MILAN — Christina Aguilera is the latest to shimmy onto the celebrity fashion bandwagon — the petite songstress, who is as comfortable in a satin bustier as she is in leather chaps, wants to bring her ideal of sexy to innerwear.

Aguilera, who dazzled the fashion crowd with seductive energy and flippant spunk during her cameo in DSquared’s men’s spring 2005 show here Tuesday, told WWD she wants to launch her own lingerie collection.

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“I would love one day to open up a high-quality line of lingerie,” Aguilera said backstage following the show, a bevy of blonde curls bouncing around her tiny shoulders. “I want to do a really high-end line with beautiful pieces that are a little out of the ordinary, a little edgy and so feminine and so beautiful.”

Aguilera said talks between licensees had been on and off, but she declined to give any specifics and said it was too early to project a possible launch date.

“Nothing is set in stone,” the singer said. “I’m such a collector [of lingerie] and I do so much research on pieces from the Twenties, Thirties, Forties, old-pinup and fetish wear, that eventually I would love to do [my own line].”

The Grammy-award winning singer is just the latest performer to express an interest in fashion as stars and companies rush to capitalize on America’s continuing fascination with celebrity. The list grows almost daily, from Beyoncé Knowles to Jessica Simpson, P. Diddy to Pamela Anderson.

Judging by the way she lit up the runway in DSquared’s custom-made tan leather minidress with lace-up back, Aguilera knows not only how to work her curves but more importantly how to accent them.

Aguilera met brothers Dan and Dean Caten last year when they designed three looks for her world tour, Stripped. She solidified the friendship when the twins attended her birthday party in L.A. in December.

“She’s our little kitten,” Dan Caten said.

“She’s adorable,” Dean Caten added.

In Europe for a promo at Harrods, Aguilera flew into Milan Monday night and quickly rehearsed the staging just hours before Tuesday morning’s show. Although she didn’t sing, she nonetheless brought heat to the catwalk — a full-scale, two-story house with fireplace, divans and a slew of boys lounging around. For the finale, Aguilera walked the runway, stopping to pull down some of the models’ pants and even spanking one or two.

“The show was kind of like a bachelor party but we wanted to turn the tables and have the boys take their clothes off,” Dean said.

Aguilera, the face of Versace’s fall 2003 ad campaign, jumped at the chance to play out the cheeky role reversal.

“It’s so much fun to be on this side of the spectrum of entertainment and dabble my foot in the fashion world,” Aguilera said. “It’s such a live, fun, energy. There’s nothing else like it.”

She may have hit the music scene as garden-variety teen pop material with her debut album in 1999, but Aguilera quickly dismissed the saccharine image for a sexually charged, at times aggressive, young woman. Now preparing for her third album, Aguilera said she was taking some private time to write down her thoughts and feelings before entering the studio. She added that a book shot by Ellen von Unwerth would most likely accompany her next CD.

Not afraid to show her curves, change the color of her hair, get another piercing or forget the nose ring entirely, Aguilera, for good or bad, said her style is just a further extension of her personality.

“I do what feels good but I definitely love to dress up according to how I’m feeling, almost as a theme,” she said.

For her, themes can range from Marilyn Monroe to pin-up girls, from Moulin Rouge to hip-hop princess. “I think everyone takes fashion a little too seriously,” Aguilera said. “If everyone would just lighten up, I think everyone would look better.”

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