5 reasons The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills’ season 11 is the most iconic yet, from Erika Jayne’s downfall to the rise of Kathy Hilton, and Crystal Kung Minkoff’s US$95,000 Hermès bag
Who could forget the infamous first season limo scene between RHOBH OGs and sisters, Kyle and Kim Richards? Or the season five explosive argument in a swanky Amsterdam restaurant, in which Kim went head-to-head with soap opera stars, Lisa Rinna and Eileen Davidson, resulting in Rinna’s notorious wine glass throw?
Though fans have voiced collective frustration that the last few seasons felt lacklustre compared to earlier years, the current eleventh season is arguably one of its most captivating. In fact, this season was so crammed with compelling content that the upcoming, highly anticipated reunion is to span over four episodes – only the second time this has happened in all of Housewives history.
In honour of such an iconic season, let’s glance over its most stand-out moments, scenes and storylines.
The trials and tribulations of Erika Jayne
At first, the news broke of her separation from Girardi after 20-plus years together. Then came the damning allegations that Girardi had been stealing settlement money from his clients, many of whom were orphans, widows and victims of horrific tragedies. Millions of dollars were also funnelled from Girardi’s law firm to Jayne’s company, allegedly to fund her burgeoning career as a performer.
With each episode, it felt like another bombshell was dropped, leaving the audience to question how much knowledge Jayne had of her accused husband’s fraudulent activities.
That hellish dinner party
Unsurprisingly, the rest of the RHOBH ladies had much to say about what Jayne was (and still is) going through. Some heated exchanges transpired between Garcelle Beauvais and Jayne on a cast trip, and between Sutton Stracke and Jayne at Lisa Rinna’s launch party for Rinna Beauty, her range of lipsticks, lip liners and lip gloss.
Ultimately, however, everything reached a boiling point at a sumptuous soirée hosted by Kathy Hilton. The episode, entitled The Dinner from Hell: Part Two saw Jayne hissing contemptuous vitriol, mostly at Stracke for questioning the veracity of Jayne’s story, but also at everyone else at the table. She even went as far as to threaten legal action against Sutton for her accusations.
Uncomfortable, awkward and at times difficult to watch, the hellish two-episode dinner party was punctuated by moments of lightheartedness and humour, primarily by Hilton’s commentary on the soufflé and the staff’s inability to serve the ladies over their fiery and tear-filled altercations.
The ever-entertaining Kathy Hilton
From the very onset of the season, Hilton’s antics and almost naive quips proved to be just what the show needed. From her trip to Lake Tahoe and drinking Red Bull and eating chips late into the night, to her mistaking Beauvais for her own sister and pranking the ladies by downing a martini (which was actually just filled with water), Hilton has shown herself to be reality TV gold.
Virtually anything and everything that Hilton has said or done has been turned into a viral meme, like asking who is “hunky dory” in an otherwise tense scene, and confessing that she generally travels with a fan wherever she goes.
The colliding of two reality TV worlds
The only thing better than one iconic reality TV series is two equally iconic shows combined in one unforgettable moment.
Though the couple have since reportedly split, this unexpected pairing formed a major talking point for Rinna throughout the season.
The glamorous fashion moments
The ladies of the 90210 are known for flaunting the most fabulous of fashions. Arguably the most glammed up of any of the Real Housewives series, the RHOBH stars never disappoint with their outfits and accessories, even if just attending a “casual” barbecue at a friend’s house.
This season, iconic fashion moments have included the one-of-a-kind, vintage Vivienne Westwood corset that Dorit Kemsley wore for a confessional look. The corset – which depicts a scene from a famous 18th century artwork by Francois Boucher – is so rare, valuable and admired there’s one exhibited in London’s Albert and Victoria Museum.
Though there were many others, additional stand-out fashion moments from this season include Beauvais’ head-to-toe leopard print look that she wore to the infamous Dinner Party from Hell, and the scenes in which Rinna showed her two model daughters many of her old vintage couture dresses.
- Lisa Rinna revealed daughter Amelia Hamlin was dating Kourtney Kardashian’s ex and Keeping Up With the Kardashians’ star Scott Disick – who is 18 years her senior
- Stand-out moments include heated exchanges between Garcelle Beauvais and Jayne during The Dinner from Hell, and Dorit Kemsley’s Vivienne Westwood corset