Posts Tagged ‘shoes’

Celeb Stylist June Ambrose To Expand HSN Line

January 4, 2014

June Ambrose

June Ambrose

HSN is leaking news to the New York Post’s gossip column, Page Six, again.

The Post reported Friday that celebrity stylist June Ambrose has closed a deal to expand her HSN shoe line and add items such as apparel, coats and accessories.

We never saw her or her show collection on HSN, but here is a link what she has offered so far.

Julianne Hough To Appear In QVC Breast Cancer PSAs

August 22, 2013

Julianne Hough — dancer, actress, Ryan Seacrest’s ex-squeeze, and now a shoe entrepreneur — through her involvement with QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” is set to appear in both print and public service announcements supporting the 20th annual charitable shoe sale.

QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale,” which will broadcast live on Oct. 10, teams the home shopping network with the Fashion Footwear Association of New York (FFANY). Together they have raised more than $41 million for the cause.

Julianne Hough

Julianne Hough

This year more than 120,000 pairs of shoes from more than 80 different brands are scheduled to be offered at half the manufacturer’s suggested retail price, with net proceeds benefiting breast cancer research and education institutions. A shoe from the Julianne Hough for Sole Society collection is scheduled to be available for purchase during QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale.”

“There are many bonds that women share. Unfortunately breast cancer is one that negatively impacts so many,” Hough said in a canned statement. “Having the opportunity to take a positive bond like a passion for shoes and adapt it to benefit a worthy cause such as this is incredibly fulfilling.”

And QVC CEO Claire Watts got her two cents in, too.

“Julianne’s breadth of talent and her vivacious spirit are admirable,” Watts said. “She is a natural fit as this year’s spokesperson, and we’re so pleased that she is supporting this worthy cause with us.”

“Having a spokesperson who is as ambitious and energetic as Julianne helps to attract people to the cause,” says Joe Moore, FFANY’s president and CEO. “Julianne is involved in so many different avenues of work; I know that her enthusiasm will encourage others to get involved.”

Beneficiaries for the 2013 QVC Presents “FFANY Shoes on Sale” event include: The Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania, The Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, The Susan F. Smith Center for Women’s Cancers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, The University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Breast Oncology Program, The University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, The Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute of the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, The Alvin J. Siteman Cancer Center at Barnes-Jewish Hospital and Washington University School of Medicine, and The Margie and Robert E. Petersen Breast Cancer Research Program at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John’s Health Center.

Those wishing to support cutting-edge research at these organizations can go to to make contributions and find out ways to join in and be part of this important effort.

New York Times Style Magazine Features Entrepreneur-HSN Vendor Iman, Who Explains Why Husband David Bowie Doesn’t Stand Out In SoHo

December 10, 2009

We just got around to reading The New York Times Style Magazine from this past Sunday, and there was a nifty photo and item on Iman, who has the Global Chic line on HSN.

We can assure you, Iman is not wearing any of her HSN clothes, shoes or leggings in the full-page photo, which is part of a feature headlined “American Dreamers.” It looks like Iman, who is married to rock legend David Bowie, has 10-inch stilettos on in the photo by Robert Maxwell.

The text notes that Iman was discovered by photographer Peter Beard in 1975, when she was a student at the University of Nairobi. The 54-year-old stopped modeling in 1989, and launched her own cosmetics company, one of the first to target African American women.

The Times says that Iman’s cosmetics company grossed $25 million in the U.S. last year. The blurb doesn’t talk about Iman’s HSN Global Chic collection, which includes apparel, jewelry, shoes and handbags.

Imam told The Times that she and Bowie live in SoHo in Manhattan, and that no one bothers him “because everyone’s dressed better than he is.”

Got A Spare $50? ‘Plaid Mad’ Designer Isaac Mizrahi Gives Us $40 Plaid Junior’s Cheescake, With $11 Shipping and Handling, On QVC

December 6, 2009

Mizrahi's Plaid Junior's Cheesecake

We love Isaac Mizrahi, who had his official debut on QVC Saturday night, but we’re not crazy about how he’s “plaid mad” with his collection for the home shopping network.

And we are especially disappointed that he and QVC are hawking plaid cheesecake from Junior’s for a “holiday surprise price” of $39.94.

Let’s see, with $11.22 handling and shipping, that makes this 8-inch cheesecake more than $50. Well, we guess that’s a bargain compared to the regular price for the cheesecake, which is $48.50. So with the regular price plus shipping and handling, Mizrahi’s QVC plaid cheesecake is roughly $60.

“It’s going to be the best cheesecake you’ve ever had,” host Lisa Robertson said.

