The Real Housewives were on set for this week's client challenge "Real to Genteel," and I did not know what to expect. How do you take buxom, blonde, loud, flashy, and overly fabulous, and turn it into the walking, strutting, floating, genteel ladies of the Upper East Side of New York society?
To be honest I only watched the first season ofThe Real Housewives of Orange County, so I walked into this challenge without a lot of knowledge of these ladies. Though "you prostitution whore" was a legendary moment in TV history at that point, I did not know which New Jersey girl created such drama (I know now, from watching Teresa in that moment on YouTube over, and over, and over again). I do watch the The Real Housewives of Atlanta, though, who can resist those ladies?
Thank the heavens above that there was no table throwing. Lord knows, when Calvin selected Teresa, I put my safety goggles on.
Emerald and The OC started as very strong collaborators, mainly because these women turned on their West Coast, easy breezy charm like a Southern Belle. But when the clothes started to be produced…DISASTER! Emerald fresh off their first win in four weeks should have had this one wrapped up with a pretty bow on top. They had experience creating something gown-like for almost very challenge (Golnessa's Bodies Exhibit gown was more genteel than her flouncy Malibu Barbie outfit for Gretchen), plus they had Cesar, the gown master, on their side. (Cesar, what happened? You mentioned Mugler, when you know Valentino, de la Renta, Chanel, Saint Laurent and Blass should have been your inspiration for an UES matron). Plus, It seems Cindy has helped elevate Emerald with her taste and craftsmanship as well.
They applauded for Jersey because the show was LEAGUES better than the OC show. Forget the ladies or the clothes, the direction for the Jersey show was great.
It’s great to see Bravo back in the Fashion TV game. I love this show. Isaac is hilarious and Iman is beyond! The Housewives, Iman and Isaac on one show!?! Andy Cohen (or whoevers responsible unbelievable combination of Bravo fashion) is genius. I love Stefan’s insight and behind the scenes take on things. I was a big fan of Papers “Stefan Campbell Presents” blog. Keep blogging Mr. Campbell.
Wow, what a turn of events on the show!! I just knew the House of Emerald had this in the bag originally, but when it came down to the Runway, Nami did it again. I was so in awe with Eduardo's dress that I was ready to grab it through the TV Screen! And can you say MIRACLE, because that's what David's dress was, to go from Peter Pan to perfect in a few hours was clearly a show of Team Work and dedication. I was a bit dissapointed in Caesars dress, I love him as a designer, but he got lost in this creation. The dress was not figure flattering at all and I don't understand how that could happen with a bustier. In the end, I think the right person went "out of fashion". Golnessa has struggled although she was beginning to show more confidence, so we will see if next week the House of Emerald will step back up to the plate and knock it out of the park!!
Stefan, thanks for blogging. I love your behind the scenes 411. Mr. Wiggles is actually named Grandma Wrinkles but I see how you could get that mixed up. The audience clapped for the NJ Houswives cause they are representing for the East Coast! The ladies of NJ keep it real as only residents of the tri-state area can! It's a NY/NJ thing, those West Coast ladies wouldn't understand! lol. I love the OC ladies too.
God I love what you wrote. The ladies are NOT READY for the UES. The John Singer Sargent comment is perfect, but the housewives wouldn't know subdued elegance and chic if it hit them in the face. What was up with all the skin showing? This was a disturbing comedy of errors, and I felt sad for the designers who had to contend with what passes as chic in NJ and the OC. Not chic in the least.