Celebrity-designer-mom Jessica Simpson let it all hang out at Tuesday evening’s record-breaking YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund/Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards dinner.

Simpson, who was honored along with Macy’s chief merchandising officer Tim Baxter and Peerless Clothing president Ronny Wurtzburger, appeared in a tight black dress that showed off her curves. After 200 student scholarships were distributed, Simpson received YMA’s “future of fashion” award and seized the moment to suggest her next brand extension beyond the three dozen or so categories she’s already in. “I need lip gloss. That’s my next adventure. Macy’s — will you sell it?”

Simpson bypassed much of the teleprompter script, admitting “I feel awkward talking about myself in the third person. I can’t read all of these things. This is weird.”

The most emotional moment came after Louise Camuto, widow of Vince Camuto, presented her award, and Simpson welled up with tears, remembering her former business partner and mentor from when her collection launched its first category — footwear — in 2005. In April, Sequential Brands Group purchased a majority stake in the Simpson brand. “We miss him dearly,” Simpson said. “Vince really knew how to make a shoe.”

“Really, I don’t feel that fashionable,” Simpson said, getting personal. “Everyone in this room makes me feel accepted.” As far as maintaining her $1 billion power lifestyle brand status, Simpson said, “I try. Maybe I don’t try. I try.” She added that she spends too much to not be successful.

Her advice to the students: “You guys are our future and I can’t tell you how to do it. Just believe you can. Understand yourself through fashion. Own yourself. People like crazy.”

With a trio of fashion stars receiving the YMA awards, the evening drew a record 1,611 guests and generated $4 million to support YMA’s student program, beating the old benchmark of $3.7 million. The program provides scholarships, internships, alumni programming and mentoring opportunities.








Jessica Simpson hit the town Tuesday night in New York City, and the mother of two looked stunning in a curve-hugging dress that showed off the results of her healthy living.

The 35-year-old fashion designer opened up about her fitness regimen when she spoke with ET on the red carpet at the YMA Fashion Scholarship Fund Awards Gala at the Marriott Marquis Hotel, where she was

“I think being a mom is enough of a diet,” said Simpson, who brought along her husband, former NFL star Eric Johnson, as her date for the evening.

While the fashion designer and entrepreneur is super busy these days, she says it’s important that she makes her health a priority.

“You have to run around chasing your kids, but I do eat a lot of their corn dogs, so I have to get on the treadmill a lot to watch my TV shows,” Simpson joked.

Simpson also opened up about her children, and whether she and her husband intend on having any more.

Back in November, Simpson told ET there were no plans to expand her family. While that’s still the case, she now seems a bit more open to the idea.

“I don’t think I could have another baby right now. It was a very, very big shock after having a baby and four months later knowing I was pregnant again, so I think that’s not in our near future,” Simpson shared. ” But people have kids at 40 now, so you never know.”

One thing she is planning on is a return to her roots — namely, acting and singing.

“Oh, there’s lots of music and lots of acting coming up in the near future,” Simpson teased. “I have to do it all. I’m like a jack of all trades.”

However, Simpson stressed that, no matter what, she “will never ever, ever put fashion aside.”