The series follows Meyer and her team as they attempt to make their mark and leave a lasting legacy without getting tripped up in the day-to-day political games that define the American government.
At our photo shoot in New York, she’s in turmoil over whether to buy a vintage shirt she saw last week. But the thought of adding any more clothes to my wardrobe makes me feel a bit sick.” Laughing is something 32-year-old Chung does a lot. Two weeks earlier when we first meet in London, despite the fact she’s been awake since 4am with jetlag after flying in from LA, she whirlwinds into the suite at the Rosewood hotel. I gave her a polar bear”); Bernie Sanders and the fact she is “thinking of taking psychic classes” because she has “weird instincts for things, it’s often synchronicity overload”. The advantage I have is I really do adore clothes so I’m often thinking about them and already editing in my mind what would or wouldn’t suit me. It’s the only thing where you can actually go on first impressions.
To do a bit of cod psychology – the best kind – it’s not hard to connect the dots over why her approval is so desirable. The woman that every fashion student and every brand, from high end to high street, feature on their moodboard season after season. Archive by Alexa, released on 13 April, is full of useful essentials with a traditional twist and saw her diving into the M&S archive – spanning the Forties to the Noughties – to pick her favourite items, which were then reborn into a 31-piece womenswear line. But also your eyes just get used to a certain type of dressing and then it’s just in your DNA, isn’t it? Yes because I think ultimately, as sort of ridiculous as getting dressed is – and it is literally the most shallow pursuit – it can be emotionally impactful. I have a shower, do some intensive body moisturising and then get dressed. This stylist came round to help me and it was lovely. I remember thinking that day: this is it, this is the day [laughs].
She sings throughout our shoot – the same couple of lines from the same couple of songs (Nick Jonas’ , the TV show she discusses with the crew over lunch. I think about clothes a lot, but I think they’re a good way of expressing yourself. Sometimes if it’s a vintage thing I’ll buy it and I’ll be like, ‘That’s not for right now but in the future I can imagine that working’.
“I’ve been imagining our life together,” she laughs. As well as intelligent conversations about the nature of fashion, our interview also covers tattoos (“I’ve thought about getting one a lot,” she admits. At one point I even find myself singing sets up camp in a studio in the endlessly cool Meatpacking district of New York – Chung, who grew up in Hampshire with three siblings, and parents, Phil and Gill, now lives part-time in Manhattan and the rest of the time in East London – she is equally affable. And then sometimes I like the challenge of having to slot in something that’s uglier and figure out how to make that look nice.
After both encounters I’m left with a gnawing sensation, a deeply uncool journalistic admission, that I really want Chung to like me. I want to drink flat whites with her at her favourite coffee shop in the East Village. But, for now, her current passion project, and the reason we’ve flown across the Atlantic, is her new collection with high street stalwarts Marks & Spencer. [Laughs] I think that’s because of growing up in the British countryside; I can’t escape that background. I’m quite lucky because I don’t have an office job or any kind of uniform to adhere to.
After a decade in front of the camera as a model, TV presenter and fashion muse, she is totally at ease in front of the photographer’s lens; it is sickeningly impossible to take a bad photograph of her. She’s already lent that might to her collection for AG Jeans, been an ambassador for Chanel, had that bag named after her by Mulberry, while her first independent fashion label is in the offing. You often take items like a Barbour or high-waisted jeans that are bit ‘Home Counties riding mum’ and subvert them…Louis-Dreyfus' performance as Selina Meyer has won her five consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, two Critics' Choice Television Awards, a Television Critics Association Award, and five consecutive Golden Globe nominations.Tony Hale has received five consecutive Emmy nominations for his portrayal of Gary Walsh, including wins in 20.We'd heard whispers of this unlikely coupling last year, but nothing was confirmed until Holmes was spotted with a huge diamond sparkler on her engagement finger.Could these two be about to 'do a Jerry and Rupert'?The pie-crust collar shirts and classic white sneakers with yes/no detail will sell out, we’ll put money on it. When I went to Leeds [to visit the Marks & Spencer archive] they had this dress from a woman who had worn it on her first date with her late husband. When something has sentimental value or emotional resonance then that’s when fashion gets elevated to something meaningful. Make-up and hair is at the end: I wash it, comb it, put it behind my ears and hope for the best. I’ve got about three strands that get greasier than Danny Zuko in one second. Once you’ve decided on an outfit are you steadfast in your decision? I’ll come home, I’ll be bored, put a different pair of shoes on.