Simon van Kempen Clears up a Furphy or Two – and I learn a New Word plus other Housewife (and husband) News by NoMoreDrama
Yesterday, Simon Van Kempen posted on the blog to clear up a few things.
Orson: “Re Alex and Simon, …if you’re going to be a Bravo HW, you and your husband better be self-employed, because it’s very likely your employer will find a reason to let you go. And this happened to Silex. And it’s difficult to be a “Socialite” when you’re scraping to pay your bills.”
Simon: “Orson, Alex and I actually discussed something very similar to your quote “that if you’re going to be a Bravo HW, you and your husband better be self-employed” while filming Couples Therapy and imagine it will be used in an upcoming episode. I wasn’t ‘let go’ from my job but, and with hindsight, I will agree that being on a reality show is not a good idea when you work for other people. In the first season of RHoNY both Alex & I worked for companies – she – Limited Brands/Victoria’s Secret & me as general manager of an hotel, but by the end of our RHoNY time we didn’t and were both self-employed.
One furphy I’d like to put to rest is that I was not responsible for Alex not being asked back for the 5th season of RHoNY. Remember I only participated in RHoNY filming as much or as little as the producers allowed and wanted. I remember at the time of my appearance on the 1st season Reunion many people stated that I must have forced my way on to the reunion set. I didn’t. Highly produced TV just doesn’t work that way. As many of you watch other franchises it’s pretty obvious by now that Bravo wants & encourages many husbands/significant others to be on the show. I never went to an event uninvited either by the cast and/or the producers; not even “Girls’ Night’ in Season 1.”
Sus asked: “Do you think it was JillZ’s fault you all weren’t asked back?
Simon: “No., well at least not directly. Season Four got the reputation in certain quarters that it was ‘very dark’ but it became that way in the editing suite. I know that’s seen as an excuse however if largely only a certain type of footage is used in the episodes (and the used footage is barely 5% of what was filmed ) it’s relatively easy for any reality show to highlight only certain scenes, to make that season appear dark, or light or humorous etc.”
There you go. One furphy put to rest, and a little insight into what went on behind the scenes. For those of us that don’t speak Australian – “A furphy, is Australian slang for a rumour, or an erroneous or improbable story” according to wikipedia. NMD
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Real Housewives of Miami
She Beat Me to the Tweet! by MKValle
Joanna and Romain are walking to the beach, Romain says they need to talk, say what needs to be said. Joanna asks what the kite surfers are, Romain explains their name, she doesn’t remember seeing them, he tells her they are always there, maybe she’s drunk everyday. Oops! They sit on the sand, Romain is still very mad for Joanna’s drunken outburst at Mynt’s anniversary party. She embarrassed him, his staff and he’s fed up. Joanna says they haven’t been talking since the party, she’s been sleeping in Marta’s room. She apologizes, doesn’t know what happened (it’s the alcohol Joanna!), Romain says it’s not the first time. Sounds like Joanna has a bit of a problem when she drinks too much. Romain doesn’t want her sister in the club, if it wasn’t for her all of it would not have happened. Uh oh. Joanna insists it had nothing to do with Marta (but I thought it was all because of a DJ, Marta’s former BF). Subject changed to Adriana flirting with Romain at the party. Joanna’s feathers get ruffled by this, it’s okay because men are lining up for her. Romain says he’s accustomed to men hitting on her, doesn’t happen that women hit on him. Romain wants the fighting to stop, it was a bad part of their lives, he doesn’t want it to happen again, he will walk away if it does.
Adriana visits a photographer who is going to be a part of a Latin American artist exhibit. She’s going to be his muse today, becoming a subject of the artist not just a dealer. The photographer takes several shots but stops and wants to do topless. Adriana is wary, she’s a mother and a business woman who wants her reputation to be scandal free. Fredric convinces her it’s art, there’s nothing vulgar about it. She agrees and goes ahead with the photos
Karent and her Mom are drinking wine, talking about Rodolfo. We find out Karent’s mother “hated” Rodolfo in the past, when they broke up. We don’t know how the mom feels now. Karent wants to get married and have children but now’s not the time with Rodolfo’s career. I think Rodolfo is a player and may not ever be ready to settle down with one woman and a family. Maybe one for every country…
Lenny’s too tired to work out and Lisa’s stressed about the baby situation. Taking way too long. Lenny’s nearly 45 and has everything he ever wanted except a child. Lisa wants to know if he blames her – no, he’s just frustrated. We hear they have had three miscarriages and feel they’re out of options. I may have misjudged Lisa at the start, maybe she’s not just another bimbo in a bikini.
