She didn’t, of course. There were plenty of party girls before her, but Paris — we’re still on a first-name basis with her — managed to monetize empty fame. And she did it without the help of Instagram. She laid the groundwork for the Kardashians. God bless, Paris.
Well, she’s back. She was walking the runway at Christian Cowan’s fall 2017 show. He is a young designer with a penchant for glitter, the outrageous and the subversive. And she was his finale, dressed like a glitzed up Lady Liberty in a long, silver mirrored gown. With a crown.
Actually, Paris has been back for a little while but we hoi polloi that get swept along on the whims of influencers, have been in denial about it.
She turned up last year wearing Marc Jacobs in fashion photo shoots and he tweeted about it. In celebrating her 21st birthday, Kendall Jenner — reigning It girl, It model — paid homage to Paris by wearing a copy of the same silver sparkly slip that Paris wore on her 21st birthday. And in December, Harper’s Bazaar published a lengthy interview with Paris in which she discussed her new fragrance, assured the magazine’s readers that she is all grown up and proudly declared that she made every penny of her $100 million empire herself — all by herself. Famous last name and a monsoon of an inheritance, notwithstanding.
Did you know Paris had an empire? It’s big: shoes, handbags, perfume, hotels. But mostly it’s outside of the United States. They love her in Slovenia.
But now, she’s once again casting her eyes toward America. And what does that mean? The apocalypse is upon us? Maybe. Or perhaps it is simply a yearning for a simpler time before the Kardashians made empty fame so complicated. Before it became perilous. Before social media turned us all into brands. Before reality TV merged with C-Span.
Fashion doesn’t move forward in a straight line. It zig and zags and doubles back. Into the warm glow of Paris.
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