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QVC Is Dumping Fashion Designer Louis Dell’Olio’s Line, And His ‘Linea Ladies’ Are Irate

April 13, 2010

Award-winning fashion designer Louis Dell’Olio just celebrated the 10th anniversary of his Linea line for QVC. And apparently it’s his last anniversary there, since QVC is dropping his collection, which has his fans furious with the home shopping network.

On his blog Monday, Dell’Olio gave his QVC fans the bad news.

“As of this writing, QVC has informed me that there are no new Linea products or reorders planned for Fall 2010,” Dell’Olio blogged. “It saddens me to tell you this, but I will never lie to my loyal customers whom I consider my friends. I will continue to connect with all of you and keep you informed of my upcoming shows. I can’t believe I have completed 10 very successful years on QVC. During this time it has been my extreme pleasure to get to know all of you……….with much LOVE……..Louis.”

News that Dell ‘Olio was being dumped by QVC set the network’s online forums on fire. Irate viewers have rallied to try to keep him on the air, even setting up a Twitter address for the fight.

“All of us are heartsick at the decision by QVC to discontinue the Linea line, effective this fall, when there will be no new items or reorders offered by QVC for the Linea by Louis Dell’Olio line,” one “Linea Lady” wrote on QVC’s fashion forum. “Let’s keep that thread going and growing, so that the corporate types can be informed of our anger and sadness and how much we admire the Linea line and Louis Dell’Olio.”

She outlined the plan of action to save Dell’Olio.

“We also need to start an ‘action’ thread, and a ‘brigade’ similar to the wonderful grassroots effort started by the ‘sisters of the measurement brigade’ whose valiant fight against the Q decision to stop giving measurements on clothing led to QVC finally relenting, admitting they were wrong, and now providing very detailed measurements,” she wrote.

She went on, “Let the action begin by the Linea Ladies brigade. We now have a Twitter site…We also have a private e-mail address, for those who want to communicate about actions to support Louis/Linea but might not want to post on a public bulletin board. We will be posting further contact information and ways to support Louis.”

Another QVC poster wrote, “It would also be a good idea for those of us who have had e-mail contacts with other fashion hosts in the past to e-mail them and relate your disappointment/anger or whatever about the Q decision on Linea. It could help if the hosts who do fashion shows and have probably worked with him hear from us directly. They could then bring up the customer outrage in meetings with Q ‘powers that be.'”

Dell’Olio’s credentials are impeccable. In 1973, he joined Anne Klein with his friend and former classmate, Donna Karan. When Klein died in 1974, Dell’Olio and Karan took over the company’s helm for 10 years, winning three Coty awards, the equivalent of the Oscar for fashion. When Karan left Anne Klein, Dell’Olio stayed on as vice president of design.

On Monday Dell’Olio’s QVC fans were also voiced their anger directly on his blog.

“I, too, am speechless at this terrible news,” wrote one woman. “I feel like there has been a death in the family. As soon as I regain my composure, I will be calling Mike George, the president of QVC, to demand this stupid decision be reversed. I will also be writing a “snail mail” letter to him and to the corporate owners of QVC (John Malone/ Liberty Media) and will be posting contact information on the Q fashion forum for fellow Linea Ladies to do the same.”

Another poster told Dell’Olio simply, “I am stunned. Louis, if you are not allowed to bring us new designs and reorder the items we love but weren’t fortunate enough to order before they sold out, I will be heartbroken. You truly are the bright light in QVC fashion. You exemplify the Q in QVC. Rest assured, if you have to take your line to a different shopping venue, I will follow. And I will bring all of my business with me. Without you, there is no Q in QVC. Please keep us apprised of the status of your line at the Q. I am totally distraught at this news!”

We have contacted QVC, but haven’t heard back from its PR folks yet. Maybe it’s all a misunderstanding.

From Neiman Marcus To QVC: Jewelry Designer Stephen Dweck’s Arrival On Home Shopping With Dweck Diamonds, Not Dweck Cubic Zirconia

October 28, 2009

For jewelry lovers, designer Stephen Dweck’s debut on QVC Tuesday night caused quite a buzz. And his premiere didn’t disappoint.

“I was able to finally be a jeweler, but for America,”  said Dweck, who looked more like a bespectacled professor than a red-carpet jewelry designer. “I’m really proud of what I’ve done here tonight.” 

His nature-inspired Dweck Diamonds, crafted out of silver and 14 carat gold, ranged in price from $55 for a ring to $604 for a gorgeous swirl necklace

Dweck, who was quite modest and charming, has worked on his QVC line for more than a year. In New York, we would call him a mensch. His company is a family business, with his mom and brothers part of the operation. He said he fans are called “Dweckettes.”

During his premiere show Dweck said, “Jewelry is such  an important part of our lives, whether we admit it or not,”  calling his QVC pieces “future heirlooms.”

A few years ago Dweck had a trunk show at the Neiman Marcus in Short Hills, N.J., and we purchased our first and only piece of his jewelry: a big necklace with large pieces of bright red bamboo coral. It was very much a signature Dweck piece.

We have blanked out how much we paid for it, but we remember it was a lot for us. But we wanted one of Dweck’s pieces. Host Lisa Robertson also said she had some of his jewelry. 

Dweck’s upscale “bench” jewelry is exactly the kind we love: huge, chunky necklaces, rings and bracelets with enormous semi-precious stones. It’s very distinctive. You know one of Dweck’s high-end pieces when you see it.

But his line for QVC is totally different in style from his upscale jewelry. First of all, his QVC jewely incorporates “a kiss of diamonds,” as Robertson put it.

And second, the pieces are on a small, delicate scale, not featuring big rock-like stones. The Dweck Diamonds jewelry is inspired by nature, featuring flowers (the “Caroline” collection) and branch-like and bud-like features (the “Fortuna” collection).

The Caroline and Fortuna collections are named after his two daughters, Dweck said. And the flower-design comes from the flowers that Dweck, an avid gardener,  grows in  Brooklyn, he told Robertson. The third Dweck collection, the Fortuna Black collection, has a black rhodium finish.

Dweck did a very traditional design, a heart in the Fortuna Black collection, that looked like it was made out of a miniature twigs, with a bark-like texture. The QVC pieces are modeled after real branches Dweck has in his studio.

Dweck is so passionate about jewelry, it was a pleasure to watch him. He says he gets ideas for his work when he dreams at night, and scribbles them down in the dark.

“It makes me very proud to be a jeweler,” he said, talking about his Fortuna Black Criss Cross Bangle.

Dweck started out studying sculpture, and several of his pieces are in museums, including the Metroplitan Museum of Art.

Dweck is also a great cook, dishing up lunch for Robertson when she visited his studio, she told viewers.

So for those who still use the words “cubic zirconia” to describe home shoppings networks: HELLO!

Luxury jewelry designers such as Judith Ripka and Robert Lee Morris all have lower-priced lines for QVC. Morris designs runway jewelry for fashion designer Donna Karan. We’re very happy he is doing sterling silver for QVC. Dweck is in very good company.

Of  his QVC line, Dweck said, “Jeweler meets artist, and vice versa.” We agree.