I told the designers to give the New Jersey housewives Hollywood actress to model themselves after:
Eduardo's housewife Dina would be Grace Kelly (she nailed it).
Calvin's housewife Teresa would be Sophia Loren (Sexy and playful. Did you notice her hands during her walk? GENIUS!)
Dominique's housewife Jacqueline would be Audrey Hepburn (a gamine).
Note: Dominique hated her dress with a red-hot passion, but Jacqueline LOVED it. I told Dominique backstage that her job was to make her client feel beautiful and elegant and she did!!
David's housewife Caroline would be Rita Hayworth (saucy and sensational).
For the show, I cast two male models to play they leading man and gentle escorts. I wanted their show to have a Doris Day at the Plaza Hotel, light-hearted feel with James Van Der Zee family portraits as the theme. The rear projection screen had revolving blue vintage wallpaper motifs that would change while the housewives strutted. The choreography with the hand gesture lovingly earned me an award from the Bravo execs as creating the gayest moment in Bravo history, which is no easy accomplishment (thank you Shari Levine! I'm proud to except the honor!!).
Luckily for Nami, the charm and charisma (and fighting spirit and savvy) of the New Jersey Housewives saved this collection, earning them thunderous applause from the audience. Backstage the OC housewives were asking me why the audience did not clap for them. I don’t know, but the room’s mood for two performances were certainly different. Perhaps it was an East Coast/West Coast thing.
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.
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.
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!!
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.
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.