Archive for November, 2010

Diva Mariah Carey Debuts On HSN, Says Creating Perfume Is Like Writing A Song

November 29, 2010

Well, now we know why Mariah Carey has made butterflies her signature. More on that later.

A very pregnant Carey premiered at midnight Cyber Monday with her collection of fragrances, jewelry and shoes for HSN.

When we first saw Carey, she was laying prone on a couch on the set — all done in cream-colored furniture — that HSN had created for her. Her feet were up on the couch, and she said she needed to be that way to be comfortable in her condition.

“I don’t want them to think I’m being rude,” Carey, with her long straight blonde hair parted in the middle, told host Colleen Lopez.

And she liked the digs. “The living room is gorgeous. I feel very at home.”

Mariah designed the bottle for her HSN TS

At times, Carey did act a bit diva-ish. She said several times that she really shouldn’t even be at HSN, with her pregnancy. Not cool. And at one point Carey was ordering Lopez around a bit, asking that the host walk up and down wearing a pair of the singer’s new HSN boots.

HSN’s Today’s Special Value is Carey’s Luscious Pink Parfum for $65, free shipping.

Carey, clad in a low-cut black top with lace sleeves, told Lopez, “I never liked perfume. I never wore it.”

But she got a kick out of doing perfume and “putting together the notes. It’s like writing a song.”

The notes, by the way, are: Top Notes, Sicilian bergamot, ocean breeze accord and Bellini accord; Mid Notes, pink peony, dewy tiare petals and lily of the valley; and Base Notes, bright blond woods, creamy sandalwood and white musk.

The perfume’s bottle, designed by Carey, is especially pretty. It has a pink metallic pink butterfly cap, and the bottle has an iridescent aurora borealis look. “I really spent a lot of time on the bottle,” the pop singer said, adding that she collects all kinds of perfume bottles.

Carey’s collection also includes butterfly jewelry. She told Lopez that she did her “Butterfly” album in 1997, with the title cut the same name. “A lot of my fans started associating me with that symbol,” Carey said. “It’s a great kind of positive symbol.”

HSN also showed a video clip where Carey said that butterflies also represent freedom and a lack of limits to her.

Along with Carey’s fans, fellow HSN vendor and tennis pro Serena Williams even called in during the show. She had ordered the perfume.

“I loved the packaging,” Williams said. “I thought it was amazing.”

Carey’s husband, Nick Cannon, was supportive. He also called in during the show and said that Carey was doing a great job. “I love you,” he told her.

That’s sweet.

Mariah won't be walking around in these while she's pregnant

Carey has a whole closet dedicated to shoes in LA, and she’s done some hot ones for HSN. Both Carey and Lopez were rocking the high suede peeptoe boots that are part of the singer’s HSN collection.

Carey gushed about the boots, saying that her friends loved them and never suspected they were from her line. “They really look super-expensive,” said Carey, who we know can afford to buy those pricey red-soled shoes.

Lopez described the peeptoe boots as “sexy,” and said her husband Carlos loved them on her.

And although Carey was in no shape to wear them and model them, she also was proud of the platform stilettos she designed.

QVC Rakes In Record-Breaking $42 Million On Black Friday, Biggest Ever

November 29, 2010

QVC made out like a bandit on Black Friday.

In fact, the news was so good that the home shopping network’s PR department worked this weekend, putting out a press release on the more than $42 million in Black Friday sales, the most ever in the channel’s 24-year history.

“Customers embraced all of the joy, none of the craziness with record results,” QVC crowed in its announcement.

The festivities kicked off Thanksgiving night, and continued on to Friday.

“Customers were invited to begin their holiday shopping not long after the Thanksgiving turkey was put away with QVC’s The New Black Friday,” QVC said. “The special programming event featured the season’s best deals on select, new gifts and While Supplies Last prices on limited-quantity, in-demand items. QVC.com offered additional specially priced products and featured online countdown offers in every hour.”

The always-quoted Claire Watts, QVC president of U.S. Commerce, added her canned quote to the release.

“After last year’s record-setting Black Friday, our merchandising team was determined to fulfill our customers’ gift-giving needs with another superior product mix,” she said. “Our customer response can only mean that we exceeded their expectations and delivered on our promise to provide all of the joy, none of the craziness. We will continue to offer an outstanding shopping experience throughout the holiday season and every day.”

