Posts Tagged ‘Robert Lee Morris’

Duh, New York Times: Did Apple Ruin Its Image By Going On HSN?

September 27, 2012

The knuckleheads in the U.S. press just can’t seem to get it through their thick noggins that home shopping networks are not longer just cubic zirconia emporiums. The latest example is the venerable, but totally out of touch, New York Times.

The broadsheet posted a blog Wednesday with the headline “Would a Home-Shopping TV Appearance Damage a High-End Brand?” It raises the question of whether Emmy-winning makeup artist Eve Pearl should appear on ShopNBC with her cosmetics line.

http://boss.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/09/26/would-a-home-shopping-appearance-damage-a-high-end-brand/

Eve Pearl

The blog says that Pearl worried “whether the mass sales platform offered a good fit for her high-end cosmetics.” We think that the very topic is more reflective of The Times’ attitude, and looking down its nose, at home shopping.

The blog then quotes three experts about whether they would advise Pearl to go on ShopNBC.

One of them, Bethany Karlyn, actually knew the score.

“Maintaining a high-end brand image in a home-shopping venue is not the challenge it once was,” she told The Times. “In fact, she’ll find herself in good company. The schlock impression has changed with high-end brands such as Elizabeth Arden, Benefit, Lancôme, Vincent Longo, Lorac and Shiseido, on HSN. On QVC, Perricone has a two-ounce product selling for $495.”

Not for nothing, but stellar brands such as Apple, Sony, Bobbi Brown, Dennis Basso, Robert Lee Morris, Judith Ripka — to name just a tiny few — don’t seem to be any worse for the wear by appearing on HSN and QVC.

Duh.

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Jewelry Designer Robert Lee Morris Slams QVC Online Forum As ‘Evil,’ Hints His Necklace Can Give You An Orgasm

February 7, 2012

Normally soulful, spiritual master jewelry designer Robert Lee Morris had a hissy fit yesterday. All this after hinting that his “watermelon seed” necklace could give you an orgasm.

Let us explain.

We were checking Facebook at halftime during the Super Bowl when we saw this shocking post by Morris, who was on QVC several times Sunday as part of its Sterling Designer Gallery event.

“Do not support the jewelry form (sic), as it only fosters bad vibes,” he wrote. Despite the typo, he was obviously referring to the QVC.com jewelry forum.

He added later, “The voices on the qvc Jewelry forum are sheer hatred and evil.”

My friend Ann, Robert Lee Morris and moi

Morris’s readers were as mystified as we were at Morris lashing out.

“Please explain,” one asked.

Morris wrote, “SORRY I meant to say The QVC JEWELRY FORUM where after I do a wonderful two hour show with Shaun (sic), who was sick as could be with a stomach virus, there comes a mean force of FORUM posters on the QVC community site, who rip her and myself into nasty shreds…that hurts so much people! I do not know how else to respond to them…”

So we checked the jewelry forum. Those gals had raked Morris over the coals for a multitude of supposed sins during his appearance with QVC host Shawn Killnger.

Viewers who posted on the forum were shocked, claiming they saw Killinger kiss Morris’s index finger at one point. And apparently, he snapped at her during their show. We’re not sure if that was over the finger kiss or not.

But all that that wasn’t the best.The best was when Morris claimed one of his necklaces had orgasmic powers, as referenced by this QVC viewer.

“Well she (Killinger) must have excited him because I was flipping through and landed on the presentation of the watermelon seed necklace and I couldn’t believe what I was hearing!!,” one woman posted on the QVC jewelry forum. “Wearing that necklace can bring about the big O? Oh my gosh, he’s so flippin’ weird!!!”

The next post cracked us up: “I’ll take 10 of those darn necklaces, make that ‘over-night’ shipping!”

It reminded us of Rob Reiner’s mom’s reaction (“I’ll have what she’s having.”) to Meg Ryan’s orgasm imitation in “When Harry Met Sally.”

Anyway, we found it hard to believe that Morris had linked his necklace to an orgasm, so we watched the clip on QVC.com ourselves. Lo and behold, these ladies weren’t exaggerating. Talking about libido and how jewelry caresses your body, Morris really got rolling about that watermelon seed necklace.

“I almost have to say that it can be kind of be X-rated or R-rated, this piece, because when you pick it up and put it on you experience a physical, sexual moment that you really don’t want to talk about,” Morris told Killinger.

Yikes!

