'Real Housewives' Take a Stab at Fashion Design

It's a battle of the reality TV stars, as two leading ladies (plus one rumored rookie) from the hit Bravo series debut their fashion lines on the same weekend.

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It was a busy weekend for Real Housewives around the country, as three of the Bravo series' stars (well, two for sure) unveiled fashion lines for both HSN and QVC. In fact, all aired on Saturday—undoubtedly while we were indulging in marathons of at least one of the budding designers' reality series.

I call it ‘five seconds to fabulous’ because you just don’t want to have to think about it too much.

–Lisa Rinna

While New Jersey's Melissa Gorga and Atlanta's NeNe Leakes went the HSN route in debuting their brand-new collections, rumored addition to the Beverly Hills gang Lisa Rinna stuck to QVC, her home turf for collaborating on clothing for the past three years. If one thing was consistent, it's that each woman channeled her own style for her designs. From glamorous gems to casual-cool clothes, let's take a closer look into the the leading ladies' latest ventures to see whose wardrobe additions we're most excited about.

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You might recognize Gorga for her lavish tastes on RHONJ, but the mother of three has turned her glam style into an affordable line of trendy embellishments, all under $100. Her debut 24-piece jewelry line, The Melissa Gorga collection, boasts gold and silver pieces ranging from dainty baubles to bold necklaces in geometric shapes, perfect for dressing up any ensemble.

Clockwise: <strong>NENE by NeNe Leakes</strong> <a href="http://www.hsn.com/products/nene-by-nene-leakes-colorblock-jacket/7444619" target="_blank">Colorblock Jacket in Black</a>, $140; <a href="http://www.hsn.com/products/nene-by-nene-leakes-sequin-sleeve-sweatshirt/7444544" target="_blank">Sequin-Sleeve Sweatshirt in Black</a>, $70; <a href="http://www.hsn.com/products/nene-by-nene-leakes-textured-metallic-top/7446108" target="_blank">Textured Metallic Top in Silver</a>, $80; <a href="http://www.hsn.com/products/nene-by-nene-leakes-relaxed-pull-on-pant/7444511" target="_blank">Relaxed Pull-On Pant in Black/Ivory</a>, $60; <a href="http://www.hsn.com/products/nene-by-nene-leakes-hi-low-knit-tank/7444895" target="_blank">Hi-Low Knit Tank in Navy</a>, $40
Clockwise: NENE by NeNe Leakes Colorblock Jacket in Black, $140; Sequin-Sleeve Sweatshirt in Black, $70; Textured Metallic Top in Silver, $80; Relaxed Pull-On Pant in Black/Ivory, $60; Hi-Low Knit Tank in Navy, $40
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Leakes, on the other hand, channeled her savvy street style into a concise introductory collection of casual essentials with an edge. Fusing easy pieces with downtown elements, including colorblocking and metallic accents, NENE by Nene Leakes offers statement separates ($40–$140) easily suited for day or night.

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Rinna may know a thing or two about playing up the drama for the cameras, having starred in soap operas such as Days of Our Lives and Melrose Place—the latter leaving her a shoe-in for a potential slot on RHOBH. However, when it comes to her real-life fashion sense, the actress prefers no nonsense. "Cozy, comfy, California-chic is the best way to describe it," she told us about her latest QVC collection, Belle Gray by Lisa Rinna. With close to 100 items ($27–$200) to choose from, Rinna's collection covers all the bases, from casual tops to formal dresses, and solid neutrals to brightly-colored prints.

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Associate Editor at StyleBistro. California native, Brooklyn resident & country girl at heart. Follow me on Twitter: @katie_ddavidson Follow me: Google
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