Kimora Shares Her Opinion On The Word “Urban” In Fashion

December 12, 2015  |  

Just last year, Kimora Lee Simmons created a luxe, high end label called, KLS Kimora Lee Simmons. Now, she’s dropped her star studded initials and is pushing Kimora Lee Simmons as her brand new women’s ready-to-wear label.

On Thursday, Kimora toasted and celebrated to her recent achievement at the brands retail store grand opening in Beverly Hills. caught up with the boss woman asking her a series of questions of the brands recent revamp and more. But the most interesting takeaway from the conversation centered around the word urban. Urban in the scope of style has been pretty controversial with people of color being marginalized and not always accepted in the fashion world– whether it be designers, models, or even Kanye West who was been vocal about his personal struggles with trying to break barriers as a black man wanting to be a respected designer.

“What does urban mean?” Kimora asked when she was prompted with whether or not this new brand was “less urban than people might expect” for her, as she fashion prominence came from being the woman in charge of Baby Phat. “I think it means, in the city,” she answered.

Kimora continued with a very thoughtful dialogue, saying:

I come from Phat Fashions, where we had a jean company and we were, you know, in mass distribution. There were only a handful of people doing what Russell and I did. That was a time where, I think because we looked a certain way, people thought that was urban.

I think it means a lot of different things. I never liked that narrow urban connotation because it pigeon-holes people. This line is not an entry-level price-point; it is obviously more at a designer price-point. [Ed note: Prices range from around $600 to $3,500.] It is high quality fabrications, it’s luxury, it’s tailored.

I’m of mixed heritage. You can find designers of all different races now, so if people mean urban to maybe indicate a skin color or some association there, I’ve grown up. KLS is elegant, it’s multi-cultural, it’s sexy, it’s chic, it’s refined.

I have a lot of women worldwide who have grown up with me. I’ve made a party dress for them, I’ve made jeans for them, I’ve made shoes for them. Now they’re grown up handling their business and I feel they’re right there with me now too.

What are your thoughts? And will you be checking out Kimora’s new luxe line, Kimora Lee Simmons?


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