Here is the link to the clip:

http://www.qvc.com/qic/qvcapp.aspx/view.2/app.detail/params.CM_SCID.24hr.item.J147825.desc.RLM-Studio-Brass-Sterling-Watermelon-Seed-20-Necklace

Robert Lee Morris in a calmer mood

The QVC jewelry forum also took Morris to task for his Andy Warhol line, which they didn’t like, and the fact that many of the RLM pieces now are made of brass, not just silver. That’s one of my beefs with QVC and HSN: They are making designers use copper, brass and bronze because the price of silver has soared. The criticism of Morris and Killinger, our least favorite QVC host, was harsh.

Here is a sampling of what was posted on QVC.com:

“used to look forward to seeing Robert Lee Morris shows, but lately he does so many pieces in brass that I no longer am interested. The show tonight is mostly clearance, and lots of brass. Too bad – another designer that has gone downhill on QVC.”

“He sold his company (to Miriam Haskell). Maybe he’s beginning to make the transition toward retirement.”

“I have seen him do this before with other hosts, especially when they refer to him as a jeweler. He likes to be called an artist and this comment always seems to get on his last nerve. He’s a bit too full of himself and I don’t think he is as serene as he tries to portray. Short fuse comes to mind.”

“Btw, I thought Shawn did a fantastic job, and I do think she felt bad after he came off on her. Her body language said it all, she crossed her arms in front of her on the table after that incident. Shame on you Robert.’

“Shawn was the one that was hard for me to watch. He must have thought a girl from outer space flew in to host the show. He is a artist and she is goofy. Who cares, got my earrings for my teenager who loves AW. Score for me. Now on to the superbowl”

“A lot of these designers are total wack-o’s barbara bixy is one too. even though some of her stuff is nice.”

“i also find him annoying and vapid. what a gasbag.”

“I missed any sort of drama between RLM and the eversoditzy Miss Shawn. I kind of got confused after he explained how to cure all your ailments by drinking a glass of water after putting a perfect pyramid over it. That was followed by his description of the apparently orgasmic qualities of his watermelon seed necklace. Or, at least I think that is what he was alluding to. I think they both had too much cold medicine today.”

Needless to say Morris, who we and our friend Ann met 1 1/2 years ago at QVC, was not a happy camper. But his Facebook friends rallied to his defense.

They posted:

“There are few forums now a days that are positive and worth-while. People harbor so much negativity against others’ comments and opinions or just plain don’t know how to be nice. There are very few forums I still participate in.

“Just read some of the comments too, and I agree was totally shocked.”

“There are few forums now a days that are positive and worth-while. People harbor so much negativity against others’ comments and opinions or just plain don’t know how to be nice. There are very few forums I still participate in.
Just read some of the comments too, and I agree was totally shocked.”

Morris finally cooled down, defended himself and kind of dissd QVC.

“Thanks to all who support me,” he posted on Facebook. “It is QVC who insists on my using brass to such an extent in a silver designer show, in order to stay bold and signature without the skyrocketing costs of silver. The other designers are mostly manufactured by QVC directly so the profit margins are much higher for them…i am between a rock and a hard place.”

He went on to say that he loves his QVC customers.

“They are so supportive and highly conscious,” Morris posted. “It is a blessing for me that I am on QVC with such a highly conscious following of customers who really understand the heart and soul of RLM”.

Well, we guess we’re not highly conscious. We weren’t shocked, we had a good laugh at some of the comments on the QVC forum. Morris is a sensitive Cancer: He took this all to heart.

And we put in our order for that watermelon necklace.

Go Giants! And Jewelry Geeks, Ditch The Wings And Dip And Pick Up Some Great Pieces On QVC, HSN And JTV

February 5, 2012

In the TV world, it’s called counter programming.

If there’s a sitcom on ABC, NBC airs a police procedural instead, etc. That’s what is happening in the home shopping world this weekend.

Today is Super Bowl Sunday, when Jersey’s beloved Giants will battle the Patriots. So not to try and stereotype genders, but if you are a female not interested in football you may be looking for something else to watch. And that something else just might jewelry.

So Today QVC has its 24-hour Sterling Designer Gallery, with jewelry heavyweights such as Robert Lee Morris, Michael Dawkins, Judith Ripka and a host of other masters in the house in West Chester.

Not to be outfoxed, HSN this weekend is featuring Carol Brodie, who is looking good, offering her Rarities line down in St. Petersburg. Carole, it’s a good thing we have one of your evil eyes. We need it while we’re covering local politics in Joisey.

