Posts Tagged ‘Isaac Mizrahi’

Did Designer Mizrahi Diss QVC ‘Sh-t’?

January 28, 2017

Noted fashion designer and QVC vendor Isaac Mizrahi, who is also launching a cabaret act, made some interesting comments about the No. 1 home shopping network in a story in the New York Post Friday.

Mizrahi was interviewed about his stint, starting next week, singing at the Cafe Carlyle in Manhattan.

http://nypost.com/2017/01/26/how-liza-minnelli-helped-isaac-mizrahi-win-the-war-on-stage-fright/

The curly-headed designer recalls imitating Barbra Streisand as a little kid, and talks about the advice that Liza Minnelli gave him to allay his stage fright when he sings.

But what caught our eye in the Post’s Q&A was this exchange:

Post: I understand your act also involves re-gifting. What are you giving away?

Mizrahi: I go to a lot of gala parties, and you get bags of stuff you don’t need, and it just collects. There’s [also] stuff that didn’t sell too well on QVC, like Christmas ornaments. How do you get your audience to like you? Give them s - - t!

So will Mizrahi be “gifting” his audiences at the Carlyle with leftover QVC items, lie ornaments? And are they the “sh-t” he refers to?

Mmmmmmmmmmm.

QVC Guru Isaac Mizrahi Featured At Jewish Museum

March 19, 2016

QVC’s design maestro, Brooklyn-born Isaac Mizrahi, is the centerpiece of a new exhibit at the Jewish Museum in the Big Apple. And “Isaac Mizrahi: An Unruly Past” has gotten a lot of press in New York, including several stories in The New York Times.

The articles we’ve seen mention up top the fashion designer’s work for QVC, as well as the collection he used to do for Target, which we loved.

The current exhibit, however, focuses on his high-end clothes. The stories are an interesting read.

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.

http://ir.xcelbrands.com/releasedetail.cfm?ReleaseID=922604

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.

http://www.businessinsider.com/xcel-brands-is-acquiring-c-wonder-2015-7?r=UK&IR=T

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.

http://xcelbrands.com/

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.

http://www.latimes.com/fashion/alltherage/la-ar-cameron-silver-halston-qvc-20150514-story.html

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.

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.

QVC, Lisa Robertson Featured On ‘Project Runway All Stars’ Tonight

December 12, 2013

Tune in to Lifetime’s “Project Runway All Stars” tonight, Thursday, if you want to see the crew design a gown for QVC host Lisa Robertson.

In a press release, the home shopping network said that on the show’s episode this week “the six remaining designers will be whisked away by helicopter to the QVC corporate headquarters in Pennsylvania where they will be challenged to design a stunning red carpet gown for QVC Program Host Lisa Robertson.”

Robertson will also serve as a guest judge along with “Mad Men” actress Elisabeth Moss (no relation), former “Project Runway All Stars” winner Mondo Guerra and returning judge Isaac Mizrahi, QVC designer guru.

Lisa Robertson is ready for her close-up on Lifetime

Lisa Robertson is ready for her close-up on Lifetime

After being named the winner of the challenge, the week’s top designer will appear on QVC with Robertson “to offer a ready-to-wear version of his or her winning design,” the release said.

On Monday night during Robertson’s PM Style” show, the winner “will experience the thrill of introducing their creation to a captive audience of consumers on live television.” Whoop-de-do!

“As a live network, we have a unique ability to affect our programming in real time, reacting to pop culture and maximizing our collaboration with ‘Project Runway All Stars,’” Karen Fonner, QVC vice president of content marketing and programming, said in a canned statement. “We are excited for Lisa to be a part of the show and are eager to introduce QVC to viewers who might not have shopped with us before seeing this challenge.”

During the Lifetime show this season, the designers have used the QVC Accessory Wall to help complete their looks for the runway. In addition to the QVC red-carpet challenge this week, the grand prize winner of “Project Runway All Stars” will design a capsule collection for QVC, scheduled to be available following the season finale in January.

“We’re pleased that our collaboration with QVC offers the winning designers the opportunity to introduce their pieces directly to consumers via multimedia exposure,” Meryl Poster, executive producer of “Project Runway All Stars,” said in her canned statement. “It’s a great way for these up-and-comers to reach a wider retail market.”

