Archive for December, 2017

QVC Designer Louis Dell’Olio’s Wife Dies

December 27, 2017

Why do the holidays so often come with such heartbreak?

We lost our younger brother Jimmy on Dec. 20. His wake and funeral service are this week. And yesterday we learned that fashion designer Louis Dell’Olio, a QVC vendor, lost his beloved wife Jac earlier this month to cancer.

Jac had a career as a model, and she often accompanied Dell’Olio to QVC to model his fashions. This elegant lady was well known to the home shopping network’s customers.

Dell’Olio wrote a stirring blog about Jac’s death on his blog, which offers the sad details about her death and the joy of their life together. He can best tell that story.

http://www.louisdellolio.com/blog/

He said they made a decision not to announce that she had passed until after Christmas.

There were hundreds of condolences from QVC hosts and customers on various Facebook pages regarding her death.

Dell’Olio posted this message on Jac’s FB page.

“To all of Jac’s dear friends, and I know she did consider you all her friends, it is with a broken heart that I must give you this very sad news. My Love, my Jac has passed away, and is now in the arms of her loving Mommy. I can only hope and pray that the time will come that she will be in my arms again. Thank you all for being so kind and caring to the love of my life … My Jac, with love, Louis Dell’Olio.”

Many condolences.

Victoria Wieck Does Apple Watch Case For Evine

December 19, 2017

Former HSN jewelry vendor Victoria Wieck is really spreading her wings at Evine, now designing an Apple watch case featuring official Swarovski Zirconia.

“Made with the finest of cuts, the Skyblu by Victoria Wieck Apple watch case will feature two exclusive creations – the Single Row Pave and the Champagne Bubbles Pave made with high-quality Swarovski Zirconia,” according to Evine’s press release Monday.

The case first appeared Saturday on Evine and will make additional appearances this week during the “Last-Minute Jewelry Event.”

“This Evine-exclusive item reflects Victoria Wieck’s passion for creating beautifully crafted accessories for the modern woman and is one of the most uniquely-feminine Apple Watch cases available today” is the hype from Evine.

“Since Victoria joined the Evine family, she has developed iconic jewelry pieces that are fashion-forward and expertly mastered,” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement.

“Victoria’s loyal following continues to seek out her newest creations and she always delivers exactly what they are looking for! This Apple Watch case not only is one of the rarest within the industry, but it represents who Victoria is and the high-quality designs she continues to create.”

The Skyblu by Victoria Wieck Apple Watch Case is the only jewel-covered case in the market that features Swarovski Zirconia.

It allows full function of all Apple Watch features, including Bluetooth and wireless capabilities as well as an open back design making charging your devise a breeze.

“I’m so excited to debut my newest creation for Evine,” Wieck said in her canned statement. “This Apple Watch case is not only stunning, but highly functional as well. All my ladies will be ready for holiday and New Year’s parties with the sparkle of Swarovski Zirconia found on my Skyblu watch case.”

QVC Host Dan Wheeler to retire

December 11, 2017

Thanks to those who tipped us off that veteran QVC host Dan Wheeler is retiring.

His farewell show will be Dec. 29 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Wheeler suffered trying times a few years ago when he beloved wife died of cancer. We, and many others, had followed his Facebook page where he posted photos of him at the hospital with her, at her bedside, as well as during happier times.

It was heartbreaking, and certainly anyone who has lost a loved one to cancer can relate. He was truly crushed, and his posts expressing his agony and loss were tough to read.

QVC.com says of Wheeler “A loving father (and grandfather!) who’s all about family & friends.When Dan isn’t cheering on his favorite team, you’ll find him making music with his bandmates. He also loves spending time with his adorable dog, Zoey, and sharing his know-how with shoppers & fans.”

Ripka Debuts Jewelry Line For Lord & Taylor

December 4, 2017

Veteran QVC vendor Judith Ripka, who is newly blond, is doing a jewelry collection for Lord & Taylor.

“We’re proud to introduce Ripka, the brand new collection of everyday wearable 14K gold, diamond and gemstone jewelry, now available exclusively at Lord & Taylor.
http://bit.ly/2zumFLf”

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Ex-QVC Host Lisa Mason Joins JTV

December 4, 2017

Another QVC alum is joining Jewelry Television, with former host Lisa Mason coming on-board.

