ALEXAN­DRA ‘BINKY’ FEL­STEAD

Made in Chelsea star, 24

Evening Standard - West End Final Extra - ES Magazine - - Upfront - In­ter­view by Han­nah Nathanson

Blake Lively is my girl crush. She’s re­ally fit and dresses quite boho-chic, which I like. Look­ing back, I’m ap­palled by what I used to wear when Made in Chelsea first started. I would al­ways be in leg­gings and baggy off-the-shoul­der jumpers. When it be­came a daily thing, I knew I had to up my game. Be­ing sur­rounded by gor­geous people all the time forced me to make more of an ef­fort. Mark-Fran­cis [Van­delli] has tried to give me style ad­vice in the past but I haven’t al­ways agreed with it. He once told me to be more tai­lored. Re­cently he’s been go­ing for a more grungey look, which is quite funny — more cool T-shirts and fewer suits. My mum al­ways says: ‘You look good in a bin bag when you’re young, so don’t bother spend­ing lots of money on clothes — wait un­til you’re older.’ I like that ad­vice. We’ve cur­rently film­ing for two months in New York. The Amer­i­cans aren’t too baf­fled by us — they like our ac­cents and they’ve adopted the word ‘fitty’. For my birth­day party we went to Jimmy, the rooftop bar at the New York James Ho­tel. I got quite drunk. Luck­ily my sal­mon-pink Top­shop play­suit wasn’t too re­veal­ing — it had quite a sexy low back but a hal­ter-neck front with long trousers. I was a bit of a surfer when I was younger: I wore chil­dren’s Ray-Bans and lived in O’Neill hood­ies over the sum­mer dur­ing hol­i­days to Rock in Corn­wall. My big sis­ter used to dress me up in 1980s gear for her school art projects. I’d be in pig­tails with neck scarves, Doc Martens and denim skirts. I never feel like I’ve gone too far with the fake tan; you can never be too tanned. I have to do it once a week, it makes me happy. They say you can’t get ad­dicted to fake tan but I clearly am. My mum used to be com­pared to Princess Diana a lot. She was a leg model, so she had a very lovely fig­ure with long, slim legs and nice boo­bies. I used to love watch­ing her do her make-up in the mir­ror; it fas­ci­nated me. My sex­i­est look is ‘just got out of bed’, with messy hair, a baggy boyfriend shirt and my pins out. I dress for com­fort more than any­thing. I’m a coun­try girl so I’m never go­ing to look re­ally pris­tine. I’d like to think my style is sexy and comfy, and fairly ‘chic’, or what­ever Mark-Fran­cis calls it. My big­gest fash­ion faux pas was wear­ing a pink Aqua play­suit when Made in Chelsea won a BAFTA. I was quite chubby at the time so I wasn’t feel­ing very con­fi­dent with my­self. I’ll never be a fash­ion­ista. What’s the lat­est trend in Chelsea? I’m not the per­son to ask. Binky Fel­stead is am­bas­sador for lin­gerie brand Blue­bella (blue­bella.com) and shops at Ken­sal Rise bou­tique Lark Lon­don (lark­lon­don.com)

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