Kimora Lee Simmons' New Collection Exceeds Our Expectations

Kimora Lee Simmons Fall 2016 - H 2016
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Kimora Lee Simmons Fall 2016 - H 2016

Forget the over-the-top embellishments of Baby Phat of yore, the designer is all about making pieces that will take you far.

In the short time that Kimora Lee Simmons has launched her eponymous label (it made its debut December 2014), the designer seems to be hitting her stride with ease. Because as far as we can tell, her fall 2016 collection offered pieces that were well-tailored, detail-oriented and accessible in a way that didn't feel so commercial.

Presenting her latest range at her design studio (or as she likes to call it, "my atelier") in the Flatiron District, Simmons turned a portion of her work space into an art-meets-fashion presentation. "The models are kind of the patrons and wearing the clothes and the prints are kind of distorted," she explained to Pret-a-Reporter of her setup on Friday.

Simmons introduced a few outerwear pieces including a double-breasted coat with black side panels, a light brown coat with a chevron-outlined collar and this reporter's personal favorite — a well-executed camel biker jacket. From a burgundy leather top with an embroidered front panel to chevron-printed trousers, the 40-year-old creative doesn't skip a beat on details.

"There's always a mix of element — either in the print or color or fabrics, always. I always like a little extra something. I think people expect that from me so little by little I'm giving them a little bit more," said the former Baby Phat creative director. "So for me it's in the detail, stitching, color — it's about how things play together. It's the fact that there's an edgy, masculine tone to something that's so feminine."

As someone who's dividing her time between being a mom of four (her baby boy, Wolfe, had his photos taken as he crawled on the floor), business woman and designer, Simmons is all about "catering to the woman on the go." And if her most recent collection is of any indication, that woman will go far.

KLS APPROVED: A model in look 12 at Kimora Lee Simmons' fall 2016 presentation.