Over the past few months, the budding romance between Kim Kardashian and Pete Davidson has proven to be as stylish as it is surprising. While the couple has mostly kept their relationship low-key—stepping out for the occasional dinner date and only attending their first formal event together for last month’s premiere of The Kardashians*—*there’s been a visible shift in Kardashian’s chameleonic style. Alongside the avant-garde looks designed by Demna Gvasalia for Balenciaga that the reality TV star and fashion mogul has favored over the past year or so, she’s also been entering sartorial territory that feels a little more playful—just take the unexpected flame print turtleneck and red leather trousers she wore a few weeks back, which immediately set the internet alight.
Last night, the newly-minted couple finally made their red carpet debut, attending the White House Correspondents’ Association Dinner in looks that adhered to the event’s style mandate of classic, old world glamour. Kardashian wore—what else?—a dress by Balenciaga, albeit one that leaned into a more traditional sense of opulence. Sleek, form-fitting, and featuring a high neckline, the dazzling sleeveless gown was covered in thousands of shimmering crystals, making for an outfit that both neatly reflected Kardashian’s love for eye-popping glitz while also feeling eminently event-appropriate. Davidson, meanwhile, wore a sharp black suit by Prada with a skinny tie and rectangular sunglasses, finishing off the look with a very Davidson twist: a pair of lace-up Vans.
While their style as a couple has thus far had a charming sense of unpredictability, their red carpet debut marked the perfect sartorial marriage of Kardashian’s flair for the fashion-forward and Davidson’s laid-back “scumbro” style. For their big night out in Washington, D.C., it seems Kardashian and Davidson have finally found their style sweet spot as a couple, and it’s proven to be just as captivating—and unexpected—as their romance.