Perched cross-legged on her vanity island, a 2000s-era Kimora Lee Simmons shows off her closet. There are shelves stacked with the supermodel’s high heels and a rack full of fur coats, but the eye is drawn toward one, overwhelming detail: leopard. Kimora’s shirt? Leopard. Her shoes? Leopard. The carpet? Leopard.
It seems only natural that Kimora Lee Simmons' love affair with leopard print would be passed down from mother to daughter. After all, it was in her mom’s closets that Ming Lee first discovered her passion for clothes. In early episodes of Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane, a kindergarten-aged Ming Lee can be seen choosing her mom’s outfits — a path that would lead to fashion school, and headfirst into the industry itself as a model-designer. Now, between graduating from NYU and helping to reintroduce Kimora Lee Simmons’ streetwear brand Baby Phat, she’s sharing the Simmons family style in her first-ever Wildflower collaboration.
The Ming Lee Simmons case features an opulent leopard print, overlaid with hyper-realistic cherries for a pop of color. The shoot saw Ming Lee recreate Kimora’s closet with leopard print rugs and couches — which meant, in honor of her mom’s taste, she had to be styled in stilettos and fur, of course.
“I just absolutely adore leopard, it’s my favorite thing on the planet,” Ming Lee explains.
The mandate was a case that was versatile enough to take you from day-to-night, and traverse every season. While cherries are staple in summer dressing, their jewel-tones are perfect for festive ‘fits. The Wildflower team also muted the leopard print so as not to compete with your other accessories, or overall look. Though, be warned this is the kind of print to turn heads (or cameras on), wherever you go.
“I think it's a really fierce and empowering pattern,” Ming Lee says. “And cherries are just hot.”
Ming Lee hopes her Wildflower case will take your leopard looks to the next level, or liven up more minimal outfits (all-black obsessives, give this one a go when you want to mix things up without straying away from your monochrome roots). It’s the perfect case to lean into ‘chili red’ – the color of the season – or go full Ming Lee Simmons, embodying vixen energy in leather or lace. However you choose to style it, you'll be living life in the fab lane every damn second.
Go behind-the-scenes of Ming Lee Simmons’ Wildflower collab to see her love of leopard come to life, and shop Ming Lee's Wildflower case HERE.