We loved your labradorite looks-like-rough-diamonds necklace, by the way. You go girl.

And down in Dixie, Jewelry Television is doing a Valentine’s Day Diamond Event today that is pretty impressive.

QVC has some insane clearance prices on pieces by Morris, Barry Cord and John Atencio. Somebody, hide our charge cards.

Furrier Dennis Basso, Set To Marry His Partner, Joins The Home Collection Bandwagon For QVC

November 8, 2011

Must every fashion designer expand their “brand,” one our our most hated words, to create home collections?

Apparently, the ones one home shopping networks do.

We peeked at QVC afte midnight to check out the Today’s Special Value, and saw it was a $50 faux fur throw from Dennis Basso (a New Jersey boy). Basso has a new home line for QVC, which includes faux fur rugs, bedding, pillows and candles.

Isaac Mizrahi, of course, is doing not only apparel and accessories for QVC but also a home line.

And jewelry wizard Robert Lee Morris did a home line for QVC, mostly dishes, that didn’t seem to get much traction.

Basso has a lot going on. The New York Post’s Page Six reported on Halloween that Basso was going to be marrying his partner of 20 years, Michale Cominotto, at the swank Pierre in Manhattan next month.

http://www.nypost.com/p/pagesix/tiara_time_at_shower_xgScaROOvtQq5TwkTKfaWI

There was a bridal wedding shower for the couple recently at Le Cirque.

According to the Post, Basso’s nuptials will be the first same-sex marriage in the 81-year history of the Pierre.

Congrats Dennis.

QVC Host Lisa Robertson Looks Pretty Damn Good In Person

September 8, 2011

We’re standing in the Suspenders Building in Soho at QVC’s Fashion’s Night Out Event. Our dogs are starting to bark, our Spanx have cut off our circulation and our hair is frizzy. But who cares?

We’re blogging on one of the laptops that QVC has set up. Sweet.

It’s a typical Manhattan event, with loud music and a lot of people dressed in black, us included. It’s crowded and noisy. The party started at 5 p.m., and QVC doesn’t start broadcasting live from here until 9 p.m. And we haven’t had one drop of liquor! Yet.

Lisa and The Homeshoppingista

The highlight so far has been seeing QVC host Lisa Robertson in the flesh. She’s wearing a simple cobalt blue dress with a black belt, and we love her hair tonight. She is slender and pretty. She was posing for photos upstairs, and of course we had to horn our way in.

Robertson got on our good side immediately when she complimented us on our diamond stick cross.

We quickly introduced ourselves as The Homeshoppingista, but we really have no idea if she knew who are. Then QVC took a shot of us with Robertson, and we will downdoad and post it later. That is, we’ll post it unless we look like a big whale next to her, despite our Spanx.

Being here is certainly a great incentive for us to lay off the Pizza Hut bread sticks. We guess it’s a good thing that we can’t find any food here.

There was a blonde female reporter here from the entertainment magazine show “Extra,” and we’ve been following her around. That’s because we can’t believe how thin she is.

When we came in, we caught a quick glimpse of QVC host Jane Treacy, and then we headed upstairs. QVC has a red carpet area outside, but we didn’t see anyone of note on it. Upstairs, we met QVC top honcho Mike George and briefly chatted with him. We hope our tape recorder was working.

QVC upstairs set up stations with the various makeup lines that it sells, such as Laura Geller, who has tomorrow’s TSV, and Bare Escentuals. In fact, we saw Leslie Blodgett posing for photos with party attendees. We had Bare Escentuals touch up our shiny face, and the Laura Geller rep used one of the blushes from the TSV on us.

We were dying to have the reps from T3 flatiron our hair straight, but it’s so humid that we now it would go curly as soon as we walked out the door. So why bother?

For a QVC shopper like us, this is a dream. Downstairs there are stations with samples of new products from vendors such as Joan Rivers, Heidi Klum, Michael Dawkins, Judith Ripka, Melania Trump, Rachel Zoe, Robert Lee Morris and Marc Bouwer.

There are samples of two huge, gorgeous bib necklaces on display from Joan Rivers. One has huge faux diamonds, and the other has bling and orange and black enamel flowers. Stunning.

We got a gander at Klum’s new jewelry line, but we have to say that we’re not feeling it. Sorry Heidi.

