating. The pain can effect (sic) your mental health, ability to work, relationships, your fertility, the list goes on. The only way to officially diagnose that you have it is by performing a laparoscopy.”

“A year ago I put on these snazzy socks in preparation for my laparoscopic surgery,” she continued, referencing the minimally invasive procedure which helps diagnose the condition by inserting a telescope into the abdomen.

The Next in Fashion host went on to thank her friends and family for helping her recover and nurse her back to health with “action movies and nourishing food”.

“Also thank you to the doctors who spotted the problem and acted on it,” Alexa continued. “I understand I had the privilege of being believed and listened to. On average it takes seven years to diagnose and it’s a disease that affects one in ten women.”

She urged for more research to be done into the condition, as there are currently no known causes of endometriosis, and also no cure.

“Maybe let’s get some research going into this women’s health issue so it can go from something “not clear” aka myssssttterrrrious to known about and treatable,” she concluded.

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Alexa Chung living in cardigan and jeans during lockdown

Alexa Chung has been living in a cardigan and jeans combo during lockdown. The Next in Fashion host has been making sure she changes out of her pyjamas and wears proper clothes every day in self-isolation, and once she put on a cardigan and jeans from…

Alexa Chung has been living in a cardigan and jeans combo during lockdown.

The Next in Fashion host has been making sure she changes out of her pyjamas and wears proper clothes every day in self-isolation, and once she put on a cardigan and jeans from her eponymous fashion line, there was no going back – and it has become her lockdown wardrobe.

“Every day I make an effort to get dressed. It’s keeping me sane. Before we went into lockdown, my brand ALEXACHUNG launched a capsule of cosy essentials, so I’ve mostly been living in a navy-blue cardigan and jeans, and I just change the shirt out,” she told The Cut.

Although the British TV personality hasn’t had the opportunity to rock her favourite heels in the past few months, she has been getting them organised in preparation for the day she can venture out in them once more.

“I haven’t worn a pair of heels for a long time, but I’ve been arranging them in my attic so they’re ready to go when the time is right. My faves are a sparkly, strappy silver pair of Saint Laurent heels that I haven’t had the opportunity to wear yet but like to stare at,” she explained.

The 36-year-old, who was recently made the first-ever brand ambassador for London-based luxury beauty brand Code8, has also been spending lockdown in London making some “really weird” online purchases, such as some “knitted hot pants from Zara”, and doing virtual group exercise classes with her friends.

“It’s just a class that my friend Pixie (Geldof) leads for three or six of us, depending on how hungover people are. She does mat work with stretchy bands and lots of squats,” Alexa added.

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Alexa Chung and Tan France’s Next in Fashion cancelled

Alexa Chung and Tan France’s design competition show Next in Fashion has been axed after one season.The programme, which debuted on Netflix in January, followed 18 designers from around the world as they competed in challenges based on style and runway…

Alexa Chung and Tan France’s design competition show Next in Fashion has been axed after one season.

The programme, which debuted on Netflix in January, followed 18 designers from around the world as they competed in challenges based on style and runway trends.

However, France confirmed during an interview with Variety on Thursday that a second series had not been greenlit.

“This is a one-season show, we don’t know what will happen in the future,” he told the publication, hinting that the show may be picked up at another network. “But it was honestly one of the proudest things I’ve ever worked on. I love the show and Alexa so much. My focus is definitely on Queer Eye and moving forward with that.”

Filmed in May 2019, the show was won by Minju Kim, with the South Korean designer taking home $250,000 (£198,000) and the offer of debuting a collection on Net-a-Porter’s website.

British fashion star Daniel Fletcher was the runner-up, while Angel Chen and Ashton Hirota rounded out the top four.

Produced by Robin Ashbrook, Yasmin Shackleton, and Adam Cooper, guest judges on Next in Fashion included Instagram’s Eva Chen, celebrity stylist Elizabeth Stewart, designers Prabal Gurung and Kerby Jean-Raymond, as well as model Adriana Lima.

Other recent shows to be scrapped by Netflix bosses include Spinning Out, Messiah, and AJ and the Queen.

At present, France is promoting Netflix series Queer Eye, on which he serves as a style expert, with the fifth season of the hit series premiering on Friday.

Meanwhile, TV personality/designer Chung is keeping busy by working on future collections for her namesake fashion label.

