'Housewives' Lynda Erkiletian, Mary Amons, Won't Come Clean
It was a moment made for reality TV: At a party Wednesday to honor D.C.'s best dressed, Washingtonian Publisher Cathy Merrill Williams was handing out the awards. But when she called for honoree Lynda Erkiletian ("for showing that Washington 'housewives' have style!") -- no one stepped forward. Erkiletian was missing!
Oh, come on: This had to be for the sake of the very conspicuous TV cameras, which Williams had already announced were at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel party to capture footage for Bravo's in-development "Real Housewives of Washington."
But no, that's not the case, we're told. Erkiletian, owner of T.H.E. Artist Agency, had ducked out to change. She had dressed in a heavy cape and stockings for what was supposed to be a rooftop affair, but then the party moved indoors to a warm and crowded room. (The TV producers, in fact, asked the magazine to hold off on the announcement until she returned, but Williams kept to her own schedule.)
Another question: What's up with D.C.'s worst-kept secret, the identities of the "Housewives"-to-be? While Bravo maintains that no casting decisions have been finalized, blog buzz is at a peak, and rumored stars are going increasingly public with camera-trailed appearances. Washingtonian, which agreed to allow Bravo's cameras, out-and-out declared Erkiletian a cast member, though the modeling agency chief coyly told us "the only confirmation can come from Bravo." The magazine also picked NoVa venture-capital guy Rich Amons, husband of possible star Mary Amons, as a "Style Setter," and the cameras floated around both of them, too. The same evening, a production crew filmed Fauquier County winery wife Michaele Salahi and husband Tareq dining at fancy Inn at Little Washington.
Why won't Bravo confirm what seems so obvious? Probably because nothing's a done deal. It's not unusual for reality producers to spend hours and days trailing a subject before deciding they just don't work. Meanwhile, said Bravo rep Rachelle Savoia, "we're looking for women who have their hands on the pulse of what's going on culturally and politically, who encapsulate what it means to be D.C. society."
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