Kim & Kanye & Pete & Julia

Almost a year ago, in February 2021, reality TV’s first lady Kim Kardashian filed for divorce from her husband and father of four children, hip-hop superstar Kanye West. During the couple’s seven-year marriage, forty-one-year-old Kardashian and forty-four (and recently changed her name to Ye) West had become more than the sum of their parts. , creating a show collaboration that had made them one of the world’s most iconic celebrity and mogul couples. Kardashian, the daughter of the late lawyer Robert Kardashian, who was a close associate of OJ Simpson, had in her youth been a Los Angeles girl adjacent to fame (former friend and assistant to Paris Hilton; sex star dabbing with midfielder Ray J, early R & B singer), and in 2007 she became much better known with her family on E! The Keeping Up With The Kardashians, which aired until last year. But her image was further enhanced by her union, in 2014, with the more experimental West Artier, who introduced Kardashian into the world of haute couture. “Styling Kim is a language of love for me,” he said last year. “That’s how I put it in a bag.” Kardashian herself was quick to attribute her new status as a style icon to West: “I really think my relationship with my husband Kanye really changed everything,” she told CNN in 2015. . “I mean, back in the days when I thought I had the best style. I look back at outfits and I’m, like, mortified.

West transformed his wife into an avatar of avant-garde elegance – a whirlwind of both minimalist and exaggerated curves nestled comfortably in sculptural, monochrome leather and jersey crafted by cutting-edge design houses such as Balenciaga – who paved the way for Kardashian, an entrepreneurial connoisseur, to become an arbiter of taste in her own right. She launched a makeup and skin care line, KKW Beauty; and she started a clothing and shapewear company, Skims, which recently launched a collection in collaboration with Fendi, the upscale Italian designer. Meanwhile, West, during his years with the Kardashian, continued to release music and became a born-again Christian, directing his religious fervor into a series of invitation-only gospel performances. He expanded his own fashion empire Yeezy, a business that was heavily promoted on Keeping Up With the Kardashians and is said to have made him one of the richest black men in America.

Together, Kimye seemed too big to fail, their union mirroring the nation’s fantasies of what the American Dream might look like under conditions of extremely visible and seemingly limitless prosperity. At the same time, they were so big, the drama of their life so overdone, that failure somehow became inevitable. West began to look to his own creation; in 2019, he balked at the bodycon dress Kardashian planned to wear at the Met Gala, saying he was uncomfortable with the mother of his children wearing such revealing attire in public. (“So, like, the day before the event, are you going to come over here and say you’re not in a corset vibe?” Kardashian hit back, in a televised conversation on “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” “ You built me ​​to be that sexy, confident person and all that. Just because you’re traveling and you’re in the midst of a transformation doesn’t mean I’m in the same place as you. “) Then, in 2020, West embarked on a feverish erratic dream of a presidential bid, taking place on a platform that included, as a measure against coronaviruses, a call to “stop driving God crazy.” Kardashian, who reportedly urged him not to show up, seemed embarrassed by the whole debacle, which the tabloids have since called the latest blow in the couple’s crumbling marriage. But, even if the dissolution of their union was slow in coming, it was still destabilizing, in the sense that it called into question the authority of our two greatest creators of taste. Kardashian’s willingness to stay with Kanye for so many years – his unspoken seal of approval, playing Huma like his Weiner – had given an air of legitimacy to West’s strangest plans; without her, he looked less like a performance artist than an unpredictable egotist, and without West, Kardashian was in danger of looking dangerously uncool. Now that the fantasy they had created together had evaporated, what would they watch and desire America next? Could they even maintain their influence not with each other but with new romantic partners?

The preliminary answer is yes. Kardashian went first: In late October last year, shortly after hosting “Saturday Night Live,” she was spotted holding hands with “SNL” comedian Pete Davidson on a roller coaster in Knott’s Scary Farm in Orange County. Over the next two months, the two appeared to take their love beyond the theme park: they were seen at a screening of “Spider-Man: No Way Home” in Staten Island, where Davidson is from. ; there was also PDA in Palm Springs, and a slumber party in LA with rapper and reality TV star Flavor Flav, to which Kardashian and Davidson wore matching Skim jammies. Last week, the couple were on vacation in the Bahamas.