Not for nothing, as we say in Jersey, but it better be the best at that price. We don’t care if it got three five-star ratings already online.

Tiime out for a reality check: Has anyone told QVC, or Mizrahi, that there is a recession and a 10 percent unemployment rate in this country? As part of that tenth of the nation we will not be buying $50 plaid cheesecakes for the holidays. But QVC sold more than 2,000 of them.

“My first food product,” Mizrahi said. “Plaid cake, plaid plate.”

The Brooklyn-bred designer was talking about the various plaid houseware items he has done for QVC. But there are also plaid shoes, plaid clothes, plaid blankets, plaid pajamas, plaid everything. We’re not so crazy about the plaid, to be honest.

QVC shot Mizrahi’s show at his studio in Manhattan, where the home shopping network has built a set to show off the designer’s line. There is a modern living room area with an off-white fireplace, white sofas and glass tables. There is also a nook that’s got a bed in it, all the better to show off Mizrahi’s plaid blanket.

There was a painting of Mizrahi’s dog Harry over the fireplace, and one of his dog Dean over the bed. Harry was featured in a silk scarf that incorporated sketches that Mizrahi drew of his mixed-breed mutt. The scarf was $47.

“This is going to be my Christmas present to everyone,” he said.

Mizrahi said he’s been working on his QVC collection for the past six months, and showed viewers his “Inspiration Board,” where he posts photos and fabric swatches as he works on his couture collections. He said he has one for QVC, as well as a personal one at his house.

Mizrahi and Robertson had a nice rapport, although when they took calls from viewers they kept speaking over them. Robertson said that because they were in New York, there was a time delay with the calls that was causing the problem.

The logo for QVC’s Isaac Mizrahi Live! line is “a daisy of exclamation points,” according to Mizrahi.

Sorry to bore people who have already read this, but we interviewed Mizrahi years ago for a story on the impact of AIDS on the fashion industry that won us a Gerald Loeb Award. He was nice, smart and articulate.

We loved — and miss — his apparel at Target. In fact, we wore a one of his black Target dresses to the Emmys last year. The price of the dress? A whopping $59.

By the way, Robertson was rocking some cleavage, especially when she bent over the plaid cheesecake. And of course, she said she was going to buy half of the Mizrahi items she presented.

Designer Isaac Mizrahi’s New QVC Lifestyle Line Is Online, And He’s On The Air From His Studio Saturday Night

December 5, 2009

QVC has high hopes for Isaac Mizrahi’s line, with CEO Mike George predicting it will be the home shopping channel’s biggest hit.

We caught a bit of the fashion designer on “Posh in the Park” Friday night, when Mizrahi appeared with host Lisa Robertson. We interviewed him years ago, and on the air he seemed charming and at ease.

Saturday night at 8 p.m. QVC will officially launch his show, “Issac Mizrahi Live!,” from a studio installed in his work space in Manhattan.

QVC has all of Mizrahi’s products online now, and they include apparel, accessories, jewelry, handbags, shoes, food and housewares.

The jewelry and shoes didn’t do much for us, but we loved the plates with a bow ribbon design and a dress he had with a T-shirt-type top with a fancy silk print bottom.

After A Year Of Jewelry, Designer Joan Boyce Brings Her Bling To Boots For HSN

November 11, 2009

Jewelry designer Joan Boyce celebrated her first anniversary on HSN Tuesday, and she had some rocking fashion pieces.

Her large pendants and pins are really inexpensive and look great. Our favorites were a large Maltese cross pendant/pin for $50, and a pearl and crystal-accented necklace that sold out at $130.

What was even more interesting is that Boyce, who wears huge trademark glasses and has shiny long black hair that she wears in a ponytail, brought some of the pricey original jewelry that she replicates for HSN.

For example, she held up a black bead necklace that was costume jewelry but was vintage, so it cost more than $1,000. Boyce’s version, named “Too Fabulours To Be True,” was $140 and sold out.

Boyce, who has celebrity customers for her high-end work, also held up a $70,000 platinum and diamond necklace that she duplicated for HSN for $50. The original necklace belongs to one of Boyce’s clients.  

Another unusual piece was her “Angel Eye” bracelet, also modeled after a real gold piece. In Jersey, we call that an “Evil Eye” bracelet, but we like Boyce’s name better. She said the bracelet can link you to loved ones, and suggested teens drape it over their rearview mirrors so they know their parents are thinking about them.

Her interpretation was that the eye represents someone watching over you, not keeping evil away from you, which we like.

What also interested us is that Boyce is doing a new line for HSN, shoes, that debuts Friday. Some of the her boots look like Ugg knockoffs with bling, and we don’t like them.

But she has an adorable pair of tall pink boots, with crystals, for girls.