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A Fashion Moment With NJ "Housewives" Matriarch Caroline Manzo

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As we were waiting to enter the Rachel Roy presentation this morning, we realized that Caroline Manzo of Real Housewives of New Jersey was quietly standing right next to us. As she'll be forever associated with the somewhat menacing declaration "You mess with me, you mess with my family," we were a tad intimidated to approach her as she and daughter Lauren were anxiously awaiting a PR escort to escape from the riff-raff at the door. In actuality though, Caroline was very sweet in answering our questions while looking très chic in a crisp white blouse and toting a very plush quilted chain-link Chanel bag. She even thanked us when we finished!

Racked: So how would you describe your Fashion Week style?

Caroline: My Fashion Week style is comfort. I want to be comfortable. I don't need to look the prettiest and the best and the most fashionable, I want to be the most comfortable.

Racked: What other shows are you attending or have you attended this week?

Caroline: We're filming now, so it's been a little bit difficult for me this year, but I went to Tracy Reese. I missed (turning to Lauren to ask, "who'd we miss the other day?"), oh Tory Burch. We got there late because we were filming, so we missed it. Not too many, I'm sad to say. It was once upon a time I used to come to Fashion Week and it was nice and you know, never had to worry anything, but now my schedule has become a little too hectic. But I'm a friend of Rachel so I wouldn't miss this for the world. And Chris Benz I went to yesterday, too, sorry. He's a friend of mine, too. My buddies. I try to support [them] and I get in trouble for it, but it's OK. That's what friends are for.

So we have to talk Housewives, are there any hints you can give us on the upcoming season?

Caroline: It's going to be very, very different dynamic. I think it's our best season yet, I really do.

Racked: Any cat fights?

Caroline: If there are, I don't know about them. I stay away from that. I try to get away from the fray.

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Rachel Roy FW 2011 Presentation

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