The New York Housewives pulled out all the stops for the season 8 reunion

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The Real Housewives of New York City season 8 reunion kicked off with plenty of dramatic moments (like you expected anything else?). There were drug use accusations, threats of a certain cast member leaving the show and explosive cheating rumors. But somehow among all the screaming and snippy side comments, what we were most fixated on were the high-fashion gowns all the cast members were wearing (and when we say high fashion, we’re talking Alexander McQueen!). So while you wait for part two to air next week, we’ll hold you over by breaking down their looks.

First up is Carole Radziwill. She mostly stayed out of the line of fire during this season’s most polarizing fights, but she was by far the most dramatically dressed at the reunion in her Alexander McQueen sheer, ruffled creation. It’s from the brand’s spring 2016 ready-to-wear collection, and may look familiar because Rooney Mara wore a similar, sleeveless version. Compared to some of the sexier looks situated next to her on the couch, the long-sleeves, high collar and long length certainly stood out for all the right reasons.

And it looks like Carole’s not done with the dress quite yet; she was seen sporting it again while filming a commercial with fellow Bravolebrities Melissa Gorga and Dorinda Medley.

Next up is another quiet cast member who went all-out with her dress choice. Jules Wainstein wore a Balmain mini dress with glittery embellished stripes, which falls right into an impressive style streak for her. Earlier this summer on Watch What Happens Live, she donned a Dolce & Gabbana printed crop top and high-waisted skirt from the spring 2016 collection. Jules may be working through a messy divorce, but as she put it herself on Instagram: “Life isn’t perfect but your outfit can be.”

As for Sonja Morgan, she was in the most high-fashion label of them all, the iconic (and finally shoppable!) Sonja Morgan New York collection. Her blush-tone silk gown features satin trim at the shoulder and a sexy thigh-high slit and retails for $1,295 (yes, you read that right).

Bethenny Frankel chose a simple white V-neck sheath, but went all-out with her accessories in multiple layered necklaces, approximately six cuff bracelets and accent rings from designers Kristen Farrell Jewelry, Vita Fede and Eddie Borgo.

Countess Luann de Lesseps looked like the perfect bride-to-be in her cream shimmery halter jumpsuit, which she of course accessorized with her eight-carat canary yellow diamond ring from fiancé Tom D’Agostino.

Ramona Singer has been embracing her new single life all season (and having fun meeting “great guy friends”), so she chose a sexy, skin-tight black gown that showed off her recent breast augmentation, which she also discussed in the episode. “Avery thinks I look great,” Singer said about her daughter’s feelings on the subject. “She said, ‘Mom — you look better than most people in their thirties. You look unbelievable and you’re gorgeous.'”

And finally, Dorinda Medley wore an embellished mini dress from Jovani Fashion with lots of blingy jewelry, which you can see on her up-close and personal teaser video. (It’s a must-watch.)