Several products contributed to QVC’s Black Friday success including the PanImage 7” Touchscreen Google Android WiFi Tablet, the Sharp AQUOS Quattron LED/LCD TV, the Canon EOS Rebel T2i Digital SLR Camera, the Philosophy limited-edition Hope in a Jar and the Mario 25th Anniversary Red Nintendo Wii Gaming System with Accessories.

Additionally, QVC.com played an integral role, contributing more than 40 percent of the day’s sales.

‘Homemade Millionaire’ Winner Sells Out Her Edible ‘Bake Huggers’ On HSN Debut

November 28, 2010

You ever get a yen to eat a cupcake along with its wrapper? Then Debra Lee’s Bake Huggers are for you. That is, if you were up at 7 a.m. Saturday to order them for $20.

Lee, the winner of Friday’s episode of TLC’s “Homemade Millionaire,” sold out her invention, the Bake Huggers, during her premiere on HSN.

The entrepreneur made a live appearance on HSN Friday night at 11 p.m., immediately after being announced the winner of the second of six episodes of the hour-long reality show. Then she made her official debut with her product Saturday morning.

The sold-out Bake Huggers, eat your heart out

In case you’ve been living under a rock, “Homemade Millionaire” offers aspiring female entrepreneurs the opportunity to showcase and sell their products on HSN. The show is produced by Kelly Ripa and Mark Consuelos’ production company Milojo Productions for TLC.

Here’s the poop on Lee, courtesy of HSN’s PR department.

“As a mother of three, Lee found herself baking and decorating cupcakes often. Frustrated by the time it took to get the results she wanted, she knew there had to be a better way. Lee created a wrapper for cupcakes that was not only decorative, but also edible. Her time-saving solution was fun, creative, and best of all, eliminated the mess of traditional paper cupcake liners.”

Lee’s newly popular Bake Huggers sold out in less than five minutes during her HSN premiere at 7 a.m. Saturday.

“I am thrilled that Bake Huggers sold out on its first HSN run,” Lee said in a canned statemement. “Perseverance and believing in your product is the key to the American dream.”

One of the judge’s on Friday’s episode was celebrity chef and Cajun cooker Emeril Lagasse.

Here is the canned quote attributed to both Ripa and Consuelos, who apparently have been married so long that they now speak in unison.

“In the words of our guest judge Emeril Lagasse ‘why didn’t I think of that?!’ We’re so proud of Debra and are thrilled to hear she sold out of her products,” said Ripa and Consuelos. “This is exactly what we set out to do with this show … give women the chance to take these incredible inventions and become a success story.”

And here is HSN’s piece.

“Debra’s product nicely illustrates the premise of ‘Homemade Millionaire’ — there are millions of great product ideas, but few people with the passion, confidence, great story and drive to transform their idea into a successful product,” said Sandy Conrad, HSN’s senior vice president of merchandising. “We are thrilled with the response of our viewers to Debra’s great idea and look forward to having her back on HSN again in early 2011.”

Each hour-long episode of the TLC reality show follows three women vying for a chance to sell their inventions on HSN. Open calls were held throughout the U.S., and thousands of women showed up with their products, aspiring to become the next successful entrepreneur.

Former HSN Designer Terry Lewis Is Back On-Air On The Designer Goods Network

November 27, 2010

Former HSN vendor and host Terry Lewis has a new gig.

The popular designer, who did the Classic Luxuries line for HSN and abruptly exited the home shopping network earlier this year, has joined an operation called the Designer Goods Network. It will have its first live broadcast, mainly on satellite services, on Cyber Monday. But the show will also be streamed live online.

She posted the news Saturday morning on her Facebook page.

“I cannot wait to finally reconnect to the many customers who have sent such kind messages… Well I am back… Designer Goods Network airs live 8-11pm on cable, Dish, Direct TV and on line,” Lewis wrote. “Exotic, European bags, sunglasses and much more all discounted. I cannot wait to show off our fabulous styles. I will be your style expert!”

Then in a second post she wrote, “I’d like to invite every lady who loves stylish accessories to join me on the Designer Goods Network. We are featuring Exotic, European handbags, designer watches, sparkling table toppers all at huge discounts. The show airs live Cyber Monday, 8-11pm on various cable and satellite stations including Dish and Direct tv, but can be accessed on line.”

