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‘Sunday Is A Xanax Night’ For QVC Designer Isaac Mizrahi, And Boy Can We Relate

December 27, 2010

On Sundays QVC design guru Isaac Mizrahi likes to have breakfast, oatmeal, at our favorite Manhattan restaurant, Pastis.

That’s what we learned tonight after finally getting around to reading The Style section of The Sunday New York Times, where the Grey Lady gave us a blow-by-blow account of the curly-topped designer’s “Sunday Routine.”

Of course, when we go to Pastis, which is in the Meatpacking District, it’s not for oatmeal. It’s at Happy Hour, for Bombay Sapphire martinis, with olives, to wash down our steak frites.

Pastis, where QVC's Isaac Mizrahi dines on oatmeal and we swill over-priced Bombay Sapphire martinis

The feature acknowledges right off the bat that Mizrahi has a lifestyle collection on QVC, and that he co-hosts the Bravo program “The Fashion Show” with model/entrepreneur Iman, who is an HSN vendor.

Mizrahi likes to go for a morning swim, and then has to wait for his boyfriend, actor Arnold Germer, to get up so they can walk their dogs. Germer lives a few blocks from Mizrahi in the Village. Mizrahi’s dog Harry has been featured in a number of the designer’s QVC items.

Mizrahi enjoys going to museums and the movies on Sundays (as do we, we saw “Black Swan” today, and thought it was great).

He’s a fan of Il Cantinori, another Manhattan eatery, and on Sunday nights Mizrahi is an avid HBO viewer, saying, “I’m mad about ‘True Blood,’ and I even got into ‘Boardwalk.'”

Good selections, Isaac.

We also tip our hat to you for this comment to The Times: “I made no bones about loving television.”

Hell, we don’t either.

And we’re with him on this one, too: “Sunday is a Xanax night for me.”

But Isaac, please lose the head scarf.

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With QVC Designer Isaac Mizrahi Expands His Presence In Greenwich Village With $2 Million Condo

November 20, 2010

QVC designer Isaac Mizrahi is buying new digs in the Greenwich Village, according to the New York Post.

Mizrahi, who is also hosting Bravo’s “The Fashion Show” with HSN vendor Iman, has a contract to buy a condo on West 12th Street, where he already has a place. The building boasts actress Cameron Diaz as a resident.

Gee, we’re surprised he didn’t look at our garden apartment complex in Montclair. Who’d you rather have as a neighbor, Diaz or The Homeshoppingista?

According to the Post, Mizrahi is paying more than $2 million for the new unit, and he plans to combine it with the one he bought earlier this year for $1.1 million. Sounds like it will be quite a crib.

The story notes that Mizrahi will share the expanded digs with his partner Arnold Germer and “their adorable dog, Jack.”

TV Guide CEO Jack Kliger sold Mizrahi both places, according to the Post.

The Gatsby Girls, Who Are Also Jersey Girls, Are Back Tonight With Season 2 Of ‘Jerseylicious’

September 5, 2010

We know we’ve beem remiss in posting, but we had some other duties to attend to, like writing an update on the impact of “Jerseylicious” on The Gatsby Salon in Green Brook, N.J. Here’s our story on NewJerseyNewsroom.com.

The Style Network’s hit “Jerseylicious” has its Season 2 debut tonight at 8 p.m., and we interviewed by phone the mother-and-daughter team that owns and runs The Gatsby, Gayle Giacomo and Christy Pereira. We sent written questions to Tracy DiMarco and Alexa “The Glam Fairy” Prisco by e-mail, and got their responses via e-mail.

For those who’ve been living under a rock, “Jerseylicious” is one of a string of hit reality shows set in our beloved Garden State, and it had some dust-ups similar to those in MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

The Jerseylicious cast photo, with our sister's blond stylist Briella fourth in from the left, and Ann's buddy Filippo on the far right, for Season 2

In the first season Giacomo hired new staff to boost business at her newly renovated salon. That included bringing on hairstylist DiMarco and makeup artist Olivia Blois Sharpe, who got into many a shouting match in Season 1.

