Kim Kardashian Makes a Fashionably Fierce Return to Paris in a Vintage Leopard Catsuit
Kim Kardashian channeled her inner Cheetah Girl at Paris Fashion Week more than two years after her horrific jewelry heist
More than two years after the star was robbed at gunpoint by five burglars while in the Paris for the Spring 2017 shows, Kardashian West, 38, came back to the city for the second time since the horrifying heist. And her look for the occasion was loud.
As she left her Paris hotel surrounded by security on Tuesday, Kardashian West wore a head-to-toe leopard print ensemble, featuring a form-fitting catsuit, a dramatic trench coat and matching lace-up platform booties.
While the leotard and matching topper are vintage from late designer Azzedine Alaïa’s fall 1991 read-to-wear collection, the Alaïa boots can be yours for a cool $2,060.
She completed the head-turning ensemble with matching animal print gloves, and appropriately, rounded cat eye sunglasses.
Before heading out for the night, Kardashian West held a mini photoshoot in her hotel room which she unveiled on Instagram.
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“You don’t understand…this is an Alaia,” the reality star said of her look in the caption.
The Alaïa look is the latest in a line of vintage pieces Kardashian West has been wearing recently, including a number of Mugler pieces. Last week, she jetted off to Montreal, Canada to attend the Thierry Mugler exhibition opening at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, where she modeled three different looks and met with the designer.
Kardashian West first returned to Paris after the horrific incident in June 2018 with husband Kanye West and sister Kylie Jenner to support Virgil Abloh’s debut collection for Louis Vuitton at the label’s spring/summer 2019 menswear show.
When five burglars held Kardashian West at gunpoint in October 2016, they took two cellphones and approximately $10 million worth of jewelry, including a $4 million ring, which left the star deeply shaken. After the scary ordeal in Paris, she immediately returned to New York to meet West (who was performing during her robbery) and retreated from the spotlight for months.
“She has zero desire to resume her old life,” a source told PEOPLE. “She’s still figuring out what she wants to do. Her whole life has basically changed. Before, she was like a social butterfly — now she’s much more withdrawn.”
Kardashian West also debuted a much more toned-down look than her previous glam self — swapping out her eye-catching diamonds for a much more subtle wedding band and ditching her chainmail and latex dresses in favor of baggy t-shirts, sweatpants and a fresh, contour-free face. She’s taken so many precautions that the Kardashian-West family no longer even keeps expensive possessions (like jewelry) in their home.
“Ever since the Paris robbery, Kim has made many changes in her life. She is much more careful about being flashy,” a source told PEOPLE.
“She doesn’t wear expensive jewelry every day, so it makes no sense to keep it at the house. Kim is trying to eliminate as many concerns as possible,” the source said.
During an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show in April 2017, she explained that she’s a whole new person post-robbery, one who isn’t as materialistic as before.
“I don’t want to start crying, but … I’m such a different person. I really feel like things happen in your life to teach you things,” she said.
She continued, “It was probably no secret, you see it on the show, me being flashy, but I was definitely materialistic before. Not that there’s anything bad about having things and working hard to get those things — and I’m really proud of everyone that’s around me that’s successful. But I’m so happy that my kids get this me. And that this is who is raising my kids. Because I just don’t care about that stuff anymore, I really don’t.”