Oh what a night!


Julia at the Butler & Wilson party Simon Wilson never does anything by halves, and that was certainly true of his 40th Anniversary extravaganza! The venue was the KOKO club in Camden, London, and as well as celebrating his anniversary he was also raising money for Breast Cancer Care, which he did in abundance!

Dale meets a QVC fan at the party The celebrity guest list included model Yasmin Le Bon, designer Elizabeth Emanuel, Jo Wood and her Strictly Come Dancing partner Brendon Cole, TV presenters Jenny Frost and Nick Knowles, and photographer Terry O'Neil, not to mention our very own Dale, Pipa, Claire and Alison Young.

Claudia and I were "working", but we still had a great time. The newly crowned WBA World Heavyweight Champion David Haye even put in an appearance, hotfoot from recording the Jonathan Ross show.

Scottish pipersThe idea for the catwalk fashion show was born from his new book – which in itself is a work of art – and was all set against the backdrop of the jewelled cover of the book. The show was divided into chapters ranging from the totally glamorous 'Dazzling Diamante' to the downright quirky 'Fun and Fantasy'. We were even treated to a troupe of Scots pipers in the 'Celtic Boys' segment, in honour of Simon's Scottish heritage.

QVC's Renee models on the catwalk The fashion show featured no fewer than 64 models, including a couple of QVC's own models (you can see Renee in the pic to the right).

Congratulations to Simon on such a spectacular event! And I'm looking forward to meeting lots of you at the customer events on Monday – of course I'll be sporting the Today's Special Value watch which you can see on air on Friday 27th November.

If you came to the party I'd love to hear your stories – I hope you had as brilliant a night as I did!

Harald Gloecker And so from one great character to another… Harald Gloecker is back in town on Friday 20th November with his utterly fabulous Pompoos fashion and jewellery designs. I worked with Harald on his very first visit to QVC UK and his enthusiasm and exuberance are infectious. OTT?? Absolutely, but you definitely won't want to miss a single one of his shows!

Speak soon,
Julia. xx.


  1. Magda Chetty November 20, 2009 at 8:14 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Glad you had a great time at Simon’s party. OOOH I wish I was there. Tried to make it but, with flights from Mallorca and hotel and the party ticket, it would have been a lot to spend just before Christmas.
    But I have finished buying all the Christmas presents, and put money a side for Simon’s shows on QVC from the 27th. I will be watching and buying all I can, can’t wait.
    And if it is Simon and you together, I am sure we will be saying oh what a night.

  2. josephine ellis November 22, 2009 at 1:18 pm -  Reply

    HI Julia you look FAB in ur dress you look like a women of 40 just lovely. I am glad you had a great time.I just had my 50 birthday this year its a great AGE to be!!!

  3. Margaret Horwood November 23, 2009 at 5:20 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    Looking fab as usual glad you had a great time. Watch every show of Simon’s especially when you are on together as I enjoy the banter that goes on during the show.
    He’s a great designer, love his products so long may he reign.

  4. Ashley Fosdike November 24, 2009 at 10:05 am -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    I was there !!!!!! It was fab I stayed right to the end and even my hubby Eric enjoyed himself. All was going well until my shoe came off and I trod on a piece of glass. A bit of emergency first aid and I was OK – but I guess I will have a lasting reminder (a scar) from the Butler and Wilson Anniversary party. Who else can say that!!!!
    Love Ashley – Surrey

  5. audrey easton November 25, 2009 at 2:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia
    It was so nice to meet you and Sophie at Simons party. It was nice to have a chat with Dale and I also met Claire and Alison with their other halfs later on what a lovely bunch you all are hope to meet you all again
    It was a great night we had a fab time and was all for a very good cause. You will be pleased to know I finally got a pic with Simon the great.
    Looking forward to his weekend shows especially the 12noon show on Friday when I can reminisce about the great night I had in KOKO’s with Simon Wilson and the friendly QVC presenters.
    Take care to you all

  6. Angela Bradley November 25, 2009 at 5:26 pm -  Reply

    Julia , you look stunning in that dress. I couldn`t get to the party but I was lucky enough to go to the B&W reception at QVC on Monday.
    My daughter Sarah and I had a WONDERFUL TIME !!
    It was a real pleasure to meet Ali and Renee and yourself and of course , Simon . He is so charming and exactly as he is on air –a real delight to talk too.
    Must thank Gemma and all the organisers too , lovely buffet and the beautiful `goody bag` , what a treat. We went up to South Moulton Street afterwards, to round off a very special and memorable experience . Thank you , from Angela

