Posts Tagged ‘celebrity stylist’

Ex-QVC Diamond Expert Michael O’Connor Moves To HSN

October 16, 2014

QVC’s loss has turned out to be HSN’s gain: Celebrity stylist and jewelry expert Michael O’Connor is coming to the No. 2 home shopping network.

The classy, genial gentleman posted the news on Facebook Wednesday.

Next week HSN celebrates Gem Week featuring new and unique discoveries from your favorite designers and experts. I’ll be making appearances throughout the week from 10/20 through the evening of 10/24.

Michael O'Connor

Michael O’Connor

I hope you’ll tune-in everyday for the best of HSN’s gemstones and some trend and styling tips and gemstone information from me.

On a personal note, I want to thank all of you who have said that you miss seeing me on TV! I’m thrilled to be working with HSN next week. I hope you’ll watch and I hope to speak to you. XO

We certainly will be glad to see him back. O’Connor was usually the guest for QVC’s Affinity Diamond shows. He was knowledgeable and funny. We think that he and the ol’ Q parted ways because he wanted to do some work for Reelz, the cable network.

In any event, he was a real asset to the ol’ Q. Now he’ll be an asset to HSN. Can’t wait to see him with Colleen Lopez!

Celeb Stylist June Ambrose To Expand HSN Line

January 4, 2014

June Ambrose

June Ambrose

HSN is leaking news to the New York Post’s gossip column, Page Six, again.

The Post reported Friday that celebrity stylist June Ambrose has closed a deal to expand her HSN shoe line and add items such as apparel, coats and accessories.

We never saw her or her show collection on HSN, but here is a link what she has offered so far.

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.

Celebrity X-Ray Rachel Zoe Brings Size 0 To QVC: Will Any Customers In The Hefty Heartland Be Ordering It?

February 14, 2010

Leave it to wafer-thin celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe to bring size 0 to QVC.

The home shopping network introduced its new size, “XXS,” or extra extra small, during its telecast Saturday night from Fashion Week in Bryant Park in Manhattan. That XXS equates to a size 0. Previously, the smallest size that QVC offered was a “XS,” or extra small (that’s us), which equates to a size 2 to 4.

Host Lisa Robertson (with an unflattering, severe pulled-back hairdo) was doing a presentation with Zoe, who does a line of clothing and accessories for QVC when she’s not telling Hollywood what to wear. They were talking about a crinkle patent trench coat, and Robertson noted that it came in XXS.

“Rachel has been pushing for that,” Robertson said, adding that other designers had been asking for QVC to offer the XXS as well.

It’s not without irony that Zoe lobbied for QVC to carry XXS. The New Jersey native has been the subject of much controversy over her weight, or lack of it. In one almost shocking scene in her Bravo reality show, “The Rachel Zoe Project,” Zoe’s backbones stuck out like knives from her backless gown.

We doubt that most of QVC’s female customers are a size XXS. But with QVC and HSN trying to draw younger, hipper and we assume –skinnier — women shoppers, we guess it makes sense to create a new smaller size.

Some posters on QVC’s online forums were thrilled that QVC was “finally” offering XXS.

We were trying on jeans in Target tonight, and got a good look at our thighs in the dressing room mirror. We don’t think we’ll be ordering QVC’s new XXS any time soon.

QVC Vendor And Celebrity Stylist Rachel Zoe Helps Out On Model Naomi Campbell’s Haiti Fundraiser

February 13, 2010

Reed-thin QVC vendor Rachel Zoe is not only appearing on the home shopping network’s telecasts from Fashion Week at Bryant Park, she lent a hand to model Naomi Campbell last night.

Celebrity stylist Zoe did what she does best, and styled “Fashion for Relief,” the runway show that Campbell organized to raise money for devastated Haiti. The New York Post’s Page Six wrote about the event at Bryant Park.

QVC will kick off its live telecasts from Bryant Park for Fashion Week tonight, and it will introduce five designers that are new to the network.

Celebrity Stylist Rachel Zoe and Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs, Vendors On QVC and HSN, Makes New York Post’s List Of Trendsetters This Decade

December 31, 2009

Two home shopping vendors, celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe and rapper-entrepreneur Sean “Diddy” Combs, both made the New York Post’s list in its “A Decade of Trends” story Thursday.

Zoe, who does a fashion and accessory line for QVC, was lauded by the Post for building “a career on perfect taste, an eye for vintage and a knack for pulling fabulous gowns.” Zoe, who does “The Rachel Zoe Project” for Bravo, is pictured with client Nicole Richie.

Combs, who sold out his fragrances during is recent debut on HSN, won high praise from the Post. “By far, one of the greatest retail successes that doesn’t make us want to barf is Sean John — the label launched in the late ’90s by music mogul Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs,” the Post wrote.

The Post said that this “early entry in the celebrity clothing-line genre” has “staying power.”

Wall Street Guys, Don’t Diss Celebrity Stylist Rachel Zoe’s Faux Fur Vest For QVC

October 16, 2009

QVC has a lot of celebrities on now — from Ellen DeGeneres to Rachel Ray to celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe — who have their own TV shows where they can promote their QVC lines, the home shopping network’s chief told analysts Friday.

But why did everyone laugh or poke fun at Zoe’s faux fur vest? We like it, guys.

QVC CEO Mike George, at an investors day Friday for the network’s parent Liberty Media, outlined the channel’s strategy for working with TV celebrities. The idea is to “bring engaging personalities” to QVC who have their own fan base and platform to to promote QVC. DeGeneres has her daytime talk show, will be a judge on “American Idol,” and sells premium pet food on QVC, for example.

QVC used to just care about how many items it sold, not viewership. But that has changed under new owner Liberty.

George said that when DeGeneres is on QVC, “We see a huge spike in ratings. We see good sales as well, but what we really care about are these ratings, because we know as we aggregate eyeballs and extend our viewership, we’re introducing more and more people who were QVC skeptics to a really different and interesting experience. We know they’ll come back. We know some percentage of them will become customers for life.”

Zoe has her own show on Bravo, “The Rachel Zoe Project,” as well as a line of accessories for QVC.

George showed a video clip of her talking about that faux fur vest we mentioned, which sells for $79. We were not at the Liberty conference (we listened to the Web cast). But we heard some twitters (laughing, not social messaging) from the audience during the Zoe video. Guys, be nice!

But we guess QVC is laughing all the way to the bank. Zoe kicked off her new line when QVC did a remore shoot during Fashion Week in Manhattan, and George said that event did very well.

“When you marry a compelling personality like Rachel Zoe, a fabulous product like that faux fur vest — that I know all of you are eyeing — a Fashion Week remote under the tents of Bryant Park, and a whole lot of pre-show publicty….(the show) did $200,000 per minute in sales and even more exciting for us, brought in 17 new customers per minute. That is 14 times our average rate of new–customer acquisition for apparel items,” George said.

As an aside, George said very tongue in cheek that the faux fur vest, “I regret to tell you is sold out.”

Hey, QVC shoppers gave it rave reviews on the network’s Web site.