AATRH was on the scene this Wednesday night at Melissa Gorga’s Envy fashion show! Last week they changed the time from 6-7PM, and the first hour was spent checking in and signing papers for Bravo. The North Jersey ladies come out in their biggest diamonds and newest Chanel bags basically auditioning for the Bravo hit show; I wonder if producers found any season 8 prospects?
The event was held at Macaluso’s in Hawthorne, NJ and the venue was gorgeous; Melissa even revealed her and Joe got married there. From 6-8:30PM guests mingled, ate, drank, and watched the RHONJ cameras roll. Teresa Giudice, Robyn Levy, Christina Flores, Dolores Canatia, Kathy Wakile, Rich Wakile, and Joe Gorga were all at the event, trying to keep their voices down as they attempted to work out this seasons issues. Producers were much more strict at this event than at Teresa’s book signing I previously attended. Our sources say one in particular was rude all season and he seemed miserable. I caught him in the hallway very heated complaining of Thursday mornings 10:00AM call time. “What ugh, I hate this f*cking show I’m done.” I know a few people who would be up for his job!
At around 8PM seating started for the fashion show and the room was set up beautifully! Melissa clearly put a lot of thought into the event and not even a gift bag looked out of place. Inside the gift bags were a small hairspray, a 15% off Envy coupon, and personalized Envy cookies. The VIP seats had much larger gift bags, and those were reserved for Melissa’s close friends and family.
Melissa’s sisters were selling raffle tickets and the prizes included: hair products, an Envy shopping spree with Melissa Gorga, and lip injections/botox with Dr. Kassir. We bough tickets (1=$10), but left before the drawing; bummer I was really counting on that Dr. Kassir package!
Thank goodness for the DJ, he kept the crowd going until after 8:30PM when the show started. It turns out that unless you were VIP your best bet to see the runway were the basic $80 tickets. Those were standing room only, but provided a much better view of the show overall. We got the $125 seats, which sat us in the 2nd or 3rd row (we couldn’t see the models’ shoes). There were also $350 tickets, and those included a meet & greet with Melissa. At the end of the show she announced the event sold out; we estimate somewhere between 250-300 people were in the crowd of mostly women and fabulous gays.
The fashion show itself was not nearly as long as we had hoped, and they didn’t seem to have enough models. The catwalk was only about 10-12 minutes tops, with several breaks while the girls were changing. Joe Gorga (who walked into the show arm and arm with Teresa) stepped in to support his wife as he strutted down the runway while we waited for the next set!
As someone who’s into fashion I had high expectations for this show and think Melissa’s style is impeccable. The models who looked the best kept their looks simple and classy, those who tried crazy hair and make-up didn’t fit with the style of the clothes. Some of the outfits didn’t fit the models that well, and a few of the girls needed some more practice on that catwalk! The last complaint we had about the fashion show was none of the outfits were complimented by accessories; boutiques are known for having great pieces to add to your collection and Envy didn’t showcase that line of what they sell. As for the clothes themselves there were some great pieces and some I didn’t love, that of course is a matter of opinion. Overall she’s peaked my interest and as a New Jersey resident I plan on visiting the store in the near future; maybe I’ll even run into her!
Melissa gave a long thank you speech and was understandably emotional. She had a lot of people who she thanked for their help in the fashion show, but we found it strange that her business partner was on vacation. Melissa ended with a heart felt story about her father that had her, and others in tears.
Overall the Envy fashion show was a success, for one Jacqueline Laurita didn’t show up! While the show itself had some hiccups, it was only the first one; the first of many I’m sure. Melissa’s husband and co-stars rallied around her to help make the event a success; most importantly, she raised a lot of money for charity!
The AATRH Team wants to congratulate Melissa on all of her success with Envy! Thank you for having us at your event, we will be in to use our coupons soon!
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