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Jessica Simpson called in to “On Air with Ryan Seacrest” Tuesday to talk about “Fashion Star” premiering tonight, her controversial nude cover for Elle Magazine, and her sex life while pregnant.
On Sex During Pregnancy:
“I am definitely feeling ‘intimate.’ I’m kind of unstoppable at the moment! Like the big ‘O’ is like the biggest ‘O’ ever.” How is fiancé Eric Johnson responding to it all? ”He’s always ready. He’s always ready!”
On Her Nude Elle Magazine Cover:
“They didn’t even ask me to do that. I just booked the cover for Elle and it was my idea. It kind of just seemed like a natural thing for me to do….I just take such pride in being a mom and I just love my body more than ever right now.” The fashionista wasn’t worried saying, “It was a closed set, so I felt really comfortable. It was just Eric, my fiancé, and a couple of my friends.”
What Is Jessica Naming Her Baby Girl?
Fans have spotted Jessica with the letter ‘M’ around her neck, but she’s staying tight lipped regarding it’s meaning saying, “Yes, everybody is asking about the name, but that will come whenever the baby is delivered.” But does that mean the first consonant is actually an ‘M?’ “It is definitely a new name that will be in our lives,” she coyly responds.
On Tonight’s ‘Fashion Star’ Premiere:
“I feel like we’ve had the opportunity to kind of style America. Watching the show, its kind of like a magazine come to life, in a lot of ways. It’s like looking through a fun fashion spread.”
Listen to the interview above to hear Jessica talk about a tense moment with a dismissive contestant, and watch “Fashion Star” is premiering tonight at 9:30/8:30c on NBC.
I’ve uploaded the full appearance of Jessica on Tonight Show with Jay Leno from last night to Jessica-Media.com. These are full videos, not clips so enjoy! And downloadable avi files of those will be added shortly!
Jessica Simpson has enjoyed her gig as celebrity mentor on Fashion Star, NBC’s new clothing design competition show, for several reasons.
First, Simpson has “a passion for fashion,” so she savored working with up-and-coming talent.
Second, the show, which premieres at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, allows the North Texas native to display the Jessica Simpson Collection, a clothing and accessories line that brings in more than $1 billion annually.
And third, although Simpson clearly has no qualms about her pregnant body (as evidenced by the nude cover photo in Elle magazine), Fashion Star will remind everyone how she looked when she cut a slimmer figure.
“I wasn’t pregnant when we shot the show,” Simpson says. “It will be amazing to see myself with a waistline!”
None of which is the point of the show, of course. Fashion Star , hosted by supermodel Elle Macpherson, pits 14 aspiring designers (including Oscar Fierro of Lewisville) against one another as they vie for a chance to launch collections in three of America’s largest retailers: Macy’s, H&M and Saks Fifth Avenue.
Simpson discussed the show in a recent telephone conference call.
One interesting wrinkle to Fashion Star: The judges are all buyers from top retail chains. Does this force designers to create more accessible clothing, as opposed to focusing on runway looks that real people won’t wear?
That’s the biggest and best step that any designer can take. Instead of putting ego first, you put the buyer first. That’s a really important thing, just to know what the consumer is wanting to wear. It’s important to be able to give Macy’s the colors they’re wanting or the styles that are selling best for them on their floors. It isn’t just about being creative. It’s about business savvy as well.
Is that a lesson you learned when you were launching your line?
In the beginning, I thought everything that I wanted to create was right and that’s what everybody should be wearing. But look, I don’t wear flats — I prefer a 6-inch heel — but flats are my biggest-selling shoe. So I had to give in and be like, “OK, 90 percent of America wears flats.” I had to teach myself that it wasn’t about everything that just I would wear.
When you advised the designers, did they accept your input or were they too headstrong?
There is a lot of pressure as a mentor, because you don’t want to tell somebody to do the wrong thing. Like, it’s on my shoulders if they took my idea and then the buyers were like, “No, you’re eliminated.” So I really encourage people to listen to their own inner dialogue. I’m there just to tweak things along. I don’t really give too big of an idea, because I don’t want any blame!
How are you able to use Fashion Star to give your collection a plug?
I can wear the Jessica Simpson Collection and have the world see it. A lot of people, when they think of the Jessica Simpson Collection, they think only of shoes. I think Fashion Star helps me show how broad the collection is. It’s a great way for me to put the collection on a pedestal.
Also, I get to have my very first Jessica Simpson Collection runway show. That is a huge dream come true. That’s part of the finale. That was a big moment for me. Definitely you’ll see me overjoyed.
When you’re away from Texas for long stretches, what do you tend to miss the most?
A very pregnant Jessica Simpson stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show and revealed that while she has experienced contractions, she is still “some weeks” away from giving birth to her daughter. In this cute clip, Ellen presents Jess with a very sassy hospital outfit and tries to help her pick a unique celebrity baby name — Thursday Foghorn, perhaps? Check it out now and tune in Tuesday to see Jessica’s full interview with Ellen!
‘I’d love some Tex-Mex about now,” says Jessica Simpson as she takes a pregnant pause — literally. When you’re a pop star turned reality TV icon turned fashion mogul with more than $1 billion in sales, you take any pauses you can get.
