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Hey Bravo fans … our show is over and we’re off the hot seat for a little while. Show madness is morphing into bookwriting, work, and life madness, and I’m kind of excited that I get to be a TV viewer again for a bit!
It’s absolutely true that prior to doing RHoNYC Simon and I didn’t watch reality TV. At all. Once we finished filming season one of our show, we then started watching pretty much everything on Bravo. For a while we literally recorded every show, and what stuck? Project Runway, of course. Out of the whole Bravo lineup it was the one that became must-see TV for us, so when the whole Lifetime thing happened we had to do the gentile version of sitting Shiva for it. Sorry folks, it was a great show but I’m not flipping to Lifetime for it! That’s why we were beyond excited to hear about The Fashion Show. Designers who have been working for a while and want to go wide with their work, professional models (yay Cory!) and of course Issac Mizrahi, with whom I’ve been a little bit obsessed ever since Unzipped. Don’t worry Issac, I’m not showing up at your apartment. Yet.
Playing catch-up this week with two episodes, so here goes. We meet the designers and go straight into the little black dress challenge. So excited that I loved Keith’s LBD, which brings a disclaimer — not only do I know Keith, I’m actually wearing one of his dresses out tonight. But I will be objective, I promise! I liked James-Paul’s garment bag idea. So shoot me. But not with the safety pins.
With the first team challenge it became obvious that one issue with designers who have already been working professionally is that some have gotten a little too comfortable with having cutters and sewers. Loved Issac’s line in Episode 2 that you can’t write recipes without knowing how to cook. Out of the three must-have pieces, the bolero jacket was the clear winner. I wanted to like the tube dress, but if a professional model needs Spanx to get it on, it isn’t working. Harem pants? Would not buy them. I did like the collection Team Harem built, and liked the idea of choosing something really bizarre as a must-have piece, but they looked liked shiny pajama pants. Reco’s attempt was the strongest.
hi alex, first off, i'd like to say that housewives is a very guilty pleasure for me to watch. i am so against many of the themes about status, etc etc but i get sucked in! ok, so i wanted to let you know that i really respect you and your husband, simon and your way of life. i got so pissed off every time someone would make a joke about the way you raised your children, or about simon's supposedly questionable sexuality. aghh! the fact that you are teaching your two boys how to say words in different languages is fantastic, and even though i am only an 19 year old college student, i really hope to do so when raising my children. the fact that people make fun of simon and say he could be gay shows how backwards, still (even in new york city) our society is in regards to sexuality and gender roles. there is nothing wrong with the fact that simon likes to take care of himself and that he is into fashion. nothing at all. it is a part of who he is and it's totally fabulous and acceptable. we love as a society to pick at people and put names on them and THAT is not acceptable or fabulous. you and simon are just people. you are not without flaws. you get sucked into the madness and the superficiality of this "socialite" or "high society" lifestyle or whatever just like most human beings would. people like to feel successful or special. i like that you two mess with people. it's an unconventional style in a world filled with unwritten(or written!) rules of etiquette and expectations. again, i truly admire you two as a couple out of this group of people. i know you know all of these things i just spoke of. and i know that every time someone like ramona knit-picks about what's "normal" or not "normal" you can't just burst into a conversation about society and equality. i'm in the same boat a lot of times. i get you. keep doing what you do. stay level, and continue to mess with people. you're great. xoxoxo. erika