We Told You So: Upscale John Hardy Is Doing A Jewelry Line For QVC

September 5, 2011

High-end jewelry designer John Hardy is coming to QVC after all, with a line that’s supposed to debut at Fashion Night Out this Thursday.

He’s just the latest in a series of upscale jewelry vendors, such as Robert Lee Morris, Stephen Dweck and Judith Ripka, to hop on the home-shopping bandwagon.

We broke this story more than a year ago, and then were told that the item was not true. Even though we’ve worked as a writer for decades, we still hate when people lie to us.

So we’d like to work one of our deceased nana’s Puerto Rican espiritismo spells on the execs over at John Hardy and QVC.

In February 2010 we posted an item saying that John Hardy, whose wares are sold in places like Neiman Marcus, was creating a collection for QVC. Someone on the QVC’s forums had written that QVC host Lisa Robertson had said that during a meeting.

We had contacted QVC and John Hardy before we wrote the blog, but they didn’t immediately get back to us.

After our blog appeared, QVC’s Erin Mulholland and John Hardy’s Edith Bagda denied that any such line for QVC was planned.

https://homeshoppingista.wordpress.com/category/jewelry-designers/john-hardy/

Well, we just read the 2Q press release for QVC’s parent, Liberty Media.

“We are excited about our strong product and programming line-up for the third quarter as we expand our presence in New York’s Fashion Night Out this September with the exciting premieres of John Hardy jewelry and Heidi Klum accessories,” QVC president and CEO Mike George said in canned statement.

Liar liar, pants on fire.

Seriously, we do hope, with the help of nana Isolina, that your pants do go on fire.

Van Totaled, Chatting Up ‘Jerseylicious’ Tracy DiMarco, Robert Lee Morris Meet-And-Greet, Back At The Spotted Donkey, Max Gone, Fall In Sheboygan: The Second Anniversary Of Our Layoff

January 27, 2011

Recently we’ve had dealings with some of the folk we knew when we covered the cable TV industry — before we were laid off exactly two years ago today.

We have to chuckle to ourselves when they say, “Oh, Linda Moss. Where have you been?”

We want to answer back, in our best Jersey accent, “Yo, where have you been?”

This summer our lovely BFF Ann McGettigan (left) and The Homeshoppingista visited QVC and rubbed shoulders with famed jewelry designer Robert Lee Morris (did we run this photo large enough?)

Here’s where we’ve been since Jan. 26, 2009:

• Writing 850 blogs for this site, The Homeshoppingista, which some say has become a must-read for the home shopping industry — and sometimes a thorn in the side of QVC, HSN and ShopNBC.

• Writing about New Jersey-related TV programming, such as “Jerseylicious,” and cable-vs.-programmers spats in the Garden State for NewJerseyNewsroom.com.

The Homeshoppingista interviewing Tracy DiMarco of Jerseylicious

• Writing about health care and telecommunications for a fantastic website on public policy, NJSpotlight.com, run by two of our former colleagues at The Herald-News, Lee Keough and Tom Johnson.

• Writing blogs on dementia for a website.

• Writing and breaking stories for TVNewsCheck.com, which is run by a great newspaperman and gent, Harry Jessell.

• Writing market profiles for Harry’s NetNewsCheck.com, which is run by my former colleague Eric Smith, another smart and talented – and blessedly un-anal — editor.

• Crafting blogs for nearly a dozen websites, with most of those pertaining to traumatic brain injury, for a chap, Gordon Johnson, we went to Medill (as in J-school) with. But he was smart, he became a lawyer. “American Idol” candidate Chris Medina got across the heartbreak of TBI lasr night when he told the story of his now-wheelchair bound fiancee.

• Doing a bit of volunteer work for the corporate public relations department of the Saint Barnabas Health Care System, New Jersey’s largest hospital chain, as well as its affiliate, Clara Maass Medical Center.

• Going on dates, with more men in the past two years than we had in the prior 10, when we were working 10 to 12 hours a day, and some weekends and vacations.

• Learning how to use a Mac.

• Traveling to Chicago for a TBI conference for lawyers.

• Going to Wisconsin to see a brain injury survivor, Lethan Candlish, perform a remarkable one-man show about his recovery. Lethan is a master storyteller.

TBI storyteller Lethan Candlish

We must say, it’s a breath of fresh air to in many cases be interviewing and writing for people who don’t have a clue who John Malone or Brian Roberts is. Malone, oh non-cable people, is head of Liberty Media, which owns QVC.

