Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Casting Call for New Bravo Reality Show - Sarah Jessica Parker's "The Untitled Art Project"

Bravo, Magical Elves and Sarah Jessica Parker are teaming up for a new reality show for artists.

In each episode of the series, contestants will create unique pieces highlighting art's role in everyday life, while they compete and create in a range of disciplines including sculpture, painting, photography and industrial design (to name a few). In working beyond their preferred mediums, artists will have to adapt quickly in order to succeed. Completed works of art will be appraised by a panel of top art world figures including fellow artists, gallerists, collectors, curators and critics. The finalists' work will be showcased in a nation-wide museum tour.

Auditions will be held in Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago and New York July 11 - 19th. Click here for details.

This sounds like a great concept for a show. Good luck artists!

Check Out "StyleSeeker" and Submit Your Entry For the $4000 Prize Package

Click here to visit the TRESemme StyleSeeker site. You can upload a photo of yourself with "catwalk-ready" hair. Visitors to the site vote on their favorite looks. You can post a link to your look on your own site, blog or facebook page.

There's a "The Fashion Show" forum here, fashion and beauty advice and runway reviews. It's fun!

NYC Prep Episode 2 Previews

Tonight on NYC Prep, the teens hit the town and bring the drama wherever they go! Sebastian takes Taylor to a fancy French restaurant to woo her with his bi-lingual abilities.When Taylor meets Camille and Kelli the next day, the two girls grill Taylor on her blossoming relationship with Sebastian, leaving no question off the table! And PC visits a therapist to work out some of his issues ­including how he deals with living in a world of privilege. Is PC’s status to blame for his problems?

Catch this new episode of NYC Prep at it's regular time TONIGHT @ 9/8c only on Bravo -- and for more info about the kids visit: http://www.bravotv.com/nyc-prep/

Click here for two more previews.

And the "elephant in the room" is addressed here.

From the Mailbox

In case you missed the juicy 2-part reunion of the Real Housewives of NJ, Here are a few recaps from NJ.com, the Hudson Reporter, and Gaywired.com.

Andy Cohen dishes a bit on the Housewives here.

Danielle Staub responds to Caroline's reunion outburst in her Bravo blog.

We're going to veer away from the Housewives a bit now....

Isaac Mizrahi spoke to the Wall Street Journal last week and said that Jon and Kate are the new Liz and Dick. Really now?

Isaac also spoke to WNYC about what the 40th anniversary of the Stonewall riots means to him.

Monday, June 29, 2009

Shop the Winning Look - Episode 8

Johnny's Versace-inspired dress is available at Bravotv.com in sizes from 0 - 12 for $195.

Click here to purchase.

Recapalooza - The Fashion Show, Episode 8

Just a handful of recaps this week - if you have one, please drop us a line and let us know!

Swagger Style...


Buddy TV...

and Fans of Reality TV.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Blogging Bravo at "The Fashion Show" Finale

The Blogging Bravo Team arrived at Cipriani Wall Street to be greeted at the door by the charming Anthony McCarthy. Entering just ahead of us was "Make Me a Supermodel's" Sandhurst Miggins. He is tall and gorgeous.

We checked in and located our seats, Andy Cohen welcomed and charmed us...especially The Scarlett.

Andy assures us that we will love the next Fashion-Reality Show on Bravo - "Launch My Line."

The Real Housewives were all friendly and beautiful.

The RHNJ daughters also attended the show and were seated directly in front of us.

We checked out the names on the chairs in the front row. In addition to Isaac, Kelly and Fern we saw Betsey Johnson and Glenda Bailey. No sign of Laura Brown.

Before the show began the Bravolebrities all posed for the cameras. Betsey Johnson was energetic and captivating. Love her!

Photo: J. McCarthy/WireImage

All of the "Fashion Show" designers were there. We received a program indicating that the final six designers would each be showing ten looks.

The director came out onto the runway to give us some instructions and then Isaac and Kelly came out to welcome everyone. The show is about to begin!

