Alexa Chung’s Debut Clothing Line May Include Sketches of Boys, Birds & Babies

When Numero Tokyo asked Alexa Chung if she would ever start her own clothing line, the British style savant said, "Yes, I’m definitely going to do that. I’m looking into it right now." Those two sentences were enough to make the blogosphere nearly spontaneously combust, given that her disheveled school girl look is coveted across the globe and her ridiculously successful capsule collections for Madewell crash websites. She also mentioned in the interview that she "sketches everything" herself, which prompted me to investigate her Instagram and pull some potential House of Chung renderings.  

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In addition to drawing hairy dudes (example #1 here), Chung likes drawing cute things, like angelic babies with big eyes and tiny ears. 

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Hairy dude #2

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Hairy dude #3

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Of course, Chung’s only non-human sketch is a smirking bird named "Egghead." 

FashionFeed: Fashion’s Night Out Date Confirmed, Model Rosie Huntington-Whitely Returns

● After attempting that silly thing called acting, model Rosie Huntington-Whitely returned to her day job for Sao Paulo Fashion Week. [Fashionista]

● Despite last year’s chaos, Fashion’s Night Out will return on September 6. [The Cut]

● Proenza Schouler is showing their Harmony Korine-directed fashion films at the Guggenheim tomorrow. [Style]

● Behold an ariel shot of Gisele Bundchen’s freshly-built $20 million McMansion located in a California canyon. [Styleite]

● Chanel’s couture show next week at the Grand Palais in Paris will have "extremely limited seating. [The Cut]

● Peep some inspiring photos from the Madewell design team’s recent field trip through the Wild West. [R29]

Alexa Chung’s New Collection for Madewell Crashed Their Website

Last night at Hollywood’s Chateau Marmont, Alexa Chung fans turned up in droves to toast the launch of her latest Madewell Collection. Top style starlets like Kate Bosworth and Elle Fanning joined the model / perpetual television host as she crossed her fingers that her second collaboration with J.Crew’s kid sister label would please the masses. Not only are the masses pleased, but traffic was so heavy when the collection hit the retailer’s website that it crashed.

Chung gleefully tweeted the news early this morning and Telegraph quickly scooped up the story thereafter.

Now that she’s helped Madewell grow from mere cute-kid into a legitimate cool-kid and Mulberry is the world’s top-selling fashion house thanks to her handbag collaboration, it’s safe to say that Chung has the sartorial Midas touch.

The website’s back up and running, so shop the collection here or wait until it lands in-stores at 6pm tonight. If you do decide to stop by one of Madewell’s outposts, be prepared to wait in a massive line and brave aggressive shoppers trying to pluck the most-wanted leopard print Zowie Boots (above) directly out of your hands. Good luck!

New York Openings: Madewell, Housing Works, Oakley O Store

Madewell (Flatiron) – Youthful, denim-friendly shop quietly has J.Crew behind it. ● Housing Works (Park Slope) – Beloved thrift shop where your designer purchase helps an HIV-positive New Yorker sleep under a roof. ● Oakley O Store (Midtown West) – The last accessory to nab before turning pro. Mullet optional.

Madewell Spring 2011 Lookbook: Your Spring Wardrobe, Solved

Madewell, everyone’s favorite downtown sister to J.Crew, has released their Spring 2011 Lookbook, and the clothes do not disappoint. Known for their casual, comfortable, and effortlessly chic pieces, the spring line features mix-and-match separates in colorful silks, bright plaids, and subtle prints.

The collection is easily dressed up or down with the accompanying accessories, which include belts with anchor buckles, peeptoe oxford wedges, and elegant messenger bags (in the fashion of the inimitable PS1). And to top it off, the Lookbook begins with a perfect spring trench coat for the much-awaited transition from snow to sun. The line is expected to hit stores within the next month, but for those of us with upcoming vacations to the French Riviera, the line is available for pre-order over the phone.

For Those of Us Too Busy to Shop

Maybe you really came out ahead in the market this year; maybe you have an extremely generous aunt with money to burn. Either way, Madewell is going to make some of you very happy this holiday season, and for the rest of the following year! Membership to the Madewell Stylephile Club gives a year’s worth of the best picks from the line, sent directly to the member before available to the public or online. A few choice pieces from each season are chosen and arrive gift-wrapped for a one-time fee of $750. Also, to kick-off the year of awesome clothes, the recipient gets a one-on-one style consultation with a Madewell designer.

While this may not be appropriate or within reach for many of us, we’re jealous of the women who can sign up for this program and leave the shopping to Madewell for an entire year!

Time To Bust Out Your Winter Whites

As we enter full-on winter mode, many of us are boxing up our jorts and bikinis to make room for heavy coats and thick sweaters. Before you seal up the last of your summery items, save a few of your lightest pieces, because white is in big this winter—we wouldn’t be surprised to read that the LWD is replacing the LBD for the office holiday party circuit. After the jump, check out our favorite winter whites to liven up the season’s long cold nights.

Clockwise from top left: Madewell quilted bomber cardigan, $126; Makr farm rucksack, $160; Ever bubble dress, $325; BB Dakota Connie coat, $74; Need Supply lace cami dress, $58; J.Crew golden pencil skirt, $138.

Because Not Everyone Can Get Crazy During the Holidays

As the holidays approach, so do the formal dinners and parties that require a bit more social decorum than usual—think longer hemlines and higher necklines. I’m talking company holiday parties, dinner with the in-laws, or meeting your boyfriend’s parents. To prep for these somewhat high-stress encounters, we’ve found three foolproof dresses that are still chic and universal. Best of all, they can be accessorized in a variety of ways, and dressed up or down for any situation. And don’t forget that we’ve already found the perfect jewelry to accompany the dress! Check out our picks after the jump.

From left: Jaeger London velvet zip dress, $344.80; Madewell silk pleated dress, $158; Suzuki black sleeveless dress, $430.

Buy or DIY: Chunky Circle Scarf

Whether you call it a warmer, snood, or just a really cozy necklace, the circle scarf has swiftly made its way into stylish closets everywhere. The pre-shaped style is easy to throw on top of any outfit, saving the time you’d normally spend deciding on how to wrap your conventional scarf. Above are a few examples to fit every budget, but if you’d rather test the trend before you buy, grab an old knit sweater and some gorilla tape and follow this brilliant how-to.

Clockwise from left: lillystory Circle Knit Scarf, $27; Forever 21 Ribbed Knit Snood Scarf, $8.80; Madewell Slouchy Knit Circle Scarf, $58; Dégaine Shredded Infinity Scarf, $98.