Posts Tagged ‘Rachel Zoe’

QVC’s Rachel Zoe And HSN’s Todd English Featured In Page Six Gossip Column

August 28, 2012

The New York Post’s addictive gossip column, Page Six, had two juicy tidbits about home shopping celebrity vendors on Monday.

The lead item was about QVC vendor and red-carpet stylist Rachel Zoe, and its headline was “Label’s doing not Zoe well.”

The column claimed that the upscale clothing line that razor-thin Zoe has debuted with Li & Fung is flopping. Page Six also claims that Zoe’s show on Bravo, “The Rachel Zoe Project,” may not get a fifth season pickup.

Playboy chef Todd English

The column asserted that Zoe’s fancy apparel line is not selling well at the kinds of places where we can’t afford to shop, such as Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdale’s.

And a Page Six perennial favorite, celebrity chef and HSN vendor Todd English, may be getting his own reality show on E! Entertainment Television. The show would center on English and his restaurant kingdom, which includes Olives, Ca Va and the Plaza Food Hall, according to Page Six, which calls English “the playboy chef.”

http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/todd_gets_real_5MGL4th9ZaQ9II0IVLzaYO

The column also noted that English’s ex-fiancee, the woman he left at the altar, Erica Wang, has been charged with shoplifting from Sephora and Ralph Lauren.

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Faux Fur Is Big At QVC’s Fashion’s Night Out Event In Soho

September 9, 2011

We’re still here standing and blogging on a QVC laptop at its Fashion’s Night Out shindig in Soho.

In addition to getting our photo taken with QVC host Lisa Robertson, we also had one done with us wearing a fat, long-haired black faux fur vest from Marc Bouwer. It looked great on the rack, but there is no mirror to check out how you look. We guess it will be a nice surprise when we download the photo.

Us and our fat cheeks in a fat faux fur

QVC has a whole rack of faux fur jackets and vests from vendors such as Bouwer, Rachel Zoe and Dennis Basso.

You’re free to try them on and have a very cute blond photographer take a photo of you wearing one.

QVC To Debut New Lines From Kris Jenner, Heidi Klum At Fashion’s Night Out

September 6, 2011

QVC is once again making a big fuss for Fashion’s Night Out, which is Thursday. We plan to be there.

QVC is scheduled to broadcast live from SoHo, with “a star-studded lineup of celebrities, stylists and designers unveiling some of this season’s hottest ready-to-wear looks.” They must be referring to The Homeshoppingista.

QVC will open its doors to the public on Thursday at 6 p.m. in celebration of FNO. The crowd will include Heidi Klum, Isaac Mizrahi, Melania Trump and Kris Jenner, receive expert style tips from the likes of Lori Goldstein, Marc Bouwer, Dennis Basso and Cristina Ehrlich, and enjoy giveaways and exclusive offers.

An entire area will be dedicated to QVC beauty, offering makeup and skincare consultations as well as showcasing high-tech beauty devices from brands including Laura Geller, MAKE UP FOR EVER, T3, Dr. Gross, Tria, OleHenriksen, tarte, TEMPTU, Bare Escentuals and Clarisonic.

During the event, QVC will showcase special FNO programming with a live broadcast – “Fashion Night’s Out – Live from New York” at 9 p.m., featuring the debuts of WILDLIFE by Heidi Klum, Kris Jenner Kollection and CE by Cristina Ehrlich.
Established QVC designers including Lori Goldstein, Marc Bouwer, Amrita Singh and Melania Trump are also scheduled to present new pieces during the show.

QVC’s NY Fashion Week event continues Friday at 11 p.m. with a live broadcast from the SoHo location unveiling new designs from Dennis Basso, Camila Alves, as well as the latest collection from iconic Hollywood stylist Rachel Zoe, who has additional programming throughout the day on Saturday.

It all concludes with the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week – Live from New York broadcast on Saturday at 10 p.m.. A live runway show will feature new collections from Mizrahi, the Kardashians, Bradley Bayou and an encore appearance by Klum.

“We are thrilled to, once again, bring the excitement of Fashion’s Night Out and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week to our viewers,” QVC U.S. CEO Claire Watts said in a canned statement. “With a star-studded list of celebrities and designers as well as access to exclusive behind-the-scenes content, this is one programming event that shoppers won’t want to miss.”

MAKE UP FOR EVER, the go-to brand for beauty professionals and makeup enthusiasts around the world, will be creating the looks for both QVC’s FNO and Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week broadcasts, and will offer a two-piece smoky metallic eye kit for viewers to purchase.

