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Evine To Broadcast Live From Cruise

February 21, 2018

We give Evine an “A” for trying. The No. 3 home shopping channel once again broadcast live from the Tucson Gem Show this year, and it will b doing the same on its Invicta Voyage to the Bahamas.

On Tuesday Evine said it will be doing its longest live remote broadcast to date for the second annual “Invicta & Friends Ocean Voyage.” The six-day live remote will kick-off at the Invicta Marine Pavilion in Miami Feb. 21 and then set sail on the Carnival Victory to the Bahamas Feb. 23 to 26.

Cameras will go behind the scenes of a live remote, and viewers see brands such as Invicta, Gem Treasures, Effy and Gems en Vogue.

“We are thrilled to set sail on the ‘Invicta & Friends Ocean Voyage’ for a second year in a row, and excited to expand the experience to some of our fan-favorite jewelry brands as well,” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement.

“Evine continues to deliver entertaining and unique shopping experiences, whether from our home base studios or exciting locations like Ireland, Mexico, New York, Savannah, or the Bahamas. This event, our largest live broadcast remote to date, won’t disappoint. The party will no doubt extend from the cruise ship all the way to our viewers at home.”

The “Invicta Jewelry Ocean Voyage” itinerary starts at the Marine Pavilion in Miami Feb. 21 to 22 before setting sail on the Carnival Victory cruise ship Feb. 23 to 26.

The event will feature 70 never-before-seen designs from Invicta, including the Evine exclusive premiere of graffiti artist, Erni Vales and his Sugar Skull Collection, in addition to former NFL football player, Jason Taylor who will be aboard representing his Jason Taylor for Invicta line.

The cruise will also feature the debut of more than 350 jewelry designs including the premiere of Blue Diamond from Chuck Clemency, the re-launch of Effy’s men’s jewelry collection, limited-edition items from Gems en Vogue and more.


Copycats Heidi Klum on QVC, Iris Apfel on HSN

February 20, 2018

The New York Post did a story Monday on celebrities hawking products by ripping – sorry we mean knocking — off real designers, and both QVC and HSN were cited in the story.

The article, “Attack of the Clones,” talked about one example that we were aware of where a celeb got called out for a product they were selling on QVC. That was the case of model-TV star Heidi Klum, who was in 2007 was sued by high-end jeweler Van Cleef & Arpels for a line she brought to the No. 1 home shopping channel.

Klum’s baubles had a clover-shaped design, which Van Cleef claimed unlawfully imitated its Alhambra collection. QVC pulled the line.

The Post said that the lawsuit was settled and that Klum later claimed that her business partner, Mouawad USA, was not “knowledgeable.”

According to the Post HSN and its owl-eye-glassed vendor Iris Apfel, a Seventh Avenue darling, also got in hot water. In 2011 the married couple that was the force behind Hanna Bernhard alleged that Apfel had copied one of its pins, a large jeweled toucan, for HSN.

The married duo shamed Apfel on their website, charging that Apfel owned their original toucan pin and had imitated it, the Post reported.

HSN later issued a statement saying that Apfel had mistakenly believed that the brooch in her collection was a vintage piece. The objectionable version of the toucan was dropped from Apfel’s HSN line, replaced by a “modified” version, according to the Post.

Honcho Says QVC, HSN Won’t Merge

February 12, 2018

We looked up at our TV screen, tuned to HSN, while in the midst of reading The Sunday New York Times and thought we were hallucinating: HSN host Amy Morrison was on a split screen chatting with QVC’s Rick Domeier.

We don’t know if Domeier was trying to be funny when he didn’t respond to Morrison’s comments and questions or if there were technical difficulties and he couldn’t hear her, but the resulting exchange was awkward and painful to watch.

The brief teaming of the two hosts was part of e kickoff of the marriage of former rivals QVC and HSN was this weekend, with both home shopping networks starting to cross-promote and their king, Mike George, allaying fears about the future of the two channels.

