By Brenna Gauchat
Kim Kardashian hasn’t stopped making headlines since she landed in Milan in her Kim Air private jet. It doesn’t matter whether you love her or you hate her, it’s hard to deny this Kardashian’s influence over pop culture; I don’t think that’s necessarily a bad thing.
I have never been a Kardashian fan but I have always had respect for high fashion, which the Kourtney and Travis wedding exemplified. Dressed by Dolce and Gabbana, each sister wore personalized looks to the wedding. I’ll admit I am usually a Kendall fan, but it was Kim that stood out from the rest of her sisters with her looks.
Wearing an ankle-length, form-fitting black lace dress styled over a sheer long sleeve, Kim brought edge and sophistication to the event. Later that evening, she paired a vintage crystalized two piece with her stark platinum blonde hair, which was pulled up into an updo.
I was impressed, the world was impressed, and Stefano Gabbana and Domenico Dolce were definitely impressed. It was after these looks in Portofino that the duo felt they found the perfect curator for a collection that retells the story of Dolce and Gabbana between 1987 to 2007.
In a behind-the-scenes video on the Vogue website, the Kardashian admitted she has a large Dolce and Gabbana archive, largely inspired by her mother’s friendship with the duo. Admiring the sensuality of Italian style, Kim was excited when the pair approached her for this project.
So that’s how the collaboration came to be, but what is it? Each piece of the collection reworked previous runway looks that made Dolce & Gabbana iconic. Some of my favorite looks included the leopard print robe and the crystal bra and distressed denim jeans combination. Each piece felt rich and seductive, appropriate for Milan Fashion Week.
Some of the more historic looks included the black veil and stockings paired with a little black dress, which was an homage to a Spring 1992 Ready to Wear look. Another was a long, sheer black bodycon with matching forearm length gloves inspired by a Spring 2002 Ready to Wear look. Kim noted that her biggest influence was her own personal taste. Drawn to darker colors and exciting accessories, she was able to insert herself into the collection.
Of course, the “SEX” choker made a comeback in a variety of sayings including “D&G” and “KIM.” The most iconic, I think, was the silver metal mini dress originally worn by Jessica Stam in 2007. A true example by Dolce and Gabbana to create incredible, timeless looks that cannot be replicated.
Even if there weren’t a large projection of Kim eating a plate of pasta in the background, it wouldn’t be hard to place the Kardashian influences in these pieces. The class and sophistication was balanced with wildness and sexiness, and it is a feat only these three fashion moguls could accomplish. So after watching this show the only thing I have to say is: Ciao Kim!