Riccardo Tisci and Kim Kardashian in October 2013 [Getty]
The past 12 months have marked a total transformation in the life of Kim Kardashian. Having weathered the backlash against her 72-day marriage to 26-year old NBA star Kris Humphries and faced down the critics of her sex tape, over the past year Kim has ditched the reality star uniform of bling, bandage dresses and stripper heels to become the fashion industry’s new darling.
She’s also had her first baby with rap superstar Kanye West, coped admirably with the fierce press censure of her maternity wardrobe, snapped almost immediately back to her pre-baby body with a dedicated diet regime, accepted her third wedding proposal and is apparently set to grace the cover of American Vogue. You certainly can’t say the woman's lacking in drive.
In honour of this week’s Grazia cover star, we decided to have a look back over the past 12 months of Kim’s fashion ascendancy in an attempt to plot her path to style success. From the Met Ball to the past seven days of flawless looks, Kim Kardashian has efficiently and effectively sought to conquer planet fashion. And from where we’re standing it looks like she can call that mission accomplished.
December 31st 2012: Baby Kimye!
Kim and her boyfriend Kanye West (who have been dating since April of that year) announce they are expecting a child together.
Kim Kardashian on the Stephane Roland FROW at the Couture shows (Credit: Getty)
January 2012: Hitting Kouture
Kim takes her place on the Stephane Roland Couture Show front row at Paris Couture Week in a strict monochrome palette.
February 2013: On the way to glam
Back at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party, Kim's old party girl/ Marilyn look was still going strong. While Kanye had cleared out her closet back in August 2012, Kim still hadn't completely got the hang of the clean, high fashion looks she would soon we working with aplomb.
Kim at the Elton John AIDS Foundation's Oscar Viewing Party (Credit: Getty)
March 2013: A matchy-matchy Kouple
Kim hits Paris fashion week in a series of sharp tailored looks, her uniform for the early days of her pregnancy. Matching with her beau, the 'Kimye' moniker seems more apt than ever.
Kim working tailoring at Paris Fashion Week A/W 2013 (Credit: Getty)
April 2013: Going high fashion
Reports about Kim Kardashian's baby weight gain begin to circulate including wildly critical comments. Kim continues to experiment with her new style, wearing diverse brands from Lanvin and Tom Ford.
6th May 2013: An invite to the Met Ball
Wearing a Riccardo Tisci for Givenchy high neck, ankle sweeping gown with matching opera gloves, Kim created one of the year's most iconic red carpet moments. While it was derided in the press and sparked endless memes including some photoshop work with a sofa and Mrs Doubtfire, her look will certainly go down in Met Ball history. The appearance on the red carpet also marked the beginning of a thaw in attitude from the fashion establishment - previously there had been reports that Anna Wintour was set to ban the reality star from the event. As we write, reports now suggest Ms K will be on the cover of US Vogue in the next few months - quite the turnaround.
Kim Kardashian with Kanye West at the Met Ball 2013 (Credit: Getty)
June 15th 2013: Baby Kimye is born
Kim gives birth to her first child, North West at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles.
July-August 2013: Going undercover
Kim embarks on a strict Atkins diet and exercise routine in a bid to get her pre-baby body back into shape in record time.
September 29th 2013: FROWing
Kim takes pride of place on friend Riccardo Tisci's front row for his S/S 2014 collection for Givenchy beside Kanye and stars Ciara and Lily Collins, just three months after giving birth to baby North.
Givenchy by Riccardo Tisci Front Row S/S 2014 (Credit: Getty)
October 2013: Looking all-white
After admitting she had struggled with the media’s criticism of her baby weight gain, Kim was back on the red carpet in a stunning series of head to toe white looks.
October 2013, Kim is back working to the red carpet in style (Credit: Both Getty)
23rd October 2013: Designer baby
Kim posts a series of images on her Instagram account thanking fashion's top designers for gifts sent for her little girl. Phoebe Philo, Alexander Wang, Alber Elbaz and of course Riccardo Tisci all create bespoke mini-me pieces for the baby West.
Gifts for baby North West from a selection of designers (credit: Instagram)
November 2013: Chic week
In a wardrobe of Saint Laurent and Maxmara, Kim rocked one bang-on outfit after another proving she’s kracked the fashion cred formula. Clean and simple, with expertly handled colour palettes, Kim in heading for the top of the best dressed lists. Three cheers to Kimmy!
Kim Kardashain wearing a Maxmara coat (left) & Veronique Leroy top (right) last week (cred. both Getty)