Davidson, who is twenty-eight, is a tattooed charmer who has become known as a ladies’ man. In recent years, he’s dated a long list of prominent women, from singer Ariana Grande – whose praise for Davidson’s penis size led to the invention of the term “BDE” to describe it – to model Kaia. Gerber for actresses Margaret Qualley and Kate Beckinsale. Davidson was the kind of guy you let your Rolls-Royce borrow so he could drive it to the 7-Eleven for a cigarette race while wearing a Dick Tracy graphic tee; he was the kind of guy who takes you to an italian restaurant combined with a banquet hall on Staten Island that has frozen Patron shots. In some ways, he reminded me of Kardashian’s second husband, former B-List basketball player Kris Humphries, a seemingly easy-going goofball with none of West’s intense and intimidating alpha vibes. Neither Davidson nor Kardashian have publicly spoken about their relationship, but the glimpses we’ve seen of it seem designed to suggest that Davidson’s NYC-style youthful grunginess has loosened the controlled Upper California image of his new partner. She was still dressing head to toe at Balenciaga – on her way to rehearsals for “SNL” in October and on the People’s Choice Awards red carpet last December – but she was finding her rhythm with this relative man of the people, and the internet analyzed each appearance of the couple with the intensity of a semiotics student Brown in the 90s. West, meanwhile, seemed unhappy. He no longer followed Kardashian on Instagram, but soon after, while performing at a concert in December, he also begged her to “run to me right now.”

Earlier this week, however, West seemed to have suddenly moved on. Last Saturday, he was spotted at the Miami outpost of the famous Italian restaurant Carbone, having dinner with Julia Fox, the 31-year-old actress best known for her role as the good bomb in the 2019 crime thriller ” Uncut Gems. ”Fox, who was born in Italy and raised in New York City under tumultuous circumstances, is somewhat of a cult figure in downtown circles; her character “Uncut Gems”, a young mistress of Adam Sandler’s erratic and hapless jewelry dealer, seemed to predict her entanglement with West. Three days after their first date, Fox and West were back at Carbone – this time in New York – after attending a Broadway screening of Jeremy O. Harris’ “Slave Play”. Fox wore low thong pants and a Balenciaga trench coat, bag and shirt; West was also dressed in full Balenciaga, including a pair of knee-length Balenciaga x Crocs boots. The couple were greeted with paparazzi chaos and with more than a little speculation that West had designed the curvy fox to look like his ex-wife. Kim Kardashian’s Klone Attack! »Made the headlines Daily mail; “Kanye West: If I can’t get Kim back. . . I will make GF Julia Fox my new version, ”said TMZ under ventriloquist.

The role played here by Balenciaga, with whom the designer, Demna Gvasalia, West and Kardashian have forged a particularly close relationship in recent years, was intriguing. Observers had already noted the strangeness of the estranged couple continuing to adorn each other with the brand, almost as if they were still coordinating outfits. “I find it quite unheard of that Kim and Kanye wear Balenciaga exclusively,” wrote writer Patrik Sandberg tweeted earlier this week. “Sponsoring and dressing a celebrity divorce sounds like a cynical but brilliant new breed of approval.” Gvasalia’s creations are based on deconstruction and dislocation, reinterpreting luxury through slightly quirky, sometimes wacky, often aggressively anti-beautiful silhouettes and materials that refer to earlier cultural moments, from late Berlin junkie culture. from ’70s to fetish S&M clothes to trendy’ 80s office looks. By continuing to wear Balenciaga, with its shiny space-age jumpsuits, Christiane F.-vibes trench coats, Anvil-style masks and pretty girl Croc boots, Kardashian, and West reported a sort of outraged uniformity that continued to tie them together in a common aesthetic project, if not in a romantic relationship. And now Fox wore the mark.

Balenciaga played an even more overt role in a storytelling piece that dropped Thursday night in Interview magazine, in which Fox recounted his date in New York with West. The two met over New Years Eve in Miami, she said, and had an “instant connection.” Their second date, in New York City, included a fashion shoot West did while they were dining at Carbone (“the whole restaurant loved him and cheered us on”), and, later, lots of clothes. that he had prepared especially for Fox, and that he carried out his style. Fox’s words were accompanied by a broadcast in which she was seen canooding with West, with the couple wearing a slew of Balenciaga again. On Friday morning, it was revealed that West, who has a deal with Gap, will invite Balenciaga to collaborate with the brand.

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