Designers can’t get enough of Simpson these days, and the list of those who were happy to lend their looks includes Versace, Marc Bouwer, Elie Saab, Peter Som, Chloé, Betsey Johnson and Juicy Couture. Waknin also borrowed from Disney’s extensive vintage archives.
“I couldn’t wait to put on each outfit,” Simpson admits. “I wanted to be very fashion-forward in a fabulous Cher way, and I got to go a little over the top.” Whether she’s teaming with husband, Nick Lachey, a rabbit puppet or Jewel, Simpson works her looks to the hilt. And who knows? The special may evolve into a regular show. Waknin says she wouldn’t mind. “We hit it off like a house on fire,” she says of her first meeting with Simpson, which was brokered by then-Sony Music chief Tommy Mottola. “And FYI: She’s a lot smarter than people think.”
— Marcy Medina