Posts Tagged ‘Dennis Basso’

QVC Furrier Basso’s Shop Robbed In Big Heist

December 27, 2016

Jersey boy QVC vendor Dennis Basso did not have a Merry Christmas: Thieves stole millions of dollars worth of sable coats from his chi-chi Madison Avenue salon.

The gravel-voiced furrier was the victim of discerning robbers who broke into his shop at 5 a.m. Christmas Eve, an action that was recorded on video security cameras.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/26/nyregion/thieves-with-discriminating-taste-steal-sable-furs-from-new-york-shop.html?_r=0

The crooks struck while Basso was celebrating the holidays in Aspen, Colorado — far from his roots in Morris County, where we also grew up.

The robbers only took the shop’s most pricey coats, the sables, which in some cases were worth $200,000 each.

Of course, Basso’s QVC wares are faux, not real, fur.

Hot Off The Press: Stars Are Selling On QVC

March 7, 2016

Here’s a hot scoop for you: Celebs are selling products on home shopping networks!

Who’d a thunk such a thing?

You’re not surprised? Well, we guess you don’t work for the New York Daily News.

The tabloid run a puff piece on QVC Sunday with the headline “Shopping Network Lures Celebs: A Who’s Who On The ‘Q'” about famous names hawking their wares in West Chester, Penn.

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/celebrities-trading-nyc-qvc-shopping-network-article-1.2554174

QVC vendors Dennis Basso, Lisa Rinna, Jill Martin and Brad Goreski, creative director for the newly revived C. Wonder line, are quoted in the piece, and even posed together for a photo.

“This is where the cool kids hang out,” Rinna told the News, referring to the home shopping network.

The most interesting tidbit to us was that Martin, the “Today” correspondent, sold 50,000 G.I.L.I. wrap belts on day. We think it was a TSV.

HSN, which is really overladen with celebs, must be burning that it wasn’t included in the story.

Miss Piggy, Joan Rivers Star On QVC’s Red Carpet L.A. Show

February 21, 2014

QVC is heading out to the Left Coast for the fifth consecutive year to broadcast for the awards season with “Red Carpet Style — Live from L.A.” Miss Piggy and Lisa Rinna will be among those on hand (aren’t they the same person?).

The three-hour program will air next Friday from 9 p.m. to midnight, televising from the Wetherly Gardens at the Four Seasons Beverly Hills.

Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers

For this shindig QVC jewelry vendor and E! Network’s “Fashion Police” host Joan Rivers will be on the carpet with designers Lori Goldstein, Dennis Basso, Mark Zunino, Bob Mackie and Isaac Mizrahi.

Nicole Richie and Rinna, along with celebrity stylist Jen Rade, will introduce new items as well.

Additionally, as part of QVC’s collaboration with Lifetime’s “Project Runway All Stars,” Season 3 winner Seth Aaron Henderson will join the lineup at this star-fest. Henderson will present two new styles from his QVC collection, which had three sellouts in its January debut.

Seth Aaron Henderson

Seth Aaron Henderson

The program will mark the debut of Styled by Joe Zee, a collection from ELLE magazine Creator Director Joe Zee.

Oy vey! Miss Piggy – star of “Muppets Most Wanted” – will be showing off her Haute Tote, the VIP gift bag she created for the event. A consumer version of the bag will also be available for purchase on QVC.com.

Mark Zunino

Mark Zunino

But wait — there’s more, much much more.

JAI John Hardy will be presenting new croco-textured jewelry styles, and there will be diamond pieces from Michael Beaudry and Bronzo Italia designs.

On the beauty front, QVC will have Edward Bess, bareMinerals, Kate Somerville and Sarah Potempa.

“We have really enjoyed seeing the evolution of this annual event and are very excited to invite our viewers to experience this year’s broadcast,” QVC U.S. CEO Claire Watts said in a canned statement. “We’re proud to collaborate with such talented designers and noteworthy brands to offer exciting products that were created especially for this red carpet event.”

