Jessica Simpson gets a charge out of a sentimental meet in Paris with her sweetheart: It may be Fashion Week in Paris, but Jessica Simpson skipped the catwalk shows for a romantic stroll with her fiancé Eric Johnson. The singer turned fashion mogul arrived in the City of Lights via Euro Star yesterday and wasted no time embracing the romantic atmosphere of the city. After enjoying an intimate lunch at L'Avenue restaurant the engaged couple took a walk along the Champs-Élysées arm in arm.
The 30-year-old wore black leggings, knee-high black boots and carried a large designer handbag. She threw a wrap over her shoulders to keep herself warm in the chilly Parisian weather. The couple were in London earlier this week, where they visited popular celebrity nightspot, Whisky Mist. It's unclear if the actress is in Europe for work, but if so, she is certainly managing to mix business with pleasure.
Jessica has unwittingly become a mega brand in the fashion world with her empire projected to make history this year by becoming the first every celebrity fashion line earn one billion dollars in annual sales. Her clothing line raked in an astonishing $750 million dollars in sales last year, making it the top selling celebrity clothing empire. That would put her in the same league as American fashion titans Michael Kors, Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Vera Wang and Donna Karan so her presence at fashion week is not unwarranted. She told New York magazine: 'I never thought I'd be some fashion mogul'.
When asked why her brand is so successful, she replied: '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.' She also told the magazine she plans to launch new ready-to-wear and career separates lines. The former reality star is now inspiring other television celebrities like Jersey Shore's Snookie who says she wants to be just like Jessica. 'What I'd like is to turn out like Jessica Simpson', Snookie said. 'She makes millions. I'm trying to build an empire, because after this I can't get a normal job. I mean, how do I go and sit behind a desk?'
Jessica and Eric made a short stop in the UK before their trip to Paris as it was reported the singer is a frontrunner to be judge on Simon Cowell's US X Factor show. A source said recently: 'No one has been offered a judging role yet as new names keep coming forward who want the role, but there are some front-runners and it's fair to say Jessica is one of them. She's very keen.
'She knows she is talented and likeable. But Simon's not in a rush to decide. The judges have to mentor on The X Factor - it's more than just turning up for a few hours a week to appear on TV.'And Simon recently said that he is struggling to decide on the perfect panel for the upcoming series, set to air in the US later this year.
Talking to Jay Leno last week, Simon said: 'I can't make up my mind. I've been meeting all these people every day and I like them and at the moment I could end up with about 23 judges on this panel. One contestant, 23 judges!'
The prospect of appearing on the judging panel of such a hugely-anticipated programme might also be another reason for Jessica's recent health kick. It's claimed the singer, whose weight has gone up and down over the years, has embarked on a new diet and exercise regime in a bid to get in shape for her wedding later this year. A source said: 'She wants to look healthy, not super-skinny. She’s seeing results with her new workout program. She really loves it.'However, Jessica took to Twitter to insist the exercise plan is nothing new, writing: 'Yes, I am working out,but why is that worth any sorta press? I always take care of myself. Eric and I could get married right now in sweats!'