Talk about the democratization of fashion. QVC today will begin broadcasting live from Bryant Park during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. The home shopping network will air original programming for both its on-air and online platforms, including a "runway" show featuring Marc Bouwer, Chloe Dao, Bradley Bayou, Sara Campbell and Emmett McCarthy, who will unveil their QVC designs for fall 2008. The average price of an outfit sold on QVC is in the $150 range. "Our fashion business has been growing for years and our stable of designers is getting stronger and stronger," said Michael George, president and chief executive officer of QVC. "We felt we were ready [for fashion week]." QVC also felt that an association with fashion week during this "tough retail market will energize our customer. It's an exciting opportunity for our customers to help them get out of the doldrums. Our customers love high fashion. They can't necessarily afford it, but they like to see it. Apparel and accessories and beauty are about 35 percent of our volume."
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