Paris Hilton’s a Secret Trendsetter

Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie will never live down The Simple Life. The former BFFs are largely held responsible for igniting the worst trends of the aughts: Von Dutch trucker hats, Juicy Couture tracksuits, too-short denim skirts, and multicolored hair extensions. And while Richie has redeemed herself with a successful fashion line and trendy makeover in the intervening years, Hilton has never reached fashion icon status again. Yet, despite her reputation, it seems that the heiress has been secretly dictating what’s hot all along.

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Paris Hilton is a hotel heiress and the Duchess of Cambridge is married to a prince and the mother of heirs of an actual throne, yet both women chose to wear a $640 gown for a black-tie occasion. From Self-Portrait, the cult cool-girl brand that’s worn by everyone from Rachel McAdams to Michelle Obama, the pleated, crocheted maxi dress features a high neckline and a skirt with a high side slit. Hilton wore it first to an amfAR gala in Los Angeles. She styled the outfit with a crystal leaf headband, diamond earrings, and white pumps.

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Carrie Underwood wore 11 different outfits throughout the CMA Awards, so it comes as no surprise that some other celebrity would have worn one of her ensembles: the fully beaded ombré caftan dress with gold and silver crystal fringe, a fitted gold belt, and front slit. “My team and I absolutely love Carrie Underwood. This dress shines perfectly onstage.

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The Hilton and Kardashian families have a deep shared history — fashion included. The DJ and dog lover wore the Blumarine animal-print gown to a club appearance in Spain in 2010, while Kardashian walked the red carpet at an awards show a few months later in the same thing, with her own customizations.

p4Jeremy Scott’s Barbie-themed collection for Moschino was a big hit and was scooped up by celebrities and fashion lovers alike. But the first to get her hands on it? Paris Hilton in October 2014, of course! Nicki Minaj and others followed shortly thereafter.

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