There’s little doubt that Kim Kardashian West is a polarising figure when it comes to fashion. After all, this is the woman who brought us such divisive sartorial moments as bike shorts, latex bodysuits and micro-sunglasses. She’s certainly never been one to shy away from pushing style boundaries, so should we be surprised that her latest Instagram post makes a case for the reflective bikini?
Kardashian-West is pictured wearing the bikini in what appears to be her closet, with an assortment of exxy Hermès Birkin bags and boots in the background. Now, let’s get one thing out of the way – the material might not actually be as reflective as it appears.
In the image Kardashian-West uploaded, the boots in the background also appear reflective, so there’s a chance the items are white and the mirror effect has come courtesy of an app. But it looks to be a deliberate style moment, with Kardashian-West writing in her caption, ‘Reflecting’.
If it is indeed a reflective bikini, it wouldn’t be entirely surprising. It’s not out of Kardashian-West’s sartorial wheelhouse and she has been wearing an awful lot of metallic tones lately – including a silver bikini to promote her latest KKW Beauty Opalescent range and silver Moon Boots. So really, opting for full-blown reflective gear wouldn’t be much of a departure at this point.
It appears that the fashion industry has been priming us for reflective fashion’s return too, with the material hovering in the periphery for a few seasons now. Prada‘s nostalgic Nylon collection makes good use of the material on everything from bags to jackets, vests and ponchos, lending each item a 90s sportswear feel. Meanwhile Maison Margiela has a selection of sneakers in a camouflage print with a similar mirror finish.
So it seems the fashion houses are all for reflective fashion’s return, and now Kardashian-West is ready too. The question is, are we? Time will tell.