Posts Tagged ‘Halston’

Halston Line Comes To QVC Sept. 10

August 28, 2015

It must be throwback Friday. Halston is making a comeback on QVC.

The H by Halston collection is scheduled to debut exclusively on QVC on Sept. 10. The home shopping network describes the line as “contemporary designs inspired by the iconic American brand, will be presented by respected fashion historian and style authority Cameron Silver, who has been named Fashion Director of H by Halston.”

The goods range in price from $32 to $399, and include knits, pants, dresses and jumpsuits.

“Bucket bags, totes and more in buttery leather and rich hues add sophistication to any outfit,” the QVC press release says. “The footwear category completes the collection with sophisticated pumps, casual and comfortable flats and classic boots.”

“Every fashion brand has a story and we’re excited to bring the H by Halston story to QVC,” says Rachel Ungaro, QVC’s vice president of fashion and beauty merchandising. “The collection will continue the iconic style and legendary aesthetic in a modern way that is relevant to all women.”

Silver will be providing commentary and styling tips.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to represent a brand that has such a rich history,” says Silver. “To be able to share my fashion knowledge and enthusiasm for these pieces through QVC is truly a dream come true. I can’t wait to share the collection so others can fall in love with it like I have.”

QVC Vendor Xcel Brands Buys C. Wonder Retailer

July 21, 2015

Yet again, thanks for the tip, dear reader.

Xcel Brands Inc., which owns several brands that appear on QVC, said Monday that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire the C. Wonder brand, consisting of the “C. Wonder” trademarks and related designs and other intellectual property rights.

C. Wonder is the preppy retail company founded by billionaire Chris Burch, the ex-husband of designer Tory Burch. C. Wonder filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in January and closed all its stores, including the one it had in the Garden State Plaza in Paramus, N.J., mall capital of the world, according to Business Insider.

Xcel, a brand management firm, was founded by Robert W. D’Loren in 2011 and owns the Isaac Mizrahi, Judith Ripka, H by Halston and H Halston brands, and designs and manages the Liz Claiborne New York brand, which is sold exclusively on QVC.

Of course, we all know that Mizrahi and Ripka have a strong presence on the No. 1 home shopping network.

The closing of the acquisition is subject to board approval and customary closing conditions.

Xcel is mum on its plans for C. Wonder: It said it will provide further information once it completes the deal.

Can we expect to see C. Wonder products being hawked on QVC in the future?

Here’s the boilerplate on C. Wonder:

The C. Wonder brand was founded by J. Christopher Burch in 2011 to offer a wide-ranging assortment of beautiful, versatile and spirited products that are designed to transport its customers to a place they have never been.

C. Wonder offered women’s clothing, footwear, jewelry and accessories; housewares and home decor, great gifts, and a shopping experience designed to deliver delightful surprises at every turn.

Burch Acquisition, LLC, which is controlled by Mr. Burch, acquired the C. Wonder brand (including its trademarks and related intellectual property rights) following its chapter 11 filing in 2015, in order to explore strategic opportunities to re-develop and expand the C. Wonder brand.

QVC To Premiere Halston Apparel Line In September

May 16, 2015

Halston is coming to QVC, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Halston, the fashion designer who partied with Andy Warhol at Studio 54 in the 1970s, is alive through the licensing of his name. And it was recently announced that Cameron Silver, a Left Coast boutique owner, has been named fashion director for the H by Halston and H Halston brands.

QVC will debut H by Halston in September, with Silver hawking the apparel, the Times reported Friday.

The Halston name has had several owners, included indie film producer Harvey Weinstein. The name is now owned by Xcel Brands, which also owns the brands of two other QVC vendors, Isaac Mizrahi and Judith Ripka.

The 128-piece H by Halston line has caftans, dresses, jumpsuits, shoes and accessories, according to the Times. Prices are $32 to $339.

Home Shopping Vendors Randolph Duke, Bradley Bayou and Rachel Zoe All Did Stints At Troubled Halston

September 5, 2011

What happens when you design for the Halston company, and leave? Apparently, you become a vendor on a home shopping network.

The Sunday Styles section of The New York Times today did a story headlined “The Men (And Women) Who Would Be Halston.” It is about the parade of fashion designers and executives who have tried to replace Halston since his death 21 years ago.

If you’re a home shopper, you’ll recognize several names in the story, namely Randolph Duke, Bradley Bayou and Rachel Zoe. Little did we know that Duke, who does a line for HSN, was hired by the Halston company in 1996. Duke was a former design director for Henri Bendel, which we also didn’t know.

Halston alum Bradley Bayou now has a line on QVC, in addition to his couture collection in LA

BTW, the story says that Duke “now sells dresses on the Home Shopping Network Web site,” which raises several questions. For example, any designer who has an active line on HSN (it’s correct name, New York Times) appears on the network to hawk their wares. If a line is on its way out, HSN usually just sells the stuff, often on clearance, on its website. So what’s up with Duke and HSN?

We’re told that Duke’s Halston line in 1997 was critically acclaimed, and that he dressed actress Minnie Driver for the 1998 Oscars.

But things went sour soon. “Fabric bills were not being paid on time,” Duke told The Times, and he quit.

In 2002 LA designer Bayou, who has a collection on QVC, was brought in. Said to have a celebrity clientele, he did a line called Bradley Bayou for Halston. Apparently Queen Latifah, now an HSN vendor, and Oprah Winfrey wore his garments.

But things went sour soon. When Bayou asked the Halston company for more cash for advertising, it said no. Bayou bounced in 2005.

The Times quoted Bayou as saying, “I feel like I let him (Halston) down, and he’s rolling over in his grave.”

Movie maven Harvey Weinstein bought Halston in 2007 for $25 million, and Zoe, who now has a line on QVC, was named creative director.

But things went sour soon, and Zoe exited by 2008.

Got that all, folks?