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On Thursday afternoon, Instagram shut down. The brief hiatus created quite the chaos, and many distraught users took to the next best option — Twitter — to air their grievances. Luckily, by 6:30 p.m., the app was up and running for New York users — after all, the Jenners were in town.
There was a party at Lavo in honor of Kendall and Kylie as the new cover girls of the fall issue of DuJour magazine. Social media’s favorite sisters (Kendall currently boasts 12 million Instagram followers; Kylie has 11 million) were scheduled for a very bedtime-friendly 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., but, at 7:15 p.m., the girls were nowhere to be found.
As packed-in journalists grew restless, it was, in fact, a selfie that saved the day. Kylie had just posted a shot indicating the sisters were on the go. Moments later, flashbulbs erupted, and a crowd of rubberneckers attempting to get their own Instagram of the youngest Kardashians flooded the street. The Jenners had arrived.
“I mean, it’s kind of been our lives our entire lives, so it’s hard not to get used to it,” Kendall told WWD of the surrounding chaos. “It does have its moments where you are like, ‘Whoa, these people are actually here for us.’ It’s kind of crazy, but it’s definitely a blessing.”
Kendall is in town for an extended stay, making her comeback to New York Fashion Week after walking Marc Jacobs last season. Her pre-fashion week ritual?
“Sleep. You gotta get your sleep. I’m just keeping it cool,” she said.
The on-the-rise model made headlines earlier this week when her agency (Kendall is signed to The Society) comp card was released sans family name. Kendall Jenner is now just Kendall, professionally speaking.
“I couldn’t believe that was a story,” she said. “I did that last season, but it’s, surprisingly, just beginning to become a thing. It’s not that big of a deal.”
Kylie, ever the rebel of the Kardashian clan, what with her color-changing hair and teenage angst, has no plans to follow in her big sis’s footsteps.
“I’ll probably go a completely different route,” said the 17-year-old. “I mean, I like modeling, it’s fun, but…” Inching their way down the press line, the girls nearly reached the entrance unscathed before being asked about recent controversy during the VMAs. During a moment of silence for the unrest in Ferguson, Mo., cameras supposedly caught the Jenners, along with sister Kim, texting and chatting amongst themselves.
“I distinctly remember bowing my head, and that’s all I’m going to say about that,” Kendall concluded. Spoken like a true graduate of the Kris Jenner school of media.
Once inside, the girls joined DuJour founder Jason Binn in the heavily guarded VIP area and dutifully greeted and posed for pictures with a parade of VIP guests — that is, teenage daughters of VIP guests. After 30 minutes or so, the girls needed a break. Joining model friends and fellow famous-family members, Hailey Ireland and Gigi Hadid, the girls holed up in a corner banquette, sipping on green juice Juice Press and sampling mini margarita pizzas.
In fact, it wasn’t until 11 p.m. — two and a half hours post-event — that Kylie Instagrammed a snap from the fete, the true sign of a successful party.