Kim Kardashian has been known for her style for some time now. She came into fame for being close to fashion icon and heiress Paris Hilton. She has always seemed fashionable to the layperson. So it’s surprising to learn her now-husband, Kanye West, considered her style absolute garbage when they met.
Literally, West threw out almost all her clothes. It doesn’t seem very romantic, but apparently early in their relationship, West completely re-did Kardashian’s whole wardrobe.
Kanye West threw out 250 pairs of shoes
The thought alone is enough to make any shoe lover break down in tears. It certainly made Kardashian cry when her then-boyfriend went through her closet and tossed all the shoes she had purchased for herself while working with Hilton.
It wasn’t just shoes, either. West got rid of a lot of clothes and replaced them with high-end designer items by fashion icons Kardashian hadn’t heard of, Givenchy and Lanvin among them.
West even had his stylist with him for a second opinion. They got rid of a ton of stuff, including a fur-trimmed bag that he called “unwearable.”
Kim Kardashian is grateful
At the time, Kardashian was happy for West’s expertise. She’s still grateful he did what he did for her. She wanted to be more high fashion, and he definitely pushed her into a whole different style category. She went from a glitzy reality TV star to a real fashion maven. She wears less makeup now, which highlights her natural beauty. Recently, in her Vogue Arabia interview, Kardashian said West is her favorite stylist.
The change wasn’t easy, though. Kardashian is a curvaceous woman with a full figure. Many high fashion designers didn’t make clothes that fit her figure. One did take on the challenge of making a new wardrobe for her and it is Riccardo Tisci of Givenchy. Kardashian said: “He was the first person to really take a chance on me, and he would teach me so much about the fits and cuts and how I should wear things.”
Thanks to Kardashian, some designers even changed how they were designing their clothes. Since she has curves, anyone who designs for her has to consider different body types when cutting their looks. Designers at Balmain “started to design things that were more curvy and that would fit someone who had more of my body type.”
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West may not be on the same fashion page yet
The pair had another fashion-related spat on an episode of Keeping Up with the Kardashians. The show was filmed before the Met Gala, an important fashion event that Kim was anxiously looking forward to.
Her dress, a skin-tight corseted piece that took eight months to make, was too sexy for Kanye. He told Kim that he didn’t like his wife and the mother of his children wearing something so revealing.
Unlike with her closet makeover, Kardashian was not happy with this advice. She was furious that West had brought the issue up the day before the big event when it was too late to change. She also indicated she may not be on board with wearing a more conservative style if that’s what he wants now.
The interesting thing is that before West updated her look, Kardashian wasn’t even invited to the Met Gala. Apparently she wasn’t fashionable enough for Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour to put her on the list, even after she started dating West. That’s notable because West has been on the guest roster of the gala for a long time.
Now, it seems like West helped Kardashian refine her image, and his tastes have since evolved. If Kardashian still subscribes to the sexy high fashion look West made for her, what does that mean for their relationship?