Monday, February 23, 2009

Baby Phat: The Fall 2009 Collection

Last week, Kimora Lee Simmons told the Wall Street Journal that she, too, has felt the need to downsize the usually over-the-top Baby Phat runway show due to the economic climate. She cut her invitees in half, chose a smaller venue (Gotham Hall) and decided to concentrate on offering what retailers and editors would really want to see. While she delivered on the first two, she failed on the last.

You even felt the minimalist approach when gazing at her front row, which is notorious for having more celebrities than any other show during New York Fashion Week. Socialite Tinsley Mortimer, 'Sex and the City' and 'Confessions of a Shopaholic' costume designer Patricia Field, R&B stars Monica and Mario, and Pharrell ingénue Teyana Taylor. Yup, that was it. Not even best friends Tyra Banks or Vogue editor Andre Leon Talley were in sight.

The formula to Baby Phat's success has been offering fantasy that lends itself to the lifestyle the Baby Phat girl wants to get in on. This time, the models wore items that may actually hit retail floors if they haven't already (read: non-fashion forward). The fabric's quality was much less expensive than seasons past and, usually, Kimora takes more risks in the trendsetting department.

The endless parade of cropped jackets shown in leather, wool, mostly black, studded, Swarovski crystal-emblazoned is indeed an urban girl staple, but none of it felt new. And the ruffled dresses? Well, even I wore one last night, as did a few other girls, so we were like "huh?" Even the KLS dresses at the end took a few cues from Kimora's previous take on Halston. But I digress. There were also a few stunners.

The jumpsuits, shimmer items and even some of the Phat Farm for men will do. The fedoras, leather trench coat, leather blazers and a buffalo plaid shirt under a flannel bubble vest were current. It's still metropolitan, but these pieces can take him from day to night.

While I was very happy for the visibly preggers Lee, who smiled at her man Djimon Honsou sitting front row next to her ex, Russell Simmons, I have to admit, overall, it still wasn't her best.

So what do yall think about it????


michelle said...

I see that You and Mr.Jenkins share the same interest fashion, I remember him talking about you all the time!!

I'm his cousin Michelle from Texas
Tell him to call his family

Ran said...

@Michelle: Awww! Yea that's my best friend! We do both love fashion!lol

I will def get on him about not keeping in touch! I've heard about his family down there too! Nice to kind of sort of meet you!lol Take care and thanks for visiting!;o)

I am Jwork said...

I will come back from time to time to check in on you lol

JuJu said...

humm idk if i am feeling all of these looks.. i'll have to see how they look when they hit the stores :)

Amanda Allison said...

Andre wasn't even there?? Man. That's when you know we're in a recession!!

Ran said...

@Jwork:She was talking about YOU visiting your fam, not me sucka!!lol

@JuJu:I agree. I was't too excited about any of it either. Just a few here and there.

@Amanda:Yes!! Recession is running a muck! He never not shows up to a show!?!?

BFloyd86 said...

I actually really like the menswear. I didn't even know she sold clothes for men?