Friday, October 16, 2009

I want my Shop-TV...

For a while, I have meant to write a blog on shopping for fashion and beauty on TV shopping channels, namely QVC and HSN.
TV shopping is not what it used to be. Long gone are the days of just Diamonique jewelry, Precious Memories commemorative figurines and clothes that looked like a roll call of Grandma Agnes closet.
Nowadays, you can shop some of the hippest names in fashion and beauty from the comfort of your couch (or bed) and in ANY size (a lesson brick and mortar retailers should take notes on). Another thing I LOVE about the shopping channels is that they use TRUE plus size models along with straight sized models, presented in an equally stylish way, so I can see what something would look like on someone built like me.
It is of NO USE for anyone to show me a plus size garment on a size 6 girl because the garment would not look at all similar on a size 16, 20 or 22 woman. This is the reason why most plus catalogs suck.
Marc Bower, Bob Mackie, Vivienne Tam, Bradley Bayou, Loulou de la Falaise, Shoshanna, Emmanuel Ungaro, industry veterans like Victor Costa and Nolan Miller and even Project Runway alumni such as Chloe Dao, Rami Kashou, and Laura Bennett are now selling their clothes through QVC and HSN.
Accesories span everything from Sam Edelman shoes to Charm and Luck handbags and jewelry offerings feature for example Kenneth Jay Lane pieces at literally half the price of the upscale contemporary boutiques.
As far as beauty products, you can find EVERYTHING. From YSL Touche Eclat to Kiehl's body washes.
And the prices ARE better than at the brick and mortar retailers too.

Here are some really cool examples:

Erin Fetherston Blouse and Boyfriend Cardigan $49.50 each at

Loulou de la Falaise Metallic Foil Ring ($12.95) and Bracelets (29.95) at

Rami Kashou for Curations One-shoulder Dress (on clearance, $69.90) at

Tracy Reese dress, $89.90 at

Kenneth Jay Lane Octopus Ring,$79.90 at

Hello Kitty for Diamonique Deco Kitty Pave Ring (on clearance) 162.60 at

Sam Edelman "Zoe" Leather Stud Boot, $325.00 at

Vivienne Tam Printed Chiffon Kaftan, $49.00 at

M by Marc Bower Scarf Print Long Sleeved Knit Top, $39.78,

WD by Whiting and Davis Cinch Paisley Mesh Shopper, $249.90 at

As you can see TV shopping has changed for the better. Now you can get an outfit and Xmas shop stylishly from the comfort of your couch. So get a cup of hot cocoa, cozy jammies, the plastic and the remote and avoid the mall crowds this season :-)


Diana said...

Wow, I still associate TV shopping with the scary grandma generation - the Quacker Factory hasn't helped my impression. I'm definitely going to go back and take another look, especially at the use of and choice of models!

Milla said...

They really have changed... I know Quaker Factory really scared me too.
But things have really improved and they do have cool stuff!

Diana said...

I'm going to pull those sites up!

Milla said...

They really have changed for the better, eh?

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