During all three broadcasts, QVC will once again lend its support to the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in its fight against breast cancer by offering Vogue-designed FNO merchandise created especially for QVC. Net proceeds from the sale of these items, sold exclusively through QVC, will benefit “Fashion Targets Breast Cancer,” the charitable initiative of the CFDA Foundation Inc.

It’s all part of QVC’s 25th anniversary celebration, 25 to Watch, highlighting the most engaging moments of the 2011 programming calendar. For more information, visit http://www.qvc.com/fashionsnightout.

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.

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/04/fashion/the-men-and-women-who-would-be-halston.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper

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?

The New York Times Reveals QVC’s Secrets: Not, But Honchos Mike George And Greg Maffei Surface

November 21, 2010

First The Wall Street Journal, now The New York Times, have woken up and figured out that home shopping is a booming business. And there was not one mention of cubic zirconia in either story.

While The Journal recently wrote about HSN with a trip to Florida, The Times headed out to West Chester, Pa., to do its take on QVC. The headline on the story this weekend is “Can QVC Translate Its Pitch Online.”

As a veteran journalist, we found that this story didn’t quite gel because although it’s supposed to be about QVC’s online strategy — and its growing online sales — much of the piece reports on the home shopping network’s TV side.

QVC CEO Mike George dissed a gift box with Santa's face on it, to the horror of a QVC PR person

Our guess is that when The Journal wrote about home shopping networks booming and attracting names like celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe and others, The Times had to find a different angle for its story. And it made its angle about QVC.com.

A big thesis of The Times story is that people thought the Internet might hurt home shopping channels. Why would you think that? The Web lets QVC, HSN and ShopNBC sell their vast inventory 24 hours a day, not just a few items every day. But what do we know.

And once again, as we read in The Journal, home shopping hosts and vendors — via those pesky earpieces — are coached by producers about when items are selling, and when they are duds and it is time to move on. Big whoop!

Lisa Robertson says QVC viewers don't want polished professionals

You have the link so you can read The Times story yourself, but here are some points that stood out for us:

— QVC CEO Mike George finally came out of the woodwork and was interviewed for the story.

— George dissed one of QVC’s products, prompting “an anguished sound” from a QVC PR person.

— Greg Maffei, CEO of QVC parent Liberty Media, came out of the woodwork and was interviewed for the story.

— Host Lisa Robertson’s quote, “They (QVC viewers) don’t want to see a bunch of polished professionals. They want to see the real people.” So Lisa, what are you saying? That you and your fellow hosts are a bunch of unpolished amateurs?

— Zoe has brought a ton of new customers to QVC.

— Milinda Baker Weldon from Graham, Texas, is a self-admitted QVC addict who has the network on six hours a day.

— Rachael Ray sold $350,000 worth of cookware on QVC in 12 minutes.

The Wall Street Journal On HSN Honcho Mindy Grossman, Why Home Shopping Is Hot And ‘Pooh-Poohing’ Designers

November 11, 2010

Did you realize it’s “The Golden Age of TV Shopping”?

We know, we’ve been telling you that for more than a year now, but The Wall Street Journal made it official Thursday, with a big feature with that “Golden Age” headline.

It looks like Journal reporter Elizabeth Holmes actually plopped her butt onto a plane and made the trek to St. Petersburg, Fla., to find out exactly why the hell upscale designers such as Reem Acra (who is so high-end we had never heard of her), Mark Badgley and James Mischka, and Naeem Khan are now selling their wares on HSN. In the past, they were selling their duds to celebs like Angelina Jolie and Halle Berry.

The Journal story mainly focuses on HSN and its evolution (which has some irate customers wanting to start a revolution) under the helm of CEO Mindy Grossman. But it also references the market’s dominant player, QVC, and its hip vendors such as razor-thin celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe and “Mad Men” costume designer Janie Bryant.

Your's truly with designing team Mark Badgley and James Mischka, who are a big part of The Journal's home shopping story

As usual in one of these home-shopping-networks-are-no-longer-downscale stories, we have the usual quotes from Acra and Khan (who has designed for First Lady Michelle Obama) knocking electronic home — that is before they swallowed the Kool-Aid.

“I never watched it before,” Acra told The Journal, referring to HSN. “I pooh-poohed it. But now look at it. There are items I would want every single day.”

Ah, a true believer now.

Naeem Khan's $870 bag for HSN

Then the story gets to the obvious: High-end designers have gone to HSN because they can move a hell of a lot of product on it, which is pretty crucial when sales for upsale goods have crashed. Mischka told Rupert Murdoch’s financial rag that Badgley Mischka sold 18,000 units of one particular jacket on HSN. It would take a lot of couture gowns to ring up that kind of revenue. Volume, volume, volume.

