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QVC Host Lisa Robertson Kills On The Red Carpet With Peacock Green Gown

February 27, 2011

We’ll be fair. We criticized QVC host Lisa Robertson’s dress for the home shopping network’s big pre-Oscar party in Beverly Hillls last night. It made her look hippy.

Well, she is more than making up for that dreadful Isaac Mizrahi dress last night. She looks stunning tonight in a gorgeous, two-toned peacock green sleeveless gown with feathers on one side of the bodice. It’s by Mark Zunino, who is Nolan Miller’s partner in a QVC jewelry line.

Robertson looks so fine that when her fellow QVC host Shawn Killinger saw her, she asked, “Are you single?”

Shawn, we didn’t know you rolled that way.

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Sorry, Lisa Robertson’s Dress For QVC’s Red Carpet LA Party Makes Her Look Plump

February 26, 2011

We just got in and tuned in to QVC’s Red Carpet pre-Oscar shindig at the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills. We’ve got to hand it to QVC — there is a huge crowd there, and when we came in actress Marlee Matlin was using sign language to say something that we missed.

Now QVC jewelry queen Joan Rivers is talking to host Lisa Robertson, hawking sunglasses.

Lisa Robertson, we wished we liked your red carpet dress

Earlier in the day, on Facebook Robertson said she was heading out to get made up for the party five hours before it started. “It takes a village,” she joked, to get her ready to go on-air. So we were looking forward to see how she looked.

Robertson is a beautiful woman, but she is clad in a long beige gown that is pulling against her stomach area and making her look heavy — which we know she isn’t. This unflattering dress is apparently by QVC designer Isaac Mizrahi. Isaac, Isaac, Isaac.

Robertson’s side ponytail is not such a great look, either. And guess who did the hair? QVC vendor Nick Chavez. Nick, Nick, Nick.

We also got a gander at QVC host Shawn Killinger, who is running around with a microphone interviewing the partygoers. She’s wearing a short black babydoll dress, and her boobs are popping out of the top of it.

Now model Camila Alves, actor Matthew McConaughey’s baby mama, is showing off a pretty fringed bag and a huge bag she did for QVC. She is dressed in a beautful black sequined dress, and looks stunning.

Kim and Kourtney Kardashian are being interviewed on the red carpet, and will soon be pitching their QVC clothing line, K-Dash.

And FYI, vendors and hosts from different home shopping networks do fraternize together. Former QVC host Dave King, who is now at ShopNBC, is also in LA. And on his Facebook page he posted a photo of him, Robertson and Laurie Feltheimer, who does the “Hot in Hollywood” line for HSN, at a restaurant.

Jewelry Designer Judith Ripka Totes Her Handbags To QVC

January 11, 2011

Guess we’ve been asleep at the wheel again, but we only just noticed that upscale jewelry designer Judith Ripka is now selling handbags, as well as baubles and bling, on QVC.

We saw at least 15 purses on QVC.com from Ripka. They all have a classic, high-end look, and range in price from $150 to $300.

Manhattanite Ripka has named each of her handbags after a neighborhood or street in the Big Apple, monikers such as Soho, Grammercy, Astor, Waverly and Sutton. Most of the reviews are pretty good.

We guess Ripka is taking a page out of QVC queen Joan Rivers’ book. The comedian started out doing jewelry for the home shopping network and then branched out into items like purses and apparel.

Suggestion To QVC Jewelry Maven Joan Rivers: Rename Your ‘Fashion Police’ Segment ‘Starlet Or Harlot?’

September 15, 2010

We know from her documentary that QVC jewelry queen Joan Rivers is a workaholic, but she still continues to amaze us with all her ventures.

In the latest expansion of her activities, the E! “Fashion Police” specials that Rivers often hosts have became a weekly series. We caught a repeat of the first one Monday, while we were at the gym.

Rivers makes her catty comments along with a panel that includes a slimmed-down Kelly Osbourne, E! and Style Network whatever Giuliana Rancic and celebrity stylist George Kotsiopoulos. The show’s normal time slot is Friday’s at 10:30 p.m.

According to E!, “Backed up by her chorus of ‘couture cops,’ Kelly, Giuliana and George, Rivers and company will cut a swath
through the jungle of tacky celebrity fashion to reveal who fizzled, who sizzled and who should have just stayed home in a housecoat. They will cover the good, the bad, and most assuredly the ugly, along with everything in between.”

Joan Rivers is captain of the newly expanded 'Fashion Police'

On the installment we saw, Rivers blasted Julia Roberts for the kimono-like dress that the actress wore to the debut of “Eat, Pray, Love” in Japan. The comedian made a comment to the effect that Roberts’ dress was the biggest bomb to hit Japan since Hiroshima.

The panel liked some of Jessica Alba’s looks, and hated others. Alba can do no wrong in our book, since we share the same birthday, April 28.

