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Diva Liza Minnelli’s New HSN Apparel And Jewelry Line Is Not As Colorful As Her Past

June 25, 2010

Liza Minnelli

Believe it or not, Liza Minnelli will be appearing on HSN next Wednesday to kick off the home shopping network’s 33rd birthday in July. Ms. “New York, New York” will be premiering an apparel and jewelry line inspired by her own wardrobe and baubles.

HSN announced back in May that it had rounded up Minnelli for its big birthday festivities, in which it is partnering with Harrah’s for a multi-million dollar promotion that will be shot on-site in Las Vegas.

HSN has already begun running promos with Minnelli for her June 30 appearance, and those eager to see what The Liza Collection is all about can now find her mechandise on

Jewelry is our thing, and we think Minnelli’s fashion jewelry pieces for HSN are OK, but nothing particularly different or earth-shattering. She has one of the largest collections of Elsa Peretti jewelry in the world, and several of her jewelry items appear to have been “Inspired” by Perretti, including two pendants on cords.

Peretti now designs for Tiffany & Co.

Minnelli’s HSN clothing includes a black velvet halter jumpsuit, black velvet pants and a velvet jacket, an odd assortment of items to be selling when it’s 95 degrees out with 90 percent humidity.

It’s interesting that HSN is partnering with a scandal-stained, albeit talented, figure like Minnelli. She’s been keepig a pretty low profile, but several years ago she was constant fodder in the Big Apple tabloids. That was when she “married” David Guest in 2002, where singer Michael Jackson served as best man and Elizabeth Taylor was maid of honor.

We just don’t believe, and not that there’s anything wrong with that, that Guest plays on the same team as Liza and The Homeshoppingista, if you catch our drift. And they both filed for divorce in 2003, after just over a year of marraiage.

And then in their incredibly nasty divorce proceedings, Gest alleges that he was a victim of domestic violence during their ill-fated marriage. There were lots of other ugly accusations.

However, in January 2007 Minnelli and Gest finally settled their bitter differences and had a no-fault divorce.

Minnellli’s had a rocky life, like her mom legend Judy Garland. And she’s got talent, and is a survivor. So in the end, that’s all that matters.

Believe It Or Not, Rachel Zoe, Michael Jackson And The Beatles Helped Drive QVC’s First Quarterly Sales Growth Since Early Last Year

November 9, 2009

QVC reported its best quarterly earnings Monday since early last year, with officials giving celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, Michael Jackson and the Beatles some of the credit. But the picture for the last nine months wasn’t so rosy.

During a third-quarter conference call for QVC parent Liberty Media, QVC president and CEO Mike George said that the No. 1 home shopping network is seeing the benefit of cost management and “and what appears to be some stabilization of consumer spending in the U.S.”

He also claimed that QVC is taking marketshare from a broad array of retailers, in part by drawing in new customers with big names like Zoe.

QVC domestic posted $1.098 billion in revenue the third quarter, a 2 percent increase from $1.073 billion in the year-ago period and “our first positive sales growth since early last year,” George told analysts on the call for John Malone’s Liberty.

Nonetheless, QVC’s domestic revenue in the first nine months ended Sept. 30 dropped 4.3 percent, to $3.308 billion from $3.430 billion, compared to the prior-year period, according to the 10-Q Liberty Media filed Monday.

In the third quarter QVC’s strongest gains were in the categories of beauty, accessories, consumer electronics, and cooking and household goods, according to George. As in prior quarters, jewely and apparel sales remained soft, but the rate of decline in jewelry has moderated as the weakness QVC has seen in gold jewelry was partically offset by stronger sales for lower-priced fashion jewelry lines, George said.

Adjusted OIBDA at QVC domestic was $244 million in the quarter, a 10% gain from $221 million a year ago. The 10 percent increase is “our strongest profit growth since the fourth quarter of 2006,” George told analysts.

QVC was particularly encouraged by the new customers it gained in the third quarter, a 9% increase, “our highest rate of new-customer growth in the last seven years,” according to George.

More importantly, the total spending of new customers increased 18 percent, he said.

Answering questions from analysts, George said that QVC’s improved results and jump in new customers was a result of: the shifting of its product mix, to more fitness and consumer electronics versus jewelry and apparel; popular entertainment offerings like CD sets and other Jackson merchandise and a remixed Beatles set,; more aggressive marketing; and the addition of high-profile names such as Zoe, the celebrity stylist who has a show on Bravo.

The QVC chief also cited the network’s deal with Liz Claiborne. QVC will sell the Liz Claiborne New York line and has forged a partnership with the clothier’s creative director Izaac Mizrahi, formerly with Target.

Mizrahi, who like Zoe has a show on Bravo, is doing a premium line of apparel and home goods for QVC that will debut Dec. 4, George said. Mizrahi’s program is “The Fashion Show,” while Zoe has “The Rachel Zoe Project.”

QVC has also been helped by gaining better channel positions on cable lineups, a second slot on DirecTV, and the addition of its HD network, which essentially gives it two slots. The HD service has 25 million subscribers.

“We’re confident that we will emerge from the current economic turmoil in a much stronger position, having made significant gains in our strategy to build a unique multimedia shopping experience,” George said. “We believe our focus on offering compelling, exclusive products and programming – while avoiding destructive price competition – is helping us drive accelerating share gains against the broad retail market while also protecting margins.”

QVC has gained share in consumer electronics, beauty, accessories and handbags, and retained its marketshare in jewelry and apparel, its CEO said.

The network has “built a prestige beauty business,” according to George.

Liberty Media president and CEO Greg Maffei led the conference call.