Kardashian in an archival Thierry Mugler dress. PHOTO: COURTESY OF DANI MICHELLE
Her stylist Dani Michelle speaks to us through Gucci, Thierry Mugler, and Jean Paul Gaultier's highly collectible looks.
Tis the season to be merry— and dress in extremely rare archival pieces if you're Kourtney Kardashian. The youngest Kardashian sister was charged with hosting the annual holiday bash of the family this Christmas Eve; so she chose not one, not two, but three vintage pieces to mark the occasion. "The atmosphere of the party was eclectic winter chic, including antique hardwood floors, green velvet drapes, chandeliers, fireplaces, and comfort food for such an elegant evening," Dani Michelle shares with Vogue, her two-year-old stylist. "Kourtney chose to dress up for the occasion and was most influenced by rich jewelry colors." One look that definitely fell in line with that lavish, megawatt color palette was a Jean Paul Gaultier silk smart green dress, complete with the designer's signature cone bra. (This is not the first time Kardashian has worn Gaultier either — she's been a fan of the designer for a long time, especially the vintage semi-sheer, stretchy pieces from the Soleil line.) Then Kardashian tried Thierry Mugler's slinky plum dress with crystallized flames. She finally settled in ruby red on a corset top from the Fall 2003 line of Tom Ford-era Gucci. (To be precise, look 44, originally worn by Carmen Kass).
Over the past few months, Kardashian has gravitated frequently to retro outfits, from the aforementioned Jean Paul Gaultier garb to the Gucci leather dress she wore to attend the Dior Men Fall 2020 show in Miami in the 1990s. Already, the youngest Kardashian is moving further into the realm of archival looks that are hard to find. (After all, her middle sister Kim has been a fan for a long time: peep her museum-worthy Thierry Mugler, Azzedine Alaïa, and Versace moments earlier this year.) "I pulled everything from the early 2000's archives to the new runways, but she gravitated most to the retro collections of Jean Paul Gaultier, Gucci by Tom Ford, and Thierry Mugler," says Michelle on Kardashian fashion. "What we loved most about these and past gowns is that they don't compete with today's trends, but are the original concepts and designs that paved the way for modern fashion. It's exciting to find these looks in perfect condition. "Michelle hired a group of archive dealers from an insider to track down the pieces. "I came from Janet Mandell's 2003[ Tom Ford-Gucci] runway outfit, who has been collecting museum collections for the past 10 years," Michelle says. "I have a network of archival antique dealers just as we have model showrooms for new designers."
While wearing archive pieces has become a trend this year— the choice is sustainable, and who doesn't like to show off their super-collectable findings?—There seems to be more personal motives for Kardashian to go for these designers. "From an early age, she knows all these designers as they are what her mom will wear," Michelle says. Nothing like getting into this holiday season's festive family spirit— and if it's also very fashionable, it's all the better.