5 Minutes With Alex McCord

“I am in love with clothes, and actually it’s rare that you are catching me alone. My husband and I both love clothes and usually go to shows together. It’s kind of funny, we were laughing at ourselves that maybe one of these days we would see Cho Cheng together. Last season I couldn’t go but he did, this season he couldn’t go but I did. Between the two of us we cover it.”

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story and photo by Sandy Ramirez

A short interview, outside the McDonald’s McCafe concept shop in the lobby at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, with Alex McCord of Bravo’s Real Housewives of New York City series.


(Alex is on the left)

5M – Tell me a little about the show.

AM – The show follows originally five, now six women in it’s second season running around New York City. Working, playing, raising their kids and having a good time doing it.

5M – What Brings you to Fashion Week?

AM – I am in love with clothes, and actually it’s rare that you are catching me alone. My husband and I both love clothes and usually go to shows together. It’s kind of funny, we were laughing at ourselves that maybe one of these days we would see Cho Cheng together. Last season I couldn’t go but he did, this season he couldn’t go but I did. Between the two of us we cover it.

5M – Are you a traditional housewife, or do you have a separate career?

AM – I work full time in visual merchandizing, and have a very very fast paced career, but once I get home with my two boys, I try to leave that all behind and be present for them and being their mom.

5M – Do watch reality TV?

AM – Well, I’ll tell you what. Before doing the first season of our show last year, I had seen five minutes of an episode of The Bachelor years ago, and flipped by American Idol once. Other than that I had not watched reality TV at all and no clue what I was in for and the same with my husband; we had no idea. We were amazed at how invested everyone became about the in’s and out’s of our lives. To that end when we filmed season two, we an effort to make sure every single thing we filmed was something true that we would do in our everyday lives. Certainly there were times in season one where the people putting the show together would ask us to do things that were a little off the wall and necessarily do in real life. What they do with that I have no idea, but we are going to, as they say on Bravo, “Watch What Happens”.

5M – How many runway shows have you seen this season?

AM – Hardly any unfortunately. It’s been a crazy time for me at work, with a lot going on. Also our show premiers tonight, so we been doing press for that so I have not been to as many shows as I like. I’ve got to see Walter and Monarchy. Last week I got to see Keith Listner’s presentation and there several I’m sorry I missed. I wanted to see Matthew Williamson’s show today, but we were doing press for the show and couldn’t come over. Hopefully in September I’ll have more time.

5M – What past trend do you miss the most?

AM – I have to say that I don’t stick to the trends. I pick what I like. I like draping, really interesting fabrics and textures, and a little bit of the unusual. Things you wouldn’t expect, like feathers and jeans.

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