This week’s Real Housewives of New York is all about Sonja Morgan, Sonja Morgan’s fashion show, and Sonja Morgan’s totally unexpected success. And guess who couldn’t be happier about it? Sonja Morgan, of course! Sonja took to her blog today to gush and blush about all of the “support” she’s had in making her dreams of being an International Lifestyle and Luxury Brand a reality. But she doesn’t forget all of those naysayers out there who she owes a big fat “I told you so!” to either. Calling out most of her castmates, Sonja reiterates why she knows what she’s doing. She thinks.
“I am so proud of Sonja Morgan New York,” begins Sonja. “The girls have doubted and criticized me and my team (including my CEO Gaurav and Marketing Director Laura, my apparel partners AJ & BJ) for a long time, implying they were smoke and mirrors. My team is not in this for fancy titles. They want to build a lasting brand as I do. It feels good to be able to show the world what I love to do and that I can produce a collection that I am proud to put my name on. I am so thankful to everyone who helped and believed in me, and I can’t wait to keep adding to the collection.”
It’s Hot Photo Friday. This morning we have Lisa Vanderpump attending the 1st #LoveCampaign party at Pump along with her Vanderpump Rules cast. Those in attendance for the soiree: Jax Taylor, Ariana Madix, Tom Sandoval, Jax’s new girl Brittany Cartwright and more.
Across town, co-star Peter Madrigal was snapped doing some shopping at The Grove with a friend. Also in L.A., Kim Kardashian showed off her maternity style in a tight white dress as she arrived at LAX, while Asa Soltan Rahmati ran some errands.
In her blog this week, Kristen Taekman throws a bit of shade at Sonja Morgan before respectfully tipping her hat (or her statement necklace) at Sonja’s long-time-coming fashion show. The Real Housewives of New Yorkmodel dishes on why Sonja’s handling of her model casting was extremely inappropriate, how proud she is of ‘Pop of Color’ launching, and how the housewives were ultimately “all blown away” at Sonja’s successful fashion show.
As for Sonja’smodel casting, to which Bethenny Frankel and Heather Thomson were summoned, Kristen remarks, “I really do not understand why whenever someone is invited to anything with Sonja, they have no idea what they are in for. I would have to agree with Bethenny that a model casting was a waste of her time. Heather was a perfect fit for that since she does model castings all the time. But I must say, how on earth can you do a model casting without seeing the clothing? Hmmmm. Maybe I’m missing something.”
Carole Radziwill is back in the USA after nearly being arrested by TSA for smuggling undeclared Clarins hand cream through security. The urn “which looked like a bomb” (from the Hindenburg era) bearing her late husband’s ashes – oh that was fine, thanks to Dorinda Medley‘s giant fur coat which happily ensconced the precious cargo. Things you learn from Housewives: always pack giant fur coats when attempting to smuggle goods through TSA.
Heather Thomson, ever the supportive friend to all, is happy to hear that not only was Carole’s trip a success in finding closure, but that Anthony’s return has finally completed the design scheme in Carole’s remodeled apartment. Hi honey, I’m home!
Many story arcs on the housewives franchise are touching and personal, but it’s rare to see such a vulnerable side of Real Housewives of New York’sCarole Radziwell. She tends to offer comic relief and snarky commentary regarding her often dramatic co-stars, but this season viewers have seen an entirely different side of Carole’s life. We followed her to London to retrieve the ashes of her late husband Anthony who passed away from cancer a few short years into their marriage. While there have been accusations that Carole is exploiting her her husband’s death for a story line, she explains why she felt compelled to share something so intimate with fans.
LuAnn DeLesseps continues to stir the pot, claiming that Carole angered her mother-in-law by bringing her son’s tragedy back into the public eye on a reality show, but newbie Dorinda Medley feels differently. Having also lost her husband and lived in London, Dorinda feels differently about Carole’s journey and her decision to accompany her friend to London. In her Bravo blog, Dorinda begins, “As I wrote last week, I was quite hesitant about going on this trip. I had so much anxiety about returning to London. I lived there for almost 10 years, and it still holds a very special place in my heart.”
Starting with the scenes of Carole Radziwill retrieving her late husband Anthony’surn, Kristen confesses she was emotional. She shares, “I was crying while watching this. She is not a hugger and very rarely cries. I was happy that she was able to have this time to feel these emotions. Sometimes I think that letting it all out is the best way to move on from grief and pain. Dorinda [Medley] was the perfect partner to share all of this with.”
And sadly, the Real Housewives Of New York stars’ drama has spilled over onto twitter – first with Luann ripping Carole a new one, then apologizing. But now it’s Carole who spends her days – when she should be writing a book – writing nasty tweets about the “Countessa.”
This latest round started when Carole read Luann’s blog, which naturally discussed Carole and Dorinda Medley‘s emotional trip to London. Commenting on the rumors that the Radziwill family is unhappy Carole chose to make Anthony’s death a storyline, Luann hints that it might be true. Which was an uncalled for comment on Luann’s behalf.