You never get to see LuAnn de Lesseps inside her NYC apartment on The Real Housewives of New York. But during Fashion Week, LuAnn opened her doors to SheKnows for an exclusive tour and mini fashion show.
Though the line is still in the works, we got a sneak peek at LuAnn’s latest project: a stylish, sexy dress line for women. The Countess describes the line as "affordable, elegant and easy."
"I’m very excited," LuAnn told SheKnows. "Women ask me how I always look right for the occasion, so I want to share all that experience which has taken me years to learn. It doesn’t always come that easily and I think it takes practice."
LuAnn’s pieces are all versatile, great for taking from day to night and easy to travel with. She anticipates they will retail for about $100-$150, an accessible price for many women. And the cuts are meant to flatter all body types.
"I love clothes that are simple and that are complementary," said LuAnn. "I love the shape because I think it flatters every woman. I think it’s really important for women to feel comfortable and not feel like you have to pull down your skirt."
But just because the pieces are conservative doesn’t mean they’re not eye-catching.
"Even though you’re a mother, you can still look fabulous," said LuAnn. "You want your hem to be at a certain length at a certain point in your life, and the neck has to be just right and not showing too much. But the notion of mystery, I think, is very sexy."
She says she also plans to make cardigans and capes to go along with the dresses, as well as an accessories line.
"I want to have statement pieces that really take your dress from day to night," she told us. "I’ve decided to work on a collection of jewelry from all the pieces I’ve collected from all over the world."
LuAnn’s dresses weren’t the only stylish things we saw on our visit though; her entire apartment exudes elegance. The 1920s art deco high-rise, that she shares with her boyfriend Jacques Azoulay, is decorated immaculately with chic accents of red and zebra-print.
"I wanted to keep it simple, chic and elegant," said LuAnn. "I had a designer who helped me pick pieces and we decorated the apartment together."
As she showed us her home, the conversation turned to her co-stars and the Countess filled us in on what she thinks of the other New York Housewives’ styles.
"I think Aviva is very stylish," said LuAnn when asked who on the show is the best dressed (excluding herself).
As for co-stars Ramona Singer and Sonja Morgan, LuAnn told us "Ramona seems to like the very shiny materials and it’s a totally different taste [than my own]. Sonia loves the feathers and bustier style. They definitely have their own style."
In addition to turning heads in her glamorous outfits on Housewives, LuAnn is also a full time mom to daughter Victoria and son Noel.
"I'm so proud of them," LuAnn told SheKnows. "We have a great relationship."
For more on LuAnn de Lesseps' fabulous life, be sure to catch her every Monday night on Bravo on The Real Housewives of New York. And look for her dress line, expected to hit the market in Spring.
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