Back in August, the world looked on helplessly as Kanye West chucked the lion’s share of Kim Kardashian’s wardrobe on a very special episode of Keeping Up With the Kardashians. Before the episode aired, we’d already noticed the drastic change in Kim’s style since she started dating the rapper. Gone were her colorful ‘fits, tailored to flatter her bold curves. Her brightly hued blazers and beautifully cut frocks were replaced with peplum tops and leather pants in a limited palette of black and white. That episode proved our suspicions: Kanye had taken over as Kim’s stylist.
Since then, we’ve all been wondering why (oh why) Kanye insists on dressing Kim in such demure (sometimes ill-fitting) fare, and now we think we might have an answer. This weekend, Instagrammer and fashion enthusiast @Iam_Ideal pointed out the striking similarities between Kim’s current swag and the personal style of one of Yeezy’s fashion consultants, Vogue Australia editor Christine Centenera. She wrote, “After going through A LOT of Christine’s street style photos & learning that she consults w/ Kanye, I understood why Kim K’s style has taken a whole new direction.”
So did we. From the largely monochromatic palette, to the sometimes-slouchy silhouettes, Kanye obviously digs Christine’s personal aesthetic–that’s why he made her a consultant on his fashion brand, after all. And now it seems he’s encouraging Kim to take a page from the Australian editor’s style playbook. It’s all beginning to make sense! The leather sweatpants. The Céline nameplate necklace. The contrasting proportions.
So, has the mystery of Kim’s newly-sleek (and kind of ill-fitting) wardrobe been solved? Click through for side-by-side comparisons of Kim and Christine and decide for yourself.