  7. julia roberts November 25, 2009 at 5:34 pm -  Reply

    Hello Magda
    Yes it would have been very expensive with the flights etc. SO ……… the money you saved you can treat yourself over the coming weekend!!! The TSV is great – my favourite option is the purple, no suprise there then!! I am with Simon for a lot of the shows so really looking forward to the next few days in QVC land.
    love Julia xx

  8. julia roberts November 25, 2009 at 5:38 pm -  Reply

    Hello Josephine
    Thanks for the lovely compliments – I don’t know about looking 40 though!! My dress was a Karen Millen one that I bought about a year ago, but I don’t wearing it often as the zip gets stuck in the fabric cos it’s quite thick. Thank goodness my daughter Sophie and Jill Franks were on hand to help – it was very comical!!!
    Hope you celebrated your 50th in style???
    Julia xx

  9. julia roberts November 25, 2009 at 5:47 pm -  Reply

    Hi Margaret
    Again – thanks for the compliment. You are in for a real treat this weekend. The TSV launch Thursday into Friday, shows all day Friday (we’re together at 9 & 10pm ), then Saturday and Sunday as well (again we are doing the 9 & 10pm shows on both days so LOTS of ‘banter’!) It’s the ‘Couture’ show on Sunday and some of the pieces are amazing. Ring in and say Hi!
    Julia xx

  10. julia roberts November 25, 2009 at 5:51 pm -  Reply

    Hi Ashley (and Eric)
    So sorry to hear about your foot, but as you said, no-one else will have a lasting memory quite like yours!!!! How slippery was all the gold foil that showered down?? I had to hold on to Dale’s arm and shuffle to the carpeted area at the end of the Fashion Show – how spectacular was that???
    Enjoy the weekend
    Julia xx

  11. julia roberts November 25, 2009 at 5:58 pm -  Reply

    Hello Audrey
    So pleased you managed to get a pic with Simon – one for the album I’m sure! It’s always good to get out and about and meet you all, but the surroundings are not always so glamourous. It might be ‘motherly pride’ but I thought Sophie looked great in her little gold shift dress.
    Enjoy all the B & W shows over the coming 4 days
    Julia xx

  12. julia roberts November 25, 2009 at 6:05 pm -  Reply

    Hello Angela (and Sarah)
    So pleased you enjoyed your day with us ……… have we whet your appetite for the coming weekend?? Simon is a very genuine person and put so much energy into his Fashion Show to raise money for Breast Cancer Care. I hope you managed to get a photo with him?
    Enjoy the shows over the next few days, and if you want the TSV watch, remember my prediction is that the purple one will go first.
    Julia xx

  13. laura November 29, 2009 at 12:17 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia! The fashion show was amazing! I was also there and you kindly got your pic taken with me so thank you so much!;) I was also celebrating my 30th! So double celebration for me! Me my mum and little sister came all the way from Elgin (North Scotland) so was a very different experience for us! I have to say you looked amazing!! And so did Renee! Very elegant on the catwalk! Laura.x

  14. Cherry Housden November 29, 2009 at 5:11 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia you always look lovely and I enjoy watching you and Simon together you make a great team, You are all great at qvc and I am addicted to buying from you just
    purchased the green faux snakeskin bag with the chain
    handles, can’t wait to get it, it’s oen of my christmas presents from my husband, Any way I looked at the pictures
    of Simon’s show they look great and all for a great cause.
    Bless you all I have had breast cancer, so I know what it’s like, any way good luck and merry Christmas to you
    all at QVC love Cherry x

  15. julia roberts December 1, 2009 at 11:03 pm -  Reply

    Hi Laura
    What a way to celebrate a birthday with an 0 on the end!!! It was a pleasure to meet so many of Simon’s QVC fans and all looking so fabulous! Thanks for the lovely compliment and I’ll pass it on to Renee too. Hope your journey back to Elgin was OK? and that you enjoyed the shows over the weekend too?
    Happy belated Birthday
    Julia x

  16. julia roberts December 1, 2009 at 11:10 pm -  Reply

    Hello Cherry
    I was just wondering if your husband knows he has bought you the green bag for Christmas?!?!? Thankyou for your lovely comments – it’s always great fun working with Simon, as some people have commented we are like an old married couple!!
    I was just talking to my Mum and she was saying she has her annual ‘check up’ next week. I can’t believe it’s 9 years since she was diagnosed. I hope everything is ok with you? – it really does touch so many people.
    Have a great Christmas
    love Julia x