Rivers’ cohort on “Fashion Police,” George Kotsiopoulos, will serve as the QVC red carpet correspondent, interviewing celebrities as they arrive and encouraging guests to share pictures using #QVCRedCarpet.

Highlights of those images will be displayed throughout the gardens via the DELLInstaGallery, which consists of multiple gallery-style walls featuring digital screens for a unique social sharing experience. Finally, the InstaGlam Suite powered by HALO, a leader in portable power, will be a hub for social networking within the event and will be hosted by fashion personality and television host Jeannie Mai.

Furrier, QVC Vendor Dennis Basso’s Sets Off Buzz He’s Looking For TV Show

February 12, 2013

Dennis Basso

Dennis Basso


Is couture furrier, and QVC vendor, Dennis Basso jockeying to get his own show on a TV network other than the home shopping channel?

That’s what the New York Post’s Page Six said Monday. An item in the gossip column noted that Basso, a Jersey boy who does faux fur coats for QVC, is celebrating his 30 years in fashion.

http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/basso_profundo_6m9TYgT4aENZEcqRtoIx3M?utm_medium=Facebook&utm_content=++++++Page+Six&utm_campaign=SFFBPageSix&utm_source=SocialFlow

Page Six said that Basso is doing his fashion show Tuesday at Lincoln Center, and that some of his loyal customers — Joan Collins, fellow QVC vendor Joan Rivers and Ivana Trump would be in the front row.

The column also noted that last week Basso was spied at lunch with two bigwig CAA agents, which started the rumor mill going that he might be trying to line-up a TV show.

If QVC vendors Isaac Mizrahi, Rachel Zoe and Heidi Klum can do it, to name just a few, why not Basso?

Why, Why, Why?: Dennis Basso Perfume, HSN Billboards And Coke On HSN

December 8, 2012

There are many things that perplex us in life, and we are going to talk about three that got to us today.

First of all, in one of the five newspapers who scan each day, we saw an ad for Dennis Basso perfume. This old queen from New Jersey has QVC’s Friday Today’s Special Value, a reversible faux fur coat. We looked online, and QVC is also hawking his perfume today.

We guess if Snooki can do a perfume, most anyone can, including booming Basso. But why? He’s a furrier and upscale coat designer who slums on QVC. Why do we need perfume from him?

Dennis Basso

Dennis Basso

Next, this afternoon we were driving on Route 3 in East Rutherford, N.J., near the Meadowlands Sports Complex,, where the Giants play, and we swear we so a digital billboard for HSN. Maybe we misread it. We do need new contact lens, after all. A highway billboard? Were we hallucinating?

Third, we got a press release about HSN’s partnership with the Coca-Cola Co. “to create a robust and entertaining multi-year merchandise, marketing and digital experience that sparks further collaboration with both brands in 2013.”

The marriage will “intertwine” the Coca-Cola brand into HSN’s programming events throughout the year including seasonal celebrations.

“The partnership will include the most extensive online store of Coca-Cola merchandise in the world, HSN merchandise added to the My Coke Rewards store for Coke fans, as well as engaging programming and unique multiplatform content throughout the year,” the release said.

Wow, Coke items. Whoop-de-do!

We’d be embarrassed to be walking around with stuff that had the Coke logo emblazoned on it.

There is one saving grace for this partnership. A HSN Cares campaign with Diet Coke in support of The Heart Truth will be launched in February.

“We are very excited about this robust partnership between HSN and The Coca-Cola Company in 2013. True collaborative partnerships inspire our organization, our partners and most importantly our customers,” said Bill Brand, HSN’s executive vice president of programming, marketing and business development. “HSN is dedicated to offering our customers fun, engaging retail opportunities and we look forward to introducing the HSN experience to a new audience and evoking that iconic moment of happiness that embodies the Coca-Cola brand.”

Bill, say what?

Supposedly “perfect for anyone on your holiday gift list” (not anyone on our’s), the HSN assortment of Coca-Cola-branded merchandise will include “popular” Coca-Cola items “as well as never before seen, exclusive products that will excite everyone from the casual enthusiast to the avid collector.”

