Kim Kardashian's haute couture photo shoot with Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld took place in Paris when she was eight months pregnant with North West, her daughter with fashion-enthusiast boyfriend Kanye West.
The edgy shoot — the one that included jam-like lipstick smudged all over her mouth — took place for former French Vogue editor Carine Roitfeld's CR Fashion Book. The fall/winter issue saw Kardashian, 32, in various states of dress and undress, toting her baby bump and transforming maternity into a thing of high fashion.
The art was directed by West's friend and Givenchy designer Ricardo Tisci, who also dressed the couple at American Vogue's annual Met Gala, and Kardashian was styled in Givenchy, Comme de Garçons, Celine, Chanel and Ralph Lauren, among others.
The photos are eerie, dramatic, epic, baroque, bizarre and even sideways, as seen in the behind-the-scenes video posted Monday on the magazine's blog and YouTube channel. Kardashian posted the video on her blog too, letting it speak for itself.
"Karl Lagerfeld Ricardo Tisci & Kim Kardashian," the video title asserts. "Paris, May 22, 2013. The day before Kim Kardashian eight months pregnant is allowed to fly back to L.A."
Allowed? Yeah, we're still puzzling over that one too. We do know that Kardashian jaunted over to the City of Light in May for a final pre-baby vacation with momager Kris Jenner. Jenner pops up in the video chatting with the 80-year-old designer.
The short film's operatic music says it all: This collaboration is an intersection of historic proportions — lofty sartorialism meets reality TV, or a sex-tape star. However you want to put it. The monumental pairing of Lagerfeld and Kardashian is exactly that.
Kardashian is groomed, concealed behind an embellished Martin Margiela mask, critiqued, shot, primped and shown putting on her golden grill, featured on the magazine's cover.
"OMG the COVER of Carine Roitfeld's crfashionbook #issue3!!!" the new mom wrote last week, sharing a picture of herself on the cover. "Shot by @karllagerfeld! Thank you @riccardotisci17 #Fam #ThisIsCrazy!!!!! #Dying!!!!!"
"Pregnancy is something that I always love. It's about hope and the future and a new baby," said Roitfeld (via E!), who started the high-fashion codex.
"This is not something for a gossip magazine that goes into the trash," she added. "This is a magazine that is a collector's item."
Art and fashion aside, Roitfeld said that the Grammy Award-winning rapper and his famous girlfriend were just like any couple.
"They are so normal," she told People. "They are lovely together."
On Friday, Roitfeld debuted her documentary "Mademoiselle C," which chronicles the beginnings of CR Fashion Book following her 10-year run at French Vogue. West attended the premiere and party and Kardashian was expected to do the same, making it her first official post-baby appearance. However, she ended up canceling, People said.
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