During this phone interview, Simpson is getting ready to deliver in two ways. She’s carrying a baby daughter and isn’t afraid to show it in a nude photo on the cover of Elle.
And then there is her series “Fashion Star,” debuting Tuesday (8:30 p.m., WMAQ-Channel 5), which offers a far different Jessica than what’s in the press these days.
“I wasn’t pregnant when we shot the show,” she says. “It will be amazing to see myself with a waistline. I’ll be like a big blob sitting on the couch watching myself thin!”
“Fashion Star” features 14 designers vying for prizes, including having the winning design in stores the very next day. The winner gets a collection that will go to major retail chains.
Each week, buyers from Saks, Macy’s and H&M bid to have the exclusive right to sell the night’s clothes. Simpson, Nicole Richie and John Varvatos serve as mentors.
Simpson admits she’s a bit surprised with her success in the fashion business. Her JSC collection was the first celeb brand to break $1 billion in annual sales.
“Originally, I thought I’d just do shoes and handbags,” she says. “Success gives you more and more opportunities, so the sky’s the limit.
“I mean, even with acting, music or being a mom or anything else I wanted to do, I know I can do it. I’ve always had that confidence.”
“Life is definitely always about expanding. That’s how we grow,” she says.
She talked to us about mentoring promising designers, adjusting to buyers’ tastes and looking good on the cheap.
Q. Did you watch any of the beauty reality shows to get an idea of what you want to do on “Fashion Star”?
A. No, I really didn’t watch any other shows going into this because fashion has been my life for six or seven years now.
Q. How did you mentor these would-be fashionistas?
A. I really just wanted to be there and hang out and talk with the designers. I wanted to make sure that they did have a vision. You also have to make sure they listen to the buyers and what the buyers want. It’s really important to be able to give Macy’s the colors they’re wanting or the styles that sell the best for them. I wanted to be on the show to help the designers because they’re all great. You’re not going to see anyone on the show who is not a good designer. We don’t go through terrible designers to get to the great ones.
Q. What’s the biggest lesson you’ve learned as a designer?
A. At the beginning, I thought everything that I wanted to create was right and that’s what everybody should be wearing. But then I realized that I don’t wear flats, but they’re also my biggest selling shoes in the Jessica Simpson Collection. So, I had to give in and be like, “OK, 90 percent of America wears flats.” I had to realize it couldn’t be about what I would wear.
Q. Any advice on how women can put themselves on a clothing budget during tough economic times?
A. I should probably budget myself more. I think the most important thing is having one piece that you kind of splurge on and build around that. I always splurge on shoes because I feel like you can put together a really simple outfit for cheap with great shoes. The big trends now are all of the colored jeans and all of the printed jeans. There are definitely those you can find in the $40 to $60 range. Buy fun colors and mix and match things.
Q. Will you do a maternity line?
A. I definitely want to do maternity clothes. I’ve started to try and come up with some designs. I haven’t really loved anything. Personally, I’m not buying any maternity clothes. I’m wearing all clothes that are just in bigger sizes. I want to make a maternity line that’s comfortable, but really stylish. I believe we all deserve to feel good and look good.
Q. How has pregnancy influenced your fashion sense?
A. I walk around everywhere wanting to shrink things baby size nowadays.
Jessica Simpson reveals the sex of her baby! “She.”
Jessica Simpson wears a stretch pique dress from Narciso Rodriguez, yellow sapphire and diamond earrings and a yellow sapphire ring with peridot, turquoise, sapphires, and diamonds, both from Van Cleef & Arpels.
On hopes for her daughter’s sense of style:
“Ah swear, ah will croak if she asks me for a pair of Nikes instead of Christian Louboutins!” she blurts out, her Dallas accent swooping back in this moment of heightened anxiety. “Eric is so athletic. We’re gonna have this ath-a-letic girl and I won’t even be able to take her shopping.”
Cotton crewneck, L’Agence, $165, at Pitkin County Dry Goods, Aspen. Hipster briefs, Only Hearts, $25. Diamond stud earrings, De Beers, price on request.
On taking tabloid brutality in stride:
“I’m still standin’,” she drawls. “I grew up very strong! You know, my father used to be an adolescent therapist. I remember sitting at his office, watching the girls walkin’ in and out. Kids doin’ coke at 16…heroin. Pregnant at 14. I could see what I didn’t want to be.”
Cushion-cut diamond ring set in white gold, De Beers, price on request, at De Beers stores nationwide.
On her body subconsciously telling her she was pregnant:
“We were goin’ to have an all-day drinking binge,” Simpson says, not shy about saying so. “Gonna ride our bikes, hang out…do naughty things. But I started feeling this overwhelming guilt. Why would I feel guilt at the idea of going out and having cocktails with my friends?”
Simpson wears yellow sapphire and diamond earrings and a yellow sapphire ring with peridot, turquoise, sapphires, and diamonds from Van Cleef & Arpels.
Read the full interview in our April issue on newsstands March 20!
Words can’t express how much I LOVE those photos! Especially the one with Eric!