“The Real Housewives of New York City’s” Tinsley Mortimer has joined the ranks of Erika Jayne, Shannon Beador and Dorinda Medley: women who — according to Andy Cohen himself — fell into their franchises as though they’ve been there all along. They are the “wives” we’ve been looking for and Mortimer fits right into the coterie of newbie elite. The crowd who gathered at Apogee Lounge atop the Dana Hotel + Spa (660 N. State) Wednesday night would likely agree. Usually closed on Wednesdays, Apogee opened for Mortimer and her boyfriend, CouponCabin CEO and Chicagoan Scott Kluth, to host nearly 200 guests for a private RHONY finale screening-turned-birthday party for Mortimer.
Donning her signature blonde curls and a printed yellow dress that brought to mind the wallpaper in Sonja Morgan’s townhouse — perhaps a nod to the Season 9 finale in which Mortimer throws a “Thank You Sonja” party for her (in question) graciousness — Mortimer basked in her rediscovered stardom. The designer, author, model, socialite and former actress returned to Manhattan (specifically to Morgan’s five-floor townhouse) after a relationship downfall in Palm Beach last year. And what’s a better return to the Big Apple than getting the call to hold an apple? Remind me not to find love in Palm Beach — or West Palm for that matter.
Kluth, who was introduced to Mortimer by Carole Radziwill mid-season, is undoubtedly taken with the notorious socialite. The two held hands throughout the night and traded coquettish glances across the room. Just as the finale’s “where are they now” updates finished, Kluth rolled out a sparkling birthday cake for Mortimer and the room erupted in song to celebrate. Mortimer’s sweet Southern mother, Dale, was alongside her daughter throughout the party and readily expressed her enthusiasm for Mortimer’s hopeful return for season 10. She also expressed — again — her distaste for Ramona’s ponytail. I think “so attractive!” really sums up our sentiments.
For every cheer and applause that roared for Mortimer and Kluth during the show, an equal amount of boos were heard for Tom D’Agostino’s revealing screen time. Though our forever Countess garnered a girl-power applause as the show ended with her divorce announcement.
As all avid Bravo fanatics know, it’s the unabashed transparency of a new housewife that is the key to not only secure another season, but to secure the fans — who have a big say in casting decisions. There are no fans like Bravo fans and Mortimer knows how to please them.