The singer opens up about her style icons -- and her next design plans

By Kate Hogan
Updated October 11, 2011 04:00 PM

Courtesy Terry Richardson for Harper’s Bazaar

When mom-to-be Beyoncé was considering dresses for her big reveal at the MTV Video Music awards, she went through nearly 70 gowns. “I was extremely nervous,” she admits in the November issue of
Harper’s Bazaar
. “It was the toughest red carpet I ever did.”

Finally settling on a flowing orange Lanvin caftan, she greeted photographers with confidence — showcasing her growing belly without a word. “I didn’t want a crazy picture or gossip story to break the news, so I decided to say nothing and proudly show my baby bump,” she says. “I felt it was more powerful to see the love and enthusiasm as opposed to saying anything.”

Since then, she’s said a lot — discussing her marriage and her future child more than ever before — but she still remains focused on work, and of course, fashion. “All I see now are clothes that are flattering on a pregnant woman,” she says. “It’s been so exciting for me! I love figuring out designs that still make me feel edgy and sexy while pregnant.” To that end, she says she’s working on a maternity collection for her House of Deréon line — and still wears her stilettos, despite being five-months pregnant.

Counting Kate Moss, Victoria Beckham and Gisele Bündchen among her fashion icons, Beyoncé says she’s “had so much fun with fashion over the months.” And apparently she’s had fun with shopping, too; she admits she spends “too much money shopping on the Internet.”

Not that the superstar has to shop: a number of designers sing her praises in the Harper’s Bazaar piece (she wears Ferragamo on the cover), including Givenchy creative director Riccardo Tisci. “Givenchy is made for Beyoncé,” he says. “I cannot wait for her to give birth for two reasons. First, because I love her and Jay-Z — they are so happy together — and second, because I want to have goose bumps when I see her back in Givenchy.”

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–Kate Hogan