There’s no denying that Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are a fashionable power couple, but during a discussion panel with Business of Fashion on Monday, she revealed that he had a lot to do with her athleisure vibes and more elevated - if not completely OTT - fashion that she's now known for.
“I always thought I had really good style until I met my husband, and he told me that I had the worst style,” Kardashian said. “He was really nice about it and cleaned out my whole closet. I probably had 250 pairs of shoes, and when we were done cleaning it out, I had two pairs left and I cried.”
It’s not the first time Kim has talked about her husband’s impact on her style. In a 2015 appearance on Live! With Kelly and Michael, she revealed that when the pair first started dating, Kanye and his stylist went through her closet and put aside everything that wasn’t “cool enough.” And when she walked in, it was a “pile to the ceiling of shoes.”
But for all the items he cleared out, he replaced her closet with entirely new clothes.
“There were racks of clothes of designers I had never heard of before, like Lanvin and Givenchy,” she said at BoF’s event. “[Kanye] had all these fashion books and one by Carine Roitfeld and said, ‘One day Carine will style you,’ and I was like, ‘Yeah right, I don’t know who this is.’ Now, she’s one of my good friends. I wanted to learn. I wasn’t offended when he said that. When he did that, he wanted to teach me.”
Another example of Kanye giving his expert fashion advice was when, in a January episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians, he sent her an e-mail saying, “You cannot wear big glasses anymore. It’s all about tiny little glasses.”
Kim also spoke about the challenges she encountered when she first began to evolve her style.
“I went to Paris and started meeting with these people, and no one would dress me at the beginning,” she recalled. She says Givenchy’s then-creative director, Riccardo Tisci, was the first person to take a chance on her and taught her about specific fits and cuts of clothes. Kim then became close with Balmain’s creative director, Olivier Rousteing.
“None of the samples would fit me, so they started to design things that were more curvy and that would fit someone who had more of my body type.”
This goes to show that even reality stars and moguls like Kim have to work on finding their sense of style - but to be fair, even Kanye's fashion has come a LONG way. The couple went from this in 2012:
To this in 2018:
What a difference six years can make!
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