Alexandra Richards

Alexandra Richards was born in New York City to international model Patti Hansen and rock and roll icon, and Rolling Stones lead guitarist, Keith Richards. A little girl in a high profile family,
Alexandra was raised in Connecticut and found herself drawn to the entertainment industry, working as a model by the age of 15 and being photographed by some of fashion’s most noted photographers including among the others:
Steven Meisel, Mario Testino and Peter Lindbergh. Since then, Alexandra has appeared in top fashion magazines such as American Vogue, Italian Vogue, French Vogue, German Vogue, Teen Vogue, W, Fashion of the Times, and Harpers Bazaar and has been profiled on the cover of Rolling Stone. In addition, Alexandra has appeared in top advertising campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, Valentino, Tsumori Chisato, the Gap, Ann Taylor, Versus, a fragrance campaign for Guerlain, Gap Body, Kenneth Cole Reaction, Frederic Fekkai, and Burberry alongside Kate Moss.

With her finger on the pulse of the beating heart of urban chic, Alexandra took to the turntables and has emerged as a raw musical talent able to spin with the confidence of a veteran, having tasted success in the elite world of fashion. Always able to engage an audience, Alexandra makes time for both of her careers as she continues to travel for modeling and refine her artistic and musical portfolio of talents. She recently exhibited some of her paintings at a boutique in downtown NYC. Sebastian Piras met with her and briefly chatted about her work.



FAULT: Were the paintings in the current exhibit inspired by cult figures in your life, or just instinctive subconscious random choices?
Alexandre: They are all my favourite artists. I grew up listening to them and there are certain memories I have when listening to their music. I can just close my eyes and get back to that moment.

FAULT: When painting or DJing, do you feel you are more conscious part of this world or do either of those 2 activities take you away from the planet?
Alexandre: when I paint I get lost and in a zone where I’m just left alone with  My thoughts and imagination, it’s hard to close out the noises in New York where I work in my studio but it all goes away when it’s just me and my paintings, drawings and music, my complete solitude.  When I DJ it’s all about having fun, it’s more of a challenge for me, that’s what I really like about it. I’ve just started, compared to my friends who do it every night! So I try to step up and give my ideas of what works with what.

FAULT: I like the idea that you show your work in a boutique, it’s somewhat more dynamic. Where else do you show your work?
Alexandre: I agree, I feel that it was more intimate.  It was the first time they actually used that space as a gallery for art. I think the turn out was great and it was beautifully done. it was my first art show too.  Being of the collection of portraits I’ve been working on for the past 2 years. So we were all virgins that night. I’ve shown a piece here and there for charity auctions, like finger paint which was held in this warehouse on the west side, and at the bowery hotel.

FAULT: Are you part of any art movement? (If you believe in such a structure.)
Alexandre: Not really. At this point I’m just drawing and painting for me.  I love doing it on my own time and sharing it with people.  I haven’t  reached a point yet where I have a message or point to make and if there was  one it would  just simply be the fun i have making it with my friends.

FAULT: Is there such a place where you feel at home?
Alexandre: Home changes around a lot. Depending on where my family is that’s  home to me.

FAULT: : What music are you listening to at the moment?
Alexandre: At the moment I’ve been listening to this Australia band called Listen to Little Red…very upbeat and ready for spring kinda feel.

FAULT: What is your FAULT?
Alexandre: What is my fault? I guess you can say my fault is me doing me. I’m responsible for all the things I do. So I’m my own fault!