Not too long ago, you would rarely see Kim Kardashian not bandaged in a Herve Leger mini. Kim’s fashion mantra was ‘The tighter the better”, and this of course is in part what made the reality starlet famous. Those skin-tight frocks turned heads, got paparazzi flashbulbs popping and took the beautiful brunette from Paris Hilton’s busty offsider to Queen of The Tabloids. Kim, along with Khloe and Kourtney, were the darlings of glamorous dressing, but her style was most definitely not the stuff fashion editorials were made of.
But there is sartorial change afoot for the leader of the Kardashian pack, and it’s all thanks to Kanye.
Ever since Kim hooked up with Mr West she has gone from flashy femme fetale to super slick style icon. All of a sudden Kim’s wardrobe looks like it’s stepped right off the catwalk, which was in fact the case at last week’s Paris fashion week. Kim flaunted some skin in a plunging Givenchy gown that was pulled straight from the runway for her to wear, and was topped off with a slick ‘do and vampy berry lippy.
Kanye has always had a love affair with fashion, which has seen him snapped front row more often than you’ve had hot lattes. He’s fronted fashion magazines, drops designer mentions into his lyrics, launched his eponymous collection at Paris fashion week (a collection that yielded mixed reviews) and a recent collaboration between Kanye and A.P.C caused the site to crash under the weight of fans eager to get a piece of West’s style. With fashion cred like that, it’s no surprise that Kanye wants the mother of his baby girl to reflect his stylish image.
Even when Kim was heavily pregnant it was clear that Kanye was calling the style shots. Kim tottered around in her last trimester in sculptural Fendi heels and rocked a high necked floral printed Givenchy gown that showed off her bump at this years Met Gala Ball – a red carpet only the most stylish are invited to walk.
But Kanye’s real influence on Kim’s wardrobe has come to light last week during Paris fashion week. In addition to Kim’s straight-off-the-runway Givenchy look, she has been rocking very chic and demure looks around the City of Light. Kim has rarely been seen without her oversized mid-calf length Max Mara coat, an item that is worlds away from the starlet’s sexy silhouettes we’re used to seeing and has more than just a whiff of ex-Paris Vogue editor and stylist, Carine Roitfeld.
There have been a lot of changes in Kim’s life in the past year. She is in the throws of a very public break up, has found love again and gave birth. All of these things could explain a style switch up, but more than likely it’s Kanye’s influence that has triggered this more grown up and stylish Kim.
Dressing to please your partner’s tastes is nothing new, and girls the world over have done a style 180 to please their other half, whether it suits their tastes or not. With Kim’s transformation taking place on such a public platform we can’t help but wonder if she’ll keep up her Kanye-approved look or if her true style will start to sneak back.
Have you ever changed your style to please your partner?