Time for the exhibit and unveiling of Adriana’s photo. She’s pleased he didn’t chose one of the topless shots but thought the photo could have been bigger and placed out of the corner. Lea and Karent show up to see the picture. Don’t know who commands more attention, Lea or Karent. Karent asks the artist if he’d shoot her picture, Lea thought they were there to see Adriana’s photo, not commission a portrait for themselves. Lea leaves, only there to support her friend. Karent feels Lea gives back handed compliments, “nice nasties”. Better nice nasties than nasty nasties. Karent tried too hard, it shows. They move an to another exhibit of kinetic art. Adriana is explaining it to Karent, the dealer walks up and asks if they’d like to meet the artist. Adriana is thrilled, she’s followed his work and admires him while Karent stands there calling his name “Carlos…Carlos” Adriana tells the man how it’s an honor to meet him and how she studied his work, would he mind if she took a picture with him and placed it on Twitter. He agrees, then Karent jumps in for a photo then has the nerve to tweet the photo. She beat me to the tweet!
Joanna’s dancing at the Winter Party, a gay/lesbian event held every year on the beach. She brings Marta along for the rehearsals. Marta, laughs and talks through the rehearsal, Joanna gets upset. Joanna always gets upset with her sister, one would think they are still kids.
Adriana’s loaning her Dali to an exhibit and needs Fredric’s help getting it off the wall and wrapping it. We never get to see the painting, it’s blurred out. Why is that Bravo? We hear it’s a nude, could that be a reason? At the exhibit, Alexia and her husband meet up with Lea and James, James is Elaine Lancaster out of drag. Ana shows up too. Lea asked where talking hand (Karent) is tonight. Adriana didn’t invite her, she wanted it to be quiet. Lenny and Lisa look over the Dali, Lisa thinks she could draw that, Lenny says no she couldn’t. Adriana, Alexia, Ana, Lea and James are sitting enjoying drinks when the conversation turns to Marysol. Alexia is worried about her, Lea heard she was sick and James says it’s because she’s out drunk. Alexia asked why James always picks on Marysol, “because she always picks on me”. Alexia disagrees, Marysol is not like that and leaves because Marysol is not there to defend herself. Ana chimes in that Lea shouldn’t let James do her dirty work, Lea denies that (with a smile on her face and a big necklace on her neck). James tries talking to Marysol but she doesn’t want to talk to him, Lea thinks Marysol tries to prevent James from getting jobs and is vindictive. Being a drag queen is a job? Really? You can actually be paid for that? I honestly did not know. Ana defends Marysol. Cut to Lea’s talking head and another big necklace, Marysol can talk to her at anytime. James says he owns one of the best PR firms in the country and calls Marysol a vampire. Ana says they’re being catty. Cut to another talking Lea head and another big necklace, she has done nothing but try to help Marysol and her business. Then we have (yes we do) Lea head talking in yet another big necklace (this one looks like a mop around her neck) saying she didn’t hire Marysol back because they blew it. No more explanation on that. Adriana tells Ana, Lisa and Lea about what happened at the earlier exhibit with the artist and how she was beat to the tweet. Ana is laughing, Lea finds Karent annoying, Ana thinks she’s too much and Lisa says she was trying to be nice. Lisa doesn’t like to talk behind people’s back when they can’t defend themselves.
A token scene with Marysol and Ana talking about the conversations with Lea and James. Marysol doesn’t care about James, she had a bond with Lea but that’s broken. She appreciates Ana sticking up for her but she doesn’t want to talk about it anymore, give it any legs and wants it to end now and not hear about it anymore.
Joanna, Lisa and Karent meet for lunch. Lisa, who doesn’t like to talk behind people’s back tells Karent she doesn’t think the other ladies consider her to be a friend, Lisa tells Adriana the story of the artist. Karent defends herself saying she realized the artist must be a famous man so she wanted a picture with him too. Lisa tells her not to be super nice to them, the other ladies are “holier than thou”. At the end of the day money can’t buy you class, but it can buy you an ass.
