Since Kimora Lee Simmons’s last KLS collection release back in June for Resort, both Jessica Alba and Julia Stiles have been spotted in her designs. And there’s a whole roster of names who have worn the brand over the past year—not too bad for a line that debuted with Pre-Fall 2015. For the Spring 2017 season, the mogul was inspired by her Midwestern, St. Louis roots. Absolutely not the thing you’d expect from a former Chanel supermodel, but it all came together swimmingly.
Prints were a big focus in the collection, from plaid to railroad stripes. An asymmetric, ruffle-hem dress would work for a number of shapes and sizes, while a short-sleeve blazer felt accessible for both work and play.
Colorblocking felt modern and fresh—in the form of a ruffle-accented sheath in blue and white, a navy and black silky top, a tiered frock in the aforementioned classic combination, and a black and white dress that hugged every curve.
Dresses were the name of the game here, though a couple of trouser options were shown. But let’s get back to the former. Knot detailing, raised floral embroidery, a strapless LBD with an embellished, bustier-inspired bodice, and a peekaboo cutout were all on the menu.
Kimora’s entire vibe for the season was sexiness without overdoing it. She achieved that in pieces that boasted sheer stripes, figure-clinging pencil skirts, and low-cut necklines.
The collection was presented in an intimate format with timed runway-style presentations, so there weren’t any front row spottings of KLS’s slew of celebrity fans. But we’re certain that the diverse range of women who have already worn the brand—Kylie Jenner and Mary J. Blige alike—will gravitate toward the expertly-tailored suit, an obi belt-accented dress, colorblock midi dresses, and a simple, yet chic shirt dress with contrast trim and cutout shoulders.
Thoughts on the latest from KLS?