I'm so looking forward to this coming weekend spending 8 hours in the company of Simon Wilson to celebrate his 15th anniversary with QVC. I spoke to him earlier in the week and he is really excited about all the gorgeous new designs he has got lined up for you.
When you see Simon so relaxed on QVC these days it's hard to imagine that he was really quite nervous for our first show… and so was I! I wonder if any of you saw it and remember that he brought his Westie called Paddington on air?
We have had some great shows together over the years and from some spectacular locations. Last year Simon celebrated his 40th Anniversary (photo above left), but earlier today I was looking at some of the footage from his 30th Anniversary Fashion Show which took place at the Natural History Museum. The location was magnificent with the diners sat around the huge dinosaur in the main hall and the models in their amazing outfits parading down the central staircase.
There were over 30 models, including Yasmin Le Bon, and they all gave their services for nothing to help raise money for the Royal Marsden hospital, one of Simon's favourite charities. There were loads of celebrities giving their support including David Puttnam, Simon Le Bon and Kid Creole (without his coconuts!!!) – all in all a fabulous evening raising lots of money for a very worthwhile cause.
Only about a year later we did the live show from Atlantis on Paradise Island, the Bahamas. Again I was looking back at the footage of that show today and it just looked so incredible. We were outside in the gardens of the resort with the beaches and the Caribbean Sea as our backdrop… we should definitely do that again (hint hint!).
The other extreme was the Christmas Show we did from a freezing cold Manor House in Hertfordshire – it took us hours to thaw out after that one!
Simon is more to me than just a guest on QVC. He is a genuinely caring and kind-hearted person, and of course incredibly talented in his jewellery designs. He has a wonderful imagination and, like you, I can hardly wait to see what he has in store for us on Friday, Saturday and Sunday this week at 7pm.
I have something for him too – sparkly, spotty and red and black… if you want to find out what it is, you'll have to tune in!
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