MALL INTERRUPTION: Home Shopping Network has delayed the launch of its new shopping service, Television Shopping Mall, from this summer to early 1995.
The "mall" was to have room for 35 individual retailers, manufacturers and catalogers who would buy air time and support services from HSN.
But there are signs that luring mall dwellers has been difficult. In April, only a few months before the new service was to begin, HSN released the name of only one participant -- Hanover Direct, a cataloger that will sell products from its Domestications, Tweeds, Gumps and Essence catalogs.
"Many of the retailers interested in participating in TSM have said they need more time to develop an appropriate on-air look," said Gerald Hogan, president and chief executive of HSN. "Pushing back TSM's premiere is a prudent move in view of the severely limited channel capacity faced by all programmers. With expected advances in technology on the horizon, greater capacity will eventually become available."
LANE'S LOOKOUT: Bill Lane was named director of new product and merchandise development for QVC, a new post. Lane reports to Jim Held, executive vice president of merchandising, sales and product planning for QVC.
Prior to joining QVC, Lane was vice president of merchandising for Joan River's "Can We Shop?" which was canceled on June 15. Before that, he was a merchandise manager for Bloomingdale's.
Lane said his position will involve resourcing and creating new products. "There's an enormous amount of exciting merchandise, ideas and concepts out there," he said. "We want people to recognize that QVC is the place to come to. We will work directly with different resources to create products for QVC."
Lane will be on the lookout for innovative housewares, apparel and cosmetics, as well as products in other categories. The products could be sold on QVC, On-Q, a new service directed toward younger customers, or Q-Direct, a division that will produce infomercials and other programming.
THE PRODUCERS: Q2, the weekend lifestyle channel scheduled to be launched in the fall, has named Jennifer Raemsch producer for the style category.Raemsch was the fashion and style producer/editor at "Good Morning America," where she covered the men's, women's and children's markets and profiled American and European designers.
Also at Q2, Shelly Tatro was named producer for the health and beauty category. She was a producer for VH-1.
@chanel and @pharrell dropped what’s being dubbed as the world’s most exclusive sneakers yesterday. The Adidas Originals NMD Hu, which Williams designed in collaboration with Chanel and @adidasoriginals, has a waiting list of over 120K people who pre-registered online at chanelatcolette.fr –– and only 500 pairs are on sale. The singer predicted the resale value of the shoes could reach $40K. Read the full interview on WWD.com. Link in bio. #wwdfashion
@imanshumpert is diving deeper into his creative endeavors and relaunching his clothing line, Post 90s, and is helping to raise money for the hurricane victims in St. Maarten with a jersey he’s designed with his brother. The Cleveland Cavaliers player talked to WWD about kneeling during the national anthem, working with fashion brands and how he wants to be more than an @nba player. Read the interview on WWD.com #wwdfashion (📷: George Chinese)
Not only does #TheProfit return to CNBC tonight, but @marcuslemonis has launched @shopmarcus, a new shopping and lifestyle retail experience in Aspen and Chicago, with more locations to come. The retail stores offer in-store stylists and a variety of contemporary womenswear selections.
“It’s life, I’m going to face it,” @mingxi11 sighed. “I fell, but you know, I think the most important thing is that I get back up. I had the love, the help from my sister — the girl next to me Gizele [Oliveira] — she’s so nice. When I went backstage everybody was trying to comfort me like ‘Oh Ming, it’s OK.’ I’m really, really touched. I think it’s them who gave me the courage to go back on stage for the finale,” Xi told WWD of her fall at the @victoriassecret fashion show. (📷: David Fisher) #wwdfashion #vsfashionshow #victoriassecret
@louisvuitton tapped @therealpeterlindbergh for its latest city-centric photo book, which is part of a series called Fashion Eye. The primarily black and white book captures the spirit of Berlin in 57 images shot between 1989 and 2019. “Berlin is an inspiration for me, more than a city. I mean @millajovovich is simply Berlin!” said Lindbergh. #wwdfashion
“You know, I think audiences expect a certain performance so I have to deliver to them what they’re expecting to a certain degree. But I’m also a different actor and a different person, I have my own spin on the character,” says @noahegalvin of his takeover of the leading role in “Dear Evan Hansen” following the departure of @bensplatt, who originated the role. Read WWD’s interview with the 23-year-old actor on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @jilliansollazzo)
For pre-fall 2018, @etro created richly-colored wonderland, using tapestries, textiles and wallpapers from the Eastern world at large. The line featured floral and graphic prints and jacquard motifs, like this two-piece look featured here. #wwdfashion (📷: Giovanna Pavesi)
@kith is moving into children’s. The men’s and women’s streetwear brand has launched Kidset, a Kith kids line located in New York at 64 Bleecker Street. The line includes mini versions of staple Kith pieces like the Astor bomber jacket and the Kith box logo sweatshirts, along with a wall that can display up to 120 pairs of shoes from @adidas, @newbalance, @timberland and more. #wwdfashion
“I just wanted to create this fully rounded character, but I do think what excited me most was just the opportunity to give a group of people representation that I feel needs it. I like to do characters in projects that stand for something and Karolina definitely does, so that was really exciting to me,” @ginnygardner says of her new role in @hulu’s “The Runaways.” Gardner plays Karolina Dean, a queer superhero, which is a rarity for @marvel. Read more about Gardner’s character on WWD.com #wwdeye (📷: @dandoperalski)