The Fashion Event of the Century: Laura Bennett on QVC

Thursday, February 21, 2008 by


Fire up those credit cards, kittens!

It's confirmed: Laura's designs will go on sale on QVC on February 25th, from 10 p.m. - midnight on a show called "Spring Fashion Designer Gallery." She'll be selling a mini collection of five items: a coat, a jacket, pants, a wrap, and a blouse. Sizes range from XS to 3X. The much-asked-about black dress along with other fabulous items will be sold in April.

We'll keep you updated and we'll add pictures as soon as we have them.

[Photo: Getty Images]

70 comments:

michelle said...

Thanks for the heads up, TLo!!

GothamTomato said...

I just marked my calendar.

I've been looking for just the right coat too. I hope she's got it.

--GothamTomato

Washington Cube said...

Spreading the word, can't wait, and I wish her much success.

(The true winner of that season, in my opinion.)

BigAssBelle said...

Laura Bennett

QVC

Somehow, I can't mesh the two.

k said...

>> The Fashion Event of the Century<<

LOL! But, of course! Bestest of
luck to Laura!

Mr Jiggs said...

Yeah I can hardly wait for this. I wonder if Ms. Wonderful actually had any of her crap made in the USA.

Photos like that of her are pretty scary uh ?

Mommyca said...

awesome!!! I can't wait to see the pictures!!!

Anonymous said...

"BigAssBelle said...

Laura Bennett

QVC

Somehow, I can't mesh the two."

Why not?

Anonymous said...

What was that whole Victoria thing about? There was something going on, but it looks like we won't be privied to it. She looked like she hated being there and hated everyone in the room. What a Biatch!

potty mouth princess said...

I'm in desperate need of a nice coat. Can't wait!

Laura, hope everything sells out in milliseconds! *mwah*

PunditMom said...

Be still, my heart! YAY!

Jenn said...

The QVC media rep I spoke to last week said 6 p.m. on the 25th -- wonder if they changed it?

katiecoo said...

I feel uncooler than usual saying this to Ms. Laura Bennett but I will anyway. You GO girl!

jen in philly said...

Thanks for keeping us updated, TLo! QVC has always scared me, but I will brave it to try and get some Laura Bennett designs!

Anonymous said...

It's Howdy Doody Time!

carmelita said...

I've never really watched QVC before, I may have to tune in for this. Thanks for the heads up.

Sewing Siren said...

QVC has been pretty supportive of the Runway designers haven't they?
I don't get that channel, but I'll check it out on line. I'm really looking forward to "The Dress", but I guess I will have to wait until April or a contest .

agnes gooch said...

Also a QVC virgin here, so if anyone who has already been deflowered, as it were, has any helpful hints about the QVC purchasing process, I would be ever so grateful to read them.

Kanani said...

Sizes range from XS to 3X.

Milla will like to hear this (hi Milla!). There was a lot of conversation about size issues and perceptions on another thread.

I'm glad to see her doing clothing for the "X" sizes. My belief is that anyone of any size can look good. And having someone design clothes that fit and flatter is very affirming for the wearers sense of self.

Kanani said...

P.S. Joan...kittycat...let's go shopping. No reason to wait. Really! Gimme a cart with a bunch of accessories and we'll getcha lookin' great.

Anonymous said...

I am putting this on my calendar right now!!! Yeah!

bitchybitchybitchy said...

I'm looking forward to the dress come April!

Bill said...

Hooray! I will be tuning in to QVC for the first time ever. Always used to bypass all the shopping channels.

sidebar - Augusten Burrough's first novel, Sellevision, about a home shopping network? Not as good as his amazing memoirs 'Running with Scissors', 'Dry', 'Possible Side Effects', and 'Magical Thinking'. But still an amusing read. Anyone?

Kanani said...

Bill,
I've never watched QVC either. I guess Laura's will be our maiden voyage!

I enjoy Augusten a lot. His brother, John is also talented and writes a bit about Augusten in his book. I reviewed it last fall.

Lizzy said...

Honey,

I'm buying!

LindaLA said...

i can't wait! Thank, darlings!

Laurent said...

I need a new coat. I'm definitely buying that.

Mariana (The Unoriginal) said...

A soon to be deflowered QVC virgin here!

Anonymous said...

I liked Laura on the show, but since I am a man, I won't be watching this because I have no reason to do so.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"BigAssBelle said...

Laura Bennett

QVC

Somehow, I can't mesh the two."

Why not?


Because QVC is trashy and Laura isn't, duh.

Isabella said...