The network is based in Florida, just like HSN.

Here is what its website says about it.

Hate crowds, dressing rooms and overpriced merchandise? Then you’ll love Designer Goods Network. Designer Goods Network is a live shopping channel that allows you to save 40 to 80 percent off Top Designer brands including Gucci, Dolce & Gabbana and Fendi.

Tune into the first-ever live broadcast from TVGoods’ studio in sunny Clearwater, Florida on Cyber Monday, November 29th, 2010 from 8:00pm-11:00pm EST. The broadcast will air on DIRECTV, DISH Network, Resorts and Residence TV, My Family TV, R&R TV, and over 90 television stations around the country. The live show will also be broadcast online at http://www.designergoodsnetwork.com

Don’t miss out on these hot holiday deals! Designer Goods Network only has limited quantities of these high-end brand names, so don’t miss your chance to save bundles on designer sunglasses, bags, accessories, and shoes. Tune in from 8:00-11:00pm EST on November 29th, 2010.

Lewis’s loyal HSN fans have been blasting the home shopping network for letting her go. They miss Lewis’s fine leather coats and jackets. So do we.

Actress Fran Drescher, Part Of The HSN Family, Launches Her ‘Tawk’ Show Friday

November 26, 2010

Actress Fran Drescher is not only a skincare vendor on HSN, she is now the host of her own daytime program, “The Fran Drescher Tawk Show.”

The show debuts tomorrow, Friday, in a test run on six Fox-owned TV stations, including WNYW in New York City at noon. The other stations are KTTV in Los Angeles, WTXF in Philadelphia, KMSP in Minneapolis, KSAZ in Phoenix and WORL in Orlando, Fla.

Drescher is a cancer survivor and a rape survivor. To top it off, her ex-husband came out of the closet and said he was gay after they divorced. This star of the back-in-the-day hit “The Nanny” is resilient, to say the least. She started doing a natural skincare line, FranBrand, for HSN earlier this year.

So how did Drescher land her talk show gig?

According to JustJared.com, Drescher appeared on “The Wendy Williams Show” and then got a call from its producers, Debmar-Mercury.

“When I was on your show, the people that make your show asked me if I wanted to do my [own] show,” Drescher told Williams, who resides in our town of Montclair, N.J. “We’ve been talking ever since. It’s gonna premiere Nov. 26 right after Thanksgiving.”

BTW, Drescher is referring to TV syndicator Debmar-Mercury, which produces Williams’ show and is now producing “The Tawk” Show,” along with the Fox Stations. And in that HSN “Six Degrees of Separation” thing, Debmar-Mercury is owned by the studio Lionsgate, which is headed by Jon Feltheimer, who is married to HSN “Hot in Hollywood” vendor Laurie Feltheimer.

Kirstie Alley is one of Drescher's first guests

Drescher’s debut show will be “A Post-Thanksgiving Weight Loss Discussion,” with zaftig actress Kirstie Alley “tawking diet and organic food.” Mmmmmmm, we don’t know if Alley is the right person to talk about diets.

The rest of the episode will include healthy cooking with Chef LaLa and Dr. Ian Smith offering weight loss advice. He will put two members of “The Tawk Show” staff on a healthy eating plan.

Here is what WNYW’s website says about Drescher’s show: “Drescher’s new ‘tawk’ show will give viewers a look at the former star of ‘The Nanny’ in a new light. From celebrity headliners to political heavyweights, Drescher is ready to chat it up with the best of them beginning Nov. 26.”

Chef LaLa is also on the guest roster

In October the trade rag B&C wrote about the show, which will have a three-week trial period.

“I’m thrilled to be able to bring The Fran Drescher Tawk Show to daytime TV, which fits me hand in glove,” said Drescher in a statement, according to B&C. “It will cover all of my passions, everything from pedicures to politics. America will have a chance to see the real Fran Drescher, beyond ‘The Nanny.’ I’m the girl next door, a self-made woman who has been to hell and back a few times.”

No kidding, girlfriend.

The name of Drescher’s show, which pokes fun at her pronounced New Yawk accent, reminds us of our days at Multichannel News. Our tech writer based in Denver, a beautiful and razor-sharp blonde named Leslie Ellis, would delight in making fun of our accent when we saw her at trade shows.

