Kim Kardashian walked the Balenciaga show at Paris Fashion Week.

Written Leah Dolan, CNN

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While the world seems like one big runway for Kim Kardashian, on Wednesday she stepped onto the real runway at Balenciaga’s latest show as part of Paris Fashion Week.

At the show, held at the original Balenciaga haute couture salon, Kardashian appeared in a long black dress with a sweetheart neckline, sewn-in gloves and boots, the label’s signature silhouette. It was a front row family affair, with her daughter North West and mother Kris Jenner also in attendance.

North West and Kris Jenner before the Balenciaga fashion show in Paris. Credit: Jacopo M. Raule/Getty for Balenciaga

Although she has walked at Los Angeles Fashion Week and on her sister’s Dash label back in the late 2000s, this is Kardashian’s first show at Paris Fashion Week and arguably her most prestigious modeling award.

Kardashian joined a host of celebrities going for Balenciaga, including Nicole Kidman, Dua Lipa, Bella Hadid and Naomi Campbell, who have all been cast on the show. Supermodel icon Campbell burst through the salon’s curtained doorways in a voluminous, glittery black ball gown with a high, structured collar, and actress Nicole Kidman resurrected her 1980s modeling career for the occasion. The first half of the runway featured models wearing glossy black full-coverage masks, further highlighting famous faces.

Balenciaga’s decision to host an all-star show may be part of the brand’s mission to bring the exclusive world of haute couture to the mainstream. On Wednesday, the same day as the show, he opened a “couture shop” in the historic 1937 Parisian salon. CEO Cédric Charbit said in a press statement that he wanted to demystify the “very closed universe” of haute couture by allowing young consumers to see exclusive pieces up close and learn about the most important ateliers.

Kardashian’s professional relationship with creative director Denma and Balenciaga reached new heights this year when she was announced as the face of the brand in February. She previously wore Balenciaga to a number of high-profile events, including wearing a head-to-toe black mask at the 2021 Met Gala and a hot pink spandex ensemble she wore to a Saturday Night Live performance later that year. “Went to my first Paris Fashion Week show, and a haute couture show too!” she wrote on stories from instagram. “My God! The dream came true. Thank you Balenciaga and Demna.”

Top photo: Kim Kardashian at the 51st Balenciaga Couture Show in Paris.

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