My Spring/Summer 2017 collection was presented at New York Fashion Week. The line was inspired by my Midwestern roots and the classic wardrobe essentials. The sporty mix of fabrics and preppy patterns reflect my early style and my journey from there. I'm a girl from Missouri whose passion and drive took me from the gateway of Middle America to the couture catwalks of Paris. I've lived the American Dream and my story was the inspiration for this collection.
This fashion week, I debuted my very first runway fashion show with the KIMORA LEE SIMMONS label. A far cry from my past larger than life fashion shows with Baby Phat, this small and intimate gathering of editors, stylists, journalists and friends was meant to focus on the collection. To drive home the theme of classic Midwestern style, we transformed my atelier nestled in the New York's historic Flatiron District into a wild and wonderful wheat field - complete with real wheat imported for the show. Famed violinist Eric Stanley was on hand to provide a musical backdrop. His classical interpretation of modern pop classics was the perfect soundtrack for this presentation. And of course it wouldn't be a party without Miss Jay. I'd like to thank my dear Jay Alexander - model coach extraordinaire and my friend for years - for coming to support me and work with my talented and diverse cast of models. Guests to the presentation enjoyed macarons from world famous patisserie Ladurée in some of my favorite flavors. We also enjoyed Nespresso, mimosas and my favorite energy drink, CELSIUS. My vision for the Spring/Summer 2017 was a fusion. Classic Midwest textures and patterns including railroad stripes, pique jersey and seersucker were combined with rose jacquards, sequined tweeds and feather dégradé in an expression of my journey and story.