It’s obvious that Rivers hates anything Miley Cyrus wears, but thinks Taylor Swift is a fashion icon, along with Natalie Portman.

One of the show’s segments is “Starlet or Streetwalker?,” which is exactly what it sounds like. But we suggest a better name for that bit: “Starlet or Harlot?” On the episode we saw, the Fashion Police panel pegged a hot-pants wearing woman as a hooker, and when the woman’s face was revealed it was Kate Gosselin.

Some of the show’s other segments include “Red Carpet Roll-Out,” which takes viewers to star-studded events around the world, and “Rack Report,” which showcases those female celebrities who are carrying more than their fair share up top.

The fashion police also hit the streets to assess the style choices of celebrities out and about in the “Caught Casual” segment, and will skewer who show a bit too much flesh in “Skin Flick.”

Other segments include “What the Hell Happened to…” and “What Were You Thinking?” And the fierce foursome will spotlight some of Hollywood’s tastiest tresses in “Hair Play.”

Finally, some of the hottest names in fashion will stop by the set to bring the latest style news and their own personal opinion to the debate.

The “Fashion Police” team will also visit TV and film sets to get an inside look at the wardrobes of today’s hot celebs.

Joan’s commentary and her three fellow “police” will close each episode as she runs down the final ‘best and the worst’ of the week.

Ellen DeGeneres Pokes Fun At QVC, And Joan Rivers’ Bees, As She Return To Sell HALO Pet Food

August 16, 2010

Ellen digs Joan's bees

Last week we saw a very witty promo that Ellen DeGeneres did for QVC, where she tongue-in-cheek mentioned network staples like Joan Rivers’ iconic bee pins. DeGeneres sells her HALO pet food on QVC, and was telling viewers she would be back with her line this Thusday.

In the on-air promo, DeGeneres says says become obsessed with QVC.

“I can’t stop,” she says. “If you could only see the Diamonique ankle bracelet I’m wearing.”

DeGeneres ends the spot pretending to be on the phone with QVC, saying, “I’d like to order the Joan Rivers bee pin and a set of pans.”

Monday QVC put a press release on the blonde comedian’s return to QVC to unveil the latest additions to her holistic pet care collection. The 12-time Emmy Award winner and “ardent animal lover,” as QVC calls her, is scheduled to appear live from the set of “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” in Los Angeles at 9 p.m. to hawk products from her HALO, Purely for Pets line.

As in her promo, DeGeneres good-naturedly mocked QVC in her press release statements, too.

“I’m so happy to return to QVC for a couple of reasons,” DeGeneres said. “For one, I want as many people as possible to know about the health benefits of feeding their animals HALO. Secondly, there is a Joan Rivers turquoise necklace that I have my eye on and I’m hoping they’ll give me the employee discount.”

DeGeneres’s natural line includes a variety of food choices, supplements and treats for dogs and cats, as well as a stain and odor remover kit, with prices ranging from $20 to $40. “Each product was created with the belief that good nutrition is the single most important factor in a holistic approach to wellness,” the press release says.

“We are thrilled to welcome Ellen back to QVC,” Claire Watts, QVC’s president of U.S. Commerce, said in a canned statement. “Her unique line of wholesome products has really resonated with our customers, who clearly want to provide a healthy lifestyle for their pets.”

HALO, Purely for Pets products are made with natural ingredients, including butcher-quality chicken, eggs, carrots, flaxseed, green peas, barley, sweet potatoes and cranberries, to provide pet owners with wholesome, healthy products to enhance the overall wellness of their pets.

QVC Jewelry Queen Joan Rivers Gives Us A Peek Behind Her Comedy Mask In Film ‘A Piece of Work’

July 4, 2010

Joan dishes in her new documentary

This weekend we went to see “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work” during a matinee in Montclair, N.J., at the Clairidge Theater (owned by Jimmy Dolan’s Cablevision). It was just us and one other person the the audience.

Of course, as The Homeshoppingista, we’d hoped that maybe the movie would show Rivers in her role as a very successful jewelry vendor on QVC. Well ladies, if you’re looking for any insidery stuff on the home shopping end, you’re out of luck.

There are a couple of references to Rivers having a QVC stop on her schedule, and it looked like she was wearing her QVC jewelry, but that was about it. She had on a gold disc necklace on a leather cord in one scene of the documentary that had QVC written all over it.

The movie included Rivers’ triuimphant win on Donald Trump’s “Celebrity Apprentice.”

Call us naive but we were surprised that Rivers was so blue, profane, in her stand-up routine. Her joke about her darling daughter Melissa being offered $400,000 to appear topless on the cover of “Playboy” really did kind of shock us.

We did laugh out loud at her joke about how wearing a tampon makes Victoria Beckham look fat.

