Today, Alexa Chung for Madewell's coveted Fall '11 collection finally hits stores and the Internet, but last night a few very styled — and Madewell-clad — celebs flocked to the Chateau Marmont to join InStyle and Alexa Chung in celebrating the launch of her new Madewell goodies. Among the guests, we spotted Elle Fanning in the super-sweet lace dress we've been eying from the collection; Kate Bosworth stepping out in a cool, printed sheath; and Alexa, of course, rocking a few of her favorite pieces from the new line. Click through to get a glimpse of all the celebs — and consider this your reminder to head to shop the collection today. Then, be sure to tell us your pick for best dressed party guest in the comments.
Exclusive! Check Out Alexa Chung's 'Zine For Madewell, Plus, The Complete Collection Before It Hits Stores Tomorrow
If you ever wondered what goes on inside Alexa Chung's brain, wonder no more. To get you ready for the Alexa Chung for Madewell collection, launching tomorrow online and in stores, we have an exclusive look at her "xine", a magazine designed by Alexa for the brand showing us cute artwork, cutout cat masks, and random fact: her love for palm trees. If possible, we love the British cool girl even more now. Click the slideshow to see more Alexa Chung fodder, plus her complete collection for Madewell so you can draw up your shopping list in advance.
>> Alexa Chung's second collaboration with Madewell debuts online and in stores on September 22 — and now, we've got a full look at the collection.. "You know me," Chung says of her new designs. "I’m obsessed with polka dots and Peter pan collars — British things like that — so they’re all in there." There are also a couple of pajama-inspired pieces featuring a palm tree print Chung drew by hand. “I sketch so much in meetings,” she says. “The Madewell team insisted.”
>> Alexa Chung is back for a second collection with Madewell, hitting stores and Madewell.com Sept. 22. A couple of images from the collection's campaign — shot in and around Austin, Texas — have been released, reflecting the collaboration's American-road-trip vibe. Chung apparently took “heavy inspiration [from] girls in bands who live their looks,” according to the company’s statement, while designing, and Kin Yung Lee, Madewell's head of design, said of re-pairing with Chung: “We were all so in sync. Since it’s the second collection, it was like old friends getting together and creating something — and having a great time in the process!”
>> Earlier this month, it came out that Alexa Chung is teaming up with Madewell again for a second collection. Although there are no images for the offering yet (it won't hit stores until Fall 2011), Chung did give a few hints on Twitter last night: "A lot of 90's in new AC for Madewell collection. Actually 70's too.. probs need to start making patent bubble gum coloured tiny minis. YOWW." [@alexa_chung]
The wait for Alexa Chung's second Madewell collection is getting longer by the minute. Not literally of course, but since hearing our British style crush with enviable sweet-cum-quirky style was up for round two with a new Fall '11 collection for Madewell, we can think of little else. Luckily, the stylish collaborators threw us a bone today in the form of a Fab styling lesson with Alexa trying on five of Madewell's iconic pieces, and pulling together head-to-toe looks for each using her own wardrobe. Click through for the five complete outfits, the reasons Alexa loves the pieces — and why we love her take on them!
>> Alexa Chung's first collaboration with Madewell last Fall was a huge success, and now, the brand has asked her back to design a second collection — set to hit stores for Fall 2011 — which we're hoping will include more polka-dot dresses and cool trousers. For now, sign up on the brand's website starting Tuesday for any and all Alexa Chung for Madewell updates. [Elle.com]
While wrapping up the best of 2010 in style, we asked you to pick your favorite designer collaboration of the year. You know it's gonna be a tough fight when the year brought Mulberry to Target and Lanvin to H&M. But, after tallying the votes, it seems your pick is clear — Alexa Chung for Madewell captured 43 percent of the reader vote, and we have to confess, it's at the top of our list, too. Making her signature style totally accessible, Alexa Chung's line won us all over with its girlie-meets-tomboy aesthetic. Now, we're anticipating what the Spring line will bring!