We feel a special affinity for this show because we went to The Gatsy to interview Giacomo, Pereira, Sharpe and hair stylist Anthony Lombardi before the show debuted last March. We didn’t know if it would be a success or not, but it turned out to be a hit for Style.

Our friend Ann's pizza parlor friend from Staten Island, Filippo, on the left and Anthony Lombardi

And there is that six-degrees-of-separation thing, too.

One of Sharpe’s friends and roommates is Briella Calafiore, who is also in the show. Briella is my sister’s hairstylist at the Fusion salon in Denville, N.J., where we also get our hair done. We have the business card that Briella gave us sitting right here.

And our friend Ann just saw Filippo, who is Lombardi’s flirtatious assistant at The Gatsby, at the pizza parlor that his family owns on Staten Island. Ann has known Filippo and his family for years.

Anyway, we’re rooting for all of the Jersey girls in “Jerseylicious.”

Visit ‘Jerseylicious’ Olivia And Tracy’s 46 Lounge, See Jewelry From ‘Real Housewives Of New Jersey,’ Party And Contribute To A Great Cause

June 7, 2010

Tonight you have a chance to do a good deed, drink, get to see great jewelry and party in the favorite club of Olivia Blois Sharpe and Tracy DiMarco of “Jerseylicious.” That’s our idea of a great time.

What’s it all about?

We know Christine Benedict, a cervical cancer survivor from Wayne, N.J., because we profiled her for NewJerseyNewsroom.com. Her home clean-up will be featured June 16 on Style Network’s “Clean House.”

Christine sent us an invite to a benefit tonight, Monday, for the Cure Tay-Sachs Foundation, in memory of Elise ten Berge. The pretty Garden State girl was a victim of this disease.

Christine and her family

Christine’s friend, jewelry designer Zen Jen Mirman, is hosting the charity event at the 46 Lounge in Totowa. N.J., the scene of many a shouting match between Olivia and Tracy on “Jerseylicious,” the Style Network hit. Mirman’s “Zen jewelz by: jen m” pieces were featured on an episode of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

We believe that Zen Jen will be selling her jewely at the benefit, and Christine will be reading tarot cards. She recently read our cards, and was right on the money.

Forgive and forget, the cards said, even if you were betrayed. Mmmmm, we wonder what that refers to? (Christine also told us during our reading that we have a very enjoyable carnal interlude coming up this summer. We can’t wait.)

There will also be entertainment at the Tay-Sachs Foundation benefit, with singer Josh London performing.

See Tracy and Olivia's 46 Lounge

The cover charge for the benefit is $55, which we admit is a little steep. But we’re going, and we’re not working full-time yet, just doing freelance. But it’s a good cause, and a chance to get some good karma cooking.

The event runs from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. at the 46 Lounge, 300 Route 46, Totowa, N.J. There is a cash bar, and credit cars will be accepted at the door.

How HSN CEO Mindy Grossman Brought Iman To The Home Shopping Network, As Told By The New York Times

June 7, 2010

Model/entrepreneur Iman’s Global Chic line on HSN is one of the home shopping channel’s top four sellers among more than 200 apparel and jewelry lines, according to The Sunday New York Times.

In a Style section profile headlined “Not Just Another Pretty Face,” we learn how Iman’s association with HSN came about, as well as getting a history of how she went from being a Somalian diplomat’s daughter to a super model.

Iman, who is “Ziggy Stardust” creator David Bowie, came to New York City in 1975 knowing five languages, “but had never worn makeup or high heels,” according to The Times.

We learn about her ascension as a super model, and then about how she created her own makeup line for women of color in 1994. It turned into a $25 million a year business. Later on came HSN.

HSN CEO Mindy Grossman in 2007 “was convinced that any fashion merchandise with Iman’s name on it would be a home run for her television home shopping network,” according to The Times.

Iman didn’t want to do it initially, since she had no experience as a fashion designer. But she felt comfortable starting out with caftans, which she had worn while living in Egypt.

