Apologies for the radio silence yesterday: chalk it up to bad internet connections in country houses, traffic patterns on the LIE, and other spectacularly boring white girl problems. I’ll be getting to the third —and penultimate—round of the Catalogue Challenge on Monday. Meanwhile, I bring you QVC and HSN, which at first I was going to exclude because I didn’t think they they quite belonged in the genre. But now I’m like, what the hell.
HSN: Both networks court big fashion names, and a lot of those big names are thrilled to court right back, because this is where the serious, serious bucks are. But if you enter the world of TV shopping, you play by their rules. Which means agreeing to manufacture all of your clothes in sizes that go up to 3X (you’d be surprised—or perhaps you wouldn’t—at how many designers won’t agree to this) and to adjust your aesthetic to fit that of their customer.
Which often means creating pieces with possibly a bit more frou than one might typically associcate with your brand. Like this tunic with chiffon sleeves from Badgley Mishka’s American Glamour line. And it’s especially true with accessories: the more…
and drama, the better
As far as what I’d buy: I liked this top from DKNYC a lot: flattering for many figures, which is something that both Ms. Karan and and HSN prioritize and excel at, and a very good color too.
But as far as I’m concerned, the jewel in HSN’s crown is Joy Mangiano. If you choose to take only one bit of shopping ever from me ever, make it this: her Huggable Hangers will change your life. I am embarrassingly evangelical on this topic.* If you’ve got a closet space problem, these babies will go a long way toward fixing it. Back at my old job I was sent a bunch of these, and was literally able to fit three times more clothes into my closet. Also: they don’t make dents in your clothes, so you can hang sweaters on them if you want. And because they’re flocked, even your filmiest little tops won’t slide off off of them.
*There’s a scene in The Stepford Wives when the character played by Katharine Ross realizes that her most rebellious, freethinking friend has finally turned Stepford when she is asked about about a household cleaner and goes on about it with a terrifying enthusiasm and zeal. That is how I feel sometimes when I talk about the Huggables. Such is their transformative power.
QVC: Nobody could have been more surprised than me at the person whose line I was most attracted to here:
How cute is this little military jacket from Rachel Zoe? I’m not particularly a fan of the higher-end line she launched this year, but this stuff seemed cute and accessible.
And this satchel‘s pretty fantastic too.