From the Mailbox

Photo by Nick Hunt for PMc

This interesting shot of Fern Mallis was taken at the Geoffrey Bradfield’s “EX ARTE” Book Launch Party. (Yes, that is a painted, naked man in a feathered codpiece.)

The New York Times reviews NYC Prep, and...

TVgasm offers up a recap of the show.

Just Jared has an interview with Make Me a Supermodel runner-up Jonathan Waud.

Here's a video of Isaac Mizrahi sharing style tips with Julie Chen.

NYC Prep Meets RHoNJ Kids

Reality Worlds collided yesterday at the taping of "The Fashion Show" finale in NYC. The Blogging Bravo Team was seated behind the Real Housewives of New Jersey and their adorable girls. The NYC Prep girls also sat in our section and graciously posed for this photo. All of the girls were charming and lovely.

Left to right: Taylor DiGiovanni, Kelli Thomashoff and Camille Hughes of NYC Prep with Lexi, Ashley and Gia of RHoNJ.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Reactions to The Fashion Show Episode Eight

So what did everyone think of last night's episode?

theminx: I was a bit surprised that the designers did so poorly on the history quiz portion of the show (the Harpers Bazaar Mini Challenge). And of course that carried on through to the elimination challenge. Reco doesn't know Halston? Haven knows YSL but can't execute it? And wow - Johnny gets the win! Can't say I expected that, but congrats to him!

Reco was in the bottom two, but actually his dress was nice, in a Renaissance Faire kinda way (didn't I say that as soon as we saw it, Laura K?). Well-executed, but not Halston in any way shape or form.

I think if Anna had made a more Chanel-esque jacket - something more traditional in a beige boucle with bracelet-length or longer sleeves - she would have nabbed the win. Alas, she was beat out by Johnny's interpretation of Versace. An impressive one at that!

Laura K: I liked the quick-sew challenge. While I appreciate the raw talent of the young, spontaneous, visionary designers, I believe that in order to be taken seriously and to be a true success, it is probably necessary to have knowledge of fashion history.

Of course, I also believe that designers should be able to sew...

In many of these episodes, the "advantage" to the winner of the quick-sew doesn't end up being an advantage at all. The "advantage" becomes more of a deliberate contrivance to manufacture more personal drama and stress.

Fortunately, most of the designers (and certainly the audience) can see beyond this.

Okay, every single episode there is an unidentified bald guy telling the designers to hurry hurry hurry before the runway show. Who is this? He is kind of cute.

Congratulations to Johnny and farewell to the lovely Haven.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Tonight on Bravo

Don't forget to watch the potentially explosive Real Housewives of New Jersey Watch What Happens Reunion Part 2. Caroline breaks down! Fingers are pointed! Names are called!

Watch RHoNJ tonight before The Fashion Show where knowledge is tested ...

... and homage is paid ...

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

From the Mailbox

Season 2 of the Rachel Zoe Project premieres August 25th!

Isaac Mizrahi will be making his directoral debut for the Opera Theatre of St Louis' upcoming production of Stephen Sondheim's "A Little Night Music."

This article on men's girdles support undergarments mentions The Fashion Show's Andrew Christian and his Flashback Butt Lifting Technology Boxer.

Isaac Mizrahi will open his flagship store in Manhattan this coming August.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Which New Jersey Housewife has more "Class?"

The Real Housewives of Atlanta...

...are coming back!

See what drama has been going down in the ATL when everyone's favorite southern gals return, including new housewife Kandi (of the 90's R&B group Xscape). Will old friendships be mended, or will new problems surface?

For more info on the wives and Kandi's bio visit:

NYC Prep Episode 1 Previews

Right after tonight's RHNJ Reunion, private school goes public as 5 elite members of an NYC Prep school open the doors into their world of privilege! PC and Jessie, two seniors, have established themselves as the King and Queen of the prep school scene -- what happens when Kelli and Camille, two younger-classmen, threaten their status? Meanwhile, Sebastian, a notorious playboy, aspires to “hook up” with as many girls as possible; will he succeed in his plan? Find out if privilege truly has its price in the series premiere.