We did learn a few things from The Journal, like that HSN keeps track of sales by the minutes, and uses that “intel,” as Jack Bauer would say, to guide hosts. The story says that when HSN host Bobbi Ray Carter mentioned the quality of one of Acra’s jackets, it’s sales shot up. So HSN had Ray talk in more detail about the material in the piece.

HSN chief Mindy Grossman

The article talks quite a bit about Nike veteran Grossman, who came on board to HSN in 2006 and began making it more fashion-forward by courting a host of big-name designers.

Grossman did her research, asking people about HSN, and told The Journal she got three responses, “Some who shopped, some who didn’t, some who did but they whispered that they did.””

We never whispered, Mindy! We were always loud and proud about our HSN and QVC purchases, despite being surrounded by snobby Manhattanites (most of whom where transplants from the Midwest).

The Journal story goes on about Grossman, saying, “The new CEO cleaned house, shedding brands that she didn’t think made sense for the network.”

We guess the “shedding” refers to the exits of vendors like Suzanne Somers, Terry Lewis, Beyonce’s mom Tina Knowles and a parade of others. The departure of Terry Lewis and her Classic Luxuries line still has some HSN shoppers calling for Grossman to be drawn and quartered.

We did get a kick out of the anecdote in the story about Mischka “falling off the stage” the first time he and his partner Badgley appeared on HSN. But unfortunately for viewers, the camera wasn’t on him when that little mishap took place.

QVC Pats Self On The Back For Its Fashion Week Coverage From New York

September 22, 2010

QVC put out a press release Tuesday crowing about its Fashion Week programming.

We were actually impressed with QVC’s efforts, from its pop-up shop in Rock Center to its “reporters” roving all over the city.

Here is QVC’s spin:

QVC CELEBRATES RECORD-SETTING NEW YORK FASHION WEEK

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (September 21, 2010) – QVC celebrated its largest New York Fashion Week presence with live programming from its first NYC pop-up location in Rockefeller Center featuring a consumer shop and broadcast studio.

Designed to offer consumers the ultimate QVC shopping experience, the pop-up store showcased a selection of QVC’s most exciting brands. From September 10 – 15, products ranging from fashion, beauty and jewelry to home and electronics were featured and the store served as a location for personal appearances by a selection of QVC’s favorite personalities and brands. The store also enabled shoppers to play with QVC’s latest interactive shopping platforms, from its smartphone and iPad apps to desktop and TV widgets.

The QVC pop-up store opened its doors to the public on Friday, September 10 at 6 PM (ET) to mark the second annual Fashion’s Night Out (FNO). QVC’s President and CEO Mike George and President of U.S. Commerce, Claire Watts were joined by Isaac Mizrahi and Kristin Chenoweth for the pop-up shop’s ribbon-cutting celebration. Just minutes before, Vogue Editor-in-Chief Anna Wintour visited to sign copies of the September issue with Saturday Night Live’s Seth Meyers.

Even QVC CEO Mike George popped up for the network's programming from Rock Center

As the exclusive multimedia retailer for FNO, QVC made the event accessible to more than 98 million U.S. homes with its largest ever broadcast and multimedia event. Live from the NYC pop-up location with special programming throughout the city, the broadcast – Fashion Night’s Out SM – Live from Rockefeller Center – featured the successful debuts of K-DASH by Kardashian and Janie Bryant MOD. Some of QVC’s most popular designers unveiled their latest collections for the fall ’10 season.

“We were thrilled to bring Fashion’s Night Out to our customers live from NYC,” said Watts. “Our viewers really responded to the unique insider experience we were able to provide.”

Customers were invited to “Keep on Shopping” with Isaac Mizrahi immediately following the FNO broadcast at 12 AM (ET). Live from his New York studio, Mizrahi introduced his Today’s Special Value® (an item offered at an exceptionally low price – good for that given day, until 11:59 PM (ET), unless it sells out sooner). The ISAACMIZRAHILIVE!™ quilted lamb leather jacket sold out with only 45 minutes of presentation time. QVC aired two additional live remotes from Mizrahi’s studio at 2 PM (ET) and 6 PM (ET) featuring new fall items from his lifestyle brand.

In addition to the successful FNO and ISAACMIZRAHILIVE! broadcasts, QVC also gave viewers a front row seat at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week with Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week – Live from Rockefeller Center on Saturday, September 11 at 10 PM (ET) and Wednesday, September 15 at 10 PM (ET). Live from the NYC pop-up location, QVC kicked off the September 11 show with its first-ever eight-minute runway show. Fashions featured on the runway were then presented during the broadcast, including Anonymity by Julie Chaiken and new designs from some of QVC’s premier designers, including Lori Goldstein, Dennis Basso, Isaac Mizrahi, Bradley Bayou, Marc Bouwer and Janie Bryant.