At one point in the story, Iman shows off her HSN sequin knit wrap.

The news peg for the story is that tomorrow, Monday, Iman will be recognized as the year’s Fashion Icon by the Council of Fashion Designer of America at Lincoln Center in Manhattan.

The story also notes, as we have already reported, that Iman in September will join another home shopping vendor, QVC’s Isaac Mizrahi, as a co-host on Bravo’s “The Fashion Show.”

‘Housewife Of New Jersey’ Teresa Giudice And Her Husband, In Bankruptcy, Owe $11 Million To Creditors, New York Post Reports

June 6, 2010

Big spender Teresa Giudice, her husband Joe and their daughters at the second season premiere party for New Jersey Housewives

We read this story yesterday, but we tried to resist blogging about it. But when our cousin Judy out in Washington State e-mailed it to us, we knew it was dish we had to spread.

On Saturday the New York Post did a great story, headlined “Deadbeat Reality: Spendaholic ‘Housewife’ of NJ’ Owes a Big-Hair-raising $11 M,” on table flipper Teresa Giudice.

Man, we thought we were shopaholics, but we have nothing on Giudice, a mainstay of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.” She’s been buying up a storm ($20,000 on credit cards for Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale’s and Nordstrom, no TJ Maxx for her), even though she and her husband Joe owe $11 million to creditors.

According to bankrupcty papers filed in Newark federal court that the Post dug up, a bank is looking to foreclose on the Giuduce’s $1.8 million mansion in Totowa, N.J.

The Post claims that banks have already seized the Giudice’s shore house.

Money is so tight, the Giudices have defaulted on their monthly $1,280 payments for their Escalade, according to the Post.

Giudice, a stage mom who has worked hard to get her small daughters modeling gigs, makes $3,333 a month for doing the Bravo reality show, according to court papers, the Post reported.

Although we see them living large on TV, in bankrupty filings Giudice, who just wrote a cookbook called “Skinny Italian,” and her husband claim they only spend $400 a month on clothes.

We met Giudice at a party for the premiere of the second season of “Real Housewives of New Jersey,” and she was pretty and sweet. So we hope she and her husband can get out from under their debt.

HSN Vendor Iman To Join QVC’s Isaac Mizrahi As Co-Host Of ‘The Fashion Show’

May 13, 2010

We hope they don’t share secrets of each other’s home shopping channels, but HSN fashion vendor Iman is going to be a co-host and judge along with QVC’s Isaac Mizrahi on “The Fashion Show,” which airs on Bravo.

Iman, the supermodel/entrepreneur who is married to space oddity David Bowie, is replacing former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland on the reality show.

“We are happy to welcome Iman to the Bravo family,” Frances Berwick, Bravo’s general manager and executive vice president, said in a statement. “Breaking barriers in the fashion industry, Iman is a true pioneer and her unparalleled credibility will inspire the contestants and be a perfect match to the always exciting, Isaac Mizrahi.”

Iman does the Iman Global Chic line for HSN, and also serves as host of “Project Runway Canada.”

“The Fashion Show” became Bravo’s fashion competition show last year when “Project Runway” moved to Lifeteime Television.

Mizrahi, in turn, is doing a broad line of merchandise for QVC ranging from clothing to handbags to housewares.

The Return of ‘Real Housewives Of New Jersey’: Is Danielle’s Hole As Big As the Lincoln or Holland Tunnel?

May 4, 2010

Teresa Giudice, Caroline Manzo and Jacqueline Laurita at the premiere party Monday night

The Real Housewives of New Jersey were back Monday night, and we celebrated the event with them.

Caroline Manzo, her sister-ih-law Jacqueline Laurita, and last season’s table flipper, Teresa Giudice, had a party for the second season premiere of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” at the Brownstone Inn in Paterson, N.J. Caroline’s husband owns the venue, as any fan of the show knows. Money from the party, which was $150 for some tickets, will go to three of the charities that the women support. About 600 people attended the soiree.