Click here for two more clips.

Recapalooza - The Fashion Show Episode 7

Got a couple good recaps for you to enjoy this week, starting with the lovely and talented Eric 3000...

and going on to...

Reality Wanted

Buddy TV


and Swagger Style.

Monday, June 22, 2009

Real News

The Wall Street Journal recaps the RHNJ Finale here.

Real Housewife of Atlanta, Sheree Whitfield's home was sold for $1.1 million after going into foreclosure. Click here for more information.

This is a woman who owns over 1000 pairs of designer shoes, but apparently couldn't pay the mortgage.

Jeana Keough (RHOC) holds on to her home with a loan modification.

Not everyone in New Jersey is like the "Real Housewives?" You are kidding!
Click here for the story from NJ.com.

Blogging Bravo Interview with Lidia Amirova

Laura K talks with Lidia about her experience on The Fashion Show.

Click here for the podcast.

Click here to visit Lidia's website.

Shear Genius News

Sacha Baron Cohen, in character as Bruno, has some fun with Shear Genius season 3 judge Jonathan Antin. Please note: this clip is definitely NOT family-friendly.

Season 2's Paulo Candido was guest stylist for the first Sophisto Society for the Fashion Arts (SSFA) first event.

Tabatha's Salon Takeover is now airing in New Zealand. Here's a little chat with Tabatha.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Bethenny Frankel Co-Hosts "The Today Show"

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Kathy Griffin on Jimmy Kimmel

Kathy Griffin made for an entertaining guest on the Jimmy Kimmel Show recently, particularly when she mentioned having a romp with fellow Bravolebrity, Top Chef's Padma Lakshmi.

Andy Cohen Profile in the Los Angeles Times

Photo: Jennifer s. Altman/LATimes

I must admit some personal prejudice here because I am a big fan of Andy Cohen. The Los Angeles Times has written an excellent and compelling profile of the always-entertaining Andy.

Here are some highlights: Cohen's once-a-week live show, "Watch What Happens," will begin airing July 16. He has given himself the midnight slot. "It'll be me and a couple Bravo-lebrities and maybe a real 'lebrity taking phone calls and e-mails and tweets from Bravo fanatics live at midnight. And we're going to be sipping cocktails," he said.

My favorite though is a quote from Lauren Zalaznick: She contrasted Cohen with all those nasty bloggers on the Internet. "He's a knowing enthusiast, and it's not that he won't give you an opinion on taste or propriety or 'I like' or 'I don't like' -- it's just that he doesn't seem to need to put that opinion out in the world for any betterment of himself," she said.

Click here for the full story.

Weekend News

Are Miami Housewives next?

Bethenny Frankel writes about the RHNJ Finale for E!

Click here for an interview with "Make Me a Supermodel" contestant Jonathan Waud.

Friday, June 19, 2009

From The Mailbox

Don't miss Andy Cohen and the Real Housewives of New Jersey in the two-part Reunion Special Tuesday and Thursday.

Bethenny Frankel blogs about the Real Housewives of New Jersey Finale for E!

Just Jared has posted an interview with "Make Me a Supermodel" finalist, Jonathan Waud.

RHNJ "Table-Flipping Incident was not staged" according to this article from ETonline.

Teresa Giudice continues to defend her behavior here.

NJ.com examines why the Real Housewives franchise is so successful. I like this: "The shows that are truly successful in the end are the ones that viewers feel that they can identify with, because it's who they are, or it's something that they don't want to be."

The Fashion Show - Season One - Episode 8 Previews

I know it's kind of early to be posting this preview - but I am getting a kick out of it and I think you will too...

Shop the Winning Look - Episode 7

Buy Anna and Haven's winning look at BravoTV.com. All three pieces - coat, shorts, and top - are available separately, in sizes 4 - 14. The coat is $225 and the shorts and top are $95 each. Click here to purchase.

If anyone does purchase items from The Fashion Show online boutique, we'd love to see photos of you wearing them! Send your pics to bloggingrealitytelevision@gmail.com.

