Archive for February, 2014

‘Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills’ Kyle Richards Sells Out On HSN

February 26, 2014

We caught about 15 minutes of “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” cast member Kyle Richards on HSN Tuesday night, as she hawked the apparel collection she did for the home shopping network.

Kyle Richards

Kyle Richards

To be honest, we weren’t thrilled with the clothes, but Richards struck us as very gracious and down to earth.

We know she has her detractors: We heard from them when we first blogged about Richards doing a line for HSN. But we kind of like her, as did, apparently, HSN shoppers.

Her entire collection, we believe eight items, all sold out.

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Former HSN Jewelers Loree Rodkin And Gastineau Girls In Suit

February 26, 2014

Two former HSN jewelry vendors are involved in some nasty litigation.

Gothish rock-star jewelry designer Loree Rodkin, whose pricey baubles we adore, has filed suit against reality TV stars Lisa and Brittny Gastineau, the former wife and daughter of ex-New York Jets player Mark Gastineau, according to JCK online and TMZ.

http://www.jckonline.com/2014/02/25/loree-rodkin-files-lawsuit-against-reality-tv-stars-lisa-and-brittny-gastineau

Rodkin, who had done jewelry for folks ranging from Steven Tyler to First Lady Michelle Obama, alleges that the Gastineau gals copied some of her pieces. And Rodkin apparently doesn’t believe that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery.

A while back Rodkin and the Gastineaus were both doing jewelry collections for HSN. But let us make this very clear: Rodkin’s lawsuit, filed in Cali, doesn’t involve the Gastineau’s HSN line.

The suit cites the Gastineaus’ Tres Glam collection, which is sold at Roseark retail stores.

The Gastineau girls denied that they are violating Rodkin’s copyrights. She thinks differently.

HSN Host Colleen Lopez’s Son Weds In Puerto Rico

February 23, 2014

Today beloved HSN host Colleen Lopez gained a daughter: Her son Carlos married Christie Beslock in a destination wedding in Puerto Rico.

Colleen Lopez at her son's rehearsal dinner in Puerto Rico

Colleen Lopez at her son’s rehearsal dinner in Puerto Rico

We can’t wait to see the wedding photos that we expect proud mom and new mother-in-law Colleen will post. Her son is handsome and his bride is a gorgeous blonde.

We’ve heard Colleen say on-air that Christie is like the daughter she never had, which is really heart-warming.

Why Puerto Rico for the nuptials? Well, in case you don’t know, Colleen’s husband is of Puerto Rican descent, just like we are.

Congratulations to all!

Miss Piggy, Joan Rivers Star On QVC’s Red Carpet L.A. Show

February 21, 2014

QVC is heading out to the Left Coast for the fifth consecutive year to broadcast for the awards season with “Red Carpet Style — Live from L.A.” Miss Piggy and Lisa Rinna will be among those on hand (aren’t they the same person?).

The three-hour program will air next Friday from 9 p.m. to midnight, televising from the Wetherly Gardens at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills.

Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers

For this shindig QVC jewelry vendor and E! Network’s “Fashion Police” host Joan Rivers will be on the carpet with designers Lori Goldstein, Dennis Basso, Mark Zunino, Bob Mackie and Isaac Mizrahi.

Nicole Richie and Rinna, along with celebrity stylist Jen Rade, will introduce new items as well.

Additionally, as part of QVC’s collaboration with Lifetime’s “Project Runway All Stars,” Season 3 winner Seth Aaron Henderson will join the lineup at this star-fest. Henderson will present two new styles from his QVC collection, which had three sellouts in its January debut.

Seth Aaron Henderson

Seth Aaron Henderson

The program will mark the debut of Styled by Joe Zee, a collection from ELLE magazine Creator Director Joe Zee.

Oy vey! Miss Piggy – star of “Muppets Most Wanted” – will be showing off her Haute Tote, the VIP gift bag she created for the event. A consumer version of the bag will also be available for purchase on QVC.com.

Mark Zunino

Mark Zunino

But wait — there’s more, much much more.

JAI John Hardy will be presenting new croco-textured jewelry styles, and there will be diamond pieces from Michael Beaudry and Bronzo Italia designs.

On the beauty front, QVC will have Edward Bess, bareMinerals, Kate Somerville and Sarah Potempa.

“We have really enjoyed seeing the evolution of this annual event and are very excited to invite our viewers to experience this year’s broadcast,” QVC U.S. CEO Claire Watts said in a canned statement. “We’re proud to collaborate with such talented designers and noteworthy brands to offer exciting products that were created especially for this red carpet event.”

