Posts Tagged ‘Wendy Williams’

HSN’s Grossman Dishes A Bit On 3Q Call

November 11, 2016

We’ve been busy and just getting around to offering some tidbits from HSN honcho Mindy Grossman from her third-quarter call with analysts this week.

It was a tough one for the No. 2 home shopping network, which saw sales dip 3.5 percent $569.7 million.

Shoes and apparel from designer brands and personalities, namely Vince Camuto and Wendy Williams, proved to be bright spots for HSN, accordihg to Grossman.

“As part of our strategy to drive commerce on non-traditional platforms, we intensified our partnership with Wendy to include daily promotions on her highly followed, number one syndicated talk show as well as social activations leading up to our appearance on HSN and the launch of her Shoe Closet in a primetime special on The List and on,” Grossman said, according to a transcript from Seeking Alpha.

HSN has in fact really promoting Williams. We saw the network even ran an ad for her in the New York Post, of all places.

“Additionally, we’ve teamed up with award-winning entrepreneur and the creator of Dreamers Ventures, Liliana Gil Valletta, to launch Project American Dreams, a nationwide search to discover, mentor and fast-track product innovations created by Latino entrepreneurs on HSN in partnership with the National Hispanic Chamber of Commerce,” Grossman said.

“We’re also featured on CBS’s hit series, ‘Hatched,’ with a dedicated HSN presence as we identify new entrepreneurs with innovative products that we can exclusively bring to market,” she told Wall Street.

The other thing that caught our eye was this kernel about our favorite category, jewelry.

“As we reposition our jewelry portfolio, we recently launched an exclusive collection from Jay Strongwater, a luxury brand with a strong design aesthetic and following. We will be expanding the brand into home décor and collectibles,” Grossman said.

FDA Investigating WEN by Chaz Dean Complaints

July 27, 2016

Chaz Dean and his WEN hair care line are now on the radar of federal officials, after a sh-tload of complaints were filed regarding the QVC vendor’s conditioner-cleanser.

The Food and Drug Administration has announced that it is investigating the Left Coast hair stylist’s products, pointing out that it’s received more complaints about WEN than it’s ever received for any other hair-cleansing product. That’s a rather dubious distinction.

And WEN’s Sweet Almond Mint has caused the most problems.

We previously blogged about a class action lawsuit had been filed against Dean by disgruntled customers who claimed that his products were making their hair fall out.

Now the other shoe has dropped, with those complaints and others filed with the federales prompting the probe.

We don’t know if QVC will pull WEN from its inventory, but we know that it hasn’t posted the FDA’s announcement on its website yet.

We tried WEN once, but didn’t like it. The concept, as we understand it, was that WEN was a conditioner that was used to wash hair, rather than a harsh shampoo. But we use a ton of product on our hair to control the curl, and we just couldn’t buy the idea of not using a real shampoo to get that gunk out of it.

Many QVC customers swear by WEN, and some others complained about losing hair and having problems with their scalp after using it for long periods of time.

NPR reported that mediation of the class action suit began in Cali late last year.

Here is the lowdown:

Statement on FDA Investigation of WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioners

The FDA is investigating reports of hair loss, hair breakage, balding, itching, and rash associated with the use of WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioner products. While the FDA continues its investigation, consumers should be aware of reactions reported in association with the use of WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioner products.

Consumers who experience a reaction after using WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioner products should stop using the product and consult with their dermatologist or other health care provider.

The agency also urges consumers to report to FDA any reactions they may have experienced when using these products.

As of July 7, 2016, the FDA had received 127 adverse event reports directly from consumers about WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioner products, the largest number of reports ever associated with any cosmetic hair cleansing product, including cleansing conditioners.

We also are investigating more than 21,000 complaints reported directly to Chaz Dean, Inc. and Guthy Renker, LLC that we learned of during inspections of manufacturing and distribution facilities.

The FDA has not yet determined a possible cause for the adverse events that have been reported, and today has called on the company to “provide any data that might help us to better understand the reports of hair loss associated with the use of WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioner products.”

