For its September fashion issue, New York Magazine chose a cover girl with a rather conflicted relationship to fashion: Kim Kardashian.
Of course, that was exactly what the mag was going for. And we’ve got to hand it to photographer Pari Dukovic–she looks incredible. But as for the article? Despite writer Benjamin Wallace’s best efforts to suss out Kim’s place in the fashion world, she doesn’t say much. I know, I know. You’re shocked.
And despite the industry’s reluctance to embrace her (one unnamed fashion exec explains that it’s because, with Kim, it’s all about making money and not about “the love of the clothes”), Kim can’t seem to get away from fashion. In fact, WWD just reported that Sir Philip Greene is taking the Kardashian line across the pond to 250 Dorothy Perkins’ stores. Plus Kim just really likes it. “I love designing,” Kim says. “All morning I was talking to my sisters about different designs.” This is essentially all that Wallace was able to get out of an entire trip to the zoo with Kim. She likes fashion and she and Kanye bond over fashion and zzzz……
She skillfully avoids a pointed question about whether she’d want to be in Vogue, even though Wintour reportedly isn’t a fan: “I don’t really have goals as far as, I want to be on a cover or something like that… I think my goals are more just expanding my line, and having my line be really successful.” Sure…
Another way fashion plays a role in Kim’s life is as a common bond with boyfriend Kanye West. “If I have a design meeting, or he has one, we come back and talk about how our meetings went,” Kim says. “It’s cool, ’cause you can definitely get more in-depth with someone who actually knows what you’re talking about…So that’s been a fun similarity we have.” Riveting, right?
And, just for fun, NYMag printed one of the most boring, disappointing conversations ever between the two superstars, which went something like this:
“Hello? Hey. Just leaving the zoo. I’m finished with my shoot and I’m just finishing up. I’m heading actually to your place right now. Where are you? Okay. So maybe I’ll go in and change and then I’ll eat … What time is that at? Seven? Will you be done? … Okay, so, that’s an hour. So I’ll just wait at the place. Will you come get me? Okay, well, I don’t have a car. Do you want me to just take a cab? Or can your car come get me first? … Where is ‘up here’? Is it far? Okay, well, um, maybe—” etc., etc. Kim signs off: “Okay, bye. Love you, too. Bye.”
Well, there’s 20 seconds of my life I’ll never get back.
Head over to New York to see the full editorial.