Rivers’ cohort on “Fashion Police,” George Kotsiopoulos, will serve as the QVC red carpet correspondent, interviewing celebrities as they arrive and encouraging guests to share pictures using #QVCRedCarpet.

Highlights of those images will be displayed throughout the gardens via the DELLInstaGallery, which consists of multiple gallery-style walls featuring digital screens for a unique social sharing experience. Finally, the InstaGlam Suite powered by HALO, a leader in portable power, will be a hub for social networking within the event and will be hosted by fashion personality and television host Jeannie Mai.

HSN Posts Slim 2 Percent Revenue Gain In Fourth Quarter

February 21, 2014

HSN ended last year with a slight increase in revenue, posting a 2 percent gain in net sales in the fourth quarter, to $697.4 million, the home shopping network said Thursday.

“Sales grew in health, beauty and apparel & accessories, offset by lower sales in jewelry, culinary and electronics,” HSN said in a press release. “Net sales were favorably impacted by lower than historical returns in many product categories. The average price point increased 1 percent while the units shipped remained unchanged.”

For the full year 2013, HSN’s net sales were up 2 percent, to $2.31 billion.

“Throughout 2013, we successfully managed the company to position us for long-term growth,” HSN CEO Mindy Grossman said in a canned statement.

“We kept our focus on the customer, emphasized our unique content and proprietary products, strengthened our digital platform, further leveraged opportunities and synergies across the HSN and Cornerstone brands and returned value to our shareholders by delivering nearly $200 million through share repurchases and cash dividends,” she said.

In the fourth quarter, HSN’s digital sales increased 7 percent, with penetration rising to 39.5 percent.

Gross profit rose 3 percent to $230.6 million. Gross margin increased 20 basis points to 33.1 percent, primarily due to lower inventory reserves. Operating expenses (excluding non-cash charges) increased 1% to $142.6 million and were 20.4 percent as a percentage of net sales compared to 20.6 percent in the prior year.

Adjusted EBITDA increased 5 percent to $88.1 million compared to $84.0 million in the prior year primarily due to the 2 percent increase in net sales and the 20 basis point increase in gross margin, partially offset by an increase in operating expenses.

Operating income saw a 4 percent gain, to $77.9 million compared to $74.7 million in the prior year.

For HSN Inc., which includes the home shopping network and the Cornerstone unit, net sales grew 4 percent over the prior year to $1 billion.

“During the fourth quarter, we achieved 4 percent sales growth and a digital sales increase of 8 percent, including mobile growth of 59 percent,” Grossman said. “Adjusted EPS (earnings per share) growth for the quarter and year were 11 percent and 19 percent, respectively. We also ended 2013 with record customer levels at both HSN and Cornerstone.”

Earth To JTV’s Charles Winston: You’re Annoying, Not Funny

February 16, 2014

We used to watch bling king Charles Winston on other home shopping networks, namely HSN and ShopHQ, if memory serves us correctly.

Why has he become so damn annoying on Jewelry Television, here he hawks his Moissanite jewelry line?

His not-funny attempts at humor are cringe-worthy, so much so that we feel sorry for JTV’s hosts. They seem ready to kill him at times. We don’t blame them.

QVC And HSN Are Hiring: New Hosts On Tap

February 16, 2014

It looks like the two top home shopping networks have gone on a hiring spree, bringing new hosts on board.

One of our observant Facebook friends tipped us of that QVC had put Alberti Popaj, a former spokesman for Alterna Haircare, on its payroll.

Stacey Weaver and Albert Popaj

Stacey Weaver and Albert Popaj

We haven’t seen him on-air yet, but he sure looks like a jovial sort. Our Facebook friend also said that Stacey Weaver is on tap on a new QVC host.

Popaj posted a shot of him and Weaver, as well as him and Lisa Robertson working out together, on Facebook.

Alberti Popaj and Lisa Robertson

Alberti Popaj and Lisa Robertson

Neither Popaj or Weaver are listed as hosts on QVC.com yet.

Karen Pavlik and Bill Green

Karen Pavlik and Bill Green

And over at HSN, it looks like Karen Pavlik is a new host. Or that’s what we take from a photo of her that hoist Bill Green posted on Facebook. Don’t know anything about her yet.

ShopHQ To Report Fourth-Quarter Results March 5

February 13, 2014

ShopHQ will release its fiscal fourth quarter and full year 2013 results after the market closes on March 5, the home shopping network said Wednesday.