The FDA also has reached out to physicians and other health care providers asking them to notify their patients of hair loss and other complaints associated with the use of these products and to report adverse events to the agency.
The FDA will provide additional updates as new information becomes available.

The agency also posted a Q&A about WEN.

The FDA is informing consumers about reports of reactions associated with WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioners. The following information describes what the FDA knows about these products, what we’ve done, what we can do, and what consumers can do if they have a reaction.

What kinds of reactions have people reported to the FDA?
People have primarily reported hair loss, hair breakage, balding, itching, and rash.

How many reports has the FDA received?

Up to July 7, 2016, the FDA has received 127 reports from consumers. When the FDA inspected the manufacturing and distribution facilities for these products, we learned that consumers had reported reactions in more than 21,000 complaints submitted to Chaz Dean, Inc. and Guthy Renker LLC, the companies that market and manufacture the products. The law does not require cosmetic companies to share their safety information, including consumer complaints, with the FDA, nor does the law require mandatory reporting of adverse events to the FDA.

Have these reports named specific varieties?

The reports all mention use of WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioners, although some also mention using them along with other WEN products.

The product line includes several varieties of cleansing conditioners. Guthy Renker stated that since 2011, at least 66 percent of all reports specifically about hair loss have named the Sweet Almond Mint variety. The following varieties were named most often in reported reactions:

Sweet Almond Mint- 5,689 complaints
Lavender- 2,537 complaints
Pomegranate – 1,542 complaints

Does the FDA know what caused the reactions?

No. We don’t have enough information to determine the cause of these reactions. As stated above, the law does not require cosmetic companies to share their safety data or consumer complaints with the FDA.

The complaints that have come directly to the FDA have not provided enough information to determine why some consumers experienced reactions when they used these products.

What is the FDA doing about these reports?

On January 17, 2014, the FDA sent separate letters to owners and officials at Chaz Dean and Guthy Renker LLC. In the letter, the FDA asked for the following information:

Data on reports of hair loss and breakage
Manufacturing locations
What the firm had done to find out what caused hair loss and other reported problems
Quality control procedures for evaluating product ingredients
Any formulation changes that may relate to the reports.

The companies responded in writing on February 18, 2014. The responses they provided did not address the association between WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioners and hair loss.

Since receiving the companies’ responses, we have conducted inspections of the manufacturing and distribution sites of WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioners, and have had further discussions with the companies about safety data for their products, as well as what steps they have taken to address the complaints they have received. The FDA is in communication with the companies as part of an ongoing investigation.

What should consumers do if they have a reaction?

While the FDA continues this investigation, we are asking physicians and other health care providers to advise their patients about these reports and to contact the FDA if they have patients who have experienced such problems.

Additionally we encourage consumers to be cautious if using WEN by Chaz Dean Cleansing Conditioner products, especially if they notice problems such as hair loss, balding, itching, rash or other reactions. If you have a reaction, stop using the product and contact your health care provider. Then, please tell the FDA about the incident.

You can report a reaction online or by phone:

Contact the FDA’s MedWatch reporting system, either online or by phone at 1-800-FDA-1088. Contact your nearest FDA district office consumer complaint coordinator.

When you report your problem to the FDA, please provide as much detail as possible about the specific product you used and your reaction. The more we learn about WEN products and the reported problems, the better we can determine the cause and if the FDA can take action under the laws we enforce.

What kind of action can the FDA take?

The FDA can take action against cosmetics on the market that don’t comply with the law, including cosmetics that are adulterated or misbranded. In some cases we can work with the Department of Justice to seize a product, in order to keep it off the market. While we can’t order a recall of a cosmetic, we can request one and work with companies to make sure their recalls are effective.

However, even with what we know so far about this product, including the adverse events, we are unable to determine that the product does not comply with the law.

HSN Presents Margaritaville, Kelsey Nixon and Woodstock Redux

July 2, 2015

It’s midnight, and we have to get up at 4:30 a.m. to be at work at 6 a.m. to do police checks. We have to get to bed.

