We may all be over her brother (and soon-to-be former wife Kim Kardashian) but things are looking up for Kaela Humphries, sister to Kris Humphries. Yesterday Ford Models confirmed that they have signed her to their plus size division. “She is a true size 16-18 and is going to be a fantastic asset to Ford,” Gary Dakin, head of Ford’s plus-size division, told Fashionista.
Brand Kardashian has had a bashing over the last few months. People no longer seem interested with keeping up the Kardashian brood and now, it's starting to affect their businesses.
Back in September Kim Kardashian decided to expand her shoe company, Shoe Dazzle, to the U.K, capitalising on her growing status this side of the pond but after less than six months, she has confirmed that the company will cease operations in the UK. According to Drapers, all members of the shoe-of-the-month online shopping service have been informed that their memberships will end after January 31 and leftover stock has already been discounted by 50%. Something tells us that this is only the start of things to come.
When Katie Price decided to launch a magazine about, well, herself we were not surprised and are we shocked that the Kardashians are following suit - well, no. Today Page Six reports that the reality TV family are discussing the idea with several media companies but thus far, a deal with American Media Inc. seems to be the most likely.
The partnership makes sense. The media company owns several tabloids like The National Enquirer and health and fitness magazine, Shape, as well as the newly launched Reality Weekly magazine. It's hard to remember an issue of Us Weekly and other celebrity magazines that didn't have one of the Kardashian brood on the cover.
That's the big question in publishing right now. Before we all complained about the prominence of actresses on the cover of fashion magazines but over the last two years reality stars have taken over. "If you look at what works for us, it's not the same stuff that used to work for us," Cindi Leive, American Glamour's editor-in-chief, told WWD recently.
And the numbers speak for themselves. Take US Glamour for example - in 2010 Lauren Conrad was their biggest selling cover and Kim Kardashian, who appeared on the most covers in 2011, had their best selling cover last year for their January issue. As part of their big revamp set to unveil in March, the magazine have confirmed that they intend to tap into this love of all things reality TV by giving it a big push in their editorial content.
It's no secret that the last month hasn't been a good one for Kim Kardashian. Since announcing her divorce, the public and the press seemed fed up with the whole circus of it all but despite predictions that she will fade to oblivion, don't expect the Kardashian clan to disappear any time soon.
This week Glamour dropped their January issue with all three sisters appearing on the cover and the accompanying cover story is Kim's first post divorce interview. So unlike Marie Claire, the magazine didn't have the last minute stress of changing the cover story to be relevant post-divorce announcement. "I think I need to not live in a fairy tale like that. I think I maybe need to just snap out of it and be a little more realistic," she said about life post Humphries. "I always wanted what Mom and Dad had. And at first I was like, I want six kids. Then I went down to four, then I was down to three…and now I’m like, maybe I won’t have any. Maybe I’ll just be a good aunt."
Controversy aside, I do love the editorial. What do you think?
Over the past year Kim Kardashian has managed to bag big fashion magazine covers for the likes of W and Glamour but Elle aren't as taken by the reality star. Although she's appeared in the magazine, Joe Zee made it clear that she hasn't landed at cover for a reason:
"We put Lauren Conrad on the cover of our anniversary issue and she did very well. Listen, Kim [Kardashian] is a big cover star out there and if Kim had something going on in her life right now — Kim's very quiet — I just wish that she would do something, but she's not doing anything. If she actually did something, we would actually think about Kim for the cover. It's about new. It's not about, so much, a reality star. The idea is, are they newsworthy? Is it someone our readers want to read about?"
News of Kim Kardashian's pending divorce to Kris Humphries after only 72 days of marriage is everywhere and nobody appears to be shocked. Instead attention has been drawn to the feeling amongst the likes of Lorraine Schwartz and Vera Wang who were offered products for the former couple's wedding for free.
Fashionista spoke to Jo Piazza, celebrity journalist and author of the forthcoming book, 'Celebrity, Inc.: How Famous People Make Money' to discuss the impact that the news will have on the brands that were so keen to place products with the pair. “What I am starting to hear is that those vendors [who participated in the wedding] are pissed and they should be,” she said. “Especially someone like Vera Wang who pretty closely aligned her personal brand with Kim’s in the wedding special. This wedding was very obviously a publicity stunt and a money grab by the Kardashian family. The divorce will tarnish their brand, E!’s brand and even some of the vendors who participated in the circus.”
The seating plan at Carolina Herrera all got us talking - and creating ridiculous (but funny) captions - as Nicki Minaj was seated next to Anna Wintour. But this cover shows that our attention was focused in the wrong place. If you remember, to the right of Minaj was W's Stefano Tonchi who obviously took a liking to the rapper as he's chosen her for one of the two November cover's for the magazine.
This is a real bag for Minaj. Although she's appeared in editorials for fashion magazines like US ELLE, this is the first time she's graced the cover on a leading fashion magazine and she has some big shoes to fill. If you cast your mind back to last year, Kim Kardashian's nude cover for the issue this time last year was a sell out.
Props are definitely due to Edward Enninful and artist Francesco Vezzoli who transformed Minaj beautifully into some of the most prominent courtesans in history like Madame Rimsky-Korsakov, Marquise de Montespan and Madame de Pompadour. And whilst Minaj isn't the first person that would have sprung to my mind to cover this issue, once you go go through the full editorial the choice quickly begins to make sense. After all, love or hate her, Lady Gaga aside, nobody quite does drama like Nicki Minaj.
It's taken me a while to embrace Nina Ricci post-Olivier Theyksnes but this week, Peter Copping got it just right. The collection was the perfect combination of femininity and womanly sensuality as Copping revisited the floral prints by Zina de Plagny who collaborated with the brand back in 1930, incorporating them on figure hugging skirts and dresses nipped in at the waist. The prints came in different shades and styles like a grey and white version on an oversized lightweight coat to in a ditsy muti-coloured style on feminine dresses and thigh skimming playsuits.
The use of lingerie, which he started for Resort, helped add a grown up feel to pieces that could have easily felt a bit cutesy. Bra tops came in day time styles teamed with flirty skirts in white and for evening, they came under cropped sleeve jackets and matching skirts and a sexy cropped cocoon shaped jacket teamed with a body hugging pencil skirt that you can imagine Kim Kardashian sporting. Slip dresses also appeared, as did sheer midi length dresses in white with cut out details along the hem unveiling lingerie underneath in a similar vein of what we've seen over the past few seasons. Lace also added a grown-up twist along the neckline of lightweight cardigans teamed with cropped tops and sexy over the knee skirts.