The Friendship Circle of Fashion

Rosie Setford discusses the most popular fashionista friendships in the industry

14th December 2015

The fashion industry is the basis of many famous friendships which are publicised throughout various social media outlets. Olivier Rousteing, designer of the high fashion brand Balmain, loves to show off his friendships with A List celebrities such as the Kardashians and the Jenners. He designs many outfits for Kim Kardashian and hubby, Kanye West, as well as featuring supermodel Kendall Jenner in a variety of the campaigns for high end clothing lines, such as H&M x Balmain. Olivier has been present at many of the Kardashian/Jenner family events, such as Kris Jenner’s 60th Great Gatsby themed birthday party, and even invited the whole family to his own 30th birthday bash.

Kendall Jenner also has a special friendship with fellow supermodel and actress, Cara Delevigne. Christening their friendship “CaKe”, the two models have both walked in Chanel Metiers d’art Collection in Austria at the end of 2014, as well as featuring together on the front cover of Love magazine in February 2015. The starlets have also shared many pictures of their downtime together, including cuddles in bed in matching pyjamas, dressing up as Mario and Luigi and sporting matching t-shirts with “CaKe” printed on them. Clearly evidence the pair are truly BFFs!

Starring in many campaigns and catwalks for Chanel, Cara has also appeared to have secured a friendship with the brand’s world-renowned Creative Director, Karl Lagerfeld. She regularly posts pictures on Instagram with Karl, expressing her love, gratitude and respect for the man. Karl also shows his fondness for Cara, with one of the only selfies he’s shared on social media featuring the model. If this isn’t real 21st century friendship, then what is?

‘‘This year, Taylor Swift famously recruited an all-female model and celebrity army to star in her music video for “Bad Blood”

This year, Taylor Swift famously recruited an all-female model and celebrity army to star in her music video for “Bad Blood”. She recruited models such as Gigi Hadid, Karlie Kloss and Lily Aldridge, as well as celebrities like Hayley Williams, Ellie Goulding and Jessica Alba, and transformed them into female crime fighters for her video which has reached over 655 million views on YouTube. Many of Taylor’s model friends have also joined her on stage during her 1989 world tour, and she famously spent her 4th July weekend with bezzies Gigi Hadid and Martha Hunt.

Style icon, designer and self-confessed “biggest rock star on the planet”, Kanye West is apparently “adored” by Queen of fashion Anna Wintour. Sitting front row at both Yeezy Season One and Season Two, the US Vogue editor-in-chief has become friends with Kanye since his transition into the fashion world. She also chose to feature him and his wife, Kim Kardashian, on the front cover of April 2014 issue of Vogue, dubbing them the “world’s most talked about couple”. Kanye’s friendship with Anna Wintour is particularly significant to the rapper trying to make it in the fashion industry. He has said it has been harder for him to be taken seriously as his fame had already been established in the music industry, therefore Anna’s approval is vital for his success in the fashion world. A vital point in this discussion - are the A list really as tight knit as they seem, or do the friendships only exist when the cameras are rolling?

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