A fashion show with fashions might sound fairly standard, but fans of The Real Housewives of Atlanta know that such a feat proved to be a major challenge for Shere Whitfield on the show’s first season.
The soon-to-be-divorced diva successfully pulled off a do-over without major incident Tuesday night at Atlanta’s W Hotel. “I am on cloud nine! I am very, very pleased,” Whitfield said after receiving a standing ovation as she pranced down the runway in a form-fitting black satin cocktail dress and fuchsia pumps.
Debuting her long-anticipated She By Shere fall clothing collection with fellow costars Kim Zolciak, NeNe Leakes, Lisa Wu-Hartwell and new girl Kandi Burruss (a singer-songwriter from platinum-selling ’90s R&B; girl group Xscape) looking on from the front row gave Whitfield the chance to redeem herself — and for PEOPLE to catch up with Atlanta‘s ladies.
“It’s all about sexiness and celebrating a woman’s curves,” Whitfield said of her collection of form-fitting dresses and casual wear festooned with rhinestones and fur. “When a woman puts on my clothes I want her to feel sexy and classy.”
Even rival Leakes admitted that it was a change from Whitfield’s infamous clothes-free “fashion viewing” featured in the show’s first season. “I liked that she had a jumpsuit in the collection. That is very in, very happening. She had a lot of variety: dresses, furs, gowns and even a jogging suit,” Leakes told PEOPLE. “It went from nothing coming down the runway to something.”
Cast members are remaining tight-lipped about what to expect from a new season, only promising to deliver plenty of drama. Zolciak hinted that her singing career is still on track (even if her friendship with Leakes is not. “It is what it is,” she said of their relationship). “I am so happy with my music career,” Zolciak said, “I’m really excited about it. Everyone’s going to die when they see what happens.”
What about the cigarette smoking? “I still smoke all day,” she said.
The overly active Wu-Hartwell expressed happiness for Whitfield, telling PEOPLE, “I love to see anyone out there pursuing their dream.” And she remains as busy as every, pursuing dreams of her own with a fashion line in the works as well as a book about domestic violence. “Expect more drama for sure,” she says of Atlanta‘s season 2, “but lots of entertaining moments. We share a lot of personal stories that will touch .”
Added NeNe’s “gay boyfriend” Dwight Eubanks: “It is so over the top that we’re going to be the number one reality show on TV!” — Chandra Thomas
Tell us: Are you excited for the return of The Real Housewives of Atlanta? Are you surprised Shere pulled off a fashion show that even impressed NeNe?