Are boyfriends the new stylists?
Considering my personal relationship status which disqualifies me from experimentation, I can’t be sure. If ever there was an indication that it could happen, though, Kim Kardashian’s metamorphosis as pioneered by Kanye West might be it.
Sure, they’ve run into a couple snafus along the way; while wearing Givenchy to the Met Ball seemed like a great idea, the woman was pregnant and therefore covering every square inch of her body in what looked like a so-dated-it’s-fresh floral print was practically begging for the couch comparisons that it garnered. It was fun for the internet, yes, but it warranted the woman’s getting cut out of images on Vogue.com for heaven’s sake.
Recently, though, it seems like the steering wheel on Kardashian’s style has done a 180 to drop her off on the corner of mad and chic. Maybe it’s been the result of a post-pregnancy urgency to get back on the fashion bike. Or maybe the deluge of generous gifts coming at North care of Alber Elbaz, Phoebe Philo and Riccardo Tisci to name three who have never so much as blinked at most of the population, are inspiring her change. Still, we want to argue that boyfriends are becoming the new stylists.
An interesting point that Amelia made is that for ages, women have been trying to re-wardrobe their men. She noted that any time she’s complained about the way in which a prospective dalliance dressed, her friends always told her that “a guy’s clothes are the easiest and only thing you can change about him.”
It seems like a double standard, doesn’t it? Frankly, and I think I can speak for all of us, we’d be fucking pissed if some dudes tried to change the way we dress. The thing is, that’s probably simply because he might try to cloak us in bandage dresses or something equally discomforting. What’s happening with the Westashians is a little more thoughtful, a complete reversion, in fact, and can also function as a pedigreed nod in the direction of man-repelling.
Just take a look at the outfits chronicled above, all shot through the course of the last two weeks. Short of that aggressive boob reveal, which as Amelia put it, makes her look a lot like Jafar’s sex slave (image #4), Kardashian is looking good in beige ankle length coats (they’re slightly reminiscent of the one John Cusack wears in Say Anything while holding a boombox over his head that blasts the 1980’s classic, “In Your Eyes” by Peter Gabriel, which is much better than a Lil’ Kim tribute, no?), cloaking her equally modest and decidedly form-fitting silhouettes.
The accessories are on point, too. Single sole, double strap Alaïa sandals and pumps make up for the decades of triple sole platforms she used to wear — the ones that unwittingly contributed to her emulating a stork while America laughed and she likely prayed her ankles remain intact.
But perhaps what’s most interesting to note about the extreme makeover is that she’s proving how silhouettes previously assigned to tall and lithe body types are equally flattering (if not more) on a woman with unapologetic curves. Where many complain that designers only create for the runway anomalies — Kim, at the hand of Kanye, shows otherwise.
Wait, did Yeezus just rise again? Talk to us, people.