Kylie and Kendall Jenner are sisters of the famous Kardashian Empire. The girls constantly appear in the media spotlight as models, designers and television personalities. They’re known as “selfie queens”, and Time magazine named them in the list of Most Influential Teens for the past two years. Kylie and Kendall have also walked down the runway for fashion designers during fashion weeks in New York, Milan and Paris. The pair are visiting Australia for their collaboration with Forever New, where they have created a 19-piece collection of “directional” party looks. I was lucky enough to host the launch and chat to them about their visit, their famous elder sisters and the biggest misconception about them.
Welcome to Sydney. Is this your first time to Australia?
Kendall: Thanks. Yes, I have been here once before with my mum.
Kylie: But this is my first time.
What are you doing while in Australia?
Kylie: Lots of sightseeing. Maybe visit a beach. We enjoy spending time visiting and taking in all of the gorgeous landscapes.
Tell me a bit about the collection. Were you hands on in the design process?
Kendall: This collection is our baby. Next year, fashion will be a major focus for us designing our line. Every step we’re involved, and while we love it – it hasn’t always come easy. We’re both still learning a lot, and we have the best creative team to help guide us and allow us to evolve our skills. Lots of late nights in the design studio, photo shoots, fittings, and lots of trial and error. There are things we’ll see in the sketch phase and love, but once the garment is made, it doesn’t come out how we imagined, so we have to restart. I think simplifying and editing is super important, especially when it comes down to choosing final pieces. It’s hard not to put too many ideas into one look, so to be able to collaborate and get feedback has been the most rewarding part.
How would you describe your style?
Kylie: My own. It’s always changing.
Kendall: Simple and classy.
Did you both always know that you wanted to go into fashion?
Kendall: Growing up with older sisters, we were always encouraged to experiment with fashion. As we started to grow up, it’s been nice being more comfortable with our personal style and being able to express ourselves with what we like. I’ve always dreamt of being a model at a young age, and being able to live out that dream has helped me to really appreciate all of the different roles within the fashion world.
Have your older sisters been an inspiration to you? If so, in what way?
Kylie: Yes, of course. Family is the most important thing to us, and our sisters are our biggest inspirations. Khloe is, of course, the nurturer. She is so loving and patient and that’s such a good example of how we want to live each day. Kim is a hard worker and businesswoman. We’re building our own brands right now and working on so many different projects. Kim is always so good with giving us business advice on what we should be working on and doing next. Kourtney has always taught us a lot about confidence … to be who we are and that being ourselves is what life is about.
You both have millions of followers on Instagram and Twitter. What is off limits when it comes to social media?
Kylie: I think because of social media people feel like they really know every moment of our lives, but really what they see on social are just a few moments in a much bigger picture. We’ve grown up in front of the cameras, but we still try to keep as much privacy as possible. We’ll spend days together as a family, or plan special dinners with each other when the cameras aren’t rolling and none of us are posting on Instagram or Snapchat. It’s important and healthy to keep some moments to yourself.
What is the biggest misconception about you?
Kendall: Probably that we’re not hard workers. Kylie and I work almost every day and are always on really demanding schedules. There’s a lot that goes into building your dream, and thankfully we are surrounded by so much love and support that helps keep us going, on even the hard days. I think when you have a big dream, you always have to put in the work.
Where do you see yourself in five years’ time?
Kylie: Continuing to push our dreams, whatever they may become, and spreading happiness and positivity to our fans. We always want to keep challenging ourselves and discovering new adventures.
WE WENT TO Regatta restaurant and bar, Rose Bay
WE ATE Grilled sirloin, roasted kipfler potatoes, bone-marrow sauce; roasted fillet of snapper, vine-ripened roma tomatoes, basil and goat’s feta; rosemary and lemon marinated spatchcock, gem lettuce, baby corn on the grill
WE DRANK Champagne and sparkling mineral water
KYLIE AND KENDALL WORE Items from their Forever New collection