If you want to avoid controversy as a fashion model, don’t pose as a faux ballerina. This is the unfortunate lesson Kendall Jenner learned when her recent ballerina photo shoot created a social media uproar. Apparently, people are pretty sensitive about their ballet stars. Many people asked why Vogue had not chosen a trained ballerina to model the fashion line. “There are so many amazing dancers in the world…” laments one such critic. “Kendall Jenner is not one of them!” I’ve had a look through Jenner’s less controversial outfits. Here are my personal favorites from the failed dancer’s past wardrobes.
CREAMY AND SLEEK
Kendall Jenner took to the red carpet in New York City in a Topshop gown. With a loose choker collar necklace and bejeweled pocketbook, the look dazzled onlookers and cameramen alike. The flair at the bottom of the dress may have given off a few mermaid vibes, but this was certainly a more fruitful outing than the ballerina fiasco.
RELIVING TIFFANY’S FRENCH COUTURE
Some pretty serious Audrey Hepburn vibes graced the Paris streets in 2014. Jenner took advantage of the trend in her 10 Crosby Derek Lam matching shirt and pants. Her black pumps and dark shades completed the ensemble. I guess it pays to emulate Hepburn rather than Degas.
SIMPLE BUT COOL
Music awards can’t be stiff affairs. Flashy colors and decorative flair are always ablaze on a stage where pop stars are rocking out. The outfit that Kendall Jenner sported for the MuchMusic Video Awards is deceptively simple. Basic black and white compliments the surrounding dark hues and pops against the indigo lighting. Jenner’s top hints at a tutu, with flairs and ruffles on the bottom hem, but thankfully this time she wasn’t dancing or singing. Just presenting.
SANDY AND SEXY
More awards and more awesome clothes! This time, an Oriett Domenech jumpsuit did the trick at the FOX Teen Choice Awards. The sandy shade of the shirt and pants give off a casual feel without sacrificing sophistication. Now we know Jenner has a thing for award shows. It was a better thing to be passionate about than ballerinas I guess. Certainly worked out better anyway.
A sleek, blue denim onesie was Kendall Jenner’s garb of when she headed out one morning in casual life. The paparazzi were there to capture it and now it’s on my best looks list. It’s pretty casual chic. With the thin-strapped stilettos, Jenner made her heels the highlight of her outfit.
SMALL SHARP BLACK DRESS
Sparse but excellent. Jenner rocked black for a book launch in New York. Note the variations in texture and slight changes in shade as you travel up the outfit from skirt to shoulders. Jenner does a wonderful job of showing off her body here too. If you want to let those legs and shoulders shine, use this look as a tutorial.
SANDRA BULLOCK CHIC
Fashion book launch party doesn’t sound like a place to try your Sandra Bullock look-alike chops, but Jenner’s pants and top, along with the spot-on hair, bring the Oscar-winning actress to life in style. She seems to have been a success on the carpet as well, so I guess Sandra is good and sexy fare in fashion land.
Do these looks begin to exonerate Jenner? What are we even trying to save her from? I say, just admire these outfits in their own right.
— Julie Grossman