Iconic Hollywood stylist Rachel Zoe also returned to unveil her latest collection and debut her first faux fur Today’s Special Value® on Wednesday, September 15. QVC posted a sellout with more than 25,000 units ordered. In addition to the Today’s Special Value offer, several other items from Zoe’s collection sold out, including a faux fur toggle coat with wingcollar, feather print scarf with twistedfringe, wrap shawl with fringeand patch pocket vest with sequin trim.

“Our Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week broadcast continues to resonate with our viewers,” Watts adds. “Once again, we were able to deliver accessible fashions from esteemed and emerging designers, direct from the industry’s most respected event.”

Once again, QVC lent its support to the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) in its fight against breast cancer. QVC offered Vogue-designed Fashion’s Night Out CFDA T-shirts on air, on QVC.com and at its pop-up location in New York City. During the September 10 broadcast, Vogue’s Sr. Market Editor, Meredith Melling Burke, appeared on QVC to talk about the Vogue-designed T-shirt. Since its debut, more than 4,000 have been ordered. Net proceeds from the sale of this T-shirt, sold exclusively through QVC, benefitted “Fashion Targets Breast Cancer,” the charitable initiative of the CFDA Foundation, Inc.

Charriol Heiress, With New QVC Handbag Line, Says Let Them Eat Cake — Or Buy $300 Purses

August 30, 2010

Charriol Lorena hobo for QVC

The rich are different from you and me, as the F. Scott Fitzgerald quote goes. That is never more clear than when reading an interview with QVC’s newest handbag vendor, Coralie Charriol.

Coralie is creative director for her daddy Phillippe’s extraordinarily pricey Swiss jeweley and watch company, Charriol. QVC host Lisa Robertson sometimes wears a white Charriol watch, which retails for about $4,000, on-air.

As The Wall Street Journal reports Monday, Coralie debuted a handbag line called C. Lili today on QVC. The story is headlined “Selling 800 Bags in 16 Minutes.”

It’s not surprising that as part of the upper crust, Coralie says she has never purchased anything on QVC. But she notes that QVC has “elevated” its brand with collections from the likes of celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe and Kim Kardashian (huh?)

“They have an incredible standard of workmanship with inspections and workmanship,” Coralie tells The Journal.

No shit Sherlock. Talk about back-handed compliments for QVC.

But our favorite quote from Coralie is where she talks about her initial four bags for QVC selling for less than $300. Here’s where the “rich-different-than-us” part comes in.

“You would think that for $300 that they are going to be made very cheap and out of pleather, but they’re not,” Coralie told The Journal. “They’re fabulous looking!”

Earth to Coralie: Most American women are not spending $300 for purses, and many American women are buying leather — not pleather — handbags for way less than $300.

We all can’t afford to buy $5,000 to $15,000 Gucci and Vuitton designer bags.

This woman really riles up our class consciousness, like when we walked into our first class at Northwestern and realized everyone else’s dad was a CEO.

But ultimately we came to realize that FDNY trumped CEO any day.

Celebrity Stylist Rachel Zoe’s Retro Faux Fur Vest Plugged In New York Times

August 27, 2010

Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe’s faux fur vest for QVC made the Thursday Style section of The New York Times yesterday, in a story headlined “Retro Looks, Almost at Retro Prices.”

Zoe’s vest sells for $79 and change, and comes in chinchilla, red fox, black fox and silver.

Zoe’s does a clothing and accessory collection for QVC.

Christie Brinkley Showed Off Her QVC Jewelry At Hampton’s Super Saturday Benefit

August 2, 2010

There were several stories in Big Apple newspapers Monday about Super Saturday, the annual charity event in the Hamptons that QVC telecast from this year.

The Daily News interviewed Christie Brinkley, one of QVC’s newest jewelry designers, who waxed on about the tragic BP oil spill in the Gulf and got teary-eyed talking about it.

In the photos that accompanied the item, Brinkley is wearing two pieces from her QVC collection: a blue lace agate necklace that sells for $195 and a braided leather bracelet for $45. The supermodel debuted her jewelry on QVC Sunday.

The Wall Street Journal also did a story on Super Saturday headlined “A Celebrity ‘Garage Sale.'” It mentioned that celebrity stylist and QVC vendor Rachel Zoe was there.

The Journal also gave QVC a shout-out.

“QVC broadcast interactive live shopping,” the paper wrote.