Management will host a conference call/webcast to review the results at 4:30 p.m. the same day. CEO Keith Stewart, President Bob Ayd, Chief Financial Officer Bill McGrath and Chief Operating Officer Carol Steinberg will participate in the call. The call and webcast are open to the general public.

WEBCAST/WEB REPLAY: http://www.media-server.com/m/p/wdb36svn

TELEPHONE: 877-703-6104

PASSCODE: 71945286

Miss Piggy Teams With QVC For Muppets Movie Promotion

February 12, 2014

What next, the Simpsons on QVC?

We missed it, but Miss Piggy appeared on QVC this week to announce her latest venture in the fashion world – her Haute Tote, which she designed especially for the home shopping network’s event “Red Carpet Style – Live from L.A.”

Miss Piggy, star of Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted,” which will debut in theaters March 21, is also set waddle down the red carpet during the broadcast Feb. 28 at 9 p.m., when her tote will be showcased.

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QVC is surely take a page out of HSN’s book by doing a marketing deal for a theatrical. The No. 2 home shopping channel has had many such partnerships, including one for “Eat, Pray, Love.”

Some perky QVC PR person came up with this quote for Miss Piggy.

“Naturally, moi has been chosen as this year’s mega-star attraction at QVC’s red carpet event! And as if having me there wasn’t enough, moi has also been chosen to design the 2014 ‘Red Carpet Style’ special-edition tote bag for this gala event,” Miss Piggy said. “Rest assured, both moi and the Haute Tote will be tote-ally fabulous!”

During the tour to promote their upcoming movie, the Muppets will join Miss Piggy on March 16 on QVC with on-air guest appearances scheduled throughout the day. From now through their arrival, the home shopping network is featuring the QVC Sweepstakes Celebrating Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted.*

Entrants have the chance to win prizes ranging from QVC gift cards and Muppet merchandise to a trip to the Disney’s “Muppets Most Wanted” premiere.

“Miss Piggy is a brilliant businesswoman with a provocative personality and an impeccable sense of style,” Doug Rose, QVC senior vice president of marketing and programming, said in a canned statement. “We’re honored to work with someone of her stature. Miss Piggy uniquely understands the aspirations of the modern American woman, and to have the opportunity to bring her fierce and fearless fashion sense to her millions of adoring fans is a thrill for all of us here at QVC.”

How are you doing, Doug?

ShopHQ Dishes Up Dine Southwestern Jewelry

February 11, 2014

ShopHQ on Tuesday will be airing a line we’ve never seen before — Dine Spirit, which is a collection higher-end handmade Southwestern silver jewelry.

The pieces in the 2 p.m. show include a lot of Sleeping Beauty turquoise and spiny oyster shell, with one large necklace priced at $822.

http://www.shophq.com/Dine_Spirit_Sterling_Silver_Sleeping_Beauty_Turquoise_Handmade_Oxidized_Ring/136-954.aspx?storeid=1

We love this kind of stuff.

Here is ShopHQ’s description:

Discover the artistry of the Navajo people with Diné Spirit – a jewelry collection that embodies the true Native American spirit. Handmade in the Southwest and crafted in sterling silver with American turquoise and other fine genuine gemstones, each piece is an individual and unique work of art.

The Navajo people, or Diné as they call themselves, have a rich history in creating beautifully ornate and artistic jewelry. Combining modern techniques with traditional Navajo silver-smithing methods, Diné Spirit both illustrates and transcends beauty. Common to the Navajo way, each piece is meticulously created one-at-a-time in the homes of skilled artisans, with the artist’s name engraved on every item.

Instantly recognizable, Diné Spirit features a variety of Southwestern details, including complex engravings, scrollwork, floral shapes, oxidation and more. Genuine gemstones native to the Southwest take center stage in each design, bringing color and personality to the pieces.

Add authentic, handmade Native American jewelry to your collection with Diné Spirit.

We guess this dude is going to present it:

Dan Hall, “the Turquoise Cowboy,” is a well-known Design Coordinator in the Southwest recognized for his extensive knowledge and experience in the turquoise and jewelry production businesses.

Dan broke into the industry while traveling to Australia to mine opal. He later became a jeweler at a local store in Scottsdale and over the years, has designed and sold his own jewelry in Santa Fe Square, NM.

Dan continues to have close ties with many domestic turquoise producers. Having worked with some of the best Navajo artisans, he continues to be an asset in educating others about the creation and design of Navajo jewelry.