The “As Sewn on TV” episode airs tonight at 9 p.m. on Lifetime.

QVC Designer Isaac Mizrahi Directing ‘Peter & the Wolf’

December 10, 2013

QVC design maestro Isaac Mizrahi needs to spend more time working on his apparel line for the home shopping network, in our humble opinion. It’s uninspiring.

Instead, he’s got a lot of irons in the fire, including — get this — directing a concert/theatrical production of “Peter & the Wolf.”

The New York Times recently wrote about designer Mizrahi’s involvement with the holiday production at the Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan.

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/12/03/theater/isaac-mizrahi-directs-peter-the-wolf-at-the-guggenheim.html?_r=0

This year, for the first time Mizrahi is transforming the concert into “a full theatrical production,” according to The Times, directing the actors and designing the costumes and the set.

By the way, this isn’t the first production that Mizrahi has directed. And he has previously narrated “Peter & the Wolf.”

QVC Gets A Gig On ‘Project Runway All Stars’ On Lifetime

October 23, 2013

QVC has a big deal going with Lifetime’s “Project Runway All Stars,” where the home shopping network’s host Lisa Robertson will be acting as a guest judge along with — get this — “Mad Men’s” Elisabeth Moss (no relation).

QVC announced Tuesday that it is scheduled to sponsor the Accessory Wall on the design competition series, and that it will host a design challenge for the contestants. In addition, the season’s grand-prize winner will have the opportunity to design a collection for QVC.

Get ready for QVC's Lisa Robertson on 'Project Runway All Stats'

Get ready for QVC’s Lisa Robertson on ‘Project Runway All Stats’

There was a little quirk about this press release, we’ll note. Although the headline was posted on QVC.com, when we tried to open it the releases was gone. We found it by Googling it, so we don’t know what’s up what that.

“We were eager to collaborate on this season of Lifetime’s ‘Project Runway All Stars’ since it targets the interests of women that are central to our shopping community,” QVC vice president of content marketing Karen Fonner said in a canned statement in the announcement. “By aligning with the popular series, we have the opportunity to increase exposure as a fashion authority in a culturally relevant way.”

Robertson will guest judge the challenge, sponsored by QVC.

Check out this hype from the press release:

With the retailer’s reputable position in the fashion industry, Robertson has become a relatable style authority and is set to join returning judge Isaac Mizrahi, “Mad Men” actress Elisabeth Moss and former Project Runway winner Mondo Guerra. The contestant who wins the QVC challenge will have a look inspired by their design sold through the multimedia retailer following the episode.

“Given the notable fashion and accessories brands QVC offers, they were a natural fit to sponsor this season’s Accessory Wall and host a challenge,” said Meryl Poster, executive producer of “Project Runway All Stars.” “QVC also works with a range of design and style experts, including the series’ judge Isaac Mizrahi, making it well respected in the industry.”

The third season of “Project Runway All Stars” is scheduled to air on Lifetime beginning Thursday, Oct. 24.

Isaac Mizrahi’s Yom Kippur QVC Appearance Causes Stir

September 18, 2013

QVC fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi is in hot water — with the New York City Jewish community, according to the New York Daily News.

Its Confidential gossip column reported that Mizrahi’s appearance on QVC Saturday, Yom Kippur, the holiest Jewish holiday, upset local Jews. The News claims that some are calling for a boycott of his products.

http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/gossip/confidential/mizrahi-latest-proves-tough-fit-holiday-article-1.1457977

It was especially surprising to see Mizrahi working on Yom Kippur because he is from an observant Jewish family, is a graduate of a Yeshiva and co-wrote a documentary called “Kingdom of David: The Saga of the Israelites.”

We were amused to see that a charismatic celebrity rabbi/author that we once interviewed for our day job, Shmuley Boteach, was quoted about Mizrahi’s actions.

“Modern people have to learn to put values before money, and if Sandy Koufax could give up the World Series for Yom Kippur, then Isaac Mizrahi could give up a dew hours of hawking some of his wares,” Boteach told the News.