The notion that celebrities are becoming the new aristocracy took on a distinctive meaning this week when Kim Kardashian and Kanye West held a pre-wedding celebration in the Palace of Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors. This grotesque need to make as much of a public spectacle of their wedding as possible – even to the point of recreating one of history’s most decadent courts, that of Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette – is so epically narcissistic, one has to wonder if they’re having a laugh. The expense poured into the wedding, and the deliberate parallels between themselves and Europe’s ancient elite, are not only distasteful – the couple are either being totally ironic or just incredibly stupid. Their life increasingly resembles a bizarre fairy tale and you can’t help wondering how much of it is in service to the public’s entertainment. Yesterday morning, Kardashian emerged from the couple’s hotel room looking every inch a gothic princess. The huge, black-draped pram she was pushing was eerily reminiscent of the final scene from Rosemary’s Baby. Self-importantly, Kanye West went before her in a navy dinner suit with a black shawl collar, shushing the crowd so as not to wake up the royal baby North. The look was a distinct improvement on another recent look: his disastrous attempt at white tie at the Met Gala.
Later that night, Kanye changed into a gold tuxedo (also featuring a shawl collar) for the couple’s rehearsal dinner. West toned down the glitzy look with a grey T-shirt rather than a shirt and tie. Nice move: you wouldn’t want things to become too gaudy, would you? I think I still prefer the blue one. What about you?