Yesterday when we got a preview of Kimora Lee Simmons's new juniors' line for JCPenney, Fabulosity, we were surprised by how modest and dress-code-friendly it was. We wondered if Kimora might surprise us again at the launch party that night with a similar sense of age-appropriateness. We don't know why we bothered wondering.
Kimora told us at the soirée at Hiro nightclub she didn't approach designing her juniors' line any differently from her Baby Phat and KLS lines. "It has its similarities and it has its differences, but the price point and the age group is a little lower," she explained. "Though, technically, in the new line, I wear a lot of it. You're going to see these girls on the runway and you're going to say 'Kimora did that.' Because I would wear that. And my kids would wear that. So it's a very diverse line." Before we could ask if that meant she wears the same clothes as her kids, her publicist Keesha Johnson informed the slew of print reporters we had one more question. So we asked about her plans for Fashion Week. When she finished compellingly explaining to a tabloid how Djimon Hounsou and her daughters get along so well, she turned to us as her publicist tried to usher her away and said, "I'm working hard. I'll see you there, right?"
Inside the ballroom, the show kicked off with a nine-piece drum line pumping up the crowd pep-rally style. Finally, something that reminds us we're here for the kids! But things took a scandalous turn when the real music started and the models came out. Lyrics like "Honey, I like it rough, rough" and "hey motherf--ker," blasted incessantly through the speakers. The collection consisted of loose tube tops desperately in need of built-in bras, knee-high boots trimmed in fake fur, and slinky, low-back halter dresses. One unlucky model actually flashed her entire chest when her poorly fitted tube top slid down. For the grand finale the models — some clad in mighty short skirts — took spots on opposing staircases and danced with the banisters. When the largest cascade of fat silver confetti we'd ever seen burst from the ceiling, threatening our Champagne, we knew it was time to go.
Just when we thought things couldn't get any more un-teen, we opened our gift bags. Guess what was inside! Nary a trinket from the Fabulosity line, as we expected. But rather a bottle of Champagne. They may not know teens, but at least they're well versed in gift-bag therapy.—Sharon Clott
Most Viewed Stories
Portraits of Privilege: A Teen Demands Mac ’n’ Cheese
Ask Polly: How Do I Show Him My Dark Side?
Staving Off Cynicism at Comme des Garçons, McQueen, and Céline
How to Get Out of Any Party Conversation
Maybe Refrain from Tweeting 'Kill All White Men'
‘Weed Dick’ Is the New Way for Men to Sexually Disappoint You
Man Calls 911 Because His Girlfriend ‘Wouldn’t Give Him Any Ass’
Charging My Phone in the World’s Most Beautiful Abercrombie
Why Do I Jerk Awake Right As I’m Falling Asleep?
A Renovated Paris Apartment With Its 18th-Century Details Left Intact
From Our Partners
11 Struggles Every Girl With Glasses Will Understand
7 Eyebrow Mistakes You Need to Stop Making Immediately
This 30-Day Squat Challenge Will Transform Your Body
Boobs Over Belly Buttons Brilliantly Shuts Down Body Shaming
powered by PubExchange
The Cut’s Latest Fashion FeaturesBalenciaga’s New Designer Made Street Style’s Favorite Dress
Demna Gvasalia's label Vetements rose to instant acclaim with bloggers and editors.Will Balenciaga’s New Creative Director Be Even More Commercial Than Alexander Wang?
What Demna Gvasalia's appointment means for the brand.Louis Vuitton’s Show Was Fit for a Sci-Fi Heroine
Leeloos and Furiosas stalked the runway.Watch the Louis Vuitton Livestream
Enjoy!Libertine’s Designer Once Faked a Note From Cher
And other anecdotes from his new book.See All the Street Style From Paris Fashion Week
Rihanna, Salma Hayek, and Phoebe Philo were among the peacocks.Karl Lagerfeld Won’t Offer Himself Up to Science
He says researchers have approached him about testing his DNA.Staving Off Cynicism at Comme des Garçons, McQueen, and Céline
A counterpoint to luxury-mongering.Cate Blanchett Wore a Hot-Pink Suit
Barbie, is that you?All About Chanel’s Airport-Themed Show
Paging Mr. Lagerfeld!
Enjoy!5 Things I Want to Wear From Paris: Part 3
Stripes, embroidered separates, and Céline studded boots.Cindy Crawford on Bagels, Instagirls, and Bringing the Supermodel Era to TV
And how she's helping her daughter navigate the pressures of the modeling industry.Zendaya Floated Around Paris Like a Cloud
Dreamy.See Our Exclusive Portfolio From Paris Fashion Week
Another fashion month dispatch from photographer Tomasz Lazar.Coddington, Kawakubo Star in Interview Portfolio
They were photographed for a sweeping 60-page section by Fabien Baron.American Apparel Files for Bankruptcy
Current shareholders, including Dov Charney, will no longer control the company.The Retired Modeling Agent Who Loves Empire
“I started my own agency — we represented Twiggy — but went off to be assistant to the actor Yul Brynner, who was dating my roommate at the time.”Bright Coats for Cold Days
New York women in winter's least-boring outerwear, from bright-green alpaca fur to leopard-print mohair.Céline’s Woman-Friendly Triumph
Phoebe Philo remains in touch with what women want to wear.