I recently had the pleasure of interviewing Real Housewives of New York City star Countess LuAnn de Lesseps. As we await the highly-anticipated season premiere of RHONY, the Countess dishes on her relationships with her co-stars, her dating life and what she has been up to since we last saw her.
Congratulations on your fashion line, The Countess Collection. Can you tell our readers what inspired your line and where they can find out more about it?
Countess LuAnn de Lesseps: “I love fashion and have worked with many designers over the years as a model and in my TV career in Europe and the States. I need lots of clothes, so I thought, “Why not make them yourself!?” I wanted to bring fashion that’s “affordable and chic made easy” to every woman. So a year ago, I created my collection – The Countess Collection – which is exclusive to Evine.com, and can take you from day-to-night, travels well, is comfortable to wear, and is transitional (mostly “season-less”); and I’m very proud to say it’s made in NYC and even prouder to say it’s been a sell-out success. My website, countessluann.com, has previews and info about it.”
Coming out of last season’s reunion, what were your feelings about Ramona Singer and where does your relationship with her currently stand? What about Sonja Morgan?
Countess LuAnn: “My relationship with Ramona has changed this season. Sonja and I have our ups-and-downs, too. And I think you have an idea of a really “uncool” run-in I have with Heather… (I’d tell you more, but I think everyone should just watch!)”
The trailer for the new season of RHONY is amazing! Were you happy to learn that Bethenny Frankel was coming back?
Countess LuAnn: “I’m very excited about the upcoming season and personally, I was happy Bethenny was coming back. We’re friends, have history together – with both good and bad moments – and that adds some depth to the season. We reminisce a lot about the past, so true fans of the show will really enjoy that, I think.”
Did you know Dorinda Medley before she joined the cast? Do you think viewers will like her?
Countess LuAnn: “I’ve known Dorinda for years and think she is a great addition to the show. Love her.”
How do you feel about Carole Radziwill dating your niece’s ex-boyfriend?
Countess LuAnn: “No comment on that one. ;)”
In the season preview, everyone loves your iine, “Be cool… don’t be all like uncool.” Does this scene suggest you might have problems with Heather Thomson this year?
Countess LuAnn: “Oh… The scene with Heather speaks for itself. (I’ll definitely be on Twitter a lot more this season, adding some Countess Perspective, if you will. Curious to see how that plays out.)”
Are you currently dating anyone? If not, will we see you dating on the show this year?
Countess LuAnn: “Yes, I’m dating. Not currently dating anyone I’d like to introduce to my children, if you know what I mean! You’ll have to wait and see how I handle that, too!”
Are you working on any other projects you would like to share with us?
Countess LuAnn: “I’m working on a jewelry line to accessorize my apparel collection, actually. Everyone has been asking me to do this for years, as I’m known for my “statement necklaces.” And also for The Countess Collection, I’m working on a line of infused vodkas. As you probably know, I’m a pretty big fan of the “slightly dirty martini,” so I decided to make a premium vodka just for that, as well as a few other personal favorites. I’ll be sharing some glimpses of those on my Instagram in the coming weeks. So find me and follow me…I love all my fans! XO”
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