Reactions to The Fashion Show Episode Seven

Another Friday has rolled around (yay!) and that means it's time to talk about last night's episode of The Fashion Show!

theminx: I liked this episode a lot. I found the Harper's Bazaar Mini Challenge to be quite amusing. The designers were all quite clever in the way they used scarves and "lost" clothing to transform their models from drunken party girl to office-ready. (No tips were offered on fixing slutty makeup or removing vomit smells from hair, however.) I really liked Johnny and Merlin's look, and was glad to see Johnny do something that really stood out.

I knew, from the preview, that the designer they would be "working for" in the Elimination Challenge would be Isaac.(The previews showed a blurred image of someone clearly male, wearing black, with short, dark, yet tall, hair. Duh.) Anna's coat was fantastic (she clearly has a knack with outerwear), and I loved Johnny and Merlin's felt jacket as well. I had to laugh at Reco and Daniella's petty unwillingness to compromise. They are both good designers, with wins under their belts, and as a team they should have been unstoppable. But childishness put them in the bottom two. Luckily for them, Lidia's dress was a real nightmare.

Laura K: I felt like the mini-challenge was unfair because success was largely determined by which items the designers grabbed from the "lost and found." In order to provide a level playing field they could have had four "lost and found" boxes with the same or similar items inside. Becki Newton is adorable and I liked her zipper-trimmed dress.

It certainly was no surprised that Isaac was the designer that the contestants would be working for. I don't know why his image was blurred in the commercials and then so obviously presented in the preview videos. Was it supposed to be a surprise to the audience or not? Anyway, it wasn't.

My favorite part of the episode was the Mood Board and I am not kidding. During the episode I turned to my daughter and said, "I need a big new bulletin board." I also felt like Merlin and Johnny had a huge advantage when they got the consultation with Isaac. They got to see the actual collection - the colors, shapes, fabrics and details - while the other designers didn't.

In the fabric store when I saw Haven and Anna's fabric choices, I said, "Oh they're going to win." That was a very inventive mix.

During the walk-through, Isaac and Kelly had absolutely no objection to Daniella's pants. I watched the show again this morning just to be sure I didn't miss something. They also expressed no concern over Lidia's design.

Isaac seems to think that James-Paul is some kind of a "genius," but I don't get it. He doesn't make any sense to me!

Of course they did express concern over the felt jacket, which in the end was nothing to be worried about and actually very effective.

I loved the orange jacket and purple blouse that Reco and Daniella created. Seriously. As much as they don't seem to get along, they did some great work.

In the end the runway show was wonderful. I would have put three designs in the top group and only one in the bottom.

Also, all of the models are lovely and I'd like to get to know them better.

What do you think? Please tell us in the comments.

Congratulations to Anna and Haven!

Wow, ladies, you really did a bang-up job with your collaboration this week! It was fun to see you work together, as you obviously clicked and things just flowed. All three pieces were fun and fashionable, and the mix of prints with a pop of bright color was really Mizrahi. Anna, your coat was completely stunning, and Haven, your culottes were cute and had a perfect proportion.

Congrats on your win! We're looking for more great things from the both of you.

This post is only for positive words for Anna, Haven, or their work. If you have anything negative to say about them or other designers, please click here.

BB Love to Lidia

Lidia, we thought for sure that you and James Paul would make a terrific team and turn out a really fabulous outfit. Unfortunately, something must have gone awry in communication between the two of you. While it was clear to see your inspiration was fish and scales and your intention was to create something glamorous, the judges just didn't buy it. A change in proportions, however, and it could have been a real stunner.

We've enjoyed watching you these past 7 weeks and are very sorry to see you go. Good luck in you fashion future, Lidia!

This post is only for positive words for Lidia or her work. If you have anything negative to say about her or another designer, please click here.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

The Fashion Show - Episode 7 Previews

Tonight's episode is called "On The Job."

Actress and fashionista, Becki Newton (Ugly Betty) stops by and presents this week’s Harper’s Bazaar mini challenge - create a solution for the age-old dilemma – the “walk of shame.”

