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‘Sunday Is A Xanax Night’ For QVC Designer Isaac Mizrahi, And Boy Can We Relate

December 27, 2010

On Sundays QVC design guru Isaac Mizrahi likes to have breakfast, oatmeal, at our favorite Manhattan restaurant, Pastis.

That’s what we learned tonight after finally getting around to reading The Style section of The Sunday New York Times, where the Grey Lady gave us a blow-by-blow account of the curly-topped designer’s “Sunday Routine.”

Of course, when we go to Pastis, which is in the Meatpacking District, it’s not for oatmeal. It’s at Happy Hour, for Bombay Sapphire martinis, with olives, to wash down our steak frites.

Pastis, where QVC's Isaac Mizrahi dines on oatmeal and we swill over-priced Bombay Sapphire martinis

The feature acknowledges right off the bat that Mizrahi has a lifestyle collection on QVC, and that he co-hosts the Bravo program “The Fashion Show” with model/entrepreneur Iman, who is an HSN vendor.

Mizrahi likes to go for a morning swim, and then has to wait for his boyfriend, actor Arnold Germer, to get up so they can walk their dogs. Germer lives a few blocks from Mizrahi in the Village. Mizrahi’s dog Harry has been featured in a number of the designer’s QVC items.

Mizrahi enjoys going to museums and the movies on Sundays (as do we, we saw “Black Swan” today, and thought it was great).

He’s a fan of Il Cantinori, another Manhattan eatery, and on Sunday nights Mizrahi is an avid HBO viewer, saying, “I’m mad about ‘True Blood,’ and I even got into ‘Boardwalk.'”

Good selections, Isaac.

We also tip our hat to you for this comment to The Times: “I made no bones about loving television.”

Hell, we don’t either.

And we’re with him on this one, too: “Sunday is a Xanax night for me.”

But Isaac, please lose the head scarf.

With QVC Designer Isaac Mizrahi Expands His Presence In Greenwich Village With $2 Million Condo

November 20, 2010

QVC designer Isaac Mizrahi is buying new digs in the Greenwich Village, according to the New York Post.

Mizrahi, who is also hosting Bravo’s “The Fashion Show” with HSN vendor Iman, has a contract to buy a condo on West 12th Street, where he already has a place. The building boasts actress Cameron Diaz as a resident.

Gee, we’re surprised he didn’t look at our garden apartment complex in Montclair. Who’d you rather have as a neighbor, Diaz or The Homeshoppingista?

According to the Post, Mizrahi is paying more than $2 million for the new unit, and he plans to combine it with the one he bought earlier this year for $1.1 million. Sounds like it will be quite a crib.

The story notes that Mizrahi will share the expanded digs with his partner Arnold Germer and “their adorable dog, Jack.”

TV Guide CEO Jack Kliger sold Mizrahi both places, according to the Post.

How HSN CEO Mindy Grossman Brought Iman To The Home Shopping Network, As Told By The New York Times

June 7, 2010

Model/entrepreneur Iman’s Global Chic line on HSN is one of the home shopping channel’s top four sellers among more than 200 apparel and jewelry lines, according to The Sunday New York Times.

In a Style section profile headlined “Not Just Another Pretty Face,” we learn how Iman’s association with HSN came about, as well as getting a history of how she went from being a Somalian diplomat’s daughter to a super model.

Iman, who is “Ziggy Stardust” creator David Bowie, came to New York City in 1975 knowing five languages, “but had never worn makeup or high heels,” according to The Times.

We learn about her ascension as a super model, and then about how she created her own makeup line for women of color in 1994. It turned into a $25 million a year business. Later on came HSN.

HSN CEO Mindy Grossman in 2007 “was convinced that any fashion merchandise with Iman’s name on it would be a home run for her television home shopping network,” according to The Times.

Iman didn’t want to do it initially, since she had no experience as a fashion designer. But she felt comfortable starting out with caftans, which she had worn while living in Egypt.

At one point in the story, Iman shows off her HSN sequin knit wrap.

The news peg for the story is that tomorrow, Monday, Iman will be recognized as the year’s Fashion Icon by the Council of Fashion Designer of America at Lincoln Center in Manhattan.

The story also notes, as we have already reported, that Iman in September will join another home shopping vendor, QVC’s Isaac Mizrahi, as a co-host on Bravo’s “The Fashion Show.”

