Khloe Kardashian travels the globe filming her hit reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians and promoting her fashion label Kardashian Kollection, in which she and her sisters are in partnership with Aussie fashion entrepreneur Bruno Schiavi. The TV personality was in Sydney to launch their latest ready-to-wear and new shoe range. While questions about her rumoured marriage collapse with her husband Lamar Odom were strictly off-limits, it was back to business for the 29-year-old as her camera crew followed her every move, including when she caught up with Kate Waterhouse to chat about her label, the highs and lows of being a reality TV star and her Christmas holiday plans.
Welcome to Australia!
Thank you, it is one of my favourite places in the world. I have been here about four times. I love it here. Only Kim and I have been here but the rest of the family will all have to come. I was saying we should shoot an episode here but it’s hard with [my sister’s] kids.
What are you doing while you’re here?
I am here for the launch of Kardashian Kollection and we just launched our shoes here in Australia. And I have two meet-and-greets with fans, one [was] at Highpoint Shopping Centre in Melbourne and at Westfield Parramatta here in Sydney. And I’m filming my show. They are here with me now and then my best friend Malika [Haqq] is here and we are going to stay an extra day and do touristy things.
What touristy things do you plan to get up to?
We are going to go to the zoo and then we are going to climb the Harbour Bridge, I hear you have to wear some ugly suit and get sobriety tested, so no drinking the night before! [Laughs.]
Tell me all about your collection and the inspiration behind it?
For this collection, when we design at this time for the US or the UK, it’s winter and cold and darker colours so it’s fun that we can do polar opposites here. Australia gets a little specialty; because it’s summer here we have a lot of great colours. I’m actually wearing a Kardashian Kollection dress and this is a print that we use. We have three different prints that are signatures of the season, this one, a lime yellow reflective print, and a black and white [wind] cheater.
Do you actually design every piece in the collection or tell me how it works?
Well Kourtney, Kim and I, we start with inspiration boards. We have three different mood boards, each tailors to our personality so we all have to narrow it down to make it a cohesive [collection] and then we start designing silhouettes. We might start with 200 pieces and then once you see them and how they are fitting, and go “that looks hideous, that is disgusting”. This collection has about 40 pieces so you narrow it down to your favourite babies. It’s a big process but it’s fun and creative and you constantly working on it and you are never bored.
You and your sisters have such different styles. How do you agree on each piece of the collection?
Yes, but I think that is what makes the line so strong too, because you have three of us designing in one line so you get a little bit of everything.
Out of all your business ventures – fashion, beauty, TV presenting and your show – which one do you put most of your attention to?
Well, our TV show we do literally every day and it kind of just happens and it films us doing our daily lives so I don’t think of it as a hard thing to manage, because they film us even in our design meetings, so it’s kind of another person or another sister with us. But our priorities are definitely fashion. We have had our clothing stores [DASH] for about 10 years now so it’s really fashion and beauty, which is our life.
What is an average day for you?
Filming every day. I try to go to gym every day, that is my new routine, but just filming and being with the family, it’s all work and we are always with each other because we all work with each other, whether we are in design meetings or constantly emailing each other. There is always a drama. Right now with our clothing stores in LA, someone put the wrong flooring in the stores so it’s a major drama, so there is always something and I can’t be there and I’m stressing out.
What are you and your family doing for the holiday season?
Christmas is a huge holiday for us. My mum has thrown a Christmas Eve party every year since Kourtney was born and everyone looks forward to it. The same Santa comes since Kourtney was a baby and has never aged [laughs]. We have 200 people at the party and then after [mum] hands out matching pyjamas to all her kids and we have to come over in the morning, all wearing them, and we cook breakfast and they are so hideous but it is so fun. We look forward to it every year.
You have such public lives and you have always been open about the good times and bad on your show, is it hard to always do?
I think it comes naturally, when we started the show we always said we have to be who we are and we show the good, the bad and the ugly but that’s relatable though, that is what reality is. It’s not fair to say “let’s just show us always smiling and being the Brady Bunch” and then when anything bad happens then cut it off. That is not relatable and no matter what it is, of course it can be hard but I think at the end we are helping someone else if someone can relate to it.
WE WENT TO The Park Hyatt, Sydney.
WE ATE Poached and chilled king prawns; sauteed scallops.
WE DRANK Sparkling mineral water.
KHLOE WORE a Kardashian Kollection dress and heels.