Kimora Lee Simmons Is Leaving Baby Phat

It seems the birth of son Kenzo Lee has made Kimora Lee Simmons realize she has too much on her plate. A little more than a year after his birth, Kimora has decided to part ways with Phat Fashions and Baby Phat, the brand she helped grow into a mega urban fashion force over the last 14 years. She and Baby Phat’s parent company, Kellwood Company, will part ways effective September 1. Here’s what Kimora says about her departure:

“After 14 years of conceiving and nurturing Baby Phat, it’s time for me to move on and further expand my other businesses and create a new phenomenon. I adore all those who have faithfully been with me since the beginning … I’m forever dedicated to my family, fans and customers. My inspiration has always come from the fabulous women who have been with me through the years as we’ve grown from young party girls to power players! We’re ready for our next journey together and we’re taking a whole new generation of incredible young women with us. Girl power unite!”

Kimora will no doubt focus her attention to other ventures in her growing empire, KLS collection, Kouture by Kimora, Fabulosity, and “Kimora: Life in the Fab Lane,” her reality show on the Style Network.

This might be the end of Baby Phat without Kimora at the helm to decide what is truly urban fabulosity. But don’t worry, Beyonce’s Dereon is poised to fill those tacky shoes. [E! Online]