When a brace of Kardashian sisters landed in London last week, they were greeted by scenes of frenzied excitement as fans clamoured to catch a glimpse of the US reality TV stars.
“Meeting fans really is the best part,” says Kourtney as she and sister Kim sit down for an exclusive interview with Inside Entertainment at The Dorchester hotel. “I love seeing people’s feedback, if it’s about our show or our fashion collections. They’ll sometimes give us tips like, ‘I’m looking for a great black pant, why don’t you make that?’”
The two girls, together with sister Khloe, have collaborated on their debut Kardashian Kollection for high- street fashion chain Dorothy Perkins and have tailored their designs for the British audience.
“I would say the Brit girl is definitely a bit more fashion-forward,” says Kim, 32. “They let us have a bit more fun.”
The Kardashians reveal they would love to see Kate Moss in their designs. “She’s our favourite,” says Kim. They’re also fans of the Duchess of Cambridge. “Her style to me is really friendly,” adds Kim. “She’s warm and chic, young and sophisticated. She still seems really approachable.”
Is it easy for the three sisters to make design decisions?
“Not really,” says Kim. “But we come out with a good system.”
“It’s always two against one,” says
Kourtney, who is mum to son Mason, three, and three-month-old daughter Penelope with her beau Scott Disick. “But I feel if we can see the other’s perspective, we might have to do some convincing to get our points across.”
Has Kim’s famous boyfriend, Grammy-winning hip-hop star Kanye West, influenced her style? “He loves fashion,” she says. “He likes to see me tr y different things and experiment, which is what I love to do.”
Little Penelope has already amassed quite a clothing collection. “I can’t really shop for her,” admits Kim.
“Kourtney is really picky so every time I try to get something, Kourtney doesn’t really like it.”
Kourtney interjects: “Yeah I do! Kim got the cutest Gucci shoes that I can’t wait until she fits into. It really is so much fun with a little girl.”
They would like to design a kids’ range in the future. “And maybe even maternity clothes,” says Kim.
The sisters say they have been blessed with a natural confidence. “Our parents would always compliment us,” says Kourtney, 33. “We were always taught that everything happens
for a reason, and to keep grounded. ” In spite of their global fame, the sisters remain charming and polite. “There is such a difference between confidence and cockiness,” adds Kourtney. “It’s just confidence in who
you are, feeling good about yourself.” And she hopes to bring her children
up in a similar way.
“I always think about things that our
parents did that I did or didn’t like,” says Kourtney. “Like my mom was always on the phone in the car. I do not want to be like that if my kids are trying to talk to me. I don’t think she realised
it. I always want to be there fully present and give all the attention I can.”
And the tight-knit family has been giving plenty of moral support to sister Khloe, 28. who recently made her TV presenting debut as co-host of The X Factor USA.
“I cried when she walked out, I was so excited,” says Kim.
Kourtney watched the show at home. “I was like, ‘Everyone, silence. I’m saying a prayer.’ So I just stood in the kitchen and said a prayer. I was so proud of her.”
“Khloe was meant to be a host,” adds Kim. “She’s quick and witty.”
The famous TV clan, which also includes mum Kris, brother Rob, step- father Bruce Jenner and half-sisters Kendall and Kylie, all seem to have the Midas touch. They recently signed a reported $40million (£25m) deal to film their TV show Keeping up with the Kardashians for another three years.
The London trip was being filmed for Kim and Kourtney Take Miami – the cameras recorded our interview – but this has left little time for them to see the capital’s famous sights. “Our hotel room is gorgeous,” quips Kim.
“You should take Mason to Buckingham Palace to where the guards are,” she says to Kourtney, who replies: “I can’t wait to see stuff.”
There seems to be little in their lives that isn’t filmed and the girls remain admirably honest on screen.
Is it ever uncomfortable to watch back? “Yeah,” says Kim. “But they are great learning experiences. They are all memories, like who we were and what we were doing at the time. It’s such good memories, no matter what it is.”