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Alexa Chung avoids following make-up trends

Alexa Chung isn’t a fan of experimenting with new make-up trends.The 36-year-old model and presenter was recently named a brand ambassador for London-based cosmetics label Code8, and she decided to collaborate with the company’s founders Sophia Chikova…

Alexa Chung isn’t a fan of experimenting with new make-up trends.

The 36-year-old model and presenter was recently named a brand ambassador for London-based cosmetics label Code8, and she decided to collaborate with the company’s founders Sophia Chikovani and Nadine Ayache because they share the same practical approach to beauty.

“Code8’s values align with mine in terms of an approach to beauty,” Alexa told Allure magazine. “I feel a bit overwhelmed by products a lot of the time. When it comes to like the practical day-to-day interaction with make-up, I’m a less-is-more kind of person. I want things that are semi-practical.”

“I’m not gonna sit down and contour my face,” the Next in Fashion host laughed. “I don’t really know what I’m doing when I’m putting concealer or foundation on, as you might have seen on my attempts at beauty tutorials on my YouTube.”

And Alexa is also determined not to embrace returning make-up trends, because she made plenty of mistakes while experimenting with cosmetics in her youth.

“I’m also of an age where I really know myself and I really know what suits me and my style,” she shared. “I’m less experimental. I’m not going to put stickers on my face. I lived through the ’90s, so I don’t really want to revisit like some of the mistakes, like a thin brow or silver eye shadow.”

As for her skincare and make-up routine during lockdown, the model and designer has a more subtle approach.

“I’m definitely remembering to moisturise and cleanse,” she said. “As for make-up, I’ve not done a full face.”

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Alexa Chung shares star-studded Met Gala throwback snap

Alexa Chung has treated her social media followers to a star-studded throwback picture from the 2011 Met Gala.The fashion designer and Next in Fashion host shared the star-studded snap from the prestigious event, letting her followers see the candid sn…

Alexa Chung has treated her social media followers to a star-studded throwback picture from the 2011 Met Gala.

The fashion designer and Next in Fashion host shared the star-studded snap from the prestigious event, letting her followers see the candid snap she took of Yoko Ono, Rihanna, Salma Hayek, Lauren Hutton, and Stella McCartney in the bathroom at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“Ancient maybe even Blackberry photo of a Met Gala bathroom scene,” the 36-year-old captioned the post. “Yoko, Rihanna, Stella, Salma, Lauren. Solid line up.”

In the photo, the Umbrella hitmaker can be seen watching designer McCartney adjusting her black one-sleeved gown, which had a see-through lace side panel, as philanthropist and activist Ono talks while wearing custom Karl Lagerfeld.

Meanwhile, iconic supermodel Hutton can be seen rocking a Giorgio Armani ensemble and taking a drag of her cigarette, while Hayek looks directly into the camera wearing a nude Alexander McQueen gown.

Chung herself wore a short, sheer silver Christopher Kane yoke dress teamed with a matching clutch and black platform heels.

“Put this in the history books,” one Instagram commented on the snap, while another joked, “Somebody hang this in a museum.”

The model hasn’t been the only one to take pictures in the bathroom at the prestigious fashion event. At the time, ethical fashion campaigner Livia Firth also shared similar snaps from the toilets of the Met Gala, which featured Rihanna, Ono, McCartney, Hayek, Hutton, and British fashion journalist Hilary Alexander.

The 2020 Met Gala, which was due to take place in May, has been postponed indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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Alexa Chung: ‘Dungarees are my comfort blanket’

Alexa Chung is so obsessed with dungarees that she wakes up most mornings and thinks about what pair she wants to wear.The model, designer and presenter opened up about her love for the denim garment, known as overalls in America, in an op-ed for U.S. …

Alexa Chung is so obsessed with dungarees that she wakes up most mornings and thinks about what pair she wants to wear.

The model, designer and presenter opened up about her love for the denim garment, known as overalls in America, in an op-ed for U.S. InStyle magazine, in which she revealed they are her go-to outfit almost daily.

“Every morning when I get up and think about what I want to wear, dungarees – or overalls, as Americans call them – are the thing that pops into my head most often. They’re like a comfort blanket for me in terms of style. I know that they suit my body shape,” she explained, adding that they are a “good reflection of my tomboyish personality.”