We like Rivers, so we had no ax to grind coming into the theater. We think she came out appearing flawed, like every human being, but also likable and vulnerable in the movie.

Since Rivers seems so thick-skinned, it’s fascinating to hear her talk about being worried about reviews of her acting and her dread of the nasty plastic-surgery jokes that will be lobbed at her during her “Comedy Central” roast. Rivers, looking truly afraid, tells Kathy Griffin, who hosted the Comedy Central Roast, essentially says that although she hates the idea of doing the roast, “It’s a lot of money.”

Again, here’s how stupid we are: We didn’t know Comedy Central pays the people that are skewered on their “roasts.” We thought it was supposed to be an honor, and the roastees would not be paid.

Rivers also talked about her fear of being seen without makeup. We can surely sympathize.

“It’s very scary wheh you see yourself without any makeup,” Rivers said, and that’s how we feel about being seen sans lipgloss and mascara.

Yet the movie’s opening scene is a closeup of Rivers getting her makeup done, so we pretty much see her bare-faced. We guess she faced that fear head-on for the movie.

Rivers also rehashes the story about how her mentor, Johnny Carson, never spoke to her again after she told him she was going to do a late-night show for Fox.

Maybe if she had given him a heads-up BEFORE she took the gig he would have been more understanding, and not felt bushwhacked. Those Scorpios, like Carson, don’t like to feel betrayed. Her Fox show, produced by her husband Edgar, was a disaster. Shortly after the shows demise, Edgar committed suicide.

The doc’s takeaway is that Rivers is a workaholic, isolated and lonely. Yet she is often in the Big Apple tabloids, making the scene with the hoity-toity Park Avenue social crowd. You don’t see any of that in the film. We wish some of it had been.

QVC Jewelry Diva Joan Rivers Dishes On Her Favorite New York Hot Spots

June 16, 2010

If you’re looking to find out what QVC vendor Joan Riviers’ favorite haunts are in the Big Apple, check out this “My New York” feature from the New York Post Sunday.

Rivers, the subject of the frank documentary “Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work,” is a fan of the Viand Coffee Shop on Madison Avenue near 61st Street. We used to grab coffee there when we had the money to get our hair done at the OC 61 salon around the corner. Rivers says the folks at Viand know her, and she gets dark turkey meat for her dog there.

FYI, QVC vendor Judith Ripka has a retail store right there, on the corner of 61st and Madison.

In terms of fancier eateries, Rivers is a fan of the media mecca Michael’s on 55th Street, where entertainment types go to be seen. We’ve been to press conferences there. The scene is better than the food.

Rivers also lauds Joe Allen, the Theater District restaurant. She says “real theater people” chow down there.

The comedian’s other New York favorites include Times Square at night, Central Park and Brighton Beach in Brooklyn.

New York Post Writes About QVC’s Joan Rivers’ Return On ‘How’d You Get So Rich’

May 2, 2010

The New York Post has a story Sunday on the return, for Season 2, of Joan Rivers’ “How’d You Get So Rich” on TV Land.

We just don’t know how Rivers has the energy and the time to do her QVC line, perform, do movies and lead an active Manhattan social life – plus the TV Land show.

A documentary about Rivers, “Joan Rivers — A Piece of Work,” will be in theaters June 11.

It’s a frank film, and Rivers told the Post she’s a “suicide survivor” and said she is still traumatized by her husband Edgar’s suicide.

“I walk past Edgar’s picture and to this day I say, ‘Go to hell,'” she said.

Joan Rivers Sports One of Her QVC Necklaces On ‘Celebrity Apprentice’

March 15, 2010

QVC’s veteran jewelry queen, Joan Rivers, made an appearence on “Celebrity Apprentice” Sunday night. And that girl never misses a chance to promote her home shopping wares.

We didn’t see her, but Rivers was wearing one of her new pieces for QVC, a bib necklace that comes in either blue or biege color waves. It sells for $82, and will be on “PM Style” Monday night.

QVC’s Joan Rivers Skewers Her Own Red Carpet Disasters In Us Weekly

March 10, 2010

QVC vendor Joan Rivers is all over the media this week, fallout from her Oscar “Fashion Police” commentary on E! Entertainment Television.

First, it was a profile in the Sunday New York Times. Now, Us Weekly has done a piece where Rivers rates her biggest fashion disasters. She’s as tough on herself as she is on anyone on the red carpet.

The comedian’s missteps include wearing a sleek black Vera Wang gown, and an eye patch, because she had a sty in her eye.

There’s also a nice shot of Rivers wearing a Pamela Dennis gown with a huge feather collar. “Looks like I was playing ring toss with an ostrich” Rivers tells Us Weekly.

Our favorite, however, is Rivers in a copper-colored puffy taffeta Oscar de la Renta cape. “Today, it’s Lady Gaga’s casual Friday outfit,” Rivers tells Us.