To keep my blog interesting I like to mix the heavier and more serious posts with some frivolous topics. My last post was about unpaid internships–which is a very serious issue in the fashion industry–so I thought about something not so serious, and perhaps a little stupid, which would give me plenty to rant about because I’m in the mood to write this afternoon. Then I remembered that Fashionista published a short interview with Kendall, 17, and Kylie Jenner, 15, a few days ago. The sisters talked about their aspirations as fashion designers, their creative influences, and how Kanye West offered to help them design the clothes. This is exactly the kind of trashy news I love to write about.
I remember a time when I had no idea who Kim Kardashian and her sisters were. It was a wonderful time. It was a time when being a successful fashion designer was something to be proud of because it meant that you had paid your dues. It was also a time when the fashion industry didn’t debase itself by allowing people born with silver spoons in their mouths (and silver studs on their junior-sized Louboutins) to get a free ride with nothing but a famous surname to their credit. I now mourn that time as a loss but this has sadly become the norm. It appears that you only need to have one successful reality TV show and–boom!–you can now be taken seriously as a fashion designer. You no longer need to get a degree, or intern, or even know how to sketch in order to produce a collection.
Here’s what the sisters had to say about their work so far, followed by some of my thoughts/concerns.
Regarding their creative 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.
Of course they love Givenchy. Of course. Ever since Riccardo Tisci started using those panthers and pansies he has slowly turned the Givenchy brand into a tween’s dream. It’s actually Riccardo’s obsession with prints and patterns that critics have gotten bored with–they’re jarring, unattractive, and distract from more important design details like tailoring. Givenchy should be beautiful to look at and beautiful to wear; it shouldn’t make you look like a human pot of potpourri.
Regarding what they have learned from their 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.
Do they really know what they’re talking about? I don’t think Fashionista even knows that they’re talking about, judging from the tongue-in-cheek and almost mocking tone of this interview. I doubt the sisters are as hands-on as they claim to be because what happens with most celebrity lines–especially from two girls who are underage and should still be in school–is that there’s a whole team of designers coming up with the ideas. All the sisters really have to do is approve the designs before they slap their name onto the finished product. This is what it means to be a celebrity “designer”, folks.
Regarding Kanye West
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.
A very cute domestic anecdote, but also very ominous and confirms my greatest fear that Kanye is never going to put these fashion dreams to rest. He has already had his chance. Twice, in fact. In front of some of the most powerful editors in the industry. At Paris Fashion Week. Kanye’s plan to take over the world with fashion is not “inspiring”, it’s fucking terrifying.
Regarding the future
Kylie: We have a book coming out.
Kendall: Yeah, we have book coming out. A sci-fi novel. Different. But we like sci-fi.
This might be the most disturbing part of the interview. These girls can barely string a coherent sentence together–how the hell are they going to write a book? But I guess if Twilight can get published, anyone can. And two minds are better than one, although this interview is pointing directly to the contrary. But what more can I expect from two teenagers who have never had to work a day in their lives?