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The Style Evolution of Kim Kardashian West, from Socialite to Trendsetter

The Style Evolution of Kim Kardashian West, from Socialite to Trendsetter

There’s no denying, Kim Kardashian, Vogue Arabia’s September 2019 cover star, has an impactful influence on fashion. While today her choices are often sleek and inspiring, her journey to obtaining the polished, Instagram-worthy look has been a little rocky along the way.
When Kardashian first made a name for herself – as Paris Hilton’s stylist and friend – her style featured figure-hugging bodycon dresses, in the noughties IT bags and oversized gold hoops were her go-to accessories of choice. Over a decade later, and beauty mogul has transitioned into a sartorial trailblazer with a fearless approach to fashion. Her daring style is emulated around the world. Whether she’s wearing an emerging streetwear label or a vintage designer relic, the KKW effect has the power to create a new craze, or controversy – either way, she gets people talking.
“I think that Kim Kardashian’s style evolution is definitely something worth mentioning,” says Egyptian celebrity fashion stylist, Yasmine Eissa, “Kim is a perfect reference for how fashion can be a great marketing and PR tool. She started off by wearing high-end party dresses, which were all wearable and could be sourced. She later transformed her style into a bold, unique look. We now see her in second-skin silhouettes, mesh and plastic fabrics, exotic leathers and a lot of pastel and nude colors. She opts for cutouts, transparent pieces, the latest catwalk looks and custom made outfits. Her style is definitely controversial, but it makes her the woman everyone wants to copy.”
In the early years of Keeping Up With The Kardashians, the former reality TV star made laid-back red-carpet appearances in jeans and knee-high boots. This was followed by a series of wrap dresses and platform wedges – before she advanced to designer outfits from the likes of Givenchy, Azzedine Alaïa and Balmain. Kardashian was then spotted on front rows at fashion week and formed close friendships with some of the industry’s most noteworthy names; including Olivier Rousteing, Riccardo Tisci, and Valentino Garavani.
As Kardashian’s style has evolved, we’ve learned to appreciate her elevated take on athleisure, her monochromatic dressing in earthy tones and her interesting play on proportions – often styling an exaggerated fur coat with a waist-pinching bodysuit. In recent years, she has taken inspiration from her former designer-husband Kanye West and adopted a low-key, street-inspired aesthetic, yet she has always maintained a penchant for skintight silhouettes that have become her signature style throughout the years.
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The Supers Turned Out En Masse for Olivier Rousteing’s 10th Anniversary Balmain Show

The Supers Turned Out En Masse for Olivier Rousteing’s 10th Anniversary Balmain Show

Carla Bruni. Photo: Getty
Despite entering the world of politics when she married the then president of France in 2008, Carla Bruni has always maintained her foothold in fashion. She proved it once again at Paris Fashion Week on Wednesday, with a show-stealing cameo at Olivier Rousteing’s 10th anniversary Balmain show.
Milla Jovovich made a return to modeling. Photo: Getty
The 53-year-old chanteuse was one of a posse of supers – both original and new generation – stalking the runway in Rousteing’s cut-out dresses, outsize embellished jackets and inflated sandals. The show, opened by Imaan Hammam, featured Naomi Campbell, Natasha Poly, Natalia Vodianova, Milla Jovovich, Lara Stone, Karen Elson, Edie Campbell, Precious Lee, and Mariacarla Boscono (wearing pearl-encrusted bike shorts). Actor Tina Leung also took a turn on the runway for Rousteing.
Naomi Campbell. Photo: GoRunway
Actor Tina Leung also appeared on the Balmain runway. Photo: Getty
There was also an audio tribute to Olivier – and the “new, fresh, empowering outlook” he brought to Balmain when appointed creative director aged 24 – from his friend Beyoncé, whose unmistakable voice rang out over the speakers at the venue as Naomi walked. The musician, who has worn Balmain in videos, for her history-making Coachella performance, and for “many personal moments”, praised Rousteing’s diverse vision, calling Balmain his “amazing tool for beauty and change”.
Natalia Vodianova on the runway. Photo: Getty
Natasha Poly also walked the runway for Olivier Rousteing. Photo: Getty
Rousteing staged a Balmain festival to mark his decade at the helm of the house, with performances by Doja Cat and Jesse Jo Stark.
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Originally published on Vogue.co.uk

20 of the Best Jeans in Every Kind of Style

20 of the Best Jeans in Every Kind of Style

After lounging in sweats last summer, it’s now time to step out in your best denim. Jeans are a wardrobe staple that will never go out of style: pair with a simple T-shirt (so 70s Jane Birkin), an OTM crochet top and bucket hat, a silk shirt, and blazer… The options are endless.
Loose-fit jeans are the new skinny and were spotted all over the SS21 runway. Chanel paired wide styles with a mini bag belt and signature tweed jacket, while Balmain declared the 90s are back with skinny flares under strappy dresses. Stella McCartney’s 70s flare is the definition of nostalgia (with a fresh twist), and those straight-leg styles by Versace? Utterly timeless. Choosing the right pair for you means making your selection based on what you feel confident in and will work with your current wardrobe – after all, the beauty of denim is its ability to mix and merge seamlessly with any number of key pieces.
Scroll through to see a range of jeans for all sizes, shapes, and personal styles…
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Beyoncé Cast Her Ballot for the US Election in Custom Balmain

Beyoncé Cast Her Ballot for the US Election in Custom Balmain

In case you were wondering who Beyoncé was voting for, she made her choice loud and clear this afternoon. The superstar took to social media to share a selfie wearing a mask bearing the Biden/Harris logo. While countless celebrities have used their platforms to share opinions on the upcoming election and encourage their fans to […]
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