Ana and her daughters get ready for the Winter Party, deciding what to wear. Ana locks her closet to keep her daughters out of her stuff. Sound familiar?
Someone calls Joanna at 4am to tell her Romain is making out with a dancer. She confronts Romain, he thinks it’s stupid and laughs. She doesn’t know if she believes him or not, something’s not making sense. I think Romain’s a stand up guy, been with Joanna a long time, doesn’t put up with her crap. We’ll see if I’m right.
Time for the Winter Party Festival, like a gay Christmas. Lots of people, bare chests and butts, drinking and dancing and Lea in another big necklace. Marta’s there to tell the latest about Romain to the ladies. Marta needs to step back and stay out of it. Joanna’s dance number come up, I hope it was much longer in real time because it was only seconds on the show. Romain loved it and compliments her over and over again. Joanna still has doubts about him. Cut to a long shot of Miami with thousands of people on the beach. I like a nice deserted beach, but that’s just me.
Project Runway “In a Place Far, Far Away” by BB
Note: Photo credits for Project Runway photos: David M. Russell/AETN
We’re getting closer to finding out who will be showing at New York fashion week. The remaining designers are Christopher, Dmitry, Fabio, Melissa and Sonjia. Tonight is the final challenge. I’m going to miss Fabio’s skirts and Sonjia’s head scarfs (not really).
Tim meets with the designers at a place far, far away – Oheka Castle, Long Island. Using the surroundings of the castle as inspiration, they will be creating an avant-garde look for their muse, selected from the L’oreal Paris make up line with color pallets called The Enchanted Queen, The Artsy Muse, The Wise Mystic and the Seductive Temptress.
Choosing from the infamous black bag, Sonjia gets the Seductive Temptress colors; Melissa gets the Artsy Muse colors; Dmitry gets the Wise Mystic colors; Fabio gets the Enchanted Queen colors; and Christopher being last, gets to choose his muse. He chooses the Enchanted Queen colors. Seems everyone would like to have the Enchanted Queen colors because black is included in that pallet and they all want to work with black.
They are all excited to be creating avant-garde looks. This is what they’ve been waiting for. They have two days to finish their designs. They go to mood to select their fabrics, but a few of them have difficulty trying to find the colors they want to complement their make-up colors. When Sonjia gets back to the work room she discovers that five yards of her gold fabric are missing. She is going to have to find a way to make it work.
Tim meets with the designers the first day because this is a most important challenge. Tim tells Dmitry he’s concerned about his design not having any remarkable drama. He’s worried about Melissa’s time management issues. Tim takes a long worried look at Fabio’s design. He tells him his coat is looking borderline costumey, it’s down, dreary, and flat. Fabio tells Tim he will step away and take another look at it. Sonjia tells Tim she feels a little stuck, and Tim tells her he doesn’t think she’s been working up to her potential as a designer, she’s been holding back and she just needs to get it out.
The next morning, Fabio is stressing about what he has ahead of him that day. So is Chris. They have to do a month’s worth of work in two days. Sonjia suddenly gets inspired, but Dmitry doesn’t like it. Fabio flips his coat upside down and all of a sudden, it’s avant-garde. Tim comes in with Bill B., the consulting make-up artist for L’oreal Paris. He consults with the designers about what make-up they will be using with their designs.
With three hours left until the end of day two, Tim comes back to check up on the designers. Tim is impressed with what Fabio has done with his dreary coat. Sonjia disagrees with Tim, but Melissa agrees that Fabio’s coat looks very avant-garde. Tim again is concerned about how much work Melissa has left to do. He tells her to get it done.
Tim tells Sonjia he sees the avant-garde in her design, but to be careful it doesn’t look like a school project. Tim asks Christopher what looks avant-garde about his dress. Christopher can’t explain his design to Tim. It’s all over the place. Tim tells him he’s at a bit of a loss about where the avant-garde is in Christopher’s dress. Tim also has a similar concern about Dmitry’s design. It’s exquisitely made, but not avant-garde enough. If it were a ready-to-wear challenge, Tim would be thrilled about Dmitry’s design. He’s concerned that the judges will think they’ve seen Dmitry’s design before. All of a sudden, Dmitry is very concerned. I really hate to see any of these designers go home at this point, but I know at least one of them will be leaving.
The models show up and Fabio and Sonjia are happy about the way their looks fit their models. Christopher is happy with his design even if it does look costumey. Melissa thinks it’s going to take an eye to really get her look. Dmitry is going to go with his gut.