So we are just posting this press release that HSN put out Wednesday on its 38th birthday ceelbration. Forgive us.

HSN Rings In Its 38th Birthday With Celebrities, Margaritaville, Exciting New Launches and Vacation Giveaways


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., July 1, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Throughout the month of July, leading direct-to-consumer content retailer HSN will host one of its most exciting birthday celebrations ever to ring in its 38th birthday in style. The birthday bash will include never-before-seen partnerships, exclusive launches, celebrity debuts and a vacation giveaway of a lifetime!

38 years of fun and innovation at HSN will be celebrated with the launch of Margaritaville, HSN’s first ever Friday Night Game Night fixed programming series, exclusive offers, special programming, HSN Arcade incentives and some of HSN’s most exciting partnerships to date!

Following much anticipation, the fast-growing Margaritaville brand will launch on HSN on July 3 with a beautiful assortment of exclusive and curated products that capture the escapism of island living. Every Friday during the month of July, beginning at 5 p.m. (ET), viewers can enjoy ‘It’s 5 O’clock Somewhere’ Margaritaville programming highlighting the branded merchandise that introduces the island mindset to every home. The collection spans across culinary, Home, Apparel, Electronics, Entertaining and Beauty, featuring exclusive products in every area.

HSN is hosting two summer giveaways to celebrate the Margaritaville launch. The ‘Escape to Somewhere’ sweepstakes launches today through July 31, giving participants the opportunity to explore the true Margaritaville lifestyle with an all expense paid, 7-day, 6-night trip to the Margaritaville Wyndham Rio Mar resort in Puerto Rico.

For those who prefer to bring the Margaritaville party home, HSN launched a social campaign in June where Margaritaville fans were invited to share what Margaritaville was to them on Twitter and Instagram for the chance to win a Margaritaville Block Party for themselves and 25 of their friends in their hometown. The winner will be selected on Friday, July 3, during the ‘Five O’Clock Somewhere’ show between 5 and 8 p.m. (ET).

HSN will be launching the first-of-its-kind Friday Night Game Night on July 3 at 8 p.m. Between 8 and 11 p.m. (ET), contestants from the HSN Arcade will be chosen to play one of three games live on air, for the chance to win top prizes. Prizes during the month of July include branded Margaritaville merchandise and ten trip giveaways on Norwegian Cruise Lines’ newest ship, Escape, where winners will embark on a 7-day Caribbean Cruise for two on the Norwegian Escape experiencing the sites from a Balcony Stateroom.

On July 13 and 14, HSN will launch celebrity chef and Cooking Channel personality, Kelsey Nixon, for the debut of her ‘Kelsey Nixon Essentials’ collection featuring a line of simple, smart kitchen essentials with a modern functionality and vintage aesthetic. Kelsey will appear alongside Curtis Stone as he debuts his new “Dura” QuanTanium MultiPan.

Celebrity and Host Wendy Williams will return on July 18 with a new assortment of vibrant, classic, figure-flattering designs that can be worn on any occasion, including a New Twin Print Wrap Dress, Denim Jumpsuit and French Terry Dress, all priced under $100.

Taking a trip back in time to 1969, HSN will host a music-inspired Woodstock event on July 23 featuring an HSN Capsule collection of exclusive merchandise brought to you by brand favorites including: Diana Gilman, Jay King, Carlos Falchi and Lyric Culture.

HSN’s Birthday celebration will keep shoppers searching daily for a surprise around every corner and will make every hour HAPPY with unexpected offers. Birthday month is a tremendous opportunity for HSN to engage its customers with amazing new items, new designs and pricing and promotional deals, represented on all platforms, including TV, online and mobile.

‘The Lisa Robertson Show’: You Get To Ask Lisa One Question That She Has To Answer

February 5, 2012

We caught the first “episode” of “The Lisa Robertson Show” Friday night, and it was a pretty good effort.

Lisa has her own new set, which almost looked like a living room, and she looked great with a leopard print skirt and great black boots.

Designer Mark Zunino, a protege of longtime QVC vendor and Hollywood designer Nolan Miller, introduced his new line for QVC on the show.

