Jessica Simpson’s heart might be aching from her recent split from Dallas Cowboys quarterback Tony Romo on the eve of her 29th birthday — but she’s still a hopeless romantic who’s about to unveil a new fall fragrance inspired by what else? Amore.
In a June press release about the ultra romantic fragrance, Fancy Love, Simpson had said, “Romance has never been more important to me so I wanted to celebrate that special feeling with this new fragrance.” And that ardent attitude about love still fits with the singer’s approach to life.
Says Vince Camuto, CEO and founder of the Camuto Group, which holds the license for all of her brands, “Jessica loves the feeling of being in love, She’s a romantic girl. The fragrance was inspired by love. And she’s inspired by love.” As for claims that passion for Romo was what sparked her interest in creating the new warm, floral scent, “I don’t know if it was inspired by him,” says Camuto.
“She felt that this was the timeless fragrance of falling in love. She came up with that.” The newly single Simpson had a hand in every aspect of Fancy Love, from choosing what kind of scents to use to coming up with its name, “which adds a touch of Jessica’s whimsy,” Camuto says. “She’s very smart. She has a high taste level. She’s very particular and wants to make sure everything is right. That’s why the brand is working.” And how! Her first fragrance, Fancy, had one of the best perfume launches in 2008 with nearly $50 million in retail sales in its first year, says Camuto.
Since her July 9 breakup with Romo, Simpson has been mending her heart by quietly spending time with her family and friends, hitting the gym and gearing up for her new docu-series, The Price of Beauty. “She really loved him,” says a source close to Simpson. “She realizes [relationships are] not easy. She’s one of those people who try to make it work. And she’s got a lot of people chasing after her…”