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- Padma Lakshmi's St. Jude Christmas Ornament
- Padma Lakshmi's Tea Infuser
- Iris Apfel Jewelry
- R.J. Graziano Watches
- Badgley Mischka Watch-Necklace
- Faux Fur Purse by Adrienne Landau
- Knit Headband Curations by Stefani Greenfield
- Colin Cowie's Champagne Flutes
- Faux fur Trapper Hats by Curations by Stefani Greenfield
- Sylvester's and Jennifer's Ornament
- Adrienne Landau's Faux Fur Ornament
- Kate Walsh's Ornament
Yesterday, we escaped Manhattan's oppressive summer heat and celebrated Christmas in July with the folks at HSN. To introduce the press to some of the holiday gift items they'll be selling in the next few months, HSN turned their offices into a winter wonderland, complete with Christmas tree, piped in carols, festively decorated pound cake, and—in a nod to summer—mugs of fatteningly delicious looking frozen hot chocolate. On display throughout their office, was a vast assortment of clothing, jewelry, beauty products, and assorted home items, which the network felt would make good gifts come holiday time.
As you'd expect, HSN has tons of new jewelry styles coming out, by all the usual suspects: Iris Apfel, Bajali, Jean Doussett Absolut, and many more. We thought the standouts were the watches. V by Eva, R.J. Graziano and Curations with Stefani Greenfield have all created hip oversized women's watches, in various metal tones, which will be sold for just $50 each. We would be happy to receive any one of them in our stocking. Badgley Mischka will be selling a beautiful antique-looking sparkling necklace with a watch in it, but its price hasn't been set yet. We're guessing it will go for considerably more than $50.
If you're looking for gifts of winter clothing, we saw some cute fake fur Curations with Stehpanie Greenfield poofy trapper hats for $49, and some of the designer's sparkling wool winter headbands for $59. If you're more interested in buying something for yourself, there will also be plenty of faux fur items: fun purses and a wide variety of fake fur jackets, the later all in the $200 range. We confess that we were extremely tempted to try on both a leopard print and a black faux fur coat over our decidedly non-wintery shorts and halter, despite the fact that they were part of a display.
Many of HSN's faux furs are made by Adrienne Landau, who is best known for making gorgeous uniquely-styled real furs, sold at Saks and other luxe retatilers, with prices which can range up into the thousands of dollars. You won't find any real furs here, however, because HSN won't stock anything made of real fur, at least not if an animal is harmed in its production. Good for you, HSN!
We spotted some innovative home goods, which could make fun gifts. Champagne flutes by Colin Cowie, with deeper than usual stems, which somehow allow their champagne to remain bubbly for up to four hours. A set of four will cost approximately $35. If non-alcoholic drinks are more to your giftee's liking, Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi offers a plastic tea infuser, with a compartment to seep fruits like strawberries in, for just $39. For $34 you'll be able to buy an NFL sandwich press, which grills a team's logos into the sandwiches as it cooks. (For some reason, the sample one showed the Yankees logo and not a football one.) For the glitzy pet owners in your life, who want their dogs to sparkle, there is the Fabuleash, a set of three beaded leashes for dogs (yes, the leash part is a beaded strand!) in black, white and pink, complete with a matching beaded dog collar. It's very Elle Woods, and yes, embarrassingly, we know a couple of people who would totally love it.
In a final tribute to Christmas in July, HSN took us to a glassed-in room, at the top of their penthouse office, which they had festooned with St. Jude's Christmas ornaments. An HSN rep explained to us that it takes $1.7 million a day to run the Nashville children's hospital, and the company is committed to taking responsibility for a day's worth of the hospital's expenses. To help raise that money, HSN asked personalities associated with their network to design numbered, limited edition, Christmas ornaments. Martha Stewart, Jennifer Flavin and Sylvester Stallone, Padma Lakshmi, Kate Walsh, Adrienne Landau and others have all designed original ornaments. These will be available for purchase ($15-$30) starting October 14th.
It seems that for HSN, Christmas is not just about selling, it is about giving too. Realizing this truly warmed our hearts—which we took as a good excuse have some of that frozen hot chocolate.
· HSN [Official Site]