Our favorite guest, however, was fellow Montclair resident and talk show host Wendy Williams, who sat on a couch by Lisa and explained the inspiration for her new QVC accessories line, which is called Adorn. Lisa was on Williams’ show earlier in the week.

Wendy was cool, and had a cute conversation with Lisa, who seems addicted to hair extensions, about wigs.

A stand in for Dr. Perricone, the nationally known skin doctor, was in the house, as well, touting his latest product, or “Fountain of Youth,” as she called it. Really? Does the FDA Know about that?

All the whole shopping networks are trying to make their segments jazzier than an infomercial, in an attempt to draw in new viewers who could become new home shopping customers.

Lisa looked natural in the role of TV show host.

The one thing that did annoy us (there’s always somethin’) was Amy Stran’s presence. She was trying to do the social media thang during the show, answer questions from Facebook and Twitter, and it ground the show to a halt.

There was one interesting bit that the show will be doing: Viewers each week be able to ask Lisa one question that she MUST answer.

Now that’s an intriguing concept.

Montclair Resident, And Talk Show Host, Wendy Williams Is On Her Way To QVC With ‘Adorn’ Line

February 1, 2012

Our fellow Montclair resident, talk show host Wendy Williams, is coming to QVC.

She has an accessory line called Adorn that will debut Feb. 16. So far there are four Adorn items on QVC’s website: a paw print ring; two chain necklaces; and a snakeskin cuff.

Here is a portion of an interview with Williams that QVC posted on its site.

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QVC: How involved are you in the design process?

WW: “It’s important for my Wendy watchers on QVC — the people who will be trusting in my name — that I was there every step of the way getting this line together. Feeling fabric for the scarves…I love a thick waspy belt, I love a belt that accentuates my waist. Pull it tighter, no tighter, no tighter — ohhh, it’s OK, breathing is so overrated, but I look good, and it works for my pocket.”

QVC: Love your readers! Are they in your collection?

WW: “Readers are wonderful. I have readers every place around the house. I have readers by every TV; I keep readers out on my Hot Topics table. People know that when I get ready to read a card, I put my readers on. I get compliments on my readers. My readers are a reflection of my style and personality. They’re something I wear on my show and in my everyday life. I have full-blown glasses to drive in.” (Laughs)

QVC: Why are handbags so important to your collection?

WW: “My handbags are fabulous. And I put a lot of stuff in my handbag — I am a busy woman! So I need my readers and my cell phone. I’m still an old-school girl — I still carry a planner with a phone book with everybody’s phone number, I don’t have a BlackBerry. I always have a book that I’m reading, a bottle of water, and I need one bag that looks good and has all of my stuff. And hopefully with compartments and secret hideaways inside. And I don’t need the straps to break while I’m in the middle of my busy workday.”

QVC: Do you and your husband Kevin, an executive producer on The Wendy Williams Show, commute together?

WW: “We drive in together in the morning. We’ve been married for 13 years and together for 17 years and I’ve been a person in the public spotlight for the past 23 years of my life. He and I have been together during the most aggressive parts of the uphill climb. So there’s something really comforting about being able to have work conversations, home conversations, or say nothing at all — which hardly ever happens — we always have something to talk about, whether it’s QVC, or the day’s events, or our son, Kevin.”

QVC: How would you describe your fashion sense?

WW: “I love cheetah print and bold colors. As a fashion girl, I must say, there’s nothing like wearing dark colors. Honestly, I like the classics. I like a pencil skirt and a cashmere sweater…and I don’t like necessarily a lot of clothes in my closet at home. I like the adornments: the jewelry, a necklace, a handbag. I think that your handbag, your jewelry, your belt or not a belt (snaps!) can change your look instantly. They make a big statement.”

Here is the boilerplate on Williams:

Mother, wife, and best-selling author Wendy Williams burst onto the national talk show scene in July 2009 with the launch of the syndicated weekday program, The Wendy Williams Show. Called a “breakthrough in daytime” by The New York Times, The Wendy Williams Show, which airs in 52 countries, and is now in its third season, has just been renewed on Fox through 2014. The Wendy Williams Show is the provocative, must-see daytime talk show.