Leslie, that sly puss, got a kick out of mimicking our pronunciation of “tawk.” It made us quite self-conscious. What a silly goose we were. We should have been celebrating our manner of speaking, just as Drescher is.

QVC PR Department Works OT Thanksgiving Eve: Press Release On Cyber Monday

November 25, 2010

QVC is already crowing that it expects another great day Cyber Monday.

Last year QVC.com attracted record traffic with more than 1 million unique visitors.

“On one of the busiest online shopping days of the year, we are welcoming new and returning customers with great gifts, at amazing values,” Claire Watts, QVC’s president of U.S. Commerce, said in a canned statement.

“For the past several years, traffic to QVC.com on Cyber Monday has grown at an extraordinary rate. We look forward to continuing this trend by providing not only an outstanding product mix, but also our signature customer service.”

QVC noted that it will offer free shipping on more than 5,000 products, including select items in every show and the Today’s Special Value with no minimum purchase required.

Busty Diva Mariah Carey’s Sexy Stilettos Are Already For Sale On HSN

November 24, 2010

With-child song bird Mariah Carey will be on HSN next Monday, but the home shopping network’s website already has her fragrance, jewelry and shoes for sale.

We figured butterflies would be a big part of her collection, and they are. We loved the delicate necklace with dangling butterflies that she has.

We could, and would, shake these booties

But her shoes are to die for, if you like looking a bit trashy and sassy. And we do.

We particulary a pair of booties with faux fur for $130 and another suede pair with open toes for $200.

Some of Mariah's more conservative fare for HSN

There are also some trampy, vampy platform stilettos with a little butterfly charm hanging on them.

If these don't look like Mariah Carey, we don't know what does

They come in silver, rose gold and gold, priced at $150. They’re too high for us, but we likey, even if they look like something a stripper in your local gentlemen’s club would wear.

QVC’s Ubiquitous Vendor Philosophy Sold To Coty For Reported $1 Billion: That’s A Lot Of Hope In A Jar

November 23, 2010

We don’t know if this means you’ll be seeing more Philosophy products on QVC or not — if that were even possible — but the Phoenix-based skincare company is being sold to Coty.

Philosophy’s owner, the private equity firm The Carlyle Group, may have fetched In the neighborhood of $1 billion for it, Bloomberg News reported Tuesday.

“The acquisition of philosophy will allow Coty to further diversify and expand its Coty Prestige division, which will manage the Philosophy portfolio,” Coty said in its press release.

“Philosophy is a beauty brand focused on skin care, with an important presence in bath and body. Founded in 1996, Philosophy has created a strong emotional connection with its consumer, thanks to the unique combination of brand approachability and product performance.”

The Philosophy product line, which is sold in QVC, Sephora, Ulta, Nordstrom and other premier retailers, is expected to generate sales of more than $200 million in 2010.

Coty’s big Kahuna also chimed in with his hype.

“Philosophy is one of the beauty industry’s most prestigious brands and a fantastic addition to the Coty family,” Coty CEO Bernd Beetz said in a prepared statement. “This acquisition will allow Coty to strengthen its presence in the skincare category, which is one of our key strategic objectives. Philosophy is a perfect fit with Coty. We have a common focus on innovation, passion for brand development.”

And another Coty bigwig got in the release.

“Philosophy is a perfect fit with Coty. We have a common focus on innovation, passion for brand development and entrepreneurial culture, and highly complementary brands,” said Michele Scannavini, president of Coty Prestige. “We believe the brand still has significant growth potential in the U.S. and tremendous opportunities in the international markets.”

Philosophy CEO Ken Stevens is thrilled with the deal.

“Philosophy’s success is driven by providing women with products that deliver results and inspiration,” he said. “We thrive on innovation and are extremely excited to join Coty, a company that shares our passion for delighting consumers with superior products. We look forward to significant growth as part of the Coty global portfolio of brands. I am grateful for the wise counsel and confident support that Sandra Horbach and the Carlyle team always provided to me in the running of this business.”

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is subject to customary regulatory approvals and is expected to close in December.

Blackstone Advisory Partners served as financial advisor to Coty in connection with the transaction. Goldman Sachs & Co. acted as financial advisor to philosophy. Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP served as legal advisor to Coty in the transaction. Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal advisor to philosophy.

