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 and husband Eric Johnson arrive at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) on 01/13/2016



Jessica and Eric arrive at JFK International airport heading back to LA on 01/13/2016




Sugar and spice, all in one night!Jessica Simpson went from a demure, full-length dress to a sizzling mini within hours on Tuesday, January 12, in NYC.

The Jessica Simpson Collection designer, 35, first modeled a long, purple lace dress, which she teamed with nude sandals and a rose-gold clutch for the 2016 YMA Geoffrey Beene National Scholarship Awards Dinner at the Marriott Marquis Times Square, where she was honored for her contributions to fashion. (The scholarship supports aspiring designers.)

On succeeding in the industry, Simpson told Us, “I really think it’s only about believing in yourself and just going with your gut and knowing to trust it. I have had so many different visions in my life and I trust them and they come to fruition. And here I am.”

Plus, it helps having the “best father on the planet” as a partner. “I don’t know what I’d do without him,” she shared. “He has so much perspective, and he allows me to be just a little bit whacky and crazy and have weird ideas and see them come through.”

After the ceremony, Simpson let loose! The mom of Maxwell, 3, and Ace, 2, slipped into a long-sleeved LBD with sheer panels and webbed booties for dinner at rustic Italian eatery Emporio with her husband, Eric Johnson.



Despite her label’s massive success, Simpson, who also rocked a color-blocked faux fur coat during the night, told Extra, “You know I just don’t ever really understand being honored because I’m just trying to get to the next place all the time. So, here I am just trying to get somewhere else.”

Simpson also revealed that more children may be in her future! “I mean, maybe in my forties, but I’m only 35 so I got lots to do in between!” she said.



Jessica looks great. I love everything about her outfit at YMA.. dress, hair, make-up and shoes…. Well done!!