Oprah’s Favorite Fashion Things, Then and Now
Oprah's final "Favorite Things" episode aired this past week. If you haven't watched the crowd reactions already, you should (or check out audience reactions from the whole last season on this awesome tumblr). Everyone went nuts. Of course, if I was being gifted a 2012 Volkswagon Beetle, an iPad, and some Le Creuset cookware, I'd be doing a happy dance too. Having your product on Oprah's "Favorite Things" things list is akin to having your book chosen for her book club--meaning it will sell. And often, Oprah's favorite stuff is beauty and fashion-related (but the fashion tends to be on the comfort-end--nothing wrong with that). Previously Oprah-endorsed favorite things like Spanx and Uggs became ubiquitous best-sellers after earning a spot on the "Favorite Things" list, according to AOL's Small Business site. Her "Favorite Things" episode has even saved some companies from the brink of bankruptcy. So we decided to take a look at this year's fashion and beauty-related "favorite things" as well as "favorite things" of years past (yes, J.Lo's velour sweatsuit was on the list in '02). Are any of them your favorite things too?
Shoshanna Launches Jewelry Line for QVC Tonight; Win A Statement Necklace From The Collection
Shoshanna Gruss, née Lonstein, has been in the biz for a while now. She launched her eponymous line over ten years ago, and has done a few collaborations since. Her girlie dresses made to fit a more voluptuous figure developed a cult following (at least amongst the preppy UES set), so we asked the designer about her decision to do accessories, why she's jumped on the QVC bandwagon, and how her Maltese pups helped her land the QVC deal. So you've partnered with Judith Ripka for this line--how did that come about? I’ve been a customer and admirer of Judith Ripka for as long as I can remember. After running into around our neighborhood while walking our Maltese dogs, we developed a friendship. I respect her as a mother, a business women and an artist. Accessories to me, are what make one’s look their own. It completes a woman's outfit and expresses who she is, and who she wants to be. I have always wanted to do a jewelry line to complement my Shoshanna collection. It's been a dream to be working on this business with an icon such as Judith.