Posts Tagged ‘Project Runway’

Fashion Designer Nick Verreos Heading To Evine Live

April 29, 2015

A smart little birdie told us that fashion designer Nick Verreos, a graduate of “Project Runway,” is coming to Evine Live with an apparel collection.

Nick Verreos

Nick Verreos

“J,”  who met Verreos at her local department store and was very impressed with him, suggested on Facebook that the home shopping channel consider bringing him to its lineup.

To her surprise, Evine Line answered back and said that Verreos will in fact be joining the network in the coming months.

We are not familiar with him. but we welcome any breath of fresh air on any of the shopping channels.

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‘Project Runway’ Tim Gunn Debuts QVC Bedding Line

September 23, 2014

“Project Runway” co-host and mentor Tim Gunn is coming to QVC with a bedding and bath line this Friday. It will be offered exclusively through the home shopping network QVC until November.

“The Tim Gunn Collection is designed with a variety of fabrics, classic prints and patterns, intricate details and exquisite colors,” QVC said in a press release Monday. “Ranging in price from $35 to $250, the line includes bedding ensembles, decorative accent pillows, sheet sets, a shower curtain and even luxurious pet beds personalized with a pet-friendly play on Gunn’s famous catchphrase ‘Make it Work.'”

In addition to “Project Runway,” Gunn is host of the “Project Runway” spinoff “Under the Gunn.”

He is former chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne Inc., a best-selling author and an educator and former chairman of the fashion design department at the Parsons School.

“Tim’s eye for style and passion for great design can be seen in anything he touches,” said Ken O’Brien, QVC senior vice president of merchandising. “The Tim Gunn Collection brings high quality home decor to our customers at affordable prices.”

New York Post Paints QVC’s New Design Star Isaac Mizrahi As More Than A Bit Bitchy

February 24, 2010

The New York Post is offering up some dish on QVC’s new in-house designer, Isaac Mizrahi. And it doesn’t match the folksy, likeable persona that he shows viewers on QVC.

The dirt comes in the Post’s story Wednesday about William McComb, the relatively new CEO of Liz Claiborne, Mizrahi’s primary roost before his switch to soup-to-nuts, housewares-to-clothing, designer for QVC. McComb has had his hands full at Liz Claiborne, with the founders of its pricey Juicy Couture line storming out a month ago.

The Post says the Juicy Couture folk were irked that profits from their company were being used to pay for Mizrahi to rejuvenate the Liz Claiborne line. The Juicy girls were also miffed that their brand’s financial success was essentially footing the bill for Claiborne to bring “Project Runway” star Tim Gunn on board as its chief creative officer, whatever that title means.

Then the Post nails Mizrahi. It says that the curly-topped designer was a big “headache” to McComb, “delivering a giant flop with an overly trendy relaunch of Liz Claiborne last spring.”

The Post also claims that Mizrahi was none too happy about Gunn’s appearance on the scene, “complaining that Gunn was getting too much attention touring shopping malls and shilling for the label.”

So Liz Claiborne put the kibosh on Gunn’s appearances, according to the Post. But despite his alleged griping about Gunn, Mizrahi himself didn’t want to go out and do the Claiborne dog-and-pony shows for the unwashed masses at the nation’s new town squares, malls.

“It was like pulling teeth” to get Mizrahi to do public appearances for Claiborne, a source told the Post.

So which is it? Is Isaac just a down-to-earth, touchy-feely, likable and talented guy from Brooklyn, a prima donna that is a pain in the butt to work with, or both?

We’ll be like Fox News Channel (perish the thought, we’d rather burn in hell), and let you decide.

ShopNBC May Partner With Bravo, Whose Reality TV Stars Like Rachel Zoe And Isaac Mizrahi Already Have Deals With QVC And HSN

November 18, 2009

ShopNBC apparently has something cooking with the cable network Bravo, but we couldn’t find out many details Wednesday.

During a third-quarter conference call ShopNBC CEO Keith Stewart said that the network is looking to partner with Bravo to sell some of Bravo’s “content” also have a presence on the channel.

“I can’t speak for NBC, but I do talk to them quite frequently, and we are in active conversations to work with some of their properties, like Bravo,” Stewart said. “To the extent that we can sell some of the Bravo content and also be on some of their channels, that will be a cost-effective way to do it.”

Bravo is a unit of NBC Universal, which is expected to be purchased by cable giant Comcast. NBC has a minority stake in ShopNBC.

A raft of the stars of Bravo’s many reality TV stars have lines on home shopping networks. Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe of “The Rachel Zoe Project” sells clothes and accessories on QVC, and Heidi Klum of Bravo’s former hit, now Lifetime’s “Project Runway,” had a jewelry line on QVC until a suit agains her by Van Cleef & Arpel put the kibosh on that.

Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi, of Bravo’s “The Fashion Show,” is doing a line of apparel, accessories and home goods that will debut next month on QVC.

On HSN, Ramona Singer of Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City” has a fine jewelry line, while Padman Lakshmi of Bravo’s “Top Chef” is hawking teas and herbs.

On the conference call, Stewart only made one more comment about the potential Bravo arrangement, and ShopNBC wasn’t “adding any color,” as Wall Street analysts say, after the call.

“Now all that said, NBC is a stand-alone unit and they need to make money,” Stewart said. “And we unquestionably need to make money. So to the extent it compromises our margins to you, it would not be a good business decision. But to the extent it does work for both of us, we’ll launch some of the content that NBC will offer.”

General Electric and NBC currently own about 32.5 percent of ShopNBC on a fully diluted basis of 37.6 million shares. NBC’s 6.4 million shares represent 16.8 percent ownership and GE’s 6 million common stock purchase warrants represent 15.7 percent.

Steamy ‘Top Chef’ Host Padma Lakshmi Premieres On HSN, The Latest Bravo TV Star To Do the Home Shopping Thang

November 6, 2009

Another Bravo reality-show star has made the move to home shopping. Gorgeous Padma Lakshmi, a “Top Chef” host and cookbook author, premiered on HSN Friday.

She was selling several of her signed cookbooks, as well as exotic teas, spices and a cute clear teapot.

Ramona Singer, from Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New York City,” has a jewelry line on HSN.

And model Heidi Klum, whose show “Project Runway” moved from Bravo to Lifetime Television this year, used to have a clover-motif jewelry line on QVC. But then Van Cleef & Arpel sued Klum over the design, and that was the end of the QVC line.

Why There’s No More Heidi Klum Clover Jewelry On QVC

October 5, 2009

Some posters on QVC’s online jewely forum this weekend were wondering what happened to supermodel and “Project Runway” host Heidi Klum’s clover-design jewelry line, which used to be sold on the home shopping network. 

FYI — Klum pulled the plug on her Heidi Klum Collection, which was very popular on QVC, after she was sued by high-end jewelry house Van Cleef & Arpels. It charged that her clover-motif wares too closely resembled their trademarked design.

Rather than battle it out in court this summer, Klum closed down her jewelry line. None of the pieces can be found on QVC.com.

Perhaps Klum didn’t have the stomach for more lawsuits, after being involved in nasty, lengthy litigation over “Project Runway’s” move from Bravo to Lifetime Television.  That mess was eventually resolved, and the hit reality show began airing on the women’s network.