The September issues, they do encroach, but Harper’s Bazaar has got an early lead in this race of shifting fashion seasons by deeming the Kardashian Wests the faces of fall fashion 2016 (along with supermodels Lara Stone, Natasha Poly and my fave Lindsay Wixson). Just look at the curl on Kim’s lashes!
Styled by Carine and shot by Karl, the spread is centered on a bed with pristine white linens, the better to invoke both minimalism and art (Tracey Emin!) with, on which the happy couple are photographed futzing at their phones in the latest Prada, Chanel and, of course, Yeezy. (The models, separately, are doing Fendi, Gucci, Céline, Miu Miu, the usj.)
Editor Laura Brown was granted a Q&A with the Kardashian Wests in their temporary Bel Air home, and it’s a bit like the “Proust Questionnaire” in the back of Vanity Fair, which is to say not deep but still illuminating. For instance!
LB: Favorite song of all time?
KW:”All Along the Watchtower.” The Jimi Hendrix cover.
KKW: I really like the song “Only One” [West with Paul McCartney].
LB: Favorite Taylor Swift song?
KW: For me? I don’t have one.
KKW: I was such a fan of hers.
The shade game is beautiful.
Throughout the interview, it’s pretty clear these two really love each other, both defending her nude selfies—West calls them “almost a Renaissance thing, a painting, a modern version of a painting” and invokes the name of Marilyn Monroe, neither of which is objectively wrong—and gushing about each others’ strong points, including their senses of humor:
KW: I think my sense of humor is really dark and super twisted and stuff like that. It’s like, “Is this a funny joke for real? Or am I just rich?” See? That was funny.
And the complex legacies they’ll leave behind:
KKW: I’d like to be remembered as someone who was smart in business, works hard, and can be sexy and a mom. A powerful but still sexy, nonconforming woman. And I would hope that Kanye would be remembered for being smart and sticking to what he believes.
It’s fun! They’re famous!
It’s also worth pointing out that Kanye mentions offhandedly that he took alleged serial rapist and disgraced ex-employee Ian Connor, along with other of his crew, to meet with Vetements designer Demna Gvasalia. There’s nothing too illuminating about it, other than the fact that this interview was very likely conducted before the spate of accusations against Connor which reportedly led West to fire him.
See all the images and read the Q&A here.