Waynescot Lukas, of Jersey, is coming to QVC in Europe
We’ve loved Waynescot Lukas, a celebrity stylist and fashion designer, ever since we first saw him selling his Lukastyle clothing line on HSN. Then he went to ShopNBC. And now he’s landed at QVC — on its European home shopping networks.
Lukas — whose celebrity clients have included Janet Jackson (a fellow Taurus like us), Tina Turner, Meryl Streep and Christie Brinkley — is like no vendor we have ever seen on a home shopping channel.
In fact, HSN CEO Mindy Grossman seems to agree with us. During a recent radio interview, Lukas said Grossman once told him, “Watching you is like watching porn. I can’t turn it off….I can’t turn the channel.”
For the record, HSN denies that Grossman ever made that remark to Lukas.
What’s so unique about Lukas? Well, he’s good-looking and has the best head of hair we’ve ever seen on anyone.
He is also way out of the closet, and made no attempt to hide his sexual preference while appearing in HSN. He’d make numerous references to being gay during his presentations, which were filled with double entendres. We often wondered how he got away with what he was saying, since there is a time delay and HSN could have edited his comments.
Unlike well-behaved home shopping vendors, Lukas would jump around and run up to the HSN models, re-arranging their clothes, making funny asides and doing things you can safely say you don’t typically see on a home shopping network.
“One day we were licking feet,” Lukas said on the radio. “Then we were kissing toes.”
We never saw any of that, but we guess Mindy did.
Not everyone cottoned to Lukas’s on-air antics, but he has a response for them.
“”He runs around the set, he screams,'” Lukas said, quoting his critics during his radio interview. “I’m just trying to make some entertaining television. It’s a pair of pants, lady.”
Lukas raved about HSN host Colleen Lopez
Lukas certainly kept HSN hosts like Colleen Lopez on their toes (we don’t know if he ever kissed those). She’d often crack up at his remarks.
Lukas also endeared himself to us because he would talk on-air about his mom back in New Jersey. And if you read this blog, you know that being from Jersey automatically makes you family in our book.
Over time, Lukas was one of several vendors who switched from HSN to ShopNBC. But it was pretty much obvious from the start that he was not happy there.
Lukas left ShopNBC, and we’ve missed him on the airwaves. But we’ve kept up with him on Facebook.
He recently posted his interview, the one we mentioned before, with Kim Tudor. She has a radio show called “Tudor Talk” on 95.9 FM Seaview Radio in Palm Beach, Fla.
Radio host and Lukas friend Kim Tudor
During his chat with Tudor, Lukas said he will be launching a line on QVC in Great Britain in the fall, likely in October, with three visits planned. QVC’s new international channel, QVC Italy, wants his Lukastyle line for its launch. And QVC Australia and QVC Germany may be Lukas’s next venues.
That will be enough travel for Lukas. “That’s a lot of flying to sell a pant, to sell a schmatta,” he said.
There’s is also apparently a chance Lukas will be on QVC in the U.S. next year.
During his radio interview, Lukas had high praise for HSN hosts Lopez and Callie Northagen, describing them as “great” and honest with HSN customers.
“I worked with some of the best shopping hosts,” he said.
Lukastyle items can still be purchased on clearance on ShopNBC’s website, as well as some boutiques in Jersey, including What To Wear in Manasquan.
Clinton Kelly first had a date with, and then succeeded, Lukas as co-host of What Not To Wear
In his interview with Tudor Lukas also dishes on something we had no inkling about: That he was one of the original co-hosts, along with Tracy London, of TLC’s popular “What Not To Wear.”
Lukas talks about how he was planning to leave TLC and write a book, possibly with then-magazine writer Clinton Kelly. He and Kelly even went out on a date.
But two days after their date, Lukas learned that Kelly — behind his back — had finagled and was going to succeed him as the new co-host of “What Not To Wear.”
But in the end it was all good, because Lukas said he already wanted to leave the reality show.
“It really was about money,” Lukas said of his exit.
Shortly thereafter, Lukas went on to tour with Justin Timberlake, and made lots of greenbacks doing it.