The 36-year-old confessed that she relied on hiding behind the androgynous look of dungarees to help her when she wasn’t comfortable showing off her body.

“In my 20s I used to wear them on dates because whenever I’d try on something sexy, I’d just freak out and put my dungarees back on,” the Next in Fashion co-host said. “The idea of being in my prime and not wanting to show off appealed to me, so as my own churlish way of refusing to play dress-up for the boys, I’d also wear them when I was modelling or hosting on TV.”

Alexa had the perfect opportunity to create her “ultimate pair” of dungarees when she started her eponymous fashion label back in 2017.

“I wanted to make them more form-fitting so that they are snug at the hip and then relax into a flare,” she shared. “That way you can see that you have a bum and a waist, and they can be kind of secretly sexy.”

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Alexa Chung urges shoppers to buy vintage clothing

Alexa Chung has urged shoppers to ditch fast fashion and invest in vintage clothes instead.The model and designer, who is currently co-hosting the new Netflix series Next In Fashion with Queer Eye stylist Tan France, is adamant it is still possible to …

Alexa Chung has urged shoppers to ditch fast fashion and invest in vintage clothes instead.

The model and designer, who is currently co-hosting the new Netflix series Next In Fashion with Queer Eye stylist Tan France, is adamant it is still possible to follow current trends without buying from brands that mass produce items.

“Loads of fashion ideas or trends are regurgitated from the past so you could just buy vintage things,” the 36-year-old told BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat. “They’re readily available, easy and cheap – about three things I’m wearing now are vintage. ”

Alexa also has her own eponymous clothing line, which she was keen to make available to hire for those who would not be able to afford to buy her pieces off the rack.

“It’s something celebrities have the luxury of doing because they borrow from a fashion house and then they send it back and they’re just wearing it for one event,” she explained. “Sharing clothes is such a brilliant idea because it’s true that you might want something special for one occasion, but you don’t want to keep it in your wardrobe.”

Elsewhere in the interview, the TV presenter shared her excitement over Next In Fashion, insisting the programme gives up and coming designers a chance to shine.

“It’s quite typical that you can be one of the most talented people at a company but you’re not necessarily the name of the house. This show gives them a chance if they want to start their own brand and really drive their business forward,” Alexa shared.

Alexa and Tan will serve as both co-hosts and judges on Next In Fashion, as they critique the contestants’ offerings alongside famous faces including designer Tommy Hilfiger, model Adriana Lima, and celebrity stylist Elizabeth Stewart.

The winner will be awarded a $250,000 (£191,500) cash prize, as well as the chance to create a range for Net-a-Porter.

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Alexa Chung and Tan France to front Netflix fashion show

Alexa Chung and Tan France will co-host a new fashion series heading to Netflix. The model and designer has teamed up with the much-loved Queer Eye stylist to find the next big name in fashion on their new show, Next In Fashion. According to Harper’s…

Alexa Chung and Tan France will co-host a new fashion series heading to Netflix.

The model and designer has teamed up with the much-loved Queer Eye stylist to find the next big name in fashion on their new show, Next In Fashion.

According to Harper’s Bazaar, the duo will front the high-stakes competition series, in which 18 designers face challenges focusing on a different trend or design style that has influenced the way we dress.

The contestants, who have already worked for major fashion brands and celebrities, will compete head-to-head, and the lucky winner will receive $250,000 and the opportunity to debut their collection with luxury retailer Net-a-Porter.

The 10-episode long series will also feature stylist Elizabeth Stewart and director of fashion partnerships at Instagram Eva Chen as judges, with additional guest judges to be announced at a later date.

France, who is releasing his new memoir Naturally Tan in June, took to Instagram to share the exciting news.

“ANNOUNCEMENT!! Beyond excited to host Netflix’s first fashion show @nextinfashion with the one and only, my new work wife, @alexachung. Coming soon!” he wrote alongside a snap of him with Chung.

Chung, who has been busy working on her eponymous fashion brand, shared her glee at working with the Queer Eye star.

“Netflix and chill? Incredibly excited to be hosting Netflix’s first fashion show @nextinfashion alongside my new husband @tanfrance Coming soon! Yeah I like to tuck I got a tucking problem,” she wrote, referencing France’s love for tucking in shirts on his makeover show.

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