You see, the cable TV industry is a close-knit cabal. That has its pluses and negatives. Some cable folk – and we adore many of them — only see the world through the prism of that industry, as if nothing exists outside it. Maybe it’s just natural for people in an industry to have such tunnel vision.

A year ago we blogged about the first anniversary of our layoff today. The past year has had a lot of ups and downs, personally.

Pet lovers will get this, but it was traumatic when our parents had to put down their dog of more than a dozen years, the min pin Max. Our father many a time threatened to kill that mutt, when he would jump on the table and run off with food, etc. But we were all in the vet’s office, and all cried, when Max was put to sleep.

Our nephew Evan (who told us to buckle up), our dad and niece Sydney at the Tropicana in Atlantic City, seven months before our Columbus Day accident

Just weeks later our dad tried to cheer everyone up by taking us to Atlantic City for Columbus Day weekend. On the way back on the Garden State Parkway my sister’s van – with my parents, sister, brother-in-law, niece, nephew and us in it – was T-boned by a car that came out of nowhere and flew across several lanes of traffic to crash into us.

We can still remember the shock when we were hit, and had no idea what was happening.

Luckily, we all had our seatbelts on (after our 6-year-old nephew Evan had reminded us to buckle up). But the other car hit the side of the van right next to our dad. The jaws of life got him out, but he fractured several vertebrae. He was in and out of the hospital so many times than we lost count, for both his back and his rotator cuff. He was taken by ambulance to the ER many times.

It truly is a miracle that we weren’t killed. Unfortunately our dad was hurt, but no one else was.

At Thanksgiving dinner, our dad always would say grace. This year, he said something like, “Thank you, oh Lord, for our health. Sort of.”

And we all laughed. Our father is nothing if not honest.

But there was plenty of good during the past year. After more than two years away from our beloved Arizona, we finally returned in December, with a guy. Thanks BJ!

It’s much better watching the sunset in Cave Creek, sucking down a prickly pear margarita at the Spotted Donkey Cantina, when you are sharing it with someone. We also enjoyed huckleberry margaritas, and the famous “Big Ass Burger,” at the Roaring Fork.

Watching the sunset from the patio of the Spotted Donkey Cantina, while sipping a prickly pear margarita, is glorious

We and our bud Ann McGettigan got to meet famed jewelry designer Robert Lee Morris when we visited QVC this summer.

And we’ve enjoyed the writing we’ve done during the past year, as we’ve become mini-experts on topics such as TBI, concussions, Obama’s health reform, Alzheimer’s, heparin, malpractice, nursing and plane crashes.

Our clips are now links to dozens of stories that we’ve written since being shoved out the door at Multichannel News. And there is a light at the end of the tunnel for us. More on that later.

And we still have this quote from Louis L’Amour on our bulletin board: “There will come a time when you believe everything is finished. Yet that will be the beginning.”

You were right, Louie.

CNN’s Hot Scoop: News Network’s Einsteins Discover That QVC Has ‘Arrived’

September 22, 2010

Kim Kardashian was interviewed by CNN about selling her new clothing line on QVC

A year ago when we started this blog, Gawker and The Wall Street Journal were still making fun of QVC and HSN (cubic zirconia, yada yada). In fact, Gawker called HSN a purveyor of “useless crap,” we believe the wording was.

Back then we’d already observed that with the economy, and retail sales, tanking, high-end vendors and designers from Judith Ripka to Dennis Bass to Vivienne Tam to Robert Lee Morris had developed lines for home shopping networks.

Well, CNN woke up discovered that fact this month. Here is a clip that Jersey boy Basso, furrier to the stars, posted on his Facebook page Wednesday.

The CNN story on QVC going upscale was shot during New York Fashion Week, and includes interviews with Isaac Mizrahi, QVC CEO Mike George and Kim Kardashian. We also see a tape of host Lisa Robertson at QVC’s pop-up shop at Rock Center.

Jon Klein, wake up your retail reporters, please.

Rubbing Shoulders With Robert Lee Morris, Michael Dawkins And More At QVC’s Sterling Designer Meet-And-Greet

August 24, 2010

Award-winning jewelry designer, and jewelry maker, Robert Lee Morris was clad head-to-toe in SoHo black. Even the wrist guards he wore — one on the hand where he just had a joint replaced and another on the hand where he still needs the surgery — were black.

