Inside Kathy Hilton’s closet with Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton – Footwear News
Paris and Nicky Hilton have long been style icons of the pop culture lexicon, ever since David LaChappelle captured their Barbie party girl aesthetic of pink, sequins, crystals, bold ruffles and high heels that would come to define fashion. from the early days.
But a peek inside Kathy Hilton’s Bel Air closet for FN’s August cover and photoshoot reveals that the sisters’ style rules, the influence of fashion – and the evolution since that heady time – came advice from their mother.
While other Hollywood closets are organized to a clinical degree, meticulously color-coordinated, and designed for photoshoots and reality TV moments, Hilton’s closet is refreshingly inhabited. Among the various costume jewelry stands draped over the counters and studded with crystals Judith Leiber bags in all manner of items (including a comedic ’90s cordless phone, which Paris was cheerfully holding during the photoshoot), there are a collection of cords from various concerts, conferences and events the matriarch has attended over the years. Sitting on the carpet is an Elizabeth Taylor-themed doll rack, which the actress has already signed for Hilton. And leaning against the center island of the closet is one of her eldest daughter’s famous collages, a cork board with ’90s and 2000s photos of friends and family. “Oh mum! I haven’t seen this for so long!” Exclaimed Paris during the photo shoot in the closet.
That’s not to say that Hilton’s style estate is by no means shabby: the shelves are lined with Louis Vuitton luggage (baggage check tags still attached), and endless Chanel bags populate the glass cabinets on one wall, although she did reveal that a burglary of her own home during the time of her daughter’s Paris home invasions in 2008 and 2009 (immortalized in “The Bling Ring”) sold out a collection that dated back to the 1970s, before Karl Lagerfeld.
One handbag that recently disappeared from Kathy’s closet was a Hermès Kelly, a miniature model in hot pink matte leather that Paris and Nicky bought from Kathy for her birthday. “I came back from Paris and went quickly to look and check my things and I said ‘Where’s my little pink purse ?!’,” Kathy recalled during the shoot, while matching her daughters in. custom Juicy Couture velor tracksuits. “I thought, ‘Wait a minute, call Nicky’. Called Nicky on the cell phone: “Do you have your mom’s pink purse?” ‘Yes.'”
The memory sparked some confusion in Paris about the difference between a Birkin and a Kelly – the two most popular handbag styles from French luxury brand Hermès. “Isn’t that the same thing?” Paris said during the filming. “No it isn’t,” Kathy replied. “I’m glad you don’t know all of this. “
Across the room, a wall of shoes contains all the nudes you need: Manolo Blahnik and Jimmy Choo strappy pumps, Christian Louboutin sandals, Nicky’s French Sole ballet flats scattered here and there (including one called “Kathy”). Lately, Hilton has coveted a pair of both green and black Aquazzura satin pumps, the brand’s Proust style, with a crystal star and moon on the toes.
But it’s a pair of ’90s Manolos that Hilton says she will cherish forever. “It’s kind of like a Scalamander fabric that I would have had or my mother would have had in her living room,” she said of the pumps, which she has both pale pink and golden yellow, made in a delicate floral silk jacquard. it is also reminiscent of some of the upholstery fabrics in his own home.
“If you asked me ten years ago what’s the one thing you wouldn’t be caught off guard in, I’d say kitten heels,” Nicky said while holding a pair of baby blue suede Manolo Blahnik kitten heels in the cupboard. “But now I love them and wear them all the time. “
“I don’t like stiletto heels,” replied Paris.
“You are not a kitten heel girl,” Nicky replied.
“I feel like my closet is a collection of a lot of the things I wear and don’t wear that I love and when I walk into the closet they’re old friends,” Hilton added. This includes many Chanel jackets, including a carousel-themed black tweed number that her husband Rick bought for her some 20 years ago, its details hand-embroidered with metallic thread. Next to it, an Yves Saint Laurent velvet evening jacket with firework-shaped crystals sits in plastic, a purchase Hilton made on a trip to Paris with Nicky. “For three days I thought, ‘Am I going to do this?’ I justified it by the fact that I don’t wear fur and this is something that I can use as a winter evening coat forever. I also thought the girls would probably want to borrow it, ”said Hilton. “Joan Collins saw me in it and said, ‘Can I wear this? Can I borrow it tomorrow? I said yes, absolutely.
Nicky also took advantage of her mother’s loan: “When I come to LA I don’t even take a lot of things because I know I have it all at my disposal,” she said.
Hilton has always had an open closet policy with her daughters, loaning pieces such as’ 80s Zandra Rhodes dresses to Nicky and Oscar de la Renta bags in Paris – the latter brand having grown into something of an extended fashion family in Paris. Hilton.
“I think what’s so special about them is their warmth. Nicky and I are like brother and sister at this point, we do everything together, ”said Fernando Garcia, co-creative director of Oscar de la Renta. The designer met Hilton’s younger sister just as he and co-creative director Laura Kim were returning to the label after the brand’s eponymous creator died. “She became very supportive of the idea of us coming back, and she quickly realized that I didn’t know anything about the world that was about to impose itself on me. She kind of took me under her wing and taught me how to navigate these shark infested waters.
While the general public may be more familiar with the Hiltons for their early fashion (and especially those Juicy tracksuits), the fashion world has a more nuanced take on family. Each has dabbled in design and made friendships with designers including Jeremy Scott, Alice + Olivia’s Stacey Bendet, Prabal Gurung and The Blonds. Last December, Paris, Nicky and Kathy all performed in Valentino’s resort campaign.
“They represent the importance of wearing a dynasty in a feminine and daring way,” said Garcia of the Hilton. “They are very confident and everything they wear seems extremely easy to the rest of the world. They know what their brand is. and that’s something very important to know when you’re in the limelight Who’s more consistent than Paris, Nicky and Kathy?
See more photos of Kathy, Nicky and Paris Hilton from the FN Cover Shoot.