Photo of Alexa by Zackery Michael

Like any bright-eyed expat, Alexa Chung faced a steep learning curve when she first moved here from her native England. "You know when you get in a taxi and you go, 'Please can you take me to 7th and B,' and they don't answer? I found that so rude, because London taxi drivers will tell you everything about the city, to the point where it's annoying in the opposite way. But now I realize it's just how the city works. What's the point of talking when you can just get shit done?"

It's safe to say that Chung, the globally celebrated writer, TV host, designer and fashion muse, could deftly and, more important, humbly make her way through just about any metropolis these days. The images in this story represent a scattershot array of locales as well as Chung's New York, but there's a common thread connecting these captured moments -- one that ties back to her adoptive home.

"That's the nice thing about living in NewYork," she says. "There's enough expats there that it feels like a big community, and we all swap friends. I like that cross-pollination. With the Internet and travel, everyone's kind of in on the joke now."

Without further ado, we at PAPER are thrilled to present Alexa's first feature as a photographer. Read on, and look out for the print version in our April issue.

Jenny Eliscu, Alexa's apartment, New York

Brianna Lance, sushi restaurant, New York

Pixie Geldof, Met Ball bathroom, New York

Aimee Phillips, Gramercy Park Hotel, New York

Matt Hitt, One Direction concert, New York

Drew Elliott by a mirror, New York

Tabitha Simmons putting on her shoes, Morocco

Waseem Cheema, Alexa's apartment, New York

Harley Viera-Newton in a coat, New York

Tennessee Thomas, the Deep End Club, New York

Cara Delevingne on a boat, New York

Daisy Lowe in the sea, Maldives
Dakota Johnson on a boat, New York.