'Real Housewives of Potomac' cast talks haute couture, hangouts

By now you've probably heard that there's a new "Real Housewives" franchise that's set up shop nearby in tony Potomac. The cast of six started displaying their quick comebacks, lavish digs and equally lavish wardrobes on Sunday's series premiere on Bravo.

Here's a quick rundown on where you might spot the cast during their off-camera hours and how they achieve their on-camera style.


Robyn Dixon

The 36-year-old Baltimore native, who graduated from McDonogh and the University of Maryland, College Park, is the ex-wife of Juan Dixon, a former NBA player and University of Maryland standout who is the nephew of former Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon.


Her style: "I like a lot of contemporary brands," she said. "I mostly shop at Bloomingdale's and Nordstrom. I don't go for the high-high-end designers."

Hangouts: Dixon loves the Harbor East area. "It's fantastic," she said. "I've spent so much time at the Four Seasons." Dixon also is a fan of the G&M Restaurant & Lounge in Linthicum Heights. "Every now and then I'll pick up crab cakes for the family. The crab cakes are great and they are fast."

Gizelle Bryant

Bryant, 36, who lived in Baltimore for seven years while married to the Rev. Jamal Bryant, now lives in Potomac with her three daughters, Grace and twins Angel and Adore. She's already established a reputation for herself with her constant barrage of one-liners.


Her style: Bryant loves to wear Christian Louboutin and Roberto Cavalli shoes. "They are cut very well and blinged-out," she said. "With clothes, I run the gamut. I go from lululemon up to something high-end such as Balmain. For purses, I love my Chanel and Hermes. I love all things expensive."

Hangouts: When Bryant is in Baltimore, she likes to hang out in Harbor East. "When I lived here, I was always at Roy's. I went to the spa at the Four Seasons. And I was in Whole Foods almost every night," she said.

Charrisse Jackson-Jordan

Jackson-Jordan, 50, is the self-proclaimed "glue" of the group. She met Dixon when her husband, Eddie Jordan, coached Dixon's husband for the Washington Wizards.

Her style: Jackson-Jordan loves Oscar de la Renta and Dolce & Gabbana. She's also a fan of Christian Louboutin shoes. "I'm not necessarily designer-driven. I'm attracted to quality things."

When it comes to appearing before the camera, Jackson-Jordan wears Bobbi Brown and MAC Cosmetics.

"I can't do makeup to save my life," she said with a laugh. "I let my makeup artist do that. I'm like the plainest chick on the earth."

Hangouts: When Jackson-Jordan isn't at home in bed, you can find her mostly in Potomac places. Her favorite: the Old Angler's Inn.

"I like Potomac places," she said. "I don't like driving. It's like a 40-minute drive for me to Washington."

Karen Huger

Huger, 52, who is known for the parties she hosts at her home, is a recent empty-nester. She describes her husband, Raymond, a technology entrepreneur and president and CEO of an information technology company, as the "black Bill Gates."

Her style: Although her favorites include Zac Posen, Louis Vuitton and Gucci, Huger isn't opposed to "mixing it up" with prices and brands.

"I can put on less expensive clothes and make it look designer. That's what makes a woman dynamic," she said. "I'm well-rounded in my fashion sense."

Hangouts: Although she grew up as part of a large family on a farm in Virginia, she can now be found hanging out in her Potomac surroundings and at social events.

Katie Rost

The 35-year-old model and Potomac native is recently single and raising her children, 3-year-old James Rocco and 14-month-old twins Kathryn and Renee.

Her style: As a model, Rost is familiar with top designers.

"My favorite all-time designer is Stephen Burroughs," she said. "He sends me stuff every season. It's nice because it's free. I also like Rick Owens, Marchesa for evening gowns. Marchesa is the best. And Ralph Lauren. Always Ralph Lauren."

Rost loves to pair slim-fitting jeans, "cute boots" and just one accessory.

"I do tend to have a New York fashion sense — black and sleek," she said.

Hangouts: Rost loves to spend time at a nearby country club. Her home is on the 13th hole. "I can sit out and have drinks. …It's convenient. And it's kid-friendly," she said. "Other than that, I love Georgetown. I love going into D.C. and go window-shopping."

Ashley Darby

The former Miss District of Columbia is 27 and loves staying fit and being active with her husband, Michael Darby, an Australian real estate millionaire 29 years her senior.

Her style: A fitness enthusiast, Darby likes to show off her figure.

"I do not wear things that are baggy and hang in a sloppy way," she said. "I've got a little bubble butt. That's all I've got. I like to accentuate that."

She says her weakness is shoes.

"I just bought a strappy pair of Prada heels — on sale at Neiman Marcus," she said.

Hangouts: You'll usually find Darby at the gym or spending time outdoors. She and her husband recently climbed Mount Kilimanjaro together.

You can also find Darby at her and her husband's Australian-themed restaurant, Oz, in Arlington, Va., or at L2 Lounge, which she calls a "membership-preferred" establishment in Georgetown.

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