Ann King was very petite and pretty, and we had explain that although we own two of her rings and a pair of her earrings, we couldn’t find them to wear down to West Chester for her to see.

We’ve been fans of Echo of the Dreamer jewelry for decades, but never knew the designer behind it. Well, it’s Margaret Thurman, and we got to talk to her. She explained that the name Echo of the Dream came from her reading of Carlos Castaneda. One of her pieces, a white agate locket, is inscribed with a quote from Anais Nin, the best writer of female-oriented erotic literature ever. Thurman said she met Nin once.

Young designer Elizabeth Showers, who overcame an eating disorder, showed us her inspirational jewelry line, which aims to raise women’s self-esteem.

QVC’s Sterling Designer Meet-and-Greet Saturday at the home shopping channel’s headquarters in Pennsylvania was great. For jewelry geeks like The Homeshoppingista, it was like being a kid in a candy store.

We were surrounded by fine designers and were able to ask them, in person, about the inspiration for their pieces. It reminded us of the Television Critics Association press tour in LA, where reporters got to ask TV showrunners like Matthew Weiner of “Mad Men” what “informed” their decisions regarding their shows. That was more fascinating to us than seeing “the talent,” the actors and actresses.

At QVC’s studios, we could see and try on the designer silver goodies, and buy them. And we were surrounded by women like us, women who adore and treasure their baubles.

We weren’t sure how the meet-and-greet would work. We thought maybe it would be like a cocktail party with just a few QVC customers mingling with the designers.

Instead, there were dozens of women there. Each designer had a station, a couple of tables, set up along the hall that’s above the actual studios where QVC tapes its segments. You walk down the hall and stop at whatever station you want, chat with a Michael Dawkins or Morris, try on their rings and necklaces, and move on to the next designer.

You’re given a list of all the items the designers that are displaying, and you can circle the pieces you want to purchase.

BFF Ann kindly drove the three hours it took to get to our hotel Saturday afternoon. We headed over to QVC, and Ann acted as our photographer as we went from designer to designer.

In addition to Morris, King, Dawkins, Showers and Thurman, Naomi Pevsner and Elizabeth Rand were in the house. Judith Ripka had a table, which was manned by one of her good-looking and charming sons, Brian Ripka, who is president of her company.

Morris and Ripka are part of a growing group of high-end jewelry designers who are doing less expensive lines for home shopping networks such as QVC and HSN. QVC is particularly appealing, a formidable distribution outlet, at a time when sales of luxury goods have tanked.

The only designer that we didn’t speak with Saturday was Dawkins, who was a chick magnet. His post was so overrun by women, we decided to bypass him and come back later. But when we did, he was already gone.

We and Ann watched Morris on QVC back at our hotel, and he had changed into a deep blue shirt with a lot of the buttons undone. And he wasn’t wearing his black wrist guards.

But during QVC’s 25-hour Sterling Designer Gallery event, designers like Morris and Dawkins constantly made reference to the comments they had heard from women at the meet-and-greet.

We are such tech dummies that we don’t know how to download Ann’s photos from the event, so we’ll post them when our brother-in-law gets back from vacation.

And over the next couple of weeks we plan to write individual blogs on each designer.

We bumped into QVC PR person Kayce Cashman at the studios, and she gave us an excellent recommendation for dinner that night. We had some potent cranberry margaritas at Mas Mexicali Cantina in West Chester.

Watch Out Lisa Robertson, Hello Robert Lee Morris: The Homeshoppingista Is Coming To West Chester

August 3, 2010

God willing, The Homeshoppingista will be making a pilgrimage to West Chester, Pa., to meet Robert Lee Morris and Michael Dawkins, among other QVC jewelry designers, later this month.

We got the invite Monday from QVC to its Aug. 21 designer meet-and-greet, which the home shopping channel holds periodically for viewers at its headquarters. That night, and throughout Aug. 22, QVC is doing a 25-hour Sterling Designer Gallery event.

At the meet-and greet, another one of our favorites, Ann King, will be present, as well as Naomi Pevsner, Elizabeth Rand, Elizabeth Showers and Margaret Thurman.

Mom, sister Karen and BFF Ann are supposed to be coming, too.

But then we learned the drive is 2 1/2 hours from Montclair, so we are going to have to stay ovenight rather than make that long drive home at night.

The Homeshoppingista reserved two rooms at a local hotel, but mom and Karen don’t know about that. We hope they still decide to come. Ann is in!

We better leave our AMEX card in Jersey.