As if she isn’t busy enough chaining disco balls to objects all around the world to premiere her song “Chained to the Rhythm” and prepping for a big Grammys performance, Katy Perry has one more big event on her calendar to prep for: The pop singer is also gearing up to drop her very first shoe line, Katy Perry Collections, which will hit katyperrycollections.com on February 16.
“I’ve been courting this idea for several years,” the singer tells PEOPLE in this week’s issue, on newsstands Friday. “For half my career, people have been asking me when I’m getting into fashion. It’s always been simmering under the surface, but I wanted to do it the right way and be the real creative contributor. This is something that I’ve created from the bottom up.”
And she went big. Her debut is gigantic — 40 pieces total! — and it features mini capsules within it, such as Havana-inspired shoes (like The Cleo above, a $159 platform mule that features a cigar as a heel), money-inspired shoes (like The Richie booties with dollar signs, $169, seen below, and a pair printed with “currency” featuring her face), shoes with Rubik’s cubes as heels (like the Margot, $109, below) and more. “I’m a big fan of very unique shoes,” she says.
Buy It! Katy Perry “Richie” novelty booties, $169; macys.com
“There are so many different vibes [in the line] because that’s who I am, and I love so many different things,” says Perry. “They all represent my personality and the many moods and characters I’ve displayed throughout my life and career.”
Buy It! Katy Perry “Margot” sandal, $100; katyperrycollections.com
“Fashion is a way to express yourself, so I wanted to make personality pieces that will help you put an exclamation mark at the end of your wardrobe,” she continues. “We can say we’re funny or romantic or serious or sarcastic just by how we display ourselves.”
The entire line is very personal to her — “I’m basically leading the way in creativity,” she says — and she took it one step further in the way she named each of the pieces. “I chose some of my favorite girlfriends and my female family members and named all the shoes after them,” says Perry. “So they’re all getting their own shoe, I guess, so that’s really fun. I tried to pair the shoes that best represented their personality. I didn’t necessarily shape the shoe after them, but I decided to make the shoes more name specific in the end.”
The Hillary, for example, is named after Hillary Clinton, for whom Perry relentlessly (and fashionably) campaigned during Clinton’s 2016 presidential run. Her shoe is also a classic pump with a clear heel but it’s got stars in the heel, so it’s a pep in her step,” Perry explains of the shoe (below), which will be on sale for $139.
Girls stars Allison Williams and Lena Dunham have their own styles named after them, too.
The Lena, a $129 sparkly sneaker, is named after the Girls creator “because she is the coolest tomboy to me,” says Perry. “She embraces everything and she isn’t afraid to be who she is. And that sparkle sneaker reminded me of her.”
Buy It! Katy Perry “Lena” lace-up embellished sneakers, $129; lordandtaylor.com
The A.W. heel, a $119 patent pump with a tie-dye, gradient-filled clear heel is named after Allison Williams because “it’s classic with some edge on the side,” says Perry. “It’s kind of classic pump but with a spin, as far as materials goes.”
Buy It! Katy Perry “A.W.” pump, $119; katyperrycollections.com
However, it’s only a small sampling within the line, Perry asserts. “I have a lot more regular friends than I have friends that are in the spotlight, which is probably a good thing,” she says.
One of her favorites? The Shannon, a $129 flat that looks like a ’50s car, complete with a plastic windshield, which is named after her best friend Shannon, and “an homage” to the quirky items she’d find in consignment and thrift stores.
Buy It! Katy Perry “Shannon” race car flats, $129; macys.com
“When I first got to L.A., I cultivated my style on a budget, always shopping at thrift stores or vintage stores,” says Perry. “Once, I found these flats that looked like Dalmatian dogs. They had ears that moved and a tongue that stuck out. They were such a conversation piece.”
“That’s what is so great about fashion,” she says. “It’s a form of communication. You don’t have to start a smoking habit to start talking to someone. You can just wear cool shoes. It’s an icebreaker.”
And for more fun styles to shop now, check out a few of our favorites, below!
Buy It! Katy Perry “Mary” galaxy mules, $99; macys.com
Buy It! Katy Perry “Perry” chain heel mules, $149; macys.com
Buy It! Katy Perry “Thelma” race car pumps, $149; macys.com
For more of our exclusive interview with Katy, pick up the new issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.