  17. Emily Winter December 3, 2009 at 9:16 pm -  Reply

    Hi julia I wished so much to be at Simons party ,it looked wonderful. I love Simons bags’and jewellery ,I am known as Mrs Butler and Wilson ,as most of my statment earrings are Simons.
    Today two of my friends and I were out for our pre-Christmas lunch I had in my peacock feather earrings and the reponse is always the same.WOW ,beautiful ,and you know they are .The wearing of my jewellery makes me very happy .Simon has helped make me very happy.I love watching you on the ‘box’,with Simon you are like a double act.Actually if I am feeling a bit fed up I check to see if either you or Claire and Pippa are on as you all make me laugh and you are so good at your jobs , very honest and I appreciate that.

  18. julia roberts December 7, 2009 at 11:58 am -  Reply

    Hi Emily
    I LOVE those peacock earrings they are so colourful and a great shape!! That is what jewellery should be about, making you feel good! So pleased you enjoy the shows Simon and I do together and thanks for the lovely comments about Pippa Claire and myself – I will pass them on.
    Have a lovely Christmas
    Julia x

  19. Steven December 10, 2009 at 6:56 pm -  Reply

    Julia I just noticed this blog/ You look absolutely gorgeous in that pink dress. Great charity to have the fund raiser and birthday combo. I think everybody knows someone affected by breast cancer. My Auntie is in the throes of recovering from breast cancer. She is a fairly young woman and I was shocked when I heard. Thankfully she appears to be getting better.
    Love Steven Good blog again too xx

  20. julia roberts December 16, 2009 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Steven
    Just found this post – I hope your Auntie makes a full recovery – both my mum and my sister have just had their check-ups and are in the clear for the moment. Please tell your Auntie about the Breast Cancer Care helpline if she has any questions, or is just feeling low.
    Lots of love to her
    Julia x

  21. Steven December 16, 2009 at 6:17 pm -  Reply

    Thanks Julia. Appreciate that. I’m sure my Auntie will do too. QVC do a great job in promoting awareness of this terrible illness. Take care
    Steven xx

  22. Steven December 16, 2009 at 6:23 pm -  Reply

    Meant to say I’ve posted on the Palace thread again too. Not hassling but it tends to be forgotten about because it’s on another page. I think you should start a 2nd Palace thread and make it for you and me just ha ha

  23. peter December 21, 2009 at 11:17 am -  Reply

    happy christmas! julia, i have just put your photo of you on my p.c. as my screensaver. you look absolutley ravishing in that dress,enjoy the festivities p.s. you can pull my cracker anytime.!

  24. kenneth January 6, 2010 at 1:55 pm -  Reply

    it may be cold and freezing, the snow is 3 foot outside,but this photo of julia certainly warms me up, you look stunning in this dress,happy new year to everyone at qvc,

  25. julia roberts January 7, 2010 at 10:50 pm -  Reply

    Hello Peter
    Just found your post – I’m very flattered that you have me as your screensaver!! Hope you had a great Christmas? Mine was a really good family affair – New Year was fun (see my latest blog) but now I’m not too well so not the best start to 2010 I’m afraid. Hopefully I’ll be back on telly soon
    Julia x

  26. julia roberts January 7, 2010 at 10:53 pm -  Reply

    Hi Kenneth
    The snow is not funny now is it?? We haven’t had 3 foot, but a good 8 – 10 inches, and I live on a hill so it’s quite difficult getting around!
    Thanks for your lovely compliment – it really cheered me up as I’m a bit under the weather (excuse the pun!!) at the moment.
    Julia x

  27. Ruth January 10, 2010 at 10:41 pm -  Reply

    Hi Julia,
    I came from France to be at Simon’s party (it was my 50th birthday present from my husband). I loved the music but yes, the gold tape made it difficult to dance on!
    Unfortunately I was unable to see QVC’s footage and I was wondering whether I could see it elsewhere?

  28. Mrs Gail j Gray February 13, 2010 at 11:04 pm -  Reply

    Hello Julia, I hope you are well, since i spoke to you last on the air about Michael Schumacher i have seen him 3 times since i told you a was a fan, i still am, i have also written a book for him called Man on the Move, subtitled Michael Schumacher, My Sporting Hero. I am happy i got the book published but feeling sad as not many copies were sold, i only sold 300 out of 1,000. Well that’s life i suppose, all the best have a great year.

  29. steven kosminsky April 10, 2010 at 10:54 am -  Reply

    wow you look so sexy in this photo julia,as the great lance percival would say ding dong!
    keep up the good work

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