Thursday, January 24, 2013

Kimora Lee Simmons Takes Credit for Starting the Celebrity Fashion Line Trend


In a recent interview Kimora Lee Simmons says celebrity fashion lines owe a debt of gratitude to Phat Farm and Baby Phat...

Kimora tells The Grio
“Before us there wasn’t any BeyoncĂ©, there wasn’t Sean John or Justin Timberlake, there wasn’t Jessica Simpson. There wasn’t any of that. We really laid the blueprint for that.”
“One thing I love about myself in this business is that I don’t have to rely on the sales of an album, or my movie being a hit for my clothing to be a hit.”

37 comments:

Anonymous said...

she stupid. what about kathy lee, kathy ireland, jacklyn smith, elizabeth taylor

Anonymous said...

Love her or Hate her - but you have to respect her. It is true. Singers and celebs now use their arts as a vehicle to sell merchandise - exclusively. Gone are the days of doing art for the sake of doing art.

Anonymous said...

@ the first 11:17 those people were fashion icons to begin with. Seperate situation. She is talking about people jumping on band wagons. You can't in good faith tell me people wanted to dress in those cheesy DC outfits. Sure I love their music but their clothes were over the top.

Nicole Sent from my iPad said...

1. She looks like a man.
2. What is Phat Farm and Baby Phat?
3. It sounds like she is being condescending.

Anonymous said...

Kimora Lee Simmons always came off as an arrogant bitch. I don't understand her haughtiness in regards to Phat Farm and Baby Phat. These clothing lines were geared towards lower-class African-Americans and they took the bait. Phat Farm and Baby Phat were NOT "high end" or even respectable brands. Now, they are sold in off-brand retailers like Burlington Coat Factory and Citi Trends.

Anonymous said...

This manly bitch and her antics. Ugh. Why won't she comment on her and Russell ripping people off with those "Rush Cards"?

Anonymous said...

11:18 they were not fashion icons. They parlayed their celebrity to other things and branched off to fashion, perfumes etc.

Anonymous said...

Only Black hoodrats wore Baby Phat anyway.

Anonymous said...

@YALL KNOW SHE IS RIGHT!!! She is the reason I dont buy that cheap designer clothing that only cost 50 cents to make in China. I been to Magic(cothing lines tradeshows) in Vegas twice and saw the cheap shit they sell and buy. Whoever lives in Vegas, go to the Magic Conventions in Feb and August and you will see the THOSE Cheap AZZ CLOTHES!!!

Anonymous said...

This manly bitch and her antics. Ugh. Why won't she comment on her and Russell ripping people off with those "Rush Cards"?

11:22 AM
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Lol I saw them on TV!!!!

Anonymous said...

If it weren't for Fubu, Karl Kani, etc., there would be no Phat Farm. And there would be no Baby Phat if it weren't for Phat Farm. Find a seat, Kimora.
OK Kimora might have been the first to put her name on something, but she couldn't have done so without the other urban lines before her. Still like someone said, Liz Taylor and Jaclyn Smith been did that.

Anonymous said...

Kim-chee-wang, girl bye! Baby Phat started off as high fashion, now that shit is sold at Wal-Mart? Is this really something to be proud of?

Anonymous said...

OK Kimmy. (wink). Respect her hustle though.

Anonymous said...

@ 11:50

Oh,I'm sorry, do you have a fashion line anywhere? No..? Didn't think so.

Regardless of where it is now, it's still an accomplishment that most of us can't claim, so yes she should be proud.

Anonymous said...

Somebody better tell this rice cake about:

FUBU
Karl Kani
DADA
Wu-Wear
Akademics
Soul to Soul
Girbaud
Byron Lars
Willi Wear -by Willi Smith who's clothing line has out lived all the black designers, its still running hard up in TJ maxx.

Anonymous said...

@12:06 She shouldn't be proud of the fact that keeping her low-rent Walmart brand line in business means paying some Indians two cents a week just to sew her tacky shit. Get off her clit and go get some fresh air, hoe.

Anonymous said...

I guess she forgot cross colors was before phat farm too

Anonymous said...

Kimora you are seriously starting to become the Khia of the fashion world. Girl please since when did you become french? What the hell do you mean WE....Russell is the reason why anybody even knows who you are, let alone Phat farm and Baby Phat. Plus, girl you can use an album and hit movie right now because no one, not even the homeless, is checking for Baby Phat and hasn't been checking for it in the past five + years. Not even your damn reality show. Last but not least I STAN FOR NO ONE, however the people your trying to shade had their own fashion trends that people followed even before they had a brand. What did you have on your own that people were trying to follow before Uncle Rush? Hoe Sit Down and Book a flight to hell while your sitting. Good Day....