HSN Vendor Iman To Join QVC’s Isaac Mizrahi As Co-Host Of ‘The Fashion Show’

May 13, 2010

We hope they don’t share secrets of each other’s home shopping channels, but HSN fashion vendor Iman is going to be a co-host and judge along with QVC’s Isaac Mizrahi on “The Fashion Show,” which airs on Bravo.

Iman, the supermodel/entrepreneur who is married to space oddity David Bowie, is replacing former Destiny’s Child member Kelly Rowland on the reality show.

“We are happy to welcome Iman to the Bravo family,” Frances Berwick, Bravo’s general manager and executive vice president, said in a statement. “Breaking barriers in the fashion industry, Iman is a true pioneer and her unparalleled credibility will inspire the contestants and be a perfect match to the always exciting, Isaac Mizrahi.”

Iman does the Iman Global Chic line for HSN, and also serves as host of “Project Runway Canada.”

“The Fashion Show” became Bravo’s fashion competition show last year when “Project Runway” moved to Lifeteime Television.

Mizrahi, in turn, is doing a broad line of merchandise for QVC ranging from clothing to handbags to housewares.

NBC Universal Chief Jeff Zucker, His PR Folks And His Talent Host Holiday Party For Media At 30 Rock

December 9, 2009

We just got back to Jersey after attending NBC Universal’s party for the press. The soiree Tuesday night, held on the 52nd floor of 30 Rock in Manhattan, was officially off-the-record. But we can certainly tell you who we saw there.

As we were checking our coat, Kathie Lee Gifford was putting on her’s and leaving. Her NBC morning-TV partner, Hoda Kotb, was still inside at the shindig.

The event, sponsored by NBCU chief Jeff Zucker and his communications team, came on the heels of news that the nation’s largest cable operator, Comcast, was buying the home of the Peacock Network along with its stable of cable channels, which includes USA Network, SyFy, Bravo, Oxygen, CNBC and MSNBC. The seller is General Electric.

A shirt-sleeved Zucker briefly addressed the gathered media, and made some funny jokes about the coming merger (we can’t say what, it was off the record, remember?)

There were both NBCU talent and suits at the holiday party. NBC News anchor Brian Williams, a Jersey guy, stopped by, as did Lester Holt, Ann Curry and Amy Robach from “The Today Show.” Jimmy Fallon popped by when the party was ending.

As for execs, in addition to Zucker there was NBC Cable Entertainment chief Bonnie Hammer, Bravo honcho Frances Berwick, NBCU’s women’s and lifestyle chieftain Lauren Zalaznick, CNBC president Mark Hoffman and “Saturday Night Live” creator and producer Lorne Michaels.

We have written about Bravo’s “The Real Housewives of New Jersey” for, and NBC has big home shopping connections and affiliations.

First of all, GE/NBC currently owns 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.

Secondly, the stars of several of NBCU’s cable show have home shopping lines, including: Tori Spelling, who is in Oxygen’s “Tori & Dean: Home Sweet Hollywood,” on HSN; Rachel Zoe, from Bravo’s “The Rachel Zoe Report,” on QVC; Isaac Mizrahi, who hosts Bravo’s “The Fashion Show,” on QVC; Padma Lakshmi, from Bravo’s “Top Chef,” on HSN; and Ramona Singer from Bravo's "The Real Housewives of New York City." on HSN.

The party gift was a DVD of the third season of NBC’s “30 Rock,” appropriately.

Fashionista Isaac Mizrahi Dishes To New York Daily News About The Plaid Cheesecake He’s Doing With Junior’s For QVC

November 22, 2009

Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi debuts on QVC Dec. 4, and Seventh Avenue is all abuzz.

Mizrahi, who has taken to wearing a silly scarf on his head, will be bringing premium apparel, accessories, housewares and cheesecake to West Chester, Pa. Yes, that’s right, cheesecake.

In a Q-and-A in the New York Daily News Sunday, Mizrahi says he “is doing a collaboration” with world famous Junior’s  cheesecake. The result is a cake “with a plaid fondant top,” he tells the News. 

We know what plaid is, but we have no idea from “fondant” is. Anyway, Mizrahi already gave Women’s Wear Daily the scoop on his QVC stuff. And WWD has a photo of the tartan plaid cheesecake.

Mizrahi also told the News that he had whipped up some chocolate tuille cookies for QVC, but they couldn’t be successfully shipped. The designer said that QVC is going back to the drawing baord to try to find the right recipe that will make the cookies pass the shipping test.

