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Catching Up With a Real Housewife of NYC at the Luca Luca Show

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Luca Luca creative director Raul Melgoza seriously delivered at the spring 2011 runway show last night with his Sydney Opera House-inspired collection. It's amazing—the man really can turn hard triangular edges into something incredibly soft, flowing and sexy.

A scan of the celebs in attendance turned up model Irina Pantaeva, Beth Ostrosky-Stern (looking really hot in a fitted cream and oatmeal number and toting a massive Hermès Kelly Bag), Debra Cox and Kristin Cavallari. While they all looked pretty and everything, but it was kind of a snooze. That is until we noticed the latest addition to the Real Housewives of New York City, Sonja Tremont Morgan, milling through the crowd.

Sonja, decked out in Luca Luca—from the sleeveless two-toned lilac dress to the statement necklace and headband—at first didn't seem to know who the man of the hour, Raul Melgoza, was. When we first mentioned the creative director, she stopped us, saying, "Who? Who designed it? For Luca Luca?" She then explained, "the jewelry is Luca Luca, the whole thing is. And Eric Stern dressed me." (The Broadway composer? Anyway.) Then without much prompting, she just started talking (just like on the show!) and it was like stream-of-consciousness meets a charming diarrhea-of-the-mouth flow of words.

On the Opera: "I love the opera, but not all men do. Men tend to like the ballet a little better, but since I’m dating, I get asked to the ballet more than opera. I don’t know why that is. It’s just music and costumes and maybe with ballet they get to see all those little tight...." She didn't give too much away as to who she's dating, but she did emphasize, "still dating, going on and on, dating, dating, dating." Well, those who have watched her on RHNY know what that means. Hey, more power to you, Sonja.

So we had to ask about the past Housewives Luca Luca drama. Remember on season one when the Luca Luca show was the setting for a Jill Zarin and Ramona Singer blow-out? Ramona was seated in first row and Jill in second. The latter (of course) flipped and stormed out of the show leaving a rarely incredulous Ramona to say something like, "she just disrespected Luca Luca." We asked Sonja for a fair warning of any drama this time around (after all, drama catalyst Kelly Killoren Bensimon seems to be making her way through the shows). "I don’t think so, in fact, I think I’m the only housewife here today." That's a shame.

Then the wheels started spinning again and Sonja asked us, "What’s the website? (R-A-C-K-E-D) Oh, I’m sure I’ll see it because my co-stars taught me how to Google and how to get those Google Alerts, so now I’ll see." Awesome. We totally remember that episode, too.
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