It’s not every day that you step into a room with someone who has a net worth of $45 million.
Last time I checked, my life is worth less than a microwave pizza – which might explain the unusually bouncy butterflies in my stomach on this Friday afternoon. I’m on my way to interview Kim Kardashian West. It’s a strange mix of anxiety and adrenaline: A lethal cocktail that can see you rise to the occasion, or crumble like the Roman empire.
They say that life is defined by moments. Moments like the very first time you open a Kinder Surprise, or when your barista gives you a chocolate freckle with your cappucino. This interview is at least 17 moments crammed into one. In the morning, I ponder my outfit choices from an extensive collection of train station chic garments. Should I opt for a Umbro jersey, or are the classic European vibes of a Fila tracksuit more appropriate? In the end, I throw on an all black fit and Nikes to match, hoping that Kimmy K appreciates my monochromatic steeze.
As I approach the Park Hyatt hotel, fans are already gathering outside the building, hoping to catch a glimpse of the star. I enter the opulent establishment, and take a moment in front of the bathroom mirror to collect my thoughts. A smooth jazz soundtrack plays in the background, which confirms my suspicions that this hotel is for people with way more money than myself. I quickly fix my unkempt hair, which is currently in the process of growing out so that I can acquire cornrows. I curse my balding Asian scalp that I can’t look like Asia’s answer to Sean Paul for this momentous occasion.
Soon after, I am handed a laminated lanyard which gains me entry to the media room. I love lanyards. I am escorted through various checkpoints and into a private suite for the interview. A wall littered with the Kardashian Kollection logo stands on my right. Directly ahead of me is a generous plate of gold macaroons, which look to have been carefully crafted by the pastry gods. Behind that plate sits a pile of celery sticks. I love celery sticks.
I take a seat, and minutes later, it’s showtime. Kim Kardashian West glides effortlessly into the room. Her trademark curvaceous figure is amplified in real life. She extends a friendly handshake, and despite her soft-spoken nature, she exudes a confident, radiating aura.
She takes a seat, and I am now face to face with Kim Kardashian West: A 33-year-old woman with numerous lucrative franchises, an impeccable personal brand and a staggering social media presence. In many ways, she is the quintessential modern celebrity. Today, we are here to talk about the Spring range of the Kardashian Kollection, her ever-expanding fashion label that she describes as “a brand for our fans” modelled by “regular fit girls with curves.”
“We get so much input from them. Kourtney, Khloe & I all have different style, but we’re all glamour girls. We love to dress up. We really do get inspiration from social media, from all over the place, and I think that comes across,” she says. Aside from fans, Kim also notes that the range reflects the changing styles and personalities of herself and her sisters. “Our line has evolved with us. We started off really glitzy, a little bit more wild – everything was leopard. This collection is a little bit more simple, but textured with mesh, lace and fishnet material,” she says. She also takes time to explain her love of trenchcoats, even hoping to make “a long coat, or maybe a thinner wool cape” for the Kollection.
Of course, conversation about Kim’s fashion line often includes mention of her marriage to Kanye West. Outside of rap, he’s been a consistent force within menswear, streetwear and sportswear circles – whether it’s his famed shutter shades of yesteryear, or his recent claiming of the leather jogger. Kim says that in the wake of her meeting West, “I like to think that I dress better now than I did before.” However, she also says that he’s influenced her approach to aesthetic and life generally. “Just being around him, there’s so much in the room, loud things visually – He can’t stand that. It’s all really calming, and it’s been really calming for me. I live my life a little more simple, like he does,” she says. With regards to motherhood, she has one simple wish when it comes to North West. “I just hope that we’re best friends,” she says.
Being a huge fan of visors, I must get Kim’s thoughts on the forever underrated headwear item. I ask whether she sees a visor renaissance in the near future, and I’m praying that she has grand plans for visor enthusiasts around the globe. “I don’t know, I used to wear them back in the day when I would play tennis. I would die to get a Gucci visor, it was my thing,” she says. My heart stops at the mention of Gucci visors. “I have one,” I say. “I had three,” she replies. “I should have kept them.”
With Kim’s visit feeling all too brief, I’m hoping that a spin-off series of Keeping Up With The Kardashians in Sydney is possible – much like her and sister Kourtney have done in Miami and New York. “It would be really fun to do that, Kourtney’s never been here. I was trying to get her to come down, but it was too much with the babies, and she’s pregnant… I would love to. I can’t promise it, but it would be cool,” she says.
We share a final handshake, pose for a quick photo, and are promptly whisked out of the media room. Stepping outside the Park Hyatt, everything still seems surreal. I head straight to the Kanye West gig nearby, where Kim would later make an appearance. As the crowd heaves forward during ‘Blood On The Leaves’, I stand back and sip on a bourbon beverage, pondering quietly about how I am going to work a Gucci visor and a ‘Kardashian Kape’ into my winter wardrobe.
The Kardashian Kollection is available at The Iconic, Strandbags, David Jones & select boutiques nationally.