Last week Mason announced on Facebook her debut on JTV with a jewelry line. She noted that she is joining former QVC diamond expert Michael O’Connor on the all-jewelry, all-the-the-time jewelry network.

“I am thrilled to share with you that I will see you next Friday evening on JTV!” she wrote. “I am representing a collection of jewelry called ‘LoveMore by Lisa Mason.’ It is a mixed collection comprised of solid silver, 14k gold, CZ and natural diamonds. Inspired entirely by the journey I have traveled with my Beloved, every piece is timeless and elegant. Some items are replicas of my personal collection (yes, the Flower ring will be offered in January!) and some are brand-new designs.”

She continued, “I want you to know how much I loved my time at QVC! My experience there was so very valuable and precious. So many QVC friends, in front of the camera and behind, are so extraordinary supportive of this new endeavor. I am so thankful! But I now have a new home at JTV! Joining my dear friend, Michael O’Connor, (who I hope to do a show with soon!!) I am so blessed to work at this loving, warm company. Based in my home state of Tennessee, it allows me to be close to family when I am there!”

Mason said that two holiday items are already available on JTV.com.

“Just in time for gift-giving, the silver heart-charm bracelet was one of the first gifts Gino gave me,” she wrote. “I love it! Today, I offer my version of that bracelet along with the silver heart-charm necklace to you! And, thanks to JTV’s generosity, both items have a special sale price, 5-stretch payments, and free shipping!”

She said, “I look forward to being on air next Friday, Dec. 8. I will be joining Nikki and Misty on their show ‘Girl Friend Friday’! I’ll pop in between 8 and 10 p.m. for a quick chat about my two holiday items! I hope you can join me! Then, I’ll see you for the full launch of the entire collection on Jan. 31 at 8 p.m.”

Gino, of course, is Mason’s husband, who is suffering from brain cancer. He remains in everyone’s prayers, of course.

Diana Ross Comes To HSN With Fragrance, CD

December 4, 2017

The original diva Diana Ross is joining the hordes or celebs who have launched fragrance lines, debuting on Tuesday with her “Diamond Diana” collection and dropping a new album then, as well.

“This personal fragrance is inspired by the powerful connection between music and sensual memories,” Ross said in a canned statement. “Sensual scent vibrations are carried from heart to heart like music. Everyone should have a diamond.”

HSN’s press release went a little bit overboard on this one:

Modern, with a gender-free spirit, the accord creates a radiant harmonious energy. This alluring memorable composition creates a new story each time it is worn. The sheer sensory experience of the down-trail is memorable.

Cut to a glistening glass-diamond, the bottle was personally designed by Ms. Ross inspired by her special crystal collection. A perfect 100 ml design with 60 facets forming an exquisite pointed cap with an internal Diamond Diana monogram.

Diamonds are the most romantic and rare gems in the world. A visual statement, the bottle evokes both elegance and mystery of the precious stone. The precision lines of the bottle creates a prism of light surrounding the masterpiece design with the clear scent inside.

The luxurious packaging is presented as a gift in a black velvet jewelry box adorned with silk black and bordeaux floppy ribbon. “Diamond Diana by Diana Ross” is embossed with 24k glittery gold dust. A special message from Ms. Ross is included in each box.

“Diana Ross has carried her signature fragrance concept in her heart forever,” Rodney Hutton of Simon James London said in a statement. “Our privilege was merely executing her precise design direction to bring her vision to life.”

Ross’s album release, “Diamond Diana: The Legacy Collection,” will also be available e on CD on HSN. It is a 15-song collection with some of her biggest hits.

A special holiday package will also be available as a bonus CD along with the “Diamond Diana: The Legacy Collection” CD only on HSN. These holiday recordings include: “What the World Needs Now Is Love,” “A Wonderful Christmas Time,” “Winter Wonderland,” “Let It Snow,” “Silent Night” and “Ave Maria.”
Ross will make guest appearances on HSN Tuesday throughout the day.