Posts Tagged ‘Nolan Miller’

Designer Mark Zunino Sued By Kleinfeld’s Over His QVC Line

July 11, 2013

Deceased designer Nolan Miller’s protege, Mark Zunino, has wound up in trouble for over his QVC gig, although we are a little confused by the brouhaha.

The New York Post reported Wednesday that Zunino is being sued by Kleinfeld Bridal, the famous New York wedding gown emporium, where he is creative design director. Kleinfeld alleges that Zunino “is undercutting its business by designing discount dresses for QVC,” the Post wrote.

http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/it_wedded_diss_960je5OwnIA0ZXFqUvmYeL

The lawsuit charges that Zunino was barred from doing any designing that would compete with his work for Kleinfeld, where he is being paid $175,000 his first year and $200,000 his second year, according to the Post.

Mark Zunino and two press-shy sisters

Mark Zunino and two press-shy sisters

Then, Kleinfeld alleges, it learned that Zunino was doing bridal apparel for Nolan Miller Inc. The court papers say that Miller, known for designer dresses for “Dynasty,” was also designing dresses for QVC. In fact, Nolan did a glamorous fashion jewelry line for QVC, not apparel.

HOwever, since Miller passed away Zunino has designed some apparel for QVC, but none of it involved wedding dresses and would not seem to compete with Kleinfeld.

http://www.qvc.com/CatalogSearch?langId=-1&storeId=10251&catalogId=10151&keyword=Mark+zunino

Nonetheless, the lawsuit charges that Zuninot can’t devote “his full efforts” to designing for Kleinfeld when he is also doing work for Nolan Miller Inc., the Post reported.

The wedding dresses that Zunino designed for Kleinfeld range in price from $6,000 to $15,000.

QVC Vendor Nolan Miller’s Facebook Page To Live On

June 11, 2012

Here’s good news for Nolan Miller’s more than 1,000 Facebook fans, who undoubtedly are still mourning the death of the classy fashion designer and QVC vendor.

There was a message on his Facebook page saying that it will be maintained.

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1141392382

Here is it:

Hello All. We would like to let you know that we will be maintaining this page as a ‘fan page.’ We will try to post occasional photos, sketches and video clips that show the beauty that Nolan created and the legacy he leaves behind.

Thank you, once again, for all your kind words and well wishes. We look forward to sharing some of the iconic (as well as some of the lesser known) images from Nolan’s career. Sincerely, the Mark Zunino Couture team.

Zunino is Miller’s talented protege. Thanks for keeping the legacy alive, Mark.

‘The Lisa Robertson Show’: You Get To Ask Lisa One Question That She Has To Answer

February 5, 2012

We caught the first “episode” of “The Lisa Robertson Show” Friday night, and it was a pretty good effort.

Lisa has her own new set, which almost looked like a living room, and she looked great with a leopard print skirt and great black boots.

Designer Mark Zunino, a protege of longtime QVC vendor and Hollywood designer Nolan Miller, introduced his new line for QVC on the show.

Our favorite guest, however, was fellow Montclair resident and talk show host Wendy Williams, who sat on a couch by Lisa and explained the inspiration for her new QVC accessories line, which is called Adorn. Lisa was on Williams’ show earlier in the week.

Wendy was cool, and had a cute conversation with Lisa, who seems addicted to hair extensions, about wigs.

A stand in for Dr. Perricone, the nationally known skin doctor, was in the house, as well, touting his latest product, or “Fountain of Youth,” as she called it. Really? Does the FDA Know about that?

All the whole shopping networks are trying to make their segments jazzier than an infomercial, in an attempt to draw in new viewers who could become new home shopping customers.

Lisa looked natural in the role of TV show host.

The one thing that did annoy us (there’s always somethin’) was Amy Stran’s presence. She was trying to do the social media thang during the show, answer questions from Facebook and Twitter, and it ground the show to a halt.

There was one interesting bit that the show will be doing: Viewers each week be able to ask Lisa one question that she MUST answer.

Now that’s an intriguing concept.

Nolan Miller Protege Mark Zunino To Bring Line To QVC

July 6, 2011

It looks like Mark Zunino, Nolan Miller’s protege, will be bringing a clothing line forr QVC.

We have none of the details, but on Facebook Mark Zunino Couture posted, “Thanks for watching this weekend! Mark is very excited to bring you some amazing new fashion designs on QVC in the near future! Stay tuned!”

Miller, the designer of luxury gowns female celebs, fought back lung cancer. He did a custume jewelry line for QVC for almost 20 years, but retired this weekend.

When Miller was too ill to appear on QVC, Zunino would fill in.

Host Lisa Robertson often wears Zunino gowns on the air, and they are stunning.

We look forward to seeing what Zunino has in mind for QVC!

