Operation re-brand post-pregnancy activated!
Reports that Kim Kardashian was looking to re-brand herself following the birth of her baby girl North West seem to be coming to fruition, since the reality TV starlet turned Kanye’s un-wed-but-totally-official-wifey has re-surfaced in Paris with one mission and one mission only: To officially be on the ins. And we must say, she’s doing a pretty damn good job at it!
There have been rumors in the past that Kim isn’t the easiest person to pull clothes for when it comes to dressing her for cover shoots, as designers are apprehensive about what her personal brand stands for when aligned with theirs, but with this new Rolodex of connections in hand, Kim won’t have any problems dialing up a couture piece.
While in the City of Lights, Kim rubbed shoulders, yet again, with some of the fashion elite.
Check out the 411 on the 4 main players that Kim was spotted with during Paris Fashion Week and their 6 degrees of separation to the ultimate level of fashion acceptance: A Vogue cover.
Andre Leon Talley
Contributing Editor and Former Editor At Large Of Vogue Magazine:
An invitation to the Met Gala was the ultimate leg-up in the game for Kim Kardashian, but when she was cropped out of the Vogue.com’s gallery roundup, with only a tidbit of a Givenchy floral glove left to tell of her existence, we were so sure that it was over like the term “fetch” for Kim and Vogue…until she was spotted chumming it up with the legendary Andre Leon Talley in Paris. Kim dined with the former American Vogue editor-at-large (now contributing editor).
But the fast tongued front row dweller wasn’t always a fan. After the Met Gala 2012, he told an audience, “I don’t think any celebrity can take away from fashion. Not even Kim Kardashian could take away from fashion…” Looks like he’s had a change of heart, hunny.
Creative Director of Givenchy:
Riccardo Tisci is better known as the man behind Givenchy, and when it comes to loving those in the hip-hop space, Riccardo does it well. The Italian-born designer has a penchant for dark, yet futuristic designs. But Riccardo’s real ties aren’t with the Kardashian Klan, they are indeed with ‘Ye.
Tisci collaborated with Jay Z and Kanye West to create the cover for Watch the Throne, as well as the covers for singles “H•A•M” and “Otis” and again with Kanye West for his label GOOD Music on their album Cruel Summer. Givenchy is easily one of the world’s most respected French fashion houses, so it’s clear that once you’re in with Ricky, you’re in. Kim K also wore the infamous flower dress designed by Riccardo for her Met debut, and another custom design just a few days ago to perch in her Front Row.
Former Editor-in-Chief of Vogue Paris, Founder of CR Fashion Magazine
When Carine Roitfeld announced she would be splitting from Vogue Paris, the fashion world had their La Perla knickers in a bunch about what her new personal endeavor would mean for the print industry…and when she put Kim Kardashian on her cover for a shoot lensed by Karl Lagerfeld, the very same fashion world nearly shit said knickers. Now, while Kim is back in Paris getting custom dresses made at her beck and call, Carine Roitfeld is the lady she calls on to style her. Psht, and here we were thinking Kanye was doing all the leg work on his own.
French Fashion Designer and Haute Couture Fashion Brand
The relationship between Stephane has been a solid one since Kim’s walk into the shoes of high fashion. When no one wanted to lend Kim clothes for an Arab themed shoot, Stephane Rolland was the man with the rolling rack full of pristine looks fit for a reality TV princess. Stephane did it again when he designed Kim’s dramatic number for the MTV EMAs before her baby bump was on the scene, so it’s no surprise that a trip up to his offices would be the ideal stop for KimYe on their first day in Paris.
And alas, add to the list, Alexander Wang, Phoebe Philo of Celine, Martin Margiela and a handful of others who delivered custom designs to Kim for North West.
Just a few days in Paris, and Kim has already transformed herself!
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