If you've glanced at the internet in the last week or so, chances are you've heard the news that Kanye West, or Ye as he prefers to be known these days, has a new girlfriend who is not Kim Kardashian. Nope, Julia Fox is nothing like his estranged wife. Oh, what's that she's wearing? Head-to-toe Balenciaga?
With all the inevitability of those dubious pixie crops in a Tyra Banks Top Model Makeover, Fox, it seems, is enjoying a Kanye West-engineered image overhaul, much like the Kardashian who came before her – and with all the same low-slung thong trousers, Balenciaga accessories and second-skin leather.
Ye's influence on Kardashian's style has been well-documented. Back in 2012, an episode of Keeping Up With The Kardashians showed Ye bring a stylist to Kim's house to clear out her closet. 'The trade-off was if I got rid of all my clothes, he would fill up my closet,' she said to camera. As he admires his then-girlfriend trying on sleeker designs from his favourite fashion houses, he says: 'It's like, I'm getting on best dressed lists now, I'm stepping all into this territory.'
Vogue covers followed, Met Gala invitations too and, as recently as last November during an interview with Drink Champs, Ye maintained that 'styling Kim, that’s a language of love for me. That how I bagged her in the first place.' Kim, with Ye's help, carved out a distinctive aesthetic – one which is now parroted by countless women across the world – defined by tight, sleek silhouettes crafted from form-fitting jersey and leather.
It is, of course, the sort of silhouette Kardashian now sells to her fans in the form of SKIMS, which is wildly successful even by Ye's standards. Product consistently sells out, waiting lists build in their thousands for new launches and the brand recently collaborated with Fendi on a special collection. As well as SKIMS' main campaigns which, naturally, tend to feature Kim front and centre, it also regularly recruits social influencers to model various pieces. One such previous model? Julia Fox.
And so we come full circle. Not only has Fox worked for SKIMS, the Uncut Gems actor also posed as a modern day Barbie to Pete Davidson's Ken for Paper magazine back in 2019. Davidson is, of course, now dating Kim Kardashian.
Just like Kardashian, Fox is openly speaking about the impact Ye is having on her image. In a piece for Interview magazine published on January 6, Fox wrote: 'After dinner Ye had a surprise for me. I mean, I’m still in shock. Ye had an entire hotel suite full of clothes. It was every girl’s dream come true. It felt like a real Cinderella moment.' Maybe Kim has déja vu.
In truth, Fox's own sense of style was already in line with the Ye-influenced Kardashian's. Already, articles have sprung up online picturing Julia and Kim in a variety of similar outfits over the past few years. Unlike the aforementioned Top Model Makeovers, Fox's Kanye treatment doesn't look particularly drastic.
Despite appearances, though, she is openly referring to her new look as a 'transformation.' When asked by Interview in a more recent piece published over the weekend, Fox said that Ye dreamed up said 'transformation' and made the whole thing come to life.
'After meeting him, a couple days later, all my shit was in boxes, gone. It was so cathartic. It wasn’t like I was just packing up my old clothes, it was like I was packing up my old life. I was like making that very conscious decision to really put everything in the box. To let go of the past.'
SEE: Julia Fox's Style Before Her Ye 'Transformation'
For a book launch party in NYC, Fox wore a grey bandeau top and matching skirt, complete with Chanel belt worn around her bare midriff – almost a homage to that Carrie Bradshaw outfit.
As Playboy celebrated its BIGBUNNY Launch at Miami Art Week in December of last year, Fox wore a pale yellow mini dress.
In a casual look for the Telluride Film Festival in 2019.
For a charity ball in 2019, Fox opted for classic glamour in a dark green gown and impressive jewels.
In a sleek suit for the Uncut Gems Premiere during the New York City Film Festival in 2019.
For an after party in New York, Fox gave Kim K vibes in these figure-hugging grey trousers and sheer top.
For the premiere of No Sudden Move, Fox chose an Armani gown paired with Tiffany & Co jewels.
In Paco Rabanne for the Toronto premiere of Uncut Gems.
At the ELLE x Ferragamo Hollywood Rising Party at Sunset Tower in LA, October 2019.
Fox wore a full Dior look for the event in New York, 2019.
In a daring Alexander Wang lace bodysuit in 2019, which Fox wore with jewellery from Lorraine Schwartz. Interestingly, Kim Kardashian wore a similar design by Wang earlier in the same year when she attended John Legend's birthday party.
For a Golden Globes event in 2020, Fox wore a simple black midi dress, pointed pumps and a classic red lip.
For an awards ceremony in 2019, Fox proved that she knows how to do sheer glamour in an Alberta Ferretti sequin gown.
For the California premiere of Uncut Gems, Fox wore a black sleeveless dress with Manolo Blahnik pumps.
For the first anniversary celebration of L'Avenue at Saks, New York City in February 2020, Fox embraced the cut-out trend.
For a party at The Whitney Museum of American Art on January 28, 2020 in New York City, Fox went for a tonal ensemble including one of her favourite wardrobe staples, the polo neck.
Fox attended a screening of Hitman's Wife's Bodyguard with her then-husband Peter Artemiev in June, 2021 wearing printed trousers and a leather blazer.
In Paris of last year, Fox wore a vintage Jean Paul Gaultier dress previously worn by Kim Kardashian in 2018.
For the CFDA Fashion Awards in November, 2021, Fox wore a top and skirt by Dries van Noten with a bag from Rosantica and Jimmy Choo shoes.