Sorry, we can’t see anyone getting really excited about this stuff.

The extraordinary collection spans a variety of styles from modern to nostalgic and feature items across all categories including kitchen appliances, home decor, toys, sporting goods, and fashion. When the store is complete on HSN.com, it will be the largest online Coca-Cola store in the world.

HSN Cares, the philanthropic arm of HSN, will be partnering with Diet Coke on the The Heart Truth campaign, a national awareness campaign for women about heart disease, sponsored by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI).

Dedicating the entire month of February to heart health awareness, HSN will create exclusive merchandise where a portion of the proceeds will be donated to programs supporting women’s heart health. HSN will also support the cause with a 24-hour dress event featuring specially designed red dresses by HSN’s designers and be a part of the annual Red DressSM event during New York Fashion Week.

“Partnering with HSN gives us the opportunity to leverage their innovative digital platforms and engaged customer base to introduce the world of Coca-Cola to a whole new audience,” said Stuart Kronauge, vice president of Coca-Cola Trademark Brands at Coca-Cola Co. “Fans of our brand will be able to experience it like never before, and we look forward to working with HSN to elevate our brand in new and exciting ways.”

Furrier Dennis Basso, Set To Marry His Partner, Joins The Home Collection Bandwagon For QVC

November 8, 2011

Must every fashion designer expand their “brand,” one our our most hated words, to create home collections?

Apparently, the ones one home shopping networks do.

We peeked at QVC afte midnight to check out the Today’s Special Value, and saw it was a $50 faux fur throw from Dennis Basso (a New Jersey boy). Basso has a new home line for QVC, which includes faux fur rugs, bedding, pillows and candles.

Isaac Mizrahi, of course, is doing not only apparel and accessories for QVC but also a home line.

And jewelry wizard Robert Lee Morris did a home line for QVC, mostly dishes, that didn’t seem to get much traction.

Basso has a lot going on. The New York Post’s Page Six reported on Halloween that Basso was going to be marrying his partner of 20 years, Michale Cominotto, at the swank Pierre in Manhattan next month.

http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/tiara_time_at_shower_xgScaROOvtQq5TwkTKfaWI

There was a bridal wedding shower for the couple recently at Le Cirque.

According to the Post, Basso’s nuptials will be the first same-sex marriage in the 81-year history of the Pierre.

Congrats Dennis.

Faux Fur Is Big At QVC’s Fashion’s Night Out Event In Soho

September 9, 2011

We’re still here standing and blogging on a QVC laptop at its Fashion’s Night Out shindig in Soho.

In addition to getting our photo taken with QVC host Lisa Robertson, we also had one done with us wearing a fat, long-haired black faux fur vest from Marc Bouwer. It looked great on the rack, but there is no mirror to check out how you look. We guess it will be a nice surprise when we download the photo.

Us and our fat cheeks in a fat faux fur

QVC has a whole rack of faux fur jackets and vests from vendors such as Bouwer, Rachel Zoe and Dennis Basso.

You’re free to try them on and have a very cute blond photographer take a photo of you wearing one.

QVC Horns In On The Oscar’s Red-Carpet Glitz In LA Another Year

February 23, 2011

QVC will be back in Cali this weekend for the second year in a row to ride the red-carpet coattails of the Oscars.

Claiming that it got “impressive viewership” with its first such broadcast, “Buzz on the Red Carpet – Live from LA” will, or so the press release says, QVC “once again take viewers behind-the-scenes with exclusive content from top fashion designers, beauty newsmakers, celebrities and more.”

There will be two live broadcasts, this Friday at 9 p.m. (ET) and Saturday at 8 p.m. (ET).

During the shindig at the Four Seasons Hotel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills, “Gossip Girl” actress Kelly Rutherford will finally debut her luxury handbag line during the Saturday broadcast.