Challenged to turn last night’s party outfit into work appropriate attire, the contestants get crafty with anything and everything one would normally find in an office.

For the elimination challenge, the designers are taken to a surprise location and find themselves working for a major force in the fashion industry. The winning design will be available for purchase on BravoTV.com. Harper’s Bazaar Mini-Challenge Guest Judge: Becki Newton Elimination Challenge Guest Judge: Veronica Webb

The designers are paired up. Looks like Lidia and James-Paul, Reco and Daniella, Anna and Haven, and Merlin and Johnny. Team challenges are always good for drama!

Anyone else think that Anna is due for a win?

Click here for more preview videos.

Silex at Claiborne

Photo: WireImage

Alex McCord, John Bartlett and Simon van Kempen attend the Claiborne by John Bartlett launch party at John Bartlett on June 17, 2009 in New York City.

Real News

There's plenty of Real Housewives news this week!

NJ.com recaps the RHNJ finale in it's "Parenting" section. Don't miss the comments - someone "who knows" claims that Dina and her husband are separated and he is living in an apartment with his girlfriend.

Here's something brand new.

Popeater has posted an interview with Caroline Manzo. She asserts that she and Danielle will "never be friends." There's a shocker.

recaps the finale.

Ugh. Remember Danielle's boytoy, Steve? The "27-year-old?" He is anxious to cash in on a sex tape. Naturally there would be a sex tape. Sigh....

On a lighter note, click here to enjoy Danielle's advice for enjoying a night on the town.

For the record, I kind of love ALL of the Real Housewives of New Jersey.

They provided us with a far-too-short season of great entertainment!

Tuesday night's finale episode received fabulous ratings for Bravo - yay - and we aren't finished yet.

Tonight at 9:00 enjoy a bonus episode of RHNJ and next week is the REUNION!!!!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Just in Case You Missed it....

Which "Fashion Show" Judge Do You Have The Most Respect For?

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Real Housewives of New Jersey Finale Previews!

The Real Housewives of NJ finale premieres tonight, and it looks juicy! But of course...would we expect anything but?

Click here for two more!

Isaac Mizrahi Resort 2010

Last week, The Fashion Show's Isaac Mizrahi introduced a vivid, pastel-filled Resort 2010 collection. Click here to see the entire collection, and then come back here and tell us what you think.

Fern Mallis Attends the CFDA Fashion Awards Presentation

Photo: Mazur

The Fashion Show judge, Fern Mallis attended the CFDA Fashion Awards Show last night in New York City.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Reality Shows Collide

Bethenny Frankel of The Real Housewives of New York meets Anne Slowey of Project Runway and Stylista meets Nazri of Project Runway.

Monday Morning Mailbox

Tomorrow night is the finale of The Real Housewives of New Jersey!

Congratulations to RHNJ Jacqueline Laurita on the birth of her son Nicholas last Thursday. Click here for more.

Click here for a People Magazine interview with Danielle Staub.

Want to be cast in the next season of Make Me a Superrmodel? Click here for advice from Bravo VP of Production, Shari Levine. Thanks Buddy TV.

Make Me a Supermodel judge Catherine Malandrino has opened up a new e-commerce site. Check it out here.

Kathy Griffin is hanging out with Lily Tomlin tonight on the D-List.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Recapalooza - The Fashion Show, Episode 6

Eric 3000 is reminded of that favorite 80s sitcom, Square Pegs.

Speakeasy, the Wall Street Journal's media/arts blog, evokes Karl Lagerfeld.

Plus more from...

Buddy TV...

Swagger Style...

Fans of Reality TV...

Reality Wanted.

Saturday, June 13, 2009

Angel's Exit Video

Friday, June 12, 2009

Blogging Bravo Interview with Angel Chang

Angel Chang was a jock in high school! She was on the National Championship Volleyball team.

Also, she watches The Fashion Show with a group of garment-industry friends and they actually recognize the people in the runway show audience.

Click here for the podcast.

Click here for Angel's website.

