Bravotv.com: Tell us about delaying your event and deciding not to invite some of the ladies.
Katie Rost: I decided to delay the Casino Royale event until ball and gala season, rather than try to execute them last summer because I was offered to join other projects that were already well underway. I had a great time hosting DC Swim Week and was excited to bring attention to great local and international designers who have a strong presence in the nation’s capital. I also started working with QVC again and made some great relationships that will help my event be even bigger and better than I first conceived. Look forward to big things!
Bravotv.com: Why didn’t you attend Gizelle’s event and what did you think of her confronting you about not RSVP-ing?
KR: I didn't attend Gizelle’s event because I needed to focus on my own work. Everyone else was looking out for number one, I just followed suit. However, since the "focus" group, I told Gizelle I'd help her in the future. She doesn't need my help with a focus group. I'm better suited for promotion once she gets her product together. I wish her all the luck in the world.
Bravotv.com: What is your reaction to Karen’s smaller scaled event considering she turned you down?
KR: Karen's event was confusing. She absolutely did not make it clear it was a launch to announce another launch, which is a concept I've never heard of before other than a press release or press party. However, I understand her deciding to scale back just as I decided to rethink my event. We all have to adjust and adapt as conditions change. That's part of the game.
Bravotv.com: What do you think about Karen and Ashley’s clash about the Rayvin comment?
KR: I think Ashley is an incredible role model and woman. She represents herself and her family AND this area very well. Karen is way off base in her assessment of Ashley. I think Rayvin, and any other young lady would benefit from having Ashley as a role model. She's a rockstar.