“It” is Alexa Chung’s first book and focuses on the style icon’s influences and things that helped create the inspiration that she is today. If you’re looking for a book that offers style advice and clear-cut tips on recreating her looks you won’t find them in this book. This book mostly contains little anecdotes of her own life, touching briefly on topics such as her best friend, breakups and the first time she wore make up, accompanied by pictures of her influences and some doodles.
The cover itself is a pretty pastel pink with a small picture of an eye in the centre. It’s unusual that Alexa herself isn’t on the cover and this could be seen as a sign of her humbleness as a celebrity. You could also argue that the simple cover is ironic due to the fact that she has become such a massive influence amongst people but if you’re someone who’s going to over analyse the book then put it down now!
Alexa Chung’s debut novel is silly, girly and light – hearted. If you’re a fan of hers, like myself, then you’ll love the book. It’s basically – quote - a “scrapbook autobiography” with images that could have been taken straight from Tumblr. It’s not a serious read and shows Alexa’s good humour. In terms of style it’s probably not the most influential of books but it’s nice to get abit more of an insight into her mind, without her becoming tacky and spilling the beans on her personal life and relationships. For me it’s the photographs and overall presentation that I liked the most in this. I love the pale pink colour and polka dot pattern on the inside of the book. The doodles, drawn by Alexa, are cute and kooky in their own right. I absolutely adore the candid, faded look to them. Images of Edie Sedgwick and Jane Birkin (the original “it” girls) as well as Liv Tyler in ‘Empire Records’ and even Jeremy Irons are splashed across the pages. It’s a prefect example of a good coffee table book, and a sweet addition to the collection, which I have been building for the past few years.
The book has received a lot of criticism for it’s lack of substance and some readers claim that it’s sloppy – Alexa herself stated that she wrote the book through emails to her editor.
The best way to approach this book is to not over – analyse it and just enjoy it for what it is.