Shop the Winning Look - Episode 6

Merlin Castell's sheer "Mean Girls" top (only), in sizes 0 - 10, is available for $95 at BravoTV.com. Click here to purchase.

Congratulations to Merlin!

Merlin, you created a fabulous creation in pink that screamed "mean girl!" A huge percentage of audience members loved your design, and Isaac and Kelly appreciated it too. The shiny fabrics you favor really served you well in this challenge.

Although you felt like you weren't sure if you were doing the right thing, which led to a few tears, you absolutely did. Never doubt yourself!

This post is only for positive words for Merlin or his work. If you have anything negative to say about him or another designer, please click here.

BB Love to Angel

Angel, we're surprised and sorry to see you go this week. You showed such great potential in past challenges, especially with that very clever double shirtdress from a few weeks ago. Although there wasn't anything particularly wrong with the individual components of your design this week, Kelly was insulted and Isaac didn't like your trousers. And your unfamiliarity with hip hop culture caused you to miss the theme entirely.

We would have loved to see you get a chance to work with your innovative fabrics on the show, particularly color-changing prints. But we'll definitely keep an eye out for your work in the future.

This post is only for positive words for Angel or her work. If you have anything negative to say about her or another designer, please click here.

Reactions to The Fashion Show Episode Six

So, what did everyone think about episode 6 of The Fashion Show?

Theminx: Both the Quickfire Harpers Bazaar Mini Challenge and the Elimination Challenge shared a theme this week. The former seemed more of a graphic design challenge, and it showed that Daniella has skills in that department too. A little expected, perhaps, but well-excuted.

I liked the Elimination Challenge and thought most designers did a pretty good job this week. I didn't notice any loose hems or random safety pins. I agreed with Haven and Merlin being in the top two - loved Merlin's color scheme and the sweater fabric. And Haven herself was adorable in that 80s-throwback Krystle Carrington look she wore for the Elimination! (Sigh, I miss the 80s.)

Poor Angel, excoriated for not being familiar with b girl fashion. Personally, I wouldn't know it if it bit me on the...well, you know. It could have been worse, you know - she could have known the original definition of the term, "b girl."

Laura K: It seemed to me that Angel was eliminated because she didn't know what a B-girl was. Kelly seemed to be personally insulted by this rather than an "impartial" judge.

At the end of the episode when Johnny and Angel were standing with their models, my son came into the room. "Who do you think should be off?" he asked.

"Okay, look at the designers. Look at what Johnny is wearing. Now look at Angel. Who do you think is the best designer? Who do you think that I would prefer?"

"Oh. The girl," he replied. (He is only twelve.)

Also, I think that by including those tacky accessories in the "inspiration" backpacks, the designers were led down a specific path. Angel designed an outfit for the kind of person who would wear those glasses. And really, anyone wearing those glasses would not be considered stylish at all. It would be as a joke, a costume, or she would be an eight-year-old, not a twenty-something.

Now it's your turn. Please leave a comment with your thoughts.

Thursday, June 11, 2009


Photo: WireImage

Ready for The Fashion Show Tonight?

Tonight's guest judge is Charlotte Ronson.

Click here to see Isaac Mizrahi's designs for Resort 2010 from Style.com. More here at WWD.

Always on the cutting edge, Bravotv.com will continue to offer products featured in the network's original programming. Kooba is producing handbags to tie in to NYC Prep - premiering June 23rd. Fashion by Bravo...

Click here for an interview with Angel Chang from her hometown paper.

Tune in to Bravo at 9:00 for RHOC, The Lost Footage.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Food by Bravo - Top Chef Masters Premieres Tonight!

The first episode of Bravo's highly anticipated Top Chef Masters airs tonight. For full coverage on all of Bravo's Top Chef programming, visit All Top Chef.

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

This Week on Bravo

First - Kathy Griffin was fabulous last night. She gets better and better doesn't she? Here is a little more about the show from USA Today.

If you missed the show, there are many more opportunities to see it including today at 5:00.

