Fashion Scoops: Out on a Limb... Gathering Moss... Something Blue...

As a former model, Alexa Chung knows her body well enough to go for what suits her best.

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Alexa Chung

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OUT ON A LIMB: As a former model, Alexa Chung knows her body well enough to go for what suits her best. "Smocks, absolutely," said Chung, wearing precisely one such dress at Moschino Cheap & Chic Sunday night. "I'm very limby, and if I wear tight clothes they make me look like I'm a child pretending to be an adult." Still, Chung, a presenter of the daily music-based breakfast show "Freshly Squeezed," on England's Channel 4, likes variety. "I adore to put outfits together," she said. "After all, I used to want to be a fashion journalist."

GATHERING MOSS: Once the fashion folk have cleared out of Milan, Yves Saint Laurent will move in with its fashion message for regular folk, distributing on the street a newsprint advertising flyer to Milanese — and Londoners — starting on Saturday. A total of a million copies of YSL's latest "Manifesto," featuring images of Kate Moss from the spring-summer 2008 campaign shot by Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin, will also be distributed in Tokyo, in Paris during fashion week, and in Hong Kong in mid-April.

Large-scale images will be displayed in outdoor locations in New York, London and Hong Kong, while a "making-of" video will be posted on, beginning Feb. 25.

SOMETHING BLUE: Alberta Ferretti pulled in her share of young actresses and socialites at her show on Monday, with red-headed former model and writer Jessica Joffe; German actress Bettina Zimmermann; aristocrat Lavinia Borromeo and Agnelli heir Ginevra Elkann in the front row. "I came straight from a friend's wedding in Venice to the show," said a dedicated Joffe.

EYE SPY: Something otherworldly, gleaming white with a purplish glow at night, has touched down in a car park in central Hong Kong — and select journalists throughout Asia have been watching it via live Web cam. It's Zaha Hadid's futuristic pavilion for Chanel's "Mobile Art" initiative, slated to open for visits later this month. The structure will house a series of multisensory installations inspired by the fashion house's iconic quilted, chain-handled accessory. Karl Lagerfeld and Hadid are expected to touch down in Hong Kong March 12 for a party to inaugurate the exhibition, which runs through April 5 before heading next for Tokyo. Meanwhile, Chanel has confirmed the venue for its cruise show in Miami on May 15: poolside at the Art Deco gem, the Raleigh Hotel.
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