In a letter to viewers on HSN’s website, George reminded everyone that QVC’s parent, Liberty Interactive Corp., but not to worry, the two networks would remain separate.

George wrote:

We’re excited to welcome HSN, Ballard Designs, Frontgate, Garnet Hill, Grandin Road, and Improvements to the QVC family. Together, with zulily, we seek to bring joy and inspiration to you, our loyal customers, daily by combining the best of retail, media, and social.

QVC and HSN will continue to have their own distinct personalities—remaining separate brands, with HSN broadcasting from St. Petersburg, FL and QVC from its studios in West Chester, PA.

HSN and QVC have so much in common. We’re both committed to bringing you curated collections of world-class brands and entrepreneurial products presented in fun, engaging ways. We both strive to connect you with new ideas, interesting conversations, exciting personalities, and the hottest pop-culture events via our broadcast channels, websites, mobile apps, social pages, and other touchpoints. And we’re both constantly innovating—always looking for ways to make your experience with us richer and more exciting.

Thank you for your loyalty and commitment to HSN, to QVC, or to both brands. We look forward to continuing to offer you extraordinary shopping experiences.

Mike George

President and CEO, QVC, Inc.

The next few months should be interesting.

And Amy, enough with the extensions.

QVC Parent To Post 4Q Results March 1

February 9, 2018

Liberty Interactive Corp., QVC’s parent company, will announce its fourth-quarter earnings March 1.

Liberty President and CEO Greg Maffei will host a conference call to discuss the results at 11 a.m.

Following prepared remarks, the company will host a brief Q&A session during which management will accept questions regarding both Liberty Interactive and Liberty TripAdvisor Holdings.

During the call, Maffei may discuss the financial performance and outlook of both companies, as well as other forward looking matters including the proposed acquisition of General Communication Inc. by Liberty Interactive, its combination with Liberty Ventures Group and the subsequent split-off of Liberty Interactive’s interest in the combined company.

Please call ReadyTalk at (866) 548-4713 or (323) 794-2093, passcode 9151576, at least 10 minutes prior to the call.

In addition, the fourth-quarter earnings conference call will be broadcast live via the internet.

All interested participants should visit the Liberty website at to register for the webcast. Links to the press release and replays of the call will also be available on the Liberty website. The conference call will be archived on the website for one year after appropriate filings have been made with the SEC.

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Evine Sets Big Hoopla For 27th B-Day

February 9, 2018

Evine is like us: We favor days-long birthday celebrations.

So kicking off Feb. 12, the No. 3 home shopping network is having a a week-long 27th Birthday Bash.

According to the network’s press release, during its nearly three-decade lifespan Evine has partnered with “passionate product storytellers,” including Paula Deen, Donny Osmond, Vanessa Williams, Dr. Terry and Heather Dubrow, the Beekman Boys, Dustin Lynch and others.

What’s on the agenda: unique product and birthday pricing from Invicta, Skinn Cosmetics, and Kate & Mallory and a special “Beyond the Backstage,” which will give fans an exclusive peek behind the scenes of the party on Evine’s social media channels as well as a chance to win prizes.

“While it’s our birthday, we wanted to celebrate and thank our fans for another amazing year,” Evine CEO Bob Rosenblatt said in a canned statement. “We wouldn’t be here if not for our customers and our brand partners. I’m excited to extend a birthday invitation for everyone to join Evine as we throw a party full of unique and exclusive products by some of our fan-favorite brands and personalities.”

To extend the party beyond the show, Evine will host a variety of hidden surprises on Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat with a unique “Beyond Backstage” experience. Viewers can catch daily Facebook Live shows featuring Victoria Wieck, Akos the Solutionist, Elizabeth Grant among others.

Throughout “Beyond Backstage,” fans can also connect live with Evine’s hosts on Instagram and Snapchat, where they will share entertaining content and behind the scenes festivities throughout the event.

