Jessica Simpson and fiance Eric Johnson were recently snapped at a slew of boutiques in London and Paris. A wedding dress hunt? Nope! Simpson -- Us Weekly's Style Icon of the Year, who heads her own wildly successful fashion line -- was "inspiration shopping for the collection," the superstar, 30, tells Us exclusively in the new issue. "I have the best job in the world!"
Simpson's labor of love has paid off: The Jessica Simpson brand has raked in $750 million in 35 countries!
And the singer, actress and reality star is completely hands-on with the creation of her chic but affordable line. "I'm in the workroom in [L.A.'s] Westwood a few times a week from 11 to 7 at night," she tells Us.
"Nothing goes out without me seeing it or my mom [Tina Simpson, cocreative director] seeing it," Simpson explains.
Working with Mama Tina, she says, is ideal -- and brutally honest! "We really know so much about each other and share so much," she says. "And we keep everything extremely truthful. If I walked in wearing something she didn't like, she would tell me. And I would tell her! Like, 'What the hell are you wearing?'"
Part of her current fashion success means a break from Simpson's Hollywood career, she admits. "This year, I've taken time for myself to enjoy being engaged and in love and being a businesswoman instead of an entertainer," she says. "It's really helped the collection!"
About that engagement....
"I'm still trying to figure out what we're going to do about all of the plans," she says, adding that she be be "involved" in designing her gown.
"We have four dates floating around...It's going to end up being big!"