The other night, at a party celebrating the new Pucci boutique at Saks New York, Alexa Chung wore a vintage-looking Pucci dress with lace sleeves. The next day, when appearing on The Today Show to defend her daughter from haters like Jennifer, Kris Jenner wore the exact same dress. OMG, you guys.
I’m not going to ask you who wore it best, because there are very few people in the world who can pull off that little girl/sexy librarian/Victorian granny look and make it look cute rather than creepy/frumpy/weird, and that list consists mainly of Alexa Chung and Chloe Sevigny. However, I will use this as a chance to meditate on the question: why is Alexa Chung’s fame viewed as inherently more legitimate than that of the Kardashians?
Both Alexa Chung and The Kardashians are famous primarily for being famous. (Also: both Alexa Chung and Kim Kardashian are famous primarily for being hot.) Chung may have started out working as a model and a veejay, but she currently seems to live primarily off of leasing out her brand out to clothing lines and television shows, much in the same way that the Kardashians do. Basically, she gets paid to look good in clothes, and to pick out clothes that follow the “cookie cutter hipster” rules. Replace “hipster” with “trashy Hollywood glam,” and she and the Kardashians are not so different. Chung might have massively better taste in the opinion of pretty much everyone with eyes, but when you take away that ultimately subjective metric, what she does is not so different from what the Kardashians do. (I’m not going to compare the massive publicization of the Kardashian’s personal lives with Chung’s, because by definition there can be no hipster equivalent of Keeping Up With The Kardashians. Reality shows are not “hip.”)
However, this being a fashion site, I can’t really ignore the concept of “taste,” can I? In which case: it’s still not weird. You see, the whole job of people like Alexa Chung is to perpetuate trends (I’m not going to say she creates them) such that they make it up to the couture level, where they can then be sold for tons of money to people like the Kardashians. Yesterday’s thrift store find becomes today’s street style photo, which then becomes tomorrow’s Pucci dress. Which is, need I remind you, available for purchase by anyone who has the cash. (And Kris Jenner does.) I’d be more surprised if a member of the Kardashian family didn’t end up wearing something inspired by Chung and her ilk. Whether or not it looks ridiculous on them is a different story.