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Donald Trump’s Wife Melania Tells The New York Times About Her New QVC Jewelry Line

April 16, 2010

Melania Trump, a fellow Taurus, debuts her QVC jewelry line April 30

The New York Times has a story Friday that we broke quite a while ago: Melania Trump, Donald’s better half, is debuting a jewelry line on QVC this month.

Headlined “Another Trump Hopes What Glitters Will Be Gold,” the story in the Times’s advertising column said that Melania’s debut date is April 30, which is four days after her birthday, and two days after our’s. (But please, please don’t flood us with birthday gifts).

The ex-model’s QVC line, called Melania Timepieces and Jewelry, includes a braided necklace for $40, a faux ruby cocktail ring at $35, and a silver bracelet watch for $64.

Needless to say, Times reporter Douglas Quenqua couldn’t resist getting in a snide dig at QVC.

“A Trump on QVC? Isn’t that a tad …downscale?” he writes.

But Melania takes the jibe in stride, pointing out that her husband has a necktie line that sells in Macy’s, and that QVC will let her reach a wide audience with her jewelry.

And listen to this puffy quote she gave The Times about the No. 1 shopping channel.

“They are the biggest and the best in that world,” Melania told The Times.

‘Jerseylicious’ Cast Celebrates Show’s Debut, Along With The Homeshoppingista, With Hoboken Party

March 22, 2010

Gigi Liscio, Anthony Lombardi, Tracy DiMarco, Gayle Giacomo and her daughter Christy Pereira at the Jerseylicious party

We just got back from the “Jerseylicious” premiere party in Hoboken, which we almost ditched Sunday night, out of frustration.

We got lost trying to find the venue — Lua, on where else but Sinatra Drive — and asked at least five people how to get to this restaurant, to no avail. Finally, the car attendants at the W Hotel gave us some accurate directions, and we made it to the party.

It was a rather balmy night here in the NY metro area, and the restaurant is on the Hudson River almost directly across from the Empire State building. The view was beautiful. But we digress. We were working, covering the party for our blog and NewJerseyNewsroom.com.

The place was packed with lots of young Jersey girls wearing thigh-high dresses and showing a lot of cleavage. We figured we’d never be able to scout out the “Jerseylicious” cast, who we interviewed in December for NewJerseyNewsroom.com, and if we did, it would be too noisy to interview them.

But we found the PR person, and she took us back to a roped-off VIP area where many of the cast members of the new Style Network show were talking to the press. While we were at the shindig we didn’t see makeup artist Olivia Blois Sharpe, the “Jerseylicious” cast member who looks a lot like Snooki from MTV’s “Jersey Shore.”

We did speak to the mother-and-daughter team who own and run the Gatsby Salon, where the reality show “Jerseylicious” is set.

The mother, flame-haired Gayle Giacomo, was wearing a sexy, low-cut long flowery print gown. She said she had bought it two 1/2 years ago to wear to her daughter Christy Pereira’s wedding, but then never did. Christy was there, wearing a black BCBG V-necked dress.

Giacomo said she hadn’t watched the first “Jerseylicious” episode yet.

“I’ve been so busy I said I’ll just wait and see it on TV,” she said.

But Pereira had seen it and said she liked it. The New York Times gave the show a drubbing this weekend. But Pereira said that even though she and her mom hope people like the show, everyone is entitled to their opinion.

The Homeshoppingista, and Jersey girl, interviewing Tracy DiMarco of Jerseylicious

Next up was hairdresser Tracy DiMarco, who is essentially the villain in “Jerseylicious.” On the show, she basically says she hates Sharpe and is going to make her life miserable at the Gatsby. But DiMarco, dressed in what looked like a tiger print dress, was charming and sweet to us (she said we looked beautiful, and with us flattery will get you everywhere).

“I’m only mean to people I don’t like, or people who are mean to other people,” DiMarco told us. “I don’t like Olivia. That’s very obvious.”

She told us her mom has been keeping a book of press clippings of the show, which have included the cover of the New York Post’s TV Week section Sunday.

“I hope everyone likes me, even though I’m a little bit of a nasty bitch,” DiMarco told us, laughing.

We also spoke to hairstylists Anthony Lombardi, the only male member of the “Jerseylicious” crew, and Gigi Liscio. Lombardi was wear a white porkpie hat that he said he picked up in Bloomingdale’s that day. We kidded him about The Times review, which said he was the best-looking member of the cast.

“I know, The New York Times loved me,” Lombardi said. “I bought seven copies of it.”

“I got to hear this all day,” his pretty brunette wife said.

Lua in Hoboken, the site of the Jerseylicious premiere party

But she then waxed on about what a great guy he is. The day we can say all this about the man we’re with is the day we can stop saying those novenas praying for Mr. Right.