“Much like New York during Fashion Week, there is no place like Los Angeles during awards season,” QVC U.S. CEO Claire Watts said in a canned statement. “’The Buzz’ on the Red Carpet broadcast aims to offer engaging programming that takes our viewers where they want to go. With our lineup of personalities and industry experts, we feel confident that this season will be full of excitement for our customers.”

Fashion designers including Isaac Mizrahi, Dennis Basso and Marc Bouwer are scheduled to appear during the broadcasts along with Lori Goldstein, the Kardashians and Melania Trump.

Actor Matthew McConaughy’s girlfriend (and mother of his child) Camila Alves and costume designer Janie Bryant, of “Mad Men,” will also present their latest collections. They will join some of the best in the beauty business including Kate Somerville, Josie Maran, Laura Geller, Smashbox and Tarte, among others, will be on hand.

QVC.com will host a special online preview of the event now through Friday.

QVC Host Lisa Robertson And Dennis Basso In Vogue For Manhattan Makeover Shoot

February 1, 2011

We’ve been hearing and reading bits and pieces about QVC’s ad shoot at Vogue magazine — from host Lisa Robertson and furrier Dennis Basso — and today got a message from one of the makeover women. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves.

Robertson and Basso, on the air and on Facebook, have been talking about the Vogue shoot last week. For an ad set to run in the April issue, QVC sent a horde of its vendors to the Big Apple to make-over four women.

QVC host Lisa Robertson made a good impression on at least one of the makeover women

One of those women, blogger Melody Lesser, posted on our blog today.

“I had the pleasure of meeting Lisa Robertson last week while I was in NYC for a QVC/Vogue photo shoot,” Lesser wrote.

“I, and three other women, were chosen for a QVC makeover and to model Dennis Basso’s beautiful new clothing line. The experience was amazing. Lisa Robertson is beautiful and charming and made us all feel comfortable and welcome. Love Dennis Basso. He’s handsome, charismatic and gracious. His clothes are beautiful. The entire experience was one I’ll never forget.”

Lesser writes the blog EverBeautifu.com, and posted an account of how she was chosen for the makeover and what it was like.

The vendors that took part included not only Basso but also Josie Maran, Shoshanna Gruss (Jerry Seinfeld’s ex-) and Suze Orman, who apparently did financial makeoevers for the women.

Last week Robertson wrote on Facebook, “I am in NY working on a project for QVC, it has been a lot of fun. We had lunch at ‘Vogue’s’ offices today. It was like being in the movie ‘The September Issue.’ That was definitely a first for me, (check it off the ‘bucket list!). We are really getting snow here now, it is a mess. Perfect weather to stay in and go to bed early :)”

Later in the week she wrote, “Just walked in the door and I am beat! New York was a mess this morning. We were there to shoot an ad for Vogue that is supposed to be in the April issue. It is part of a project for National Makeover Day and it was a lot of fun. I will try to post some pic’s and more info soon.”

She did post photos, including a really cute one of her and Maran getting giggly.

Basso also posted a gallery on Facebook of the shoot, which included a shot of him and photographer Art Streiber.

CNN’s Hot Scoop: News Network’s Einsteins Discover That QVC Has ‘Arrived’

September 22, 2010

Kim Kardashian was interviewed by CNN about selling her new clothing line on QVC

A year ago when we started this blog, Gawker and The Wall Street Journal were still making fun of QVC and HSN (cubic zirconia, yada yada). In fact, Gawker called HSN a purveyor of “useless crap,” we believe the wording was.

Back then we’d already observed that with the economy, and retail sales, tanking, high-end vendors and designers from Judith Ripka to Dennis Bass to Vivienne Tam to Robert Lee Morris had developed lines for home shopping networks.

Well, CNN woke up discovered that fact this month. Here is a clip that Jersey boy Basso, furrier to the stars, posted on his Facebook page Wednesday.

The CNN story on QVC going upscale was shot during New York Fashion Week, and includes interviews with Isaac Mizrahi, QVC CEO Mike George and Kim Kardashian. We also see a tape of host Lisa Robertson at QVC’s pop-up shop at Rock Center.

Jon Klein, wake up your retail reporters, please.