There was a red carpet, and we were standing with the paparazzi, including many who actually made the trip from Manhattan to this mysterious land called the Garden State. Hey, you don’t have this kind of event in Sheboygan!

While we waiting for the fun to start we spotted Albert Manzo, who has lost 70 pounds since the first season, with the help of a magic stomach band. One of the scenes is the first episode of this season is of Caroline taking him to Barney’s in NYC to get fitted for a suit. The bill? $8,000 to $9,000. We told him he looked great, and he smiled. A real nice guy.

Both Giudice and Laurita have babies in the second season, so they have a lot in common.

The Giudice family, with the ladies and their matching outfits

But the first one down ther carpet was Giudice, with huge Jersey hair and lots of big jewelty. She and her three little girls (the baby was home) were all rocking lucious purple dresses with rosettes around the neckline. One of the little girls was carrying a Loius Vuitton purse, while the other one had Juicy Couture. Bot bad for kids under 8.

Right off the bat we had to ask Giudice about the juiciest quote from the first Season Two installment, which is her quote. The villain, in case you’ve been living under a rock, in “Real Housewives of New Jersey” is Danielle Staub. She is the only one of the housewives who is single, and last season she was furious when the other ladies dug up information about her shady past. The housewives Caroline and Teresa hate Staub, who is quite the sexually liberated woman.

In Monday’s show, Giudice learned that Staub has hooked up with a friend’s boyfriend’s friend, yet another notch in her belt.

“She must have slept with at least like 500 guys,” Giudice said. “Her hole must be as big as not the Lincoln Tunnel, not the Holland Tunnel, what’s the longest tunnel?”

Andy Cohen claims he's a longtime Jersey fan. Yeah, right.

How did that make it past Bravo’s censors? Were they taking a siesta? For those who live outside of the Tri-State area, those tunnels are pretty damn big.

When we asked her about it, Giudice basically said she was just telling it like it is, just like we Jersey folk do. Her exact quotes are here in our story for NewJerseyNewsroom.com.

Giudice’s husband Joe was standing on the side of the carpet while his wife was being interviewed, and someone asked him, “You getting used to all this?”

“A little bit,” Joe said, “You don’t get a choice.”

Giudice also told us that Joe doesn’t want to “get snipped,” which would ensure that she doesn’t get pregnant again. A bit too much information.

Bravo host Andy Cohen was on the carpet as well. When we asked him what was with the flood of Jersey reality shows, he said, ““I think it’s a great place. I think it’s ripe. Look, who doesn’t love people from Jersey?”

“People from New York, for years,” we shot back at him.

“I do (like New Jersey),” Cohen said. “I’m from New York. It’s (Jersey) fun, its got a vibe.”

“But I’ve been hearing cracks about Jersey from Manhattanties for years,” we told him.

Cohen then said that New Yorkers are “crusty, mean people.”

Realizing his tongue had gotten a little loose, Cohen said, “I’m kidding. I’m from New York City. Don’t take that out of context. I was kidding.”

Jacqueline Laurita and husband Chris, her errant daughter Ashley and the older boyfriend

No problem Andy.

Laurita, clad in deep purple like Giudice, was so tiny we mistook her for her teenaged daughter. She was wearing black lace Louboutin shoes. She had picked up her Roberto Cavalli dress in Neiman Marcus.

It was Jacqueline’s husband Chris’s birthday. He is the brother of Caroline and Dina Manzo, who is also in “Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

Caroline Manzo looked gorgeous, much younger than she appears on the tube. She had a satiny beige one-shouldered Kay Unger dress she said she bought the night before at Bloomingdales.

Jill Zarin, one of “The Real Housewives of New Yoik,” was also in the house with her husband Bobby. She was thin as a reed, and friendly. What was she doing in Jersey?

“I’m here to support my girls,” Zarin said. “They’re authentic.”

The food at the Brownstone — including short ribs with meat so tender it fell off the bone — was delicious. The apple martinis were tangy, and free. The dessert bar included mini zeppoles, pignoli cookies, waffles with different toppings, macaroons, fruit, carrot cake and cheese cake.

