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“They say, ‘I love your shoe closet. I saw it in Architectural Digest, on ‘Cribs.’ I saw it on Oprah or Barbara Walters,” she said.
The songstress prefers platform heels over flats. “Most people are comfortable in flats, and I always say my foot is naturally made to be in high heels.
“When I don’t have a platform, we could have a traumatic moment, like a semi-spill on stage, which nobody wants,” Carey added. “A platform shoe grounds you a little more. I try to make my designs more practical as well as pretty. One of the things I thought about was how I could do affordable, really nice, comfortable shoes that are still flattering to the leg.”
Carey is also developing a signature for her jewelry, and the butterfly, her favorite motif, plays a prominent feature. Among her favorites is the platinum and pink diamond engagement ring Cannon designed for her and a butterfly ring Van Cleef & Arpels gave her a decade ago.
She also has a penchant for vintage jewelry. “It always seems that if you have an amazing vintage Cartier bracelet or a signed Tiffany piece, you can’t go wrong,” she said. “You just can’t do the same type of filigree work anymore. A lot of that inspired my own pieces. They have a modern twist, but that’s my natural inclination.”
Carey said she could see the line expand into new areas for her second HSN moment next year. She didn’t rule out doing an apparel line in the future. “I am definitely looking forward to a long relationship with HSN,” she said.
She was hard-pressed to narrow down her list of her favorite designers, though a few names made the cut. “I love Karl Lagerfeld as a person and as a designer, and I have some vintage Chanel suits that are gorgeous,” she said. “I am not a big bag person, but if I do carry one, you know that I love it. I have a lot of Chanel bags, including one that I saved from years ago. It is wooden and looks a little bit like a lunch box. I also have a lot of Judith Leiber.”
Among her favorite dresses, she cited the Nile Cmylo gown she wore at her 2008 wedding; the Dolce & Gabbana number she sported in her video for “Honey,” and a red gown she wore to the 2006 MTV Movie Awards.
Like most celebrities, Carey has had her share of “fashion don’t” moments, which she won’t point to right now. “If I highlight those moments, you will feature them, darling,” she said.
That said, Carey isn’t fearful of the fashion police. Far from it, she said. “You get photographed everywhere,” she said. “You look at it one day, and it’s gone the next, or they can dwell on it for a week. Within a couple of days, there is somebody else doing something in the world that is a little more interesting than a bad outfit.”
Grossman declined to give projections for the line, but said “it is projected to be very significant or we wouldn’t have done it on such an important day as Cyber Monday.”
HSN will support the launch in multiple ways. The network will sell Carey’s new CD, “Merry Christmas II You,” which is being released by Island Def Jam Music Group on Tuesday, and is also playing her first single from it, “Oh Santa,” in its holiday promo.
Carey is particularly proud of her new work. “I was really inspired by Nat King Cole and Bing Crosby, and all the classic Christmas music that was just timeless,” she said of the project. “I wanted it to be festive-meets-timeless. It’s everything from a more soulful moment to a duet I did with my mother, who is an opera singer. It was very interesting and different, and for me that is a really nice jewel of the album.”
As for her budding fashion career, Carey already comes with an accessory that is quite common in fashion circles — the diva moniker. “One of the things people need to do is look up the actual definition of diva,” she said. “The first thing is a talented female vocalist. That’s what I like it to be. The second is a difficult female. Whatever. Everybody is a diva these days, and most people are trying to get to that status, so, I am a diva if that makes people happy. I think, mainly, that I try to be a good person above that.”