“Philosophy has achieved great success under our ownership thanks to the hard work of Ken Stevens, his management team and philosophy’s many devoted associates,” Sandra Horbach, managing director of The Carlyle Group, said in a canned statement. “We recognize and thank Philosophy founder Cristina Carlino for creating this unique brand and for her years of dedication to the company. Coty is an outstanding partner for Philosophy, and we wish them continued success.”

Here is Philosophy’s boilerplate: “Philosophy is a brand that approaches personal care from a skin care point of view, while celebrating the beauty of the human spirit. Our products, which include hope in a jar, purity made simple, amazing grace, microdelivery peel and miracle worker, are formulated with scientifically-proven ingredients and technologies.”

Actress Kathy Najimy To Bring Her Considerable Ch’Arms To HSN, Finally

November 23, 2010

Last month HSN announced that award-winning TV and film actress Kathy Najimy was debuting a new shapewear collection called Ch’Arms In October. We thought the release said Najimy would be on in Octiberm but we never saw her.

Then on Monday, HSN put out a press release that said Najimy will launch the Ch’Arms collection next Monday, Cyber Monday.

Kathy, what the hell is a Ch'Arms?

“This lightweight accessory, designed to be worn under short sleeve or sleeveless tops, is designed for women seeking coverage for their arms while keeping the integrity of their outer garment intact,” the release said. “Kathy Najimy invented Ch’Arms out of her personal need for alternative styling options for her wardrobe.”

And her is Najimy’s canned quote: “Ch’Arms is a garment problem—solver. For those of us who love the look of short sleeve or sleeveless garments but sometimes choose to have our arms covered, Ch’Arms gives us the best of both worlds. No more bulky layers either under or over your cute shirt or dress. Ch’Arms is lightweight and seamless and allows its wearer to feel comfortable and confident, covering your arms without covering your garment or body!”

We still can’t figure out what these things look like.

HSN’s two cents didn’t help.

“HSN is thrilled to work with Kathy to offer the everyday woman an easy fix for her wardrobe challenges,” senior vice president of merchanding Chuck Anderson said. “We’ve admired Kathy’s work for years, and to be able to bring her innovative design concept to our engaging customer base is an exciting opportunity for us all.”

The collection, which will launch in six color ways – black, white, nude, grey, mocha and plum – comes in cotton, control spandex and evening sheer mesh.

“Sheer evening mesh Ch’Arms” has been designed by Ms. Najimy to blend seamlessly into the background, allowing a woman’s top or dress to stand out. “Control Ch’Arms” is constructed to minimize the arms and midriff, while “Cotton Ch’Arms” provides a more casual option and can be worn with a multitude of garments.

The Ch’Arms Comfy Cotton and Ch’Arms Spandex Control will both retail for $29.90 and be available exclusively at HSN.

Najimy will be on next Monday and Tuesday.

For 14 seasons, Najimy performed the voice of “Peggy Hill,” on the Emmy-award winning Fox hit “King of the Hill,” and for three seasons she starred opposite Kirstie Alley as “Olive” on NBC’s Veronica’s Closet, Najimy is known internationally for her portrayal of “Sister Mary Patrick” in the blockbuster hits “Sister Acts” one and two.

Najimy has appeared in more than 20 films including “The Fisher King” and “The Wedding Planner.”

Heads Up Ladies: Rock God Jay King’s Turquoise Bowls Are Back In Stock On HSN.com

November 23, 2010

For anyone who is looking for a Christmas present for The Homeshoppingista, Jay King’s gorgeous turquoise bowls are available online on HSN.com for $400.

These bowls usually fly out the door, as they say in retail.

THE bowl

“Decades of inspired experimentation and artistry culminate in this heartfelt labor of love from Jay King,” the website says of the bowls. “Jay sought inspiration for the decorative piece in the old, wooden Navajo corn grinding bowls. Twenty years later, his modern interpretation is ready to grace your tablescape, shelving, bookcase and more with its distinctive beauty.”

Each bowl takes one day to sculpt, carve and polish. They are actual;y made of a composite of turquoise gibbsite, feldspar, quartz and titanium dioxide.

But don’t serve your Thanksgiving stuffing out of this Mine Fine.

“This Jay King Sculptured Bowl is for decorative purposes only and is not intended for food use,” HSN.com warns.