Apart from his upcoming appearances on QVC, Mizrahi is also a reality TV star, featured on Bravo’s “The Fashion Show.”

Believe It Or Not, Rachel Zoe, Michael Jackson And The Beatles Helped Drive QVC’s First Quarterly Sales Growth Since Early Last Year

November 9, 2009

QVC reported its best quarterly earnings Monday since early last year, with officials giving celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe, Michael Jackson and the Beatles some of the credit. But the picture for the last nine months wasn’t so rosy.

During a third-quarter conference call for QVC parent Liberty Media, QVC president and CEO Mike George said that the No. 1 home shopping network is seeing the benefit of cost management and “and what appears to be some stabilization of consumer spending in the U.S.”

He also claimed that QVC is taking marketshare from a broad array of retailers, in part by drawing in new customers with big names like Zoe.

QVC domestic posted $1.098 billion in revenue the third quarter, a 2 percent increase from $1.073 billion in the year-ago period and “our first positive sales growth since early last year,” George told analysts on the call for John Malone’s Liberty.

Nonetheless, QVC’s domestic revenue in the first nine months ended Sept. 30 dropped 4.3 percent, to $3.308 billion from $3.430 billion, compared to the prior-year period, according to the 10-Q Liberty Media filed Monday.

In the third quarter QVC’s strongest gains were in the categories of beauty, accessories, consumer electronics, and cooking and household goods, according to George. As in prior quarters, jewely and apparel sales remained soft, but the rate of decline in jewelry has moderated as the weakness QVC has seen in gold jewelry was partically offset by stronger sales for lower-priced fashion jewelry lines, George said.

Adjusted OIBDA at QVC domestic was $244 million in the quarter, a 10% gain from $221 million a year ago. The 10 percent increase is “our strongest profit growth since the fourth quarter of 2006,” George told analysts.

QVC was particularly encouraged by the new customers it gained in the third quarter, a 9% increase, “our highest rate of new-customer growth in the last seven years,” according to George.

More importantly, the total spending of new customers increased 18 percent, he said.

Answering questions from analysts, George said that QVC’s improved results and jump in new customers was a result of: the shifting of its product mix, to more fitness and consumer electronics versus jewelry and apparel; popular entertainment offerings like CD sets and other Jackson merchandise and a remixed Beatles set,; more aggressive marketing; and the addition of high-profile names such as Zoe, the celebrity stylist who has a show on Bravo.

The QVC chief also cited the network’s deal with Liz Claiborne. QVC will sell the Liz Claiborne New York line and has forged a partnership with the clothier’s creative director Izaac Mizrahi, formerly with Target.

Mizrahi, who like Zoe has a show on Bravo, is doing a premium line of apparel and home goods for QVC that will debut Dec. 4, George said. Mizrahi’s program is “The Fashion Show,” while Zoe has “The Rachel Zoe Project.”

QVC has also been helped by gaining better channel positions on cable lineups, a second slot on DirecTV, and the addition of its HD network, which essentially gives it two slots. The HD service has 25 million subscribers.

“We’re confident that we will emerge from the current economic turmoil in a much stronger position, having made significant gains in our strategy to build a unique multimedia shopping experience,” George said. “We believe our focus on offering compelling, exclusive products and programming – while avoiding destructive price competition – is helping us drive accelerating share gains against the broad retail market while also protecting margins.”

QVC has gained share in consumer electronics, beauty, accessories and handbags, and retained its marketshare in jewelry and apparel, its CEO said.

The network has “built a prestige beauty business,” according to George.

Liberty Media president and CEO Greg Maffei led the conference call.

QVC Honcho Predicts Isaac Mizrahi’s Line Could Be The Home Shopping Network’s Biggest Ever

October 16, 2009

QVC has very high hopes for fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi’s new lifestyle line for the network, according to QVC president and CEO Mike George. But Mizrahi better not mess with Joan Rivers.

George was touting Mizrahi Friday during a presentation at the Liberty Media Investor Day in New York. Liberty is QVC’s parent.

He called QVC’s recent deal with Mizrahi one of most exciting announcements of the last year and maybe the most exciting ever for the home shoppng channel.

“We believe it will be one of our five largest brands, perhaps our largest brand, in a short period of time,” George said.

Mizrahi, who we interviewed years ago for a story that won us a Gerald Loeb Award, was one of the first luxury designers to make the move to a mass retailer, Target, George pointed out. That was a huge success. as Mizrahi positioned Target “as a design and trend retailer,” according to George.