“I’m very proud of him,” Patty said. “He’s very successful. He’s the most beautiful man I’ve laid eyes on. He’s the father of my son. He’s a fabulous husband, a fabulous husband. I couldn’t ask for anybody better, for my son and myself.”

Wow, what an endorsement! They have a 13-month-old son, and live in Fairfield. Lombardi also owns the Anthony Robert Salon in Verona.

In the show Liscio’s boyfriend Frankie comes off as a tough, old-style Italian guy, looking to be served hand and foot by Liscio. But in the middle of our interview, he walked up to Liscio and gave her a big kiss, then walked away. That rather endeared him to us.

“I want it all in life,” Liscio said. “I want my family, my career. I live in a fairy tale, yes, you can say that, but I won’t stop til I get it all. I’m very determined. I love him to death. That’s who I want it with.”

There were several TV sets at Lua, and when “Jerseylicious” came on at 10 p.m. the whole party started cheering. Unfortunately, there were so many people it was impossible to hear the sound on the episode.

And by that time, we had to head out to write our blog.

We’ll see how “Jerseylicious” does when the ratings come out Monday.

‘Jerseylicious’ Gets Big Thumbs Down From New York Times, Which Defends The Garden State

March 20, 2010

Jerseylicious

The Grey Lady has spoken: The New York Times panned “Jerseylicious” Saturday.

TV critic Neil Genzlinger accused Style Network’s “Jerseylicious” reality show, which debuts Sunday night, of trying to ride on the coattails of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” and Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey.”

And that’s the nicest thing he had to say.

He described the show as “witless” and the cast from the Gatsby Salon in Green Brook, N.J., as “vapid.”

Genzlinger also jokingly lambasted two of New Jersey’s most famous inventors, Thomas Edison and David Sarnoff, for their role in bringing electricity and color TV to America.

“They made it possible for their home turf, a perfectly decent state, to be flogged over and over again by lazy television executives working the same tired shtick,” the TV critic wrote, referring to “Jerseylicious” on Style Netweork. “Fellows as visionary as Edison and Sarnoff should have seen this coming and suppressed their innovations in the interest of protecting New Jersey’s reputation.”

And that’s not all he had to say about “Jerseylicious.” Neil, tell us what you really think!

“Virtually everyone here is loud and self-absorbed and not overly bright, qualities that were amusing for about an episode and a half of ‘Jersey Shore’ but now seem as unappetizing as the ’80s look that the Gatsby is inexplicably still peddling,” he wrote.

New York Times: Joan Rivers’ QVC Jewelry Has Racked Up $800 Million In Sales In Past 20 Years

March 7, 2010

Rivers is wearing her QVC Make A Statement necklace in Fred R. Conrad's photo for The Times

The national media is loving QVC.

First The Huffington Post wrote about QVC’s pre-Oscar party in L.A., and today The Sunday New York Times has a profile on the home shopping channel’s jewelry queen bee, Joan Rivers.

It’s a well written and amusing piece, pegged to the fact that Rivers will be doing a post-Oscar fashion post mortem for E! Entertainment Television’s “Fashion Police.”

But the story, headlined “Rivers Takes Aim At The Stars’ Wardrobe At the Oscars,” also talks about Rivers’ “eponymous jewelry line” for the home shopping channel

“That’s my annuity,” The Times quotes Rivers as saying.

“In 20 years, she has successfully hawked more than 20 million bijoux for over $800 million in sales,” The Times says, citing Rivers’ publicist as the source for those tidbits.

In the photo that accompanies the story, River is wearing one of her QVC necklaces. It’s her “Make A Statement” beaded necklace, which sells for $74. It comes in three colors, item number J149106.

The story also noted that the documentary “Joan Rivers — A Piece of Work” will be released in theaters in June. It premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won critical acclaim.

Makeup Queen Bobbi Brown Tells New York Times How She Hires Staff

January 25, 2010

Bobbi Brown — the makeup diva, QVC vendor and fellow Montclair, N.J., resident — did a Q&A with The New York Times Sunday.

The interview, headlined “High Heels? They Just Don’t Fit,” is in part about how Brown hires employees. It was run as a “Corner Office” column.

After going through outplacement — and getting schooled on resumes, interviewing and “PARS” and “CARS” — it’s a little shocking to see Brown say that that she knows within the first two minutes of an interview if she likes the person or not. And if she likes them, they’re in.

Brown also says that she never looks at a person’s resume until she sits down with them for the interview. Then she has them take her through their resume.

We like that approach. No trick questions. No “what’s your biggest weakness” or “where do you want to be in five years” crap.

Brown, whose Montclair studio is within walking distance of our condo, has several shows on QVC today.

She has several cosmetic items that are only available on QVC.

In her interview, Brown also says that she is not a corporate type, that she prefers the comfort of sneakers over high heels.