Published February 13, 2013
Is Kim Kardashian not cool enough for couture?
In an Elle article about the E! sensation, titled “His Fair Lady,” the magazine claims that it was a struggle designers willing to lend their garments for a Kardashian photo shoot.
The stylist for the shoot-- Lady Gaga’s mastermind Nicola Formichetti-- said the high-end designers didn't want Kim in their clothes.
“[Formichetti] admits that dressing Kardashian posed ‘a challenge’ for him,” reads the article, posted on Elle.com. “People wouldn’t lend me the clothes. But that’s fashion snobbery.”
However, Kardashian did end up donning upscale pieces from the likes of Tom Ford, David Yurman, Oscar de la Renta, Roberto Cavalli, and Viktor & Rolf for the glamour-driven spread, shot by Miguel Reveriego.
So while Kardashian is carrying the child of Grammy-winning rapper Kanye West, it seems she still isn’t an A-Lister in the eyes of the fashion world.
This isn’t the reality star’s first fashion diss. Last year, Vogue matriarch Anna Wintour reportedly banned the “Keeping Up with the Kardashians” sensation from accompanying West to the famed Met Costume Institute Gala because she didn’t fit the “biggest stars in the world” guest list criterion.
And style expert Michael Cohen said snobbery in the fashion world is nothing new.
“No matter how viewers [Kardashian] has on E!, she isn't everyone's cup of tea,” he explained. “Fashion designers do feel that certain celebrities cheapen their brand and they don't want to become famous because Kim Kardashian wore their clothes on the cover of Elle. They want to be famous for their talent and their creation.”
He added that Kardashian’s naughty girl past may also be part of the problem.
“No matter what Kim does, who she marries or how many red carpets she walks, she's still the girl who became famous thanks to a sex tape and no one wants to dress that,” he said.
A rep for Kardashian did not respond to a request for comment. An Elle magazine publicist had no further comment other than to say the snippet was included in the magazine’s article because it was thought to be “interesting.”
The March issue hits newsstands Tuesday, Feb. 19.