“He can have the similar kind of transformational impact on QVC,” the CEO said.

Mizrahi went from Target to Liz Claiborne as its creative director, where he is now.

Some of Mizrahi’s QVC shows will be done live at his studios in Manhattan, George said, with the debut set for December.

The crowd of analysts and press (we listened to the Webcast) were then show a video clip of Mizrahi, who said, “You’re going to see some incredible things for QVC that I’ve been working on. I’m really excited about it.”

Then Rivers apparently appeared in the video (we only heard the audio), and told Mizrahi, “Welcome to QVC, we’re thrilled to have you. But don’t park in my parking spot. I’m not kidding you, Isaac.”

Mizrahi already has a TV presence. He has a reality show on Bravo now, “The Fashion Show.”

We were confused by, and maybe we misunderstood, one part of George’s presentation. He said QVC will be the exclusive retailer of Liz Claiborne New York, which is Mizrahi’s apparel line.

The announcement about the Mizrahi-QVC deal, we thought, said that JCPenney was going to be the exclusive retailer for Liz Claiborne’s other clothing lines, and QVC for Liz Claiborne New York. But George’s comments almost made it sound like QVC has an exclusive on all of Liz Claiborne’s lines. Whatever.

Liz Claiborne’s Isaac Mizrahi, Our Personal Designer, Set To Offer Line On QVC

October 8, 2009

We wore one of his Target dresses to the Emmys last year, and now he’s coming to QVC.

Fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi’s clothing line for Liz Claiborne, where he went after Target, is moving over to the home shopping channel.

The deal was announced Thursday, along with news that struggling Liz Claiborne has struck an agreement with J.C. Penney, naming it the exclusive department-store outlet for its Liz Claiborne and Claiborne lines.

QVC next fall will start selling the Liz Claiborne New York line, which is Mizrahi’s baby. The designer, the son of a children’s apparel manufacturer, is also the host of Bravo’s “The Fashion Show.” 

In addition to the high-end clothes he once did, at one point Mizrahi was designing for Target. Those clothes were gorgeous, well-tailored and inexpensive. And as we mentioned, we strapped on one of his $59 black Target dresses for the  Emmys last year. 

We actually interviewed Mizrahi several years ago when we were working for Crain’s New York Business. We and our colleague Phyllis Furman spoke to him for a story we were writing on AIDS and the fashion industry. That story won us a Gerald Loeb Award.

For QVC, Mizrahi will create a line of apparel, accessories and home goods.

“The opportunities for the Liz Claiborne New York brand inherent in this new distribution strategy with QVC are thrilling for me,” Mizrahi said in Thursday’s press release on the deal. “It affords us the ability to elevate the brand and effectively balance the collection so that we are able to maximize its sales potential. It is exciting for me to link my relationship with Liz Claiborne and my relationship with QVC, together we will revolutionize the way a brand builds and provides a direct voice to the customer.”

Commenting on the agreement, QVC president and CEO Mike George said, “We’re thrilled to collaborate with the Liz Claiborne organization to celebrate and reignite the heritage of this incredible fashion story in an entirely fresh, new retail environment. This iconic fashion brand, powered by the brilliant design talent of Isaac Mizrahi, presented through QVC’s immersive multimedia experience – for anyone who loves to shop, it’s an exciting glimpse at the future of retailing.”

QVC has the rights to use the Liz Claiborne New York brand with Isaac  Mizrahi as creative director on any apparel, accessories, or home
categories in their U.S. and international markets.  Liz Claiborne New York product at QVC will have higher-end styling and  quality. The multi-year agreement has renewal rights, and Liz Claiborne receives royalty on net sales.

Liz Claiborne’s clothing have previously also been sold at Macy’s as well as JC Penney, but now will only go to the JCPenney stores.

“In order for us to fully capitalize on the Liz Claiborne New York brand’s vast equity with consumers, we needed to find a more productive distribution strategy,” Liz Claiborne CEO William McComb said.

“Given QVC’s rich, brand-enhancing selling environment and its extremely consumer-centric culture, as well as its recent announcement to support the launch of the comprehensive lifestyle collection IsaacMizrahiLive!, QVC is ideal for Liz Claiborne New York,” he said. “I am excited to think that Isaac Mizrahi and Liz Claiborne New York will play a major role at QVC as they become one of the great success stories of the next decade.”