If you’re in New York and aren’t a screaming tween or an inappropriate Kardashian-creeper, you may want to think twice about venturing near the PacSun pop-up shop in SoHo today because the youngest siblings of America’s favorite reality TV family--Kendall and Kylie Jenner--will be making a sure-to-be frenzied in-store appearance. Following in the footsteps of elder sisters’ Kardashian x Sears/bebe/etc., etc. and maybe-future brother-in-law’s Kanye West x A.P.C. sell-out collab, Kendall, 17, and Kylie, 15, have been designing their own line for PacSun for the past two seasons and will personally introduce the back-to-school collection. I caught up with the busy (and very tall) teens yesterday--in between their lunch break and busy text sessions--to chat about fashion pow-wows with Yeezy in the Jenner family kitchen, not wanting Kim, Kourtney and Khloe’s design input and which former-TV-starring-now-designing-sister duo they could quite possibly take after. Take a guess on that one and read on: Fashionista: What was your inspiration for your fall collection with PacSun? Kylie Jenner: The Internet, our sisters. … It's kind of a hard question. Even a lot of things in our closet that we just look at and we're like, “oh this would be so much cuter if it had this color.” I don't know where it comes from. We just sit down in a room and pretty much put out all of our ideas and what theme we're going for and all that.
You mentioned that you look at your closet for inspiration. Which designers do you like to wear? Kendall: We’re not specific to one designer, like, we like what we like and if that designer has a really awesome version of it, then obviously we're going to like it. I don't know how to explain it. We're not like, “Oh my god, Alice + Olivia I’ll only wear Alice + Olivia."
Are there any specific designers that inspired you for designing this collection? It doesn’t have to be a specific aesthetic, just an inspiration. Kylie: I love Givenchy and their patterns and stuff. And even Joy Rich. They're just like very out there and definitely. ... What? [Kendall whispers something.] Kendall: I'm trying to think. Kylie: Hm. Even like, Brandy Melville is a big inspiration because they're so simple and they have just like simple crop tops and all that and they're very cool.
I read that you also launched a jewelry line at Nordstrom --congratulations! I feel like being entrepreneurial is in your genes. What have you learned from your sisters? Kendall: Not much. I mean with our clothing line and our jewelry line, we didn't want much input from them, just because we wanted this to be all us. We're trying to not be so involved. This isn't their clothing line. This isn't their jewelry line. It's ours. We don't want their input on it. We didn’t need it we know what we're talking about for the most part. Kylie: Yeah.
What about Kanye? Did he share any of his experiences with Paris Fashion Week? Kylie: He’s such a creative person and he's really cool and it's like very cool to have him in the family now. He's such a nice guy. A couple of days ago, I was in the kitchen and so was he and I was just talking about my clothing line and how excited I was and he was like, “Your clothing line--I can help you and design. We can do this!” Like, whatever, because he's just kind of about taking over the world with fashion pretty much and that's really inspiring.
Now there's so much emphasis on “dressing your age” at all different decades. How do you feel about being pigeonholed in dressing “young?” Kylie: I get a lot of “we're trying to grow up too fast,” but the fact of the matter is we're trying to be kids as long as we can and the way I dress--I wear heels and a skirt--doesn't make me any older. Kendall: It's jealousy mostly, too--from young girls who are our age who are saying we look too old. But I mean, I think that we understandably--in my eyes--dress a little older because of our sisters. We have older sisters who we've been around our entire lives. I remember being like five, six or seven years old and going into Kourtney's closet—because she has a really small foot (although [the shoes] were still big for me) and walking around in her heels. Is that bad? Am I not supposed to do that? Am I not supposed to walk around in my sister's heels when I'm a little kid?
So you have your jewelry line, fashion design, modeling—what’s next for you girls? Kylie: We have a book coming out. Kendall: Yeah, we have book coming out. A sci-fi novel. Different. But we like sci-fi. Wait, can we go back to the sci-fi book? Kendall: We can't really say much about it. Only that it’s sci-fi.
Okay, so what designer or brand would you love to collaborate with in the future? Kendall: We just collaborated with Neff for these beanies you see here. [Gestures over to a stack of Brian Lichtenberg-esque beanies on the table and looks to Kylie.] Who would we want to collab with?
Well, how about like in 10 years as your skills grow and mature? Like you could be the new The Row. (And, hey, naysayers: The Olsen Twins did get their start in the fashion industry with a Wal-Mart collaboration.) Kendall: Yeah, I don't know! Yeah, that’s funny. I never thought of that. Kylie (distracted and texting): Never thought of what? Kendall: The Row. We could be the new The Row, you know, Mary-Kate and Ashley? Kylie: Yuh.
Kendall and Kylie Jenner live in-store appearance, 5pm, Tuesday, August 6. (Line for wrist-bands starts at 10am.)
PacSun Pop-up Shop, 583 Broadway (between Prince and Houston Sts.)