Viewers delight over Williams’ distinctive and entertaining personality, as well as a diverse mix of interviews with celebrity guests from television, film, music, and sports. Popular segments include “Ask Wendy,” during which she offers real advice to audience members looking for solutions to problems, and “Hot Topics,” in which she delivers her own unpredictably honest and authentically opinionated take on the juiciest headlines.

The Wendy Williams Show, taped live in New York, is a reflection of its star and host; the vibrant colors and upbeat soundtrack match Williams’ own personality and energetic sense of humor, and the show’s focus on entertainment and pop culture reflects Williams’ passion for those topics.

When she interviews the countless A-list celebrity guests for her show, it’s from the perspective of a fan, as she asks the questions that her audience wants to hear. Williams is a lover of classic television, and her TV idols growing up were Dinah Shore and Merv Griffin.

Before achieving success in daytime television, Williams built a devoted audience of fans throughout an enormously successful 23-year career in radio. The Wendy Williams Experience was Williams’ top-rated daily radio show. Syndicated nationally, it aired on WBLS in New York and was listened to by an audience of more than 12 million people nationwide. One of the most popular personalities in radio, Williams was inducted into the National Radio Hall of Fame in November of 2009 — one of only a handful of women with that honor.

Williams recently competed on Season 12 of ABC’s smash-hit dancing competition Dancing with the Stars. Other television credits include serving as host of Game Show Network’s original series Love Triangle, and as a featured guest on ABC’s One Life to Live and Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva. Williams will star in Steve Harvey’s April 2012 motion picture release of Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man.

Williams is the author of The New York Times best seller The Wendy Williams Experience, as well as several novels including Ritz Harper Goes to Hollywood. She contributes a weekly celebrity hot topics column to Life&Style magazine.

Williams earned a bachelor’s degree in communications with a minor in journalism at Northeastern University in Boston. Both of her parents were university professors and Williams remains an advocate for education at all levels. Williams credits the start of her career with her decision to take an internship at a radio station on St. Croix, Virgin Islands immediately following her graduation from college.

Williams grew up in Ocean Township, NJ and currently lives in Northern New Jersey with her husband Kevin and their 11-year-old son Kevin, Jr.Our fellow Montclair resident, talk show host Wendy Williams, is coming to QVC.

HSN’s ‘Hot In Hollywood’ Laurie Feltheimer Is Coming To Wendy Williams’ Show, Part Of Her Husband’s Empire

February 13, 2011

Laurie Feltheimer, who does the “Hot In Hollywood” clothing and accessory line for HSN, will be appearing on “The Wendy Williams Show” this Tuesday.

Mmmmm… The show is syndicated (or produced, one of the two) by Debmar Mercury, which is part of the Lionsgate TV and movie studio. And Lionsgate is run by Feltheimer’s husband, Jon Feltheimer. Coincidence? We think not.

From Laurie's HSN blog, a photo of her and husband Jon Feltheimer, a honcho at the Lionsgate studio, on the red carpet at the Golden Globes Awards

But Laurie does have chops as a legitimate expert on fashion. She does segments on fashion for a TV station in LA, in addition to her HSN line. And she is in-the-know about red-carpet fashion, which is her topic for Williams’ show, since she often walks the red carpet at the openings of her husband’s movies and awards ceremonies, most recently at the Golden Globes.

We’ve interviewed Jon Feltheimer in a prior life, and we can tell you he is very proud of Laurie’s success on HSN.

And Williams lives in our current town, Montclair, N.J. We think we spotted her once in the local Social Security office on Bloomfield Avenue.

Not-So-Natty ‘Gossip Girl’ Kelly Rutherford Hawks Her New QVC Handbag Line On ‘Wendy Williams’

January 20, 2011

It was news to us, but “Gossip Girl” actress Kelly Rutherford is doing a handbag line for QVC, joining the army of celebrities selling products on home shopping networks.