Designer Nolan Miller Retires Gracefully From QVC

July 4, 2011

Famed fashion designer Nolan Miller, who battled cancer, is retiring, and so is his glamour collection on QVC.

Miller, who designed gorgeous gowns for Hollywood celebrities, has been doing fashion jewelry for QVC for 19 years. His usual sidekick on the air was host Mary Beth Roe.

“It’s as long as some marriages,” Miller said of his relationship with Mary Beth.

Today, Monday, was slated to be Miller’s final appearance on QVC.

During one of his appearances Sunday actress Ann-Margret, a Miller client, called in. She’s a favortie of ours, since we have the same birthday, April 28, and both attended Northwestern.

After wishing Miller much luck, Ann-Margret said, “We love him, and he loves his strawberry margaritas.”

A man after our own heart: He apparently dines with the actress and her husband Saturday nights.

Miller’s protege, Mark Zunino, who also appears on QVC, posted this on Facebook yesterday

“THANK YOU, everyone, for a very memorable and moving day. We’re back at our hotel, as we get ready for dinner with Mary Beth Roe. Nolan is tired, but extremely happy to feel the love and support from his QVC family over the past 20 years. We are looking forward to Nolan’s final ‘farewell’ show tomorrow.”

Miller looked relatively well, and we hope he has truly beaten his lung cancer.

Jewelry Designer Nolan Miller Returns To QVC After Two-Year Absence Due To Battle With Cancer

July 2, 2010

Clothing and jewelry designer Nolan Miller, suffering from cancer, has been absent from QVC for two years. Yes, his jewelry has still been sold on the home shopping channel, but his business partner, Mark Zunino, would present it.

Well, Miller will finally be back on QVC this Fourth of July weekend, QVC host Mary Beth Roe says on her Facebook page.

“I hope everyone is looking forward to the holiday weekend coming up!” Roe writes. “We are so blessed to live in a country with the freedoms we have, so celebrate! I’m celebrating the fact that Nolan Miller is coming to West Chester, PA, for his shows on Sun. at 7pm and Monday at 4pm. He hasn’t been able to make the trip east for almost 2 years! Join us to see him ‘live’ in the studio! 18th anniversary for him on the Q!”

The last time we saw a photo of Miller, he was looking gaunt and sickly. We hope he’s conquered his cancer.

QVC’s Red Carpet Party From L.A. Rocks With Stars Like Joan Collins, Nolan Miller’s Date

March 6, 2010

We came in late to watch QVC’s “The Buzz on the Red Carpet” from L.A. Friday night, and were surprised to see Patti Reilly in the West Chester studio.

We checked the online forums to see what we missed, and apparently the home shopping network had trouble getting its live feed from the Left Coast and Reilly had to fill in at the last minute until they got things fixed.

Anyway, we were pretty impressed with QVC’s celebrity-studded pre-Oscar event at the swank Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills. Lisa Robertson was doing the selling, while Mary Beth Roe and Shawn Killinger were conducting celebrity interviews. Joan Collins, QVC vendor Nolan Miller’s date, and Tia Carrere were among those in the house.

A still drop-dead gorgeous (and fellow Northwestern alum) Cindy Crawford was hawking Meaningful Beauty products, and former entertainment-magazine show host Nancy O’Dell introduced her QVC fashion jewelry line.

“I’ve loved QVC for a long time,” O’Dell said.

QVC vendors Isaac Mizrahi, Rachel Zoe, Chaz Dean and Bruce Makowsky were also on the air.

The fun will continue Saturday night.

Bare Breasts On TV? It’s Not FX, It’s The Boobs At QVC And A Model On Nolan Miller’s Jewelry Show

November 4, 2009

Want to see a gorgeous woman’s breasts, although her nipples were concealed? Then you should have been watching QVC Wednesday afternoon at 2:30 p.m.

We tuned in to a Nolan Miller jewelry show, and one of the models was wearing a gown that had a sheer bodice that let you basically see her braless breasts. When the camera went in for a close-up of a Miller watch she was presenting, you could see that area where her breast folded over a bit on her chest.

We expect this kind of stuff on FX, not QVC. We’re shocked, shocked! The dress reminded us of the sheer gown that actress Halle Berry wore when she won her Oscar. QVC models typically wear Nolan’s gowns during Nolan jewelry shows, so the daring see-through number was probably his design.

Anyway, the producers finally woke up and caught on, and the next shot the model had a fake fur stole over part of her top. But one breast was still basically exposed. The next shot, the model was gone, replaced by another who was more modestly clad.

We guess it’s no coincidence that there isn’t  a video attached to this watch on the “Items Recently On Air” section of  QVC’s Web site. Appropriately, the item is named “This Is Your Moment Watch.” It was that model’s moment, all right.

On a much more somber note, Nolan is suffering from cancer, so does not appear on QVC. His designer-business partner Mark Zunnino does.