It’s now the last runway day and the designers all wish each other luck and say goodbye to their Atlas apartments. Since this is the L’oreal Paris make-up challenge, the designers will have additional time with make-up and hair. Melissa is still working on her design 15 minutes before the runway show.
It’s show time folks! Take a deep breath. Whose design do I think is avant-garde and whose isn’t? By the way the guest judge is actress Zoe Saldana. First up is Melissa. It’s avant garde, but I’m not loving it. I think it’s the fabric used on some of the pieces and not necessarily the design I don’t like. Melissa says it’s her on the runway and that’s what matters I guess. Fabio’s design is avant garde, but Nina is holding her card over her eyes when she’s looking at it. I don’t know if that’s a good sign from her. Dmitry’s suit is well-made and he says he stayed true to himself. Not sure he hit the avant-garde threshold. I like Sonjia’s design. It looks like it belongs on a runway. I like Christopher’s model’s look. I’m not sure if the judges are going to think he went overboard and his look might be a too costumey. It’s definitely dramatic. Heidi tells the designers they did an impressive job. Sure, Heidi, that’s until you judges start picking these designs apart.
Sonjia is first to be judged. Heidi loves the color of her dress. The only thing she doesn’t like is the light mesh fabric because it doesn’t match the models skin tone. Nina has a few problems with the dress. She doesn’t like the color and Michael thinks it looks like an ice skating costume. Zoe doesn’t think it looks complete. Sonjia doesn’t agree with them. Heidi gets Sonjia’s idea, but Michael says it looks like an old lady bare back dress. Wow Michael is tough on this one. It’s not that bad.
Michael thinks Christopher’s make up is great, but thinks the dress a little goth victorian. Michael thinks she has hairy forearms and it’s crazy. The judges think it needs more construction in the bust. Zoe thinks it doesn’t fit and Nina thinks he tried too many ideas on the dress, but they all like the back of his dress.
Heidi thinks Dmitry’s dress is amazing and it looks good from any angle. Zoe thinks the sleeves are stunning. Michael thinks he’s a brilliant tailor and he and Nina don’t like the shoulder. Zoe thinks the collar is Chippendales. The judges want to remove the collar.
Michael thinks Fabio’s jacket is fantastic, but he doesn’t like the pants. Heidi didn’t respond to the look. She thinks it’s funereal. Nina thinks the jacket is fantastic. Fabio reverses the jacket and they like it better the second way. Zoe thinks the clothes hide the model’s shape.
Last is Melissa. Michael loves Melissa’s color combination and the idea of separates and thinks she has a good hand for leather. Nina gets the artsy muse look. Heidi hates it. She doesn’t know which outfit is uglier, hers or Fabio’s. Zoe loves it. So it’s three against two. Michael, Nina and Zoe against Heidi and Me. Ha! Ha!
The models leave and each designer has to say why they think they should go to fashion week and what two designer should go with them.
Melissa picks Sonjia and Fabio.
Fabio picks Melissa and Christopher.
Dmitry picks Fabio and Christopher.
Christopher picks Fabio and Dmitry.
Sonjia picks Melissa and Dmitry.
Heidi thinks since they disagree about the current designs, they should go back to include what the designers have done in the past.
They don’t think Melissa is one note. They think Sonjia is consistent with respect to a women’s body, but they can’t pinpoint her aesthetic. Will she give them a good fashion show? They think Christopher’s designs are streamline femininity. They like that he’s taken risks. Nina likes him, so I think he’s in. Michael thinks everything Dmitry makes looks exquisite and expensive. Nina thinks he’s a one trick pony and wonders if he has range. Michael thinks his craftsmanship can handle it. They all like Fabio’s diversity in design, but Heidi can’t remember his past designs. Is he memorable? Michael takes up for Fabio when Heidi thinks he’s either too basic or either to out there. It’s decision time.
Christopher is in. He will be designing for New York fashion week. He’s only 24. Good for him. Dmitry is in. It’s the first time I’ve seen Dmitry actually excited about something. Melissa is also in. That leaves Fabio and Sonjia. Fabio is in. That means Sonjia is going home.
Next week the final four find out there will be only three showing at fashion week and they are not guaranteed a spot. More fun to be had on the emotional roller coaster of Project Runway.