Real Housewives of Miami star Lea Black unveiled her new line of bejeweled evening bags and bracelets at boutique Rene Ruiz in Coral Gables, Miami, on Wednesday night. Above, Lea holds one of her favorite designs. The event was filmed for the Real Housewives of Miami and, as is wont to happen when that clique gets together, the cameras brought along some drama.
Lea's bags, which she describes as "timeless," are representative of Lea's personal style — sparkly yet classic. Lea has been seen wearing her bags to events featured on the hit Bravo reality show and decided to now market her one-of-a-kind designs to the public.
As much as the evening tried to focus on fashion, the ladies couldn't help but be sidetracked by drama, fueled by the Bravo producers. In the middle of the lovely event decorated with orchids, one of the producers went up to Real Housewife Lisa Hochstein and told her something one of the other girls said about her. Lisa then pulled fellow Housewife Alexia Echevarria aside and had a heated conversation. Before the end of the evening, Lisa made a dramatic early exit, storming out of the event. Lisa plays the Real Housewife role so well!
By the end of the night, not many of Lea's pieces were sold — but the crowd seemed to be there more for the spectacle than to shop. But Lea's latest endeavor does seem promising, the purses are really beautiful (think a more practical, sturdier Judith Leiber) and the price point is great, running around $300 for a clutch. The prices go all the way up to about $1500 for the more unique made-to-order Swarovski encrusted purses.
Below, I strike a pose with former RHOM Karent Sierra and my friend Kristin Ducote, wife of racecar driver Chapman Ducote and the author of the book Naked Paddock. I'm modeling some of Lea's gorgeous designs on my wrist — love the sparkle!
For more photos and an in-depth behind-the-scenes look at the event, head to MiamiFashionRevolution.com.