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...
"BigAssBelle said...

Laura Bennett

QVC

Somehow, I can't mesh the two."

Why not?

Because QVC is trashy and Laura isn't, duh.


If not being able to afford $400 dresses or coats and looking for an alternative to be stylish and have something made by the fabulous Laura Bennett is trashy, than I guess you're both right. I am trashy and cannot wait to get trashier.

We - the trashy ones - appreciate the fact that Laura is designing something for us and so I thank her.

I'm sure she'll have her $3500 coat line for the rest of you.

kjt said...

Another virgin due for deflowering on QVC!

Can't wait to see the photos TLo!!!

Since you have an in with Laura I hope they will be posted soon...

lisasabatier said...

I must have that dress.

Sewing Siren said...

Isabella said...


If not being able to afford $400 dresses or coats and looking for an alternative to be stylish and have something made by the fabulous Laura Bennett is trashy, than I guess you're both right. I am trashy and cannot wait to get trashier.


I love it! Would you mind Isabella, if I use that as my new mantra ? I am trashy and I cannot wait to get trashier!

Mother Crunk said...

"sidebar - Augusten Burrough's first novel, Sellevision, about a home shopping network? Not as good as his amazing memoirs 'Running with Scissors', 'Dry', 'Possible Side Effects', and 'Magical Thinking'. But still an amusing read. Anyone?"


?????????????? (stream of conciousness anyone?)

Bill, I thought "Running With Scissors" was terribly over-hyped. A singularly seamy, nasty, self-indulgent little tale of Pedophilia. I thought it was wildly nacissistic with characters of very little redeeming value. I am very firmly NOT a prude (as a gay man, how could I be) but every time the author turned to yet another graphic depiction of sex with his step brother, sex with his therapist, sex with his 30 year old "boyfriend," all I kept thinking was "HE'S A 13 YEAR OLD BOY!!!" It left a very bad taste in my mouth. I was pleased when the (again much over-hyped) film tanked.

I also think he has some balls taking the title "Magical Thinking" after the release of Didion's "The Year of Magical Thinking."

Sidebar - speaking of balls, I'm just crazy about Croquet!!! Anyone?

Anonymous said...

Bill,

we actually discussed Sellevision in our gay book club. I think it is adorable fluff, fit for the beach, a plane or so. With the exception of 'Running' I prefer his other books. I've never watched a home-shopping channel and the book didn't make it likelier. But I'm not in the market for Diamonelle jewlery or little black dresses anyway.

Bernd

jen in philly said...

isabella said:
If not being able to afford $400 dresses or coats and looking for an alternative to be stylish and have something made by the fabulous Laura Bennett is trashy, than I guess you're both right. I am trashy and cannot wait to get trashier.

I wouldn't say QVC is trashy, but rather foreign to most of us. (Lord knows I can't afford a $3500 anything!) From my POV, why do I have to wait until they show Laura on TV to buy her clothes from the website? Why can't they just put her stuff up for sale on the website? Hence, my confusion and resultant fear of QVC. :)

Anonymous said...

I have never shopped QVC. It always struck me as a place for insomniacs and depressives who think a diamond pave ring will make their problems go away.

Anonymous said...

Mom`s addicted to QVC and Project Runway, so this is the best of both worlds for her! And yes, I called her up and told her about Laura being on QVC. (Mom doesn`t have the internet.)

Kzspot

Anonymous said...

Anonymous said...

I have never shopped QVC. It always struck me as a place for insomniacs and depressives who think a diamond pave ring will make their problems go away.


A lot of people think that the Internet and blogs are for losers with nothing better to do.

Debbie said...

Great news, boys! I'm so excited!!!

ToddNY said...

Fabulous!!! LOVE. HER!!
I know my sister will buy everything. She loves LB!!

Anonymous said...

Another QVC phobic reporting in, not sure why I think it's tacky since I've never watched it, but I would follow LaBennett to the ends of the earth. Unfortunately I'll be in Washington DC next week so unless the hotel room offers QVC on their cable selection I'm out of luck. What is the website of which others speak? Can Laura's fashions be purchased elsewhere?

On the book side thread, I am not a huge Burroughs fan although he's good for a giggle, but Joan Didion's "Year of Magical Thinking" made me crazy. I found it repetitive and dull. This may be the meanest thing I've ever typed but I didn't feel any empathy for her losses. Boo hiss, I'm a horrible person. Sorry!
Me2

Kanani said...

Sorry, off topic --but I find the people here on this blog to be wonderfully read, cultured and fun to blog with.