Anonymous said...

@12:06 Kimmorelies is that you???

Anonymous said...

@ 12:49

Maybe I am lol. You people really are funny.

Anonymous said...

Wonder Woman - Linda forget her last name had a line of prescription glasses back in the 70's... Kimora need to take a big ass seat on this one.... and yes Baby Phat is a cheap ass clothing line for hoodrats who don't know better (in fact all these celebrity lines are trash - and the celebrities who have their name on them do not even use their own brand

Anonymous said...

I agree with Kimora, that horrid Baby Phat was the blueprint for these other horrid pseudo designer clothing from these puppet celebs that I will NEVER purchase. Although I have to admit Jessica Simpson's line is loads better than the rest.

Anonymous said...

So who started the trend of marrying blk men for street cred, fame and money?
Was it you, Kimmy?

Anonymous said...

Where Digimon at, Kimora?

Anonymous said...

Baby Phat was straght garbage....PERIOD. I purchased a pair of her shoes than never did fit right and someon gave me some Baby Phat sunglasses as a gift which were lopsided on my face. Glad she in't still making that crap.

Anonymous said...

Gloria Vanderbilt flat butt denim jeans, anyone?

Haterade said...

This slut will get hers in the end. She is one of the worst.

Anonymous said...

She talking sh*t cause her sorry ass got a New TV Show that starts tonight. Lets see witch one of you is going to help her keep her high end life style while you wear Marshall's. She never wears any of that garbage that you all buy. And the people that purchase her clothing line help her to buy the Louie Vuitton etc.. Kim-Boos high end life style she has been furnished by you and Russ alimony. Remember this bitch got locked out of her so called design office and didn't even know she was fired.
#YaHeard

Anonymous said...

Kim sit down behind the table and finish my mani and pedi!

Anonymous said...

@ 11:21 you are so right.. my friend works a marshall's which is a buy out store. when big stores have too much of something marshall's buys the stuff and i can tell you this jessica simpson,jill ireland,laura ashley,ivanak trump, and others are there.. baby phat and phat farm are nowhere to be found in certain stores not even buy out stores..

Anonymous said...

those were regular clothes.. not fancy dresses or nice pants suits, or even skirt suits.. those clothes are for people who wanna relax. all baby phat was mainly tee shirts and jeans.. all she really had going was the uniforms.. yes they did cost too damn much but they were nice if you wanted to look nice in a hospital or nursing home setting..

Anonymous said...

@12:45pm
U r so right. I used 2 date a guy that used to work 4 Russ in his Phat Farm division. Baby Phat was also being promoted with it. And this was waaaay before Kimora came into the picture. I will say upon Kimoras involment, baby phat stepped up a notch. But the t shirts, jeans and sunglasses was still of cheap material.
(the sunglasses was given to me as a gift also. lol. They fitted lopsided and the jeans were ill fitted on me) But I guess its just all about a hustle. smh

Anonymous said...

Wow, girlfriend has really aged. Damn what is going on with her?

Anonymous said...

As long as Kimora keeps Russell Simmons (phat farm, etc) in the forefront, she will never be broke.

PERSONALLY Kimora ain't never did shit to earn a dime!

Anonymous said...

@11:21 BURLINGTON AND CITI TRENDS ARE NOT OFF BRAND RETAILERS. I KNOW, CUZ I BUYS ALL MY GEAR FROM THERE. THANK YOU

Anonymous said...

There is not an originol designer out there> not one.. they all get an idea from something or someone & make it there own in details. I wish people would stop this crap & quit being so arrogant.

OUt of everyone out there Jessica is the only one with a billion dollar line & that is targeting the main consumer & affordable. Kudos to her

Anonymous said...

Never ever scoff at a line sold in stores like Walmart or TJMaxx. A clothing line that is more accessible make millions more than "high end" clothing. Celebrities that have gone on to have extremely successful lines like Kathy Ireland (who's line came before phat farm or baby fat) started out in Kmart or walmart. My favorite celebrity line is Jessica Simpson's and the now defunct sean john womens line. Jessica Simpsons clothing and jewelry are fun and decently made at a decent price. I avoided the Dereon and baby phat and Jlo clothing like the plague. The were expensive and looked like trash.

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