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Two of the UK’s fashion sweethearts are joining forces to host their own Netflix show. Tan France and Alexa Chung have launched Next in Fashion, a reality show on which designers compete to win a $250,000 prize and the opportunity to debut their collection on Net-a-Porter. The duo are so successful that they barely need an introduction – France shot to fame as the resident fashion advisor on Netflix smash hit Queer Eye, while Chung initially forged a career as a TV presenter and then designed her own fashion line, ALEXACHUNG.

So what are the Next In Fashion judges looking for in the designers? “Energy,” said Chung. “They’re obviously very fatigued as the finishing line gets closer, but you have to still attack it with the same amount of energy as you start the project with. If you lose focus, you lose it.” France and Chung will be joined on the judging panel by the likes of designer Kerby Jean-Raymond of Pyer Moss fame and Eva Chen, Head of Fashion at Instagram. But we’ll mainly have our eyes on France and Chung – the two are well and truly style icons in their own right. Here’s why.

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They Both Have a Signature Style

Any icon knows you need to hone a distinct look. Chung’s is a quintessentially English preppy one. She loves miniskirts paired with turtlenecks and long sleeves, knows how to wear a romantic poofy gown with an edgy leather jacket, is partial to houndstooth and checked patterns, and has been known to sport a beret or two. Chung’s style is feminine yet strong, with dashes of tailoring – and it’s quite whimsical altogether.

France has popularized the ‘French tuck’, which basically means tucking just the front of your shirt into your trousers and letting the rest hang loose. His style is always sleek and on the cutting edge of trends – his wardrobe is full of cropped trousers, heeled boots, and gorgeous suits. Of course, this is all topped off with his signature silver quiff. France has a pair of cowprint boots we couldn’t want more, and is constantly wearing trendy brands like Off-White and Yeezy.

 

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They’re Not Afraid to Experiment

Even though France loves tailoring and classic knits, he regularly mixes things up, either in funky patterns, deconstructed suits, or a patterned jumpsuit. On the red carpet, Chung really experiments. Just take her outfit at last year’s Met Gala: a floral minidress with a feathered hem and matching beret and bag. Did we mention it’s one of her own designs?

Alexa Chung at last year’s Met Gala | Photo: Courtesy of PA Images
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They’ve Got the Experience

France and Chung aren’t industry newbies; they’ve been working hard for years, building both their brands and personal style. “I used to be a designer – and a struggling designer – and Alexa is a designer also, so we know the pressure of this game. It’s not like we’re coming from a position where we don’t get it,” said France.

 

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