Joan Didion's "Year of Magical Thinking" made me crazy. I found it repetitive and dull.

TYOMT was the book where the person and writer came together. She finally looked at the world and questioned her perspective.

I've long admired her confidence to create some of sharp American prose and her observations about the destruction of the West have always been top notch. However, for all her skills as a stylist, there was a distance between her and the protagonist (in fiction) or topic (in non fiction), which was always unsympathetic.

The tragedy which befell her, (and later the loss of her daughter) had a very humanizing impact. No, she isn't someone to be pitied. As repetitive as the book was, I did find it amazing to watch her grow/

I find Borroughs a skilled writer of the self-narrative. However, his brother John's book is a much easier read, and I think in the long run, "Look Me In The Eye" will have a lot of social impact.

Apologies to all.
And now on with Laura Bennett!

Milla said...

I love the QVC!!!
I go crazy every year at the designer for charity shoe sale.
And I love that they make EVERYTHING in plus sizes! That is DEMOCRACY. I don't want validation I want equality.My cash is as good as a skinny chick's at least on QVC.
I have my checkbook ready and my QVC Card prepped.
I buy all of my Kenneth Jay Lane jewelry from them.
Same pieces as Saks and Kitson except like 40/50% less...
Thank you babies..
Love ya,
Milla

littlekarnak said...

10pm-midnight, that is for the Eastern Time Zone, correct?

gloria said...

Am performing that night and will be back too late...does anyone know the web address?? thanks

And thanks TLo!

And as for Ms Siren who said:but I guess I will have to wait until April... or a contest…(italics here - can't find on my toolbar..)

Very subtle Ms Siren...I love subtle..

Town and Runway said...

I will be buying. Thanks.

Martinique said...

I want all the pieces!!! I love Laura!!

TokyoDoll said...

I bet everything is going to be gorgeous :) Thanks for the update, kittens!

Sage said...

QVC is infamous for creating sellout frenzy on debut designers.

Going on past history, the item numbers won't be available on qvc.com until the same time that Laura hits the airwaves. Be quick with your mouse and credit card numbers!

Good luck with your shopping.

Best wishes to Laura.
Hope she enjoys the experience. =')

Sage said...

From the qvc.com Rumor Mill ~



A79572 Laura Bennett Straight Skirt with Seam Detail

A79580 Laura Bennett Satin Trench Coat

A79579 Laura Bennett Sequin Stretch Tunic

A81205 Laura Bennett Stretch Double Breasted Crop Jacket

A79582 LBD by Laura Bennett Silk Blend Blouse

A79576 Laura Bennett Silk Corset Detail Blouse

A79583 Laura Bennett Straight Leg Pant

A79578 Laura Bennett Metallic Wrap Sweater

A81160 Laura Bennett Silk Cotton Short Sleeve Blouse

A81159 Laura Bennett Silk Cotton Pleated Skirt

A81698 Laura Bennett LBD Matte Jersey Deep V-Neck Dress

WorkingWords100 said...

Eastern Time?

agnes gooch said...

Sage, darling, poopsie, pal o'mine...tell me more because I've been all over that qvc.com site and could not find any of these items. And I really, really, really would like to get the LBD, but I thought TLo said it wouldn't be available until an April appearance by LB. Is it going to be included in this Feb. 25 appearance if they've assigned it a product number?

agnes gooch said...

And recommendations on sizing are thoroughly welcome!

yawningdog said...

Damn! I promised myself if I stayed skinny, I'd treat myself to one of her dresses come February. Now, I find myself almost 5 months pregnant and as big as a house already. I'd get the dress anyway, if I had any idea what size I would be this time next year.

Maybe I should get get a size 6 and an 18 and sell which ever doesn't fit on ebay.

Sage said...

agnes ~ that's all that customer service is giving out. No descrip, no pics online, no size charts.
=( *sorry*


QVC sizing is all over the map. Some lines run small, some run huge.

agnes gooch said...

Thanks, sage!

So if anybody is in a position to let Laura Bennett know that some of us are very keen to know sizing info, that would be spiffy!

Sage said...

From the program guide at qvc.com ~



SPRING FASHION DESIGNER GALLERY

Monday, February 25, 2008

12:00 - 02:00 AM ET

Discover the latest designer fashions and accessories for Spring, 2008 during 8 total hours of our Spring Fashion Designer Gallery. Tune in for all brand-new apparel and accessories from some of fashion’s most esteemed designers, including Bradley Bayou, George Simonton, Kathy Van Zeeland, Marc Bouwer, Pamela Dennis and more as they share the spring collections they’ve created especially for QVC, including Signature Selection items - designs that epitomize the signature style of these popular designers. Plus, shop with your QCard® during our Spring Fashion Designer Gallery, and you won’t be billed until June, 2008.