Of course tonight is the new episode of The Real Housewives of New Jersey, "Casinos and C-cups." Click here for previews.

Tomorrow night at 10:00 is the premiere episode of Top Chef Masters. Please join us at All Top Chef where The Minx and her team will be providing thorough coverage of the show. Click here for previews.

On Thursday night at 9:00 Bravo will air "The Real Housewives of Orange County 415 The Lost Footage."

At 10:00 there is a new episode of The Fashion Show called, "Mean Girls." Here is a description: The designers are going back to school and in this week’s episode both the Harper’s Bazaar mini challenge and the elimination challenge will put their knowledge to the test. The designs, inspired by different high school cliques, will be displayed in this week’s fashion show and graded on its wear-ability and appeal. The winning design will be available for purchase on BravoTV.com. Guest Judge: Charlotte Ronson

Click here for more previews from this week's episode of The Fashion Show.

Real News

Photo: Brian Ach/Getty

The assault charge against RHNY Kelly Bensimon has been resolved with Kelly pleading guilty and ordered to serve two days of community service. Her accuser failed to show up for court. Click here and here for more information.

RHOA Sheree Whitfield's home has gone into foreclosure and sold (by the bank) for a bargain price.

RHNJ Teresa Giudice has opened an online boutique featuring t-shirts, caps, jewelry and more. Click here to shop. Click here for a new interview with Teresa.

RHNY vs. RHNJ here.

Don't miss Episode Five of The Real Housewives of New Jersey tonight!

Monday, June 08, 2009

Real Housewives of New Jersey - Previews, Episode 5

Click here for two more!

Recapalooza - The Fashion Show, Episode 5

"One of these will be cut out and used as the paper doll that will cohost next season."

TVGasm titles this episode "Normal People are Fat and Ugly and Should Only Wear Black. Or Kill Themselves."

For Eric3000, it's the "Psych Out Episode."

The Wall Street Journal (!) is recapping.

Full episodes of "The Fashion Show" are available here on Bravotv.com.

Sunday, June 07, 2009

Weekend Mailbox

Season Five of Kathy Griffin - My Life on the D-List premieres tomorrow night on Bravo!

Click here for a fabulous new interview with Kathy Griffin from The Los Angeles Times.

NJ.com offers up more information about Danielle Staub's past.

By the way, Kelly Bensimon believes that Danielle, "Deserves a second chance." Thanks Marsha.

Click here for an interview with Isaac Mizrahi about The Fashion Show.

Click here for a Zap2it video interview with Make Me a Supermodel finalist, Jonathan Waud.

Saturday, June 06, 2009

From The Mailbox

Bethenny Frankel drops by "Good Day Philadelphia."

Click here for an interview with "The Fashion Show's" Laura Brown.

Click here for an interview with "Make Me a Supermodel" winner Branden Rickman.

Click here for an interview with "Make Me a Supermodel" contestant, Sandhurst Tacama Miggins.

Friday, June 05, 2009

Field Report - Bethenny Frankel in Bryn Mawr

Bethenny Frankel of the hit Bravo reality show 'The Real Housewives of New York City' held court at the super-chic SKIRT, a boutique in the Philadelphia suburb of Bryn Mawr. The store was a hive of activity as Skinnygirl Margaritas freely flowed and Bethenny's New York Times Bestseller, 'Naturally Thin: Unleash Your SkinnyGirl and Free Yourself from a Lifetime of Dieting' quickly sold out. There were burly security guards that may have been stationed to control rogue Main Line housewives but the line that snaked throughout the store was orderly, patient and fashionably dressed. Every now and then someone would comment about Bethenny, "She's gorgeous!" or "She's so tiny!" but the talk in the line was about the recent season of RHWoNYC and how Frankel had established herself as their favorite.

When it was my turn to get my book signed (and an additional copy which we will give away) I just had to tell her, "By the way, you DID look adorable in that Zac dress." (Click here for her reaction.) She laughed and replied, "I love that dress." (Click here for the video that prompted my comment and to see the dress.)