We sneaked a brownie, a macaroon and a pignoli cookie in our purse in a knapkin and took them home.

Caroline Manzo's husband Albert, the owner of the Brownstone Inn, has lost 70 pounds. Looking good Albert.

The first episode was shown on a large screen TV in a ballroom at the Brownstone, with several hundred people watching.

We had to laugh out loud when the audience booed when Staub came on the screen, and cheered when Manzo, Giuidice and Laurita were depicted.

We Jersey girls are a tough crowd.

For our birthday, our friend Ann gave us a circle pendat that says “Jersey Girl” that we saw and loved down in Manasquan. So asked the store owner if middle-aged women bought the pendant like us, or was it just kids?

They looked at us like we were nuts. Of course women of all ages buy the pendant. That Jersey girl thing is a state of mind, it has nothing to do with age.

Former Lifetime Network CEO Andrea Wong Joins Board Of QVC’s Parent, Liberty Media

April 29, 2010

The cable industry is a small, tight-knit world, and you never know who is going to end up where. But we learned Thursday that Andrea Wong, former president and CEO of Lifetime Entertainment Services, was named to Liberty Media’s board.

Liberty is QVC’s parent company.

“Andrea’s extensive experience in media and expertise in programming will be valuable in helping guide Liberty,” Liberty CEO Greg Maffei said in a canned statement. “We look forward to her contributions as our newest board member.”

Wong had joined Lifetime from The Walt Disney Co.’s ABC, where during her 14-year tenure she served in a variety of roles, most notably as an executive vice president where her responsibilities included reality programming.

We interviewed Wong several times when she was at Lifetime, and she had a bumpy tenure at the women’s channel. She brought over Bravo’s hit “Project Runway,” but only after a prolonged legal battle. The ratings for the network were good.

Then last year Lifetime’s joint ownership, Disney and A&E Networks, was unraveled. Wong left this week, and her vacancy was filled Tuesday with an A&E Nets veteran, History Channel’s GM Nancy Dubuc.

Dubuc is a talented, ambitious executive that we once profiled.

We wonder how active a voice Wong will have regarding QVC.

Before Lifetime, Wong worked in the areas of corporate planning and high-yield finance. Wong obtained her bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and an M.B.A. from the Stanford University Graduate School of Business.

InStyle Magazine Gives Us A Peek Into Celebrity Stylist, And QVC Vendor, Rachel Zoe’s Jewel Box

March 28, 2010

The April issue of InStyle magazine has a feature on celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, which talks about her designs for QVC as well as her personal collection of bling.

The article is part of the magazine’s monthly “My Jewel Box” series, which we never miss, and it’s headlined “I Dream of Jewelry.” It’s pretty expansive, three pages as well as a full-page photo of Jersey girl Zoe decked out in her jewels. She’s got it all piled on, she is no minimalist, and one fo the pearl necklaces she’s wearing is from Bulgari. It was a gift from her husband to celebrate the 15th anniversary of their first date.

Zoe is also wearing huge hoop earrings with big white and green stones. We can’t believe that they’re real emeralds and diamonds. It’s likely costume, since Zoe tells InStyle that she owns about 1,000 pieces of costume jewelry.

There are photos of two of Zoe’s QVC pieces in the story. One is a glass bead bib necklace that sells for $125, the other is a gold-plated bracelet with bars, also $130. We couldn’t find the bracelet on QVC’s Web site, so it may be sold out.

Zoe talks about layering jewelry, and admits to wearing about a dozen pieces a day. She started collecting jewelry when she was 11, she told InStyle, and her style icon is 1970s Elizabeth Taylor.

While Zoe often comes off a bit bitchy on her Bravo show, “The Rachel Zoe Project,” she comes across as very charming and passionate during her QVC appearances.

We love her big costume jewelry looks and clothes so far for QVC, which have included a gorgeous lambskin jacket.

The April InStyle issue has Gwen Stefani on the cover.