CULTURE

Paris Hilton Finally Gets Her Fashion Due

It's what she deserves.


Paris Hilton not only pioneered a new type of celebrity back in the Aughts, but she helped define a certain kind of iconic style synonymous with the era. Though, at the time, the more exclusive rungs of the fashion world kept Hilton at a distance. Her major fashion magazine covers were rare (and always controversial), she wasn’t a regular in the front row of Paris couture shows, and she never fronted a campaign for a storied European house.

Though with everyone recently channeling her ’00s style, a recent documentary putting her image into new context, and her iteration of fame proving prophetic, Hilton is finally getting her due as a respectable force of fashion. Indeed, along with sister Nicky Hilton Rothschild and mother Kathy Hilton, Hilton just scored a gig for Valentino promoting their Roman Stud bag. Shot at the Hotel Bel-Air in Los Angeles, the family is dressed in the brand’s resort 2021 collection. It serves as something of an overdue confirmation of the Hiltons’ style icon status.

Over the past few years, elements of Paris’s trademark style have both been reinterpreted on major runways and all over Instagram: the “going out top,” Juicy Couture tracksuits, and bedazzled mini-dresses have all had their moments. Hilton is aware of her influence. “To now see things on the runway, and to see girls wearing things that I used to wear is really cool, because nobody really dressed like me back in the day,” she told W in 2017.

Hilton also recently appeared in a video to promote Coach’s nostalgia-inducing “Swinger” bag, and in 2018 channeled Kim Kardashian’s style for a Yeezy campaign.

Hilton has also reemerged as a cultural force in other ways. A movie script chronicling her ongoing feud with Lindsay Lohan and brief friendship with Britney Spears recently made the buzzy annual Black List as one of Hollywood’s hottest un-produced projects.

Related: Why Is Paris Hilton’s 21st Birthday Dress Suddenly Seemingly Everywhere?

A Brief History of Paris Hilton’s Front-Row Style at Fashion Week

Nicky and Paris Hilton at the Sean John Fall 2001 show at Bryant Park in New York, February 2001.

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Paris Hilton at the Sean John Fall 2002 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park in New York City, February 2002.

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Paris Hilton at theTommy Hilfiger Men’s Fall 2002 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at Bryant Park in New York City, February 2002.

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Nicky Hilton and Paris Hilton at the Pierrot Spring 2003 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, September 2002.

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Paris Hilton at the Jill Stuart Spring 2003 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, September 2002.

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Nicky Hilton, Paris Hilton, and Tinkerbell at the Diane von Furstenberg Fall/Winter 2003 show at her West Village Studio during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, February 2003.

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Paris Hilton at the Marc Jacobs Spring/Summer 2004 show at the Manhattan Armory during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, September 2003.

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Nicky Hilton and Paris Hilton at the Jeremy Scott show during Los Angeles Fashion Week in Culver City, California, October 2003.

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Paris Hilton at the Zac Posen Spring 2005 show during Olympus Fashion Week in Bryant Park in New York, September 2004.

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Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton at the Betsey Johnson Spring 2006 show during Olympus Fashion Week at Bryant Park in New York, September 2005.

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Paris Hilton and Tinkerbell at the Narciso Rodriguez Fall 2005 show during Olympus Fashion Week in New York, February 2005.

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Nicky Hilton and Paris Hilton at the Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2004 show after-party during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, September 2003.

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Nicky Hilton, Paris Hilton, and Serena Williams at the Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2005 show during Olympus Fashion Week at Bryant Park in New York, September 2004.

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Nicky Hilton and Paris Hilton at the Lacoste Spring 2005 show during Olympus Fashion Week at the Waterfront in New York, September 2004.

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Paris Hilton at the Diane Von Furstenberg Spring 2006 show during Olympus Fashion Week at Bryant Park in New York, September 2005.

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Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton during Olympus Fashion Week Spring 2007 at Bryant Park in New York, September 2006.

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Paris Hilton and Benji Madden at the Nicholai by Nicky Hilton Fall 2008 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in Culver City, California, March 2008.

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Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton at the Jeremy Scott show during Spring 2014 MADE Fashion Week at Milk Studios in New York, September 2013.

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Paris Hilton and Nicky Hilton at the Valentino Spring 2015 show during Paris Fashion Week, September 2014.

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Paris Hilton at the Alon Livne Fall 2014 presentation during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week at the Hudson Hotel in New York, February 2014.

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Paris Hilton at the Dsquared2 Fall 2015 show during the Milan Fashion Week, January 2015.

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Paris Hilton at the Gabriela Cadena Fall 2015 show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, February 2015.

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Paris Hilton at the Pamella Roland Fall 2016 show during New York Fashion Week at Pier 59 Studios, February 2016.

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Paris Hilton at the Jeremy Scott Spring 2017 show during New York Fashion Week, September 2016.

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Paris Hilton at the Plein Sport Fall 2017 show during Milan Men’s Fashion Week, January 2017.

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Paris Hilton and Sofia Richie at the Fall 2017 Moschino show during Milan Men’s Fashion Week, January 2017.

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Paris Hilton at the Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Fall 2017 show during New York Fashion Week, February 2017.

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Paris Hilton at The Blonds Fall 2017 show during New York Fashion Week, February 2017.

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Paris Hilton at the Vivienne Tam Fall 2017 show during New York Fashion Week, February 2017.

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Paris Hilton at the Jasmine fashion show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Industria Studios, September 2018.

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