At least that’s what we learned over our morning coffee Thursday when we opened up the Daily News and saw a photo of Rutherford on the gossip page, appropriately enough. The shot showed Rutherford, in jeans and winter coat, walking on a snowy Manhattan street.

The caption said that Rutherford was heading to “The Wendy Williams Show” to “hawk” her new QVC handbag line.

We did not see the show yesterday, but “The Wendy Williams Show” website had a blurb that said “‘Gossip Girl’ star Kelly Rutherford tells us about all the drama going down this season and shows off her new purse line on QVC. Be there.”

Sorry we weren’t there.

Anyway, Rutherford do not look very dolled up in the Daily News photo, and apparently she didn’t stop by into hair-and-makeup before going on-air to chat with Williams. Rutherford’s hair was in a messy bun, she didn’t appear to have makeup on and she was dressed in a raggy cardigan and jeans.

One viewer, Shanelle, complained about Rutherford’s apperance on the show’s website.

“u liked kelly’s look but i hated it. i found it a little rude. she looked like she just woke up and rolled out of bed and came to your show. she couldve fixed herself up a little bit. i thought her look was tired and cheap looking. and she had the nerve to push her handbag line?? she clearly does not know fashion and i wont be purchasing her bags. bottom line, as a woman, she should know better than to go on tv like that. period.”

We’d have to agree with Shanelle on that one.

Williams, a fellow Montclair, N.J., resident, also got Rutherford to dish about her nasty divorce and custody battle.

We have a call into QVC’s crack PR department to find out more about Rutherford’s line. But we’re holding our breath. We’re still waiting for the photo of the new chief of QVC’s domestic network, Claire Watts, that we requested yesterday.

Actress Fran Drescher, Part Of The HSN Family, Launches Her ‘Tawk’ Show Friday

November 26, 2010

Actress Fran Drescher is not only a skincare vendor on HSN, she is now the host of her own daytime program, “The Fran Drescher Tawk Show.”

The show debuts tomorrow, Friday, in a test run on six Fox-owned TV stations, including WNYW in New York City at noon. The other stations are KTTV in Los Angeles, WTXF in Philadelphia, KMSP in Minneapolis, KSAZ in Phoenix and WORL in Orlando, Fla.

Drescher is a cancer survivor and a rape survivor. To top it off, her ex-husband came out of the closet and said he was gay after they divorced. This star of the back-in-the-day hit “The Nanny” is resilient, to say the least. She started doing a natural skincare line, FranBrand, for HSN earlier this year.

So how did Drescher land her talk show gig?

According to, Drescher appeared on “The Wendy Williams Show” and then got a call from its producers, Debmar-Mercury.

“When I was on your show, the people that make your show asked me if I wanted to do my [own] show,” Drescher told Williams, who resides in our town of Montclair, N.J. “We’ve been talking ever since. It’s gonna premiere Nov. 26 right after Thanksgiving.”

BTW, Drescher is referring to TV syndicator Debmar-Mercury, which produces Williams’ show and is now producing “The Tawk” Show,” along with the Fox Stations. And in that HSN “Six Degrees of Separation” thing, Debmar-Mercury is owned by the studio Lionsgate, which is headed by Jon Feltheimer, who is married to HSN “Hot in Hollywood” vendor Laurie Feltheimer.

Kirstie Alley is one of Drescher's first guests

Drescher’s debut show will be “A Post-Thanksgiving Weight Loss Discussion,” with zaftig actress Kirstie Alley “tawking diet and organic food.” Mmmmmmm, we don’t know if Alley is the right person to talk about diets.

The rest of the episode will include healthy cooking with Chef LaLa and Dr. Ian Smith offering weight loss advice. He will put two members of “The Tawk Show” staff on a healthy eating plan.

Here is what WNYW’s website says about Drescher’s show: “Drescher’s new ‘tawk’ show will give viewers a look at the former star of ‘The Nanny’ in a new light. From celebrity headliners to political heavyweights, Drescher is ready to chat it up with the best of them beginning Nov. 26.”