Laura may be included in the wrap-up programming, in which case some of the items won't be available until the end of their Designer Day.

SPRING FASHION DESIGNER GALLERY
Monday, February 25, 2008
06:00 - 12:00 AM ET

QVC Insider said...

I 've got news for you kittens.

Selling on QVC is not such a big deal. What you should know is this:
1) you need to make up and have ready to sell immdiately, a sizeable inventory.
2) QVC does not select designers on merit alone, but rather on how you are financed. Thanks Daddy Warbucks.

3) If the majors ain't buying it, they have a good reason.

4) Many real designers shudder at the thought of selling in QVC Land, and will always look down upon those that do.

5) Here today, gone forever.

TTFN

Pat said...

QVC is nothing to fear. It is tons better than watching any Bravo "real" housewives.

Ms Sangrail said...

I always had the impression that QVC was a great venue for designers to reach a *much* larger client base. I think that it's great for Laura and I hope she has success with it.

agnes gooch said...

I appreciate the insider info, qvc insider, but the fact is -- I don't care if other designers shudder and if Daddy Warbucks is doing the financing. The LBD is perfect for something I need to attend at the end of May (short-sleeve version) and I. must. have. it (either size 4 or 6) (I'm an ectomorph. So shoot me). And certain Philadelphia-based bloggers have access to certain Manhattan-based designers, so I just want to know HOW EXACTLY I can score myself one. Thankyouverymuch.

Lizawithazee said...

I think the association of QVC with "trashy" and as a place to gaudy costume jewelry and Ronco food prep machines comes from its early days when it was very much a venue for selling things that appeared to have been hijacked somewhere between Jersey City and Hoboken.

My understanding is there are a lot more high end (or at least aspirationally luxe or high quality) products on it now. LB being a case in point.

Though you may love QVC and rankle at the association, like it or not trashy/low class is most definitely still an entrenched part of the QVC brand in the eyes of many people. Likewise with blogs and any number of things. I'd wager most people wouldn't say "QVC" when asked their first idea for an outlet for Laura Bennett's society maven type clothes. Which makes it an interesting and possibly brilliant choice.

Anonymous said...

Can we get a clarification on the time? Also, I don't get QVC. Can I just buy directly or watch online?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, go to QVC.com and you should be able to watch online if you have a broadband collection. You can also order there. When the items are available, you can search on the item numbers. You may not be able to access them until 02/25.

I believe the first designer 'show' is Midnight to 2 AM EST. There may be more shows later in the day.

Carole said...

I found this on the QVC site.


I could only get the pictures to load on about 1/2 of these but you can see quite a few of Laura's designs.

A79572 Laura Bennett Straight Skirt with Seam Detail
http://tinyurl.com/2fmzuk
A79580 Laura Bennett Satin Trench Coat
http://tinyurl.com/2kuzdk
A79579 Laura Bennett Sequin Stretch Tunic
http://tinyurl.com/2pbeqp
A81205 Laura Bennett Stretch Double Breasted Crop Jacket
http://tinyurl.com/355hzn
A79582 LBD by Laura Bennett Silk Blend Blouse
http://tinyurl.com/28bfql

A79576 Laura Bennett Silk Corset Detail Blouse
http://tinyurl.com/2p453x
A79583 Laura Bennett Straight Leg Pant
http://tinyurl.com/2u399z
A79578 Laura Bennett Metallic Wrap Sweater
http://tinyurl.com/2t73dh
A81160 Laura Bennett Silk Cotton Short Sleeve Blouse
http://tinyurl.com/2n84w2
A81159 Laura Bennett Silk Cotton Pleated Skirt
http://tinyurl.com/2legcq
A81698 Laura Bennett LBD Matte Jersey Deep V-Neck Dress
http://tinyurl.com/2o9qcu

Anonymous said...

I'm sorry but I HATE what I'm seeing so far. It looks tacky and cheap. I do not see Laura wearing any of those things. Laura, we love you but I'm not liking what I see so far.

Anonymous said...

I thinks you can't really judge from the tiny pictures that QVC is providing, but wait until you see them modeled. I think the blouse is really cute and I also like the khaki corset jacket. But I think they will look much better on than they do now on the manequins

Brendan said...

i thiught i was the ONLY one who noticed the chris/rami action. that would be so cute if they were dating!!