Jessica Simpson: Accidental Fashion Mogul

02/14/2011 at 05:20 PM ET

Jessica Simpson's Billion Dollar Clothing Empire
Ruven Afanador for New York magazine

Jessica Simpson is fashion’s newest billion dollar baby — but did she mean to be? Simpson will continue growing her empire this year by adding a ready-to-wear collection and a line of career separates, which are expected to push sales for the company to over a billion dollars. “I never thought I’d be some fashion mogul!,” Simpson tells New York in the magazine’s spring fashion issue, where the cover girl rocks huge, teased hair and bare shoulders. To put that number in context, the magazine explains that Simpson’s company is doing roughly the same volume in sales as designers like Michael Kors. Simpson says that her brand is so popular because she makes the line for everyday women and keeps the focus away from herself. “What you really need is your basics for every type of person,” she says. “When it comes to other celebrity brands, I think a lot of people do a great job, but it can’t be all about them. Everybody doesn’t want to just look like the celebrity, because they can’t. They just want one element of that style.” Her business manager, David Levin, puts the original idea behind her fashion lines a little more directly, telling New York, “A girl could go to the shopping mall with her mother and she’d have a great new outfit and still have some money left for lunch at McDonald’s. She can look like Jessica Simpson, smell like Jessica Simpson, and she can afford it.” Read more at us: What do you think of Jessica Simpson’s billion dollar fashion empire?Kim Peiffer

Jessica Simpson's billion Dollar Clothing Line
Ruven Afanador for New York magazine

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caligirl on

I love her shoes as well. Beautiful and very well made.
Accidental or not or lucky or not the girl did good and she is set for life for her fashion lines.
She should be very proud of herself.

CAnn on

What I do not understand is why people have to be so mean to someone they do not know. For some reason the public thinks they know stars and have the right to say what ever they want to or about them. Most people are really 2faced about it like over weight women calling stars fat. The fact that all you have to say is something hateful shows what kind of a perosn you really are. We wonder why so many young women are rail thin and killing themself to be this way. Fear of being judged by rude and hateful people. Please stop spreading all of your negative insults, it is a virus and it is killing our young people.

JOZ on

I just found some JS clothes and shoes, and I am happily surprised by the quality of the items. Everything has a great sense of style and is well made. Good luck and thank you Jessica !

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Abby on

Ms. Simpson appears to be extremely bright and talented. I look forward to her clothing line. She definitely has style and always looks very classy.

Pixie on

I love her! She is beautiful inside and out, and her clothing line is fabulous! There is something amazing for all shapes and sizes, and styles.

Kimia on

I think the comment on the flies was hilarious. I am still laughing.

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