Chef LaLa is also on the guest roster

In October the trade rag B&C wrote about the show, which will have a three-week trial period.

“I’m thrilled to be able to bring The Fran Drescher Tawk Show to daytime TV, which fits me hand in glove,” said Drescher in a statement, according to B&C. “It will cover all of my passions, everything from pedicures to politics. America will have a chance to see the real Fran Drescher, beyond ‘The Nanny.’ I’m the girl next door, a self-made woman who has been to hell and back a few times.”

No kidding, girlfriend.

The name of Drescher’s show, which pokes fun at her pronounced New Yawk accent, reminds us of our days at Multichannel News. Our tech writer based in Denver, a beautiful and razor-sharp blonde named Leslie Ellis, would delight in making fun of our accent when we saw her at trade shows.

Leslie, that sly puss, got a kick out of mimicking our pronunciation of “tawk.” It made us quite self-conscious. What a silly goose we were. We should have been celebrating our manner of speaking, just as Drescher is.

Iman, David Bowie’s Bride, Makes It A Wrap, A Sequined One, On HSN

November 15, 2009

Mo092409_BP_IMAN_adel-turned-entrepreneur Iman, who is married to rock star David Bowie, was on HSN at midnight with the network’s Today’s Special. It’s the “Wrap Yourself In Luxury Dazzling Sequin Knit Wrap,” at $39.95.

“This is what you are going to be wearing for the whole season,” said Iman, who was clad head to toe in black.

Fact is, Iman’s hype was right on. That wrap is gorgeous, long and with hand-sown sequins. Our favorite was the pewter color.

She said that the wrap is modeled after a gift that one of her designer friends gave to her. “Mine cost thousands of dollars,” Iman told viewers. 

Iman, who seems as beautiful on the inside as she is on the outside, is very warm, friendly and funny. She goes around the world looking for unique items to translate into her line, Iman Global Chic, and bring them to HSN.

During her HSN presentations Iman often references her husband Bowie, a favorite of our mentor-best-editor-ever Marianne Paskowski. Marianne even once shared a smoke with Bowie. And we also know someone who was intimate with him (before his marriage to Iman, of course). We also hear that Bowie’s eyes are two different colors.

But we digress.

Last week during a third-quarter earnings call HSN CEO Mindy Grossman said that brands such as Iman’s Global Chic are a big part of the home shopping network’s strategy. The idea is to have loyal customers buy jewelry, apparel and accessories like handbags across the board from one vendor, like Iman.

Iman is celebrating her second anniversary on HSN all Sunday.

She mentioned that she was on Wendy Williams’ syndicated show and wound up gaving the former DJ, who lives in our town of Montclair, N.J., several of the jewelry pieces from her line that she was wearing.



ShopNBC’s Suzanne Somers To Appear On ‘The Wendy Williams Show’ To Promote Her Controversial Cancer Book ‘Knockout’: P.S. Wendy’s Our Homegirl, As In Montclair

November 11, 2009

This should make for interesting TV: ShopNBC actress/author Suzanne Somers will be appearing on “The Wendy Williams Show” today, Wednesday.

The blonde Somers will be plugging her controversial new book about alternative treatments for cancer, “Knockout: Interviews With Doctors Who Are Curing Cancer And How To Prevent Getting It In The First Place.”

Williams’ syndicated show airs at different times of the day across the country, so we can’t help you on that one. In New York City it’s on two of Rupert Murdoch’s TV stations. It runs at 10 a.m. on WNYW and at 10 p.m. on WWOR.

But you can check the show’s Web site to see when and where it airs in your town.

Williams, by the way, lives in our hometown, Montclair, N.J. In fact, we saw her once in the Social Security Office on Bloomfield Avenue. She was tall, flamboyant and had big hair (a wig?), pretty much the way she is on TV.

Actress Fran Drescher, who yesterday launched a skincare line called FranBrand on HSN, appeared Willlams’ show Monday.

It looks like you can catch a video of Williams’ shows, in case you miss Somers today and missed Drescher earlier in the week, on the show’s site.