Alex Kuczynski Uses Her Socialite Magic on Our ‘Real Housewives’

Real Housewives
The stars of from left: Bethenny Frankel, Alex McCord, Countess LuAnn de Lesseps, Ramona Singer, and Jill Zarin. Also pictured: Le Petite Coquette owner Rebecca Apsan, right, and a lady in her Skivvies, center. Photo: Gillian Laub for the New York Times

When grappling with how to handle the advent of the new Bravo show The Real Housewives of New York City, the Times was faced with a conundrum: Here is a show that will purportedly expose a sector of society that the newspaper, in its "Style" section and in its T magazine, regularly covers. But it's also trashy reality television. How to cover? Thankfully, the geniuses at T came up with a solution just in time for the show's March 2 debut. They took matters into their own hands, and, for one photograph, at least, they grabbed the cast of the show and classed them up. They put on a "lingerie party" organized by the owner of upscale boutique La Petite Coquette in the West Village. They styled the ladies, thrust Champagne glasses into their hands, and sent in Times style icon Alex Kuczynski to moderate it all for their Women's Fashion Spring 2008 issue. Above, you'll see the fruits of their labors, an image from their story coming out this Sunday in the paper (it's not online yet). Don't they look sophisticated? The T people are really geniuses. Nothing makes a person look classy like sticking them next to someone in her undies.

T Magazine [NYT]