HSN, Miglin Part Of FX Tale Of Versace Murder

January 30, 2018

If you are a home shopping fan you might want to tune into Wednesday’s episode of “The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story” on FX. HSN vendor Marilyn Miglin and HSN are part of the chilling story of the serial killer who murdered not only the Italian fashion designer but Miglin’s husband.

The series is about Andrew Cunanan, the sicko who killed Versace and four other men in 1997. We read two accounts of the series that mentioned that one of Cunanan’s victims was Chicago real estate developer Lee Miglin, Marilyn’s husband.

According to the New York Post, actor Mike Farrell portrays “closeted” Lee Miglin, who is killed in his garage.

“Miglin’s widow, Marilyn (Judith Light), consoles herself with appearances on the Home Shopping Network,” the Post wrote this past Sunday about the upcoming episode.

A New York Times review earlier this month also mentioned the HSN connection, describing Marilyn Miglin as “a home shopping maven whose husband, the Chicago real estate developer Lee Miglin, was one of Mr. Cunanan’s victims.”

The Times wrote, “In the throes of tightly wound grief, she explains the advice her had given her that made her a cosmetics mogul: ‘Just think of that little red light as the man you love.'”

HSN’s Lopez is a nana, Brooke Shields to QVC

January 17, 2018

Sorry we’ve been out of touch. Had a lot going at home and on the work front, and during that period there’s been lots of news in the home shopping world.

Here’s some brief catching-up:

HSN host Colleen Lopez is now a granny. Her son Carlos and his wife Christie “welcomed their most precious gem of all, Lana Marie Lopez, weighing 9 lbs 2 oz on Friday, Jan. 12th!” Lopez said on Facebook. Congrats

In addition, actress and one-time Jersey girl Brooke Shields is the latest in a seemingly endless list of celebs doing a product lines for a home shopping network.

From the press release:

Chic fashion never goes out of style. Known for gracing red carpets and the pages of top lifestyle magazines, Brooke Shields has spent a lifetime being dressed by some of the world’s top fashion designers and stylists. Now, she is introducing her own line of contemporary wardrobe staples with Brooke Shields Timeless, an apparel and accessories line created especially for QVC. Brooke is scheduled to present select items from the collection on Thursday, February 15 at 7 PM (ET), with the full collection launching on Wednesday, March 14 at 11 PM (ET).

“What we love most about working with Brooke is her dedication to helping women live better lives, which is something we are passionate about as well,” said Doug Howe, Chief Merchandising Officer for QVC Group. “Brooke’s line is sophisticated but approachable and is ideal for busy women who crave fashion that is not only chic and effortless, but a perfect mix of modern and timeless.”

Featuring an assortment of sophisticated separates, including classic button-ups, flowy blouses, tailored bottoms, flirty skirts, colorful scarves and contemporary fashion jewelry, it has never been easier to mix and match like a pro, creating personalized looks. With designs that effortlessly translate from day to night, this versatile collection is perfectly suited for every woman and any occasion.

“After years of being dressed by professionals, I walked into my closet one day and realized I had lost sight of my own personal style,” said Brooke Shields. “I am incredibly passionate about this collection because I have created pieces that are not only chic, but that take the guess-work out of getting ready each morning. I can’t wait to share this line with the QVC customer, and I truly hope it helps women look and feel their best each day.”

Next, a kind reader informed us that former QVC host Albany Irvin turned up on Evine this week to represent a new line of bronze jewelry called Bronzallure.

And in a tragic note, former HSN host and Jersey guy Dan Dennis announced on Facebook that his oldest son Brian had suddenly died. Our heart bleeds for him and his wife, as we know what it is to lose a young person suddenly. Our brother died last month, age 60.

Deepest condolences to Dan, who currently is a host on the ShopLC Network. He said he doesn’t know when he’ll be back on-air.

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.

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. 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.”