In case you're wondering, a Skinnygirl Margarita is a very strong drink that is meant to be slowly sipped rather than guzzled. Delicious - but did I mention it was strong?

Bethenny was completely gracious and she charmed her audience at SKIRT. Check here to find out about her upcoming appearances. Now I'm off to unleash my inner skinnygirl!

Blogging Bravo Interview with Keith Lissner

The Fashion Show designer Keith Lissner talks to Laura K about his experience on the show and his plans for the future.

Keith is charming and humble.

Click here for the podcast.

Click here
for Keith's website.

Shop the Winning Look - Episode 5

Daniella's Dynamic Coat and Dress Duo is available for purchase in sizes 8 through 18. Click here to order.

Reactions to The Fashion Show Episode Five

So, what did everyone think about episode 5 of The Fashion Show?

Theminx: I thought the HB mini challenge was a time-waster. Since when do designers have to draw things from memory in a short timeframe on a regular basis? Design is about inspiration, not copying. I also thought Lidia should have won the challenge.

As for the main challenge - what a bunch of whiny babies! While your models might have been larger than a size 0 or 2, none of them were overweight or grossly out of proportion. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the average American woman is 5'4", weighs 163 lbs, and has a 36.5" waist. Get used to it. I did agree that Reco and Danielle had the best designs, but I liked Haven's as well. AND...I liked Merlin's jacket. Sadly, I agree with Keith's elimination, in that his design was not what it could be.

Laura K: Congratulations to Daniella for winning the Mini Challenge as well as the Elimination Challenge! I LOVED the Mini Challenge. That was one of my favorite parts of the episode. I enjoyed the twist of having the designers sketch Kelly's dress rather than Isaac's design.

However, how was "Placing one of the designers in the bottom three" a "Serious advantage in the Elimination Challenge?" That was no advantage at all. Honestly, if anything it was a DISadvantage.

Why would the judges eliminate a designer just because Daniella chose her to be in the bottom three? They wouldn't and they didn't. So now we have manufactured discord between Daniella and Angel. With emotions high it is not in Daniella's best interest to have another designer pitted against her. At this point, they need support from one another so that they will each be able to put forth their very best work. This was nothing but a lame attempt to manufacture some unnecessary drama and to call it an award or an advantage for Daniella was completely ridiculous.

Your turn. Leave your thoughts in the comments :)

Congratulations to Daniella!

Daniella, you pulled off a second win with your excellent work. Brava! Despite the fact that you seemed stumped about what to do for your curvy model, and didn't feel she was helpful in communicating to you what she did and did not want, you created an inspired look.

Fern Mallis thought your choice of mixing black and navy was chic, and we do too.

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BB Love to Keith

Keith, we are sad to see you go. Evening wear and the cocktail dress are your forté, but somehow you missed the mark with this week's real woman challenge. (Theminx knew what you were going for; sorry it didn't come out the way it was originally envisioned).

We look forward to seeing more of your Keith Lissner designs - already we see one of the Real Housewives of NY has been wearing them! Good luck and great success in your future work.

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Thursday, June 04, 2009

Alex McCord Wears a Keith Lissner Design

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The lovely Alex McCord looks charming in another Keith Lissner design. Simon van Kempen looks adorable as well. The couple attended the 34th Annual AWRT (American Women in Radio and Television) Gracie Awards Gala last night.

Kelly Rowland Wears Marcus Ketty

Kelly Rowland wore a Markus Ketty vest and blouse at her appearance at the Mansion Nightclub in Miami Beach Wednesday night.

From the Mailbox

Well, Fern Mallis likes The Fashion Show.

Andrew Christian offers tips
on having fun with style on less money.

Here's an article on Daniella Kallmeyer.

Isaac Mizrahi made a dress of salmon skins. Um...phew? I mean - yay, sustainable!

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Reactions/Poll - Finale Make Me a Supermodel

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Branden, the youngest contestant of this cycle, won Make Me a Supermodel. What are your reactions? Did the best man win? Were Jonathan or Sandhurst the better choices? Vote and tell us what you think.