4/29 UPDATE: Ladies of London will Premiere Monday, June 2 at 10pm ET/PT!!
What could be better than a new Bravo show about six high society women living in one of the worlds most cosmopolitan cities? Ladies of London is coming in June and I, for one, couldn’t be more excited! Just because it’s not called The Real Housewives of London doesn’t mean that’s not essentially what it looks like we’ll be watching. The new docu-series will follow six women living in London who run in similar social circles but are, seemingly, worlds apart. The group includes two elite British socialites: Annabelle Neilson and Caroline Stanbury as well as four wealthy American expats: Juliet Angus, Caprice Bourret, Marissa Hermer, and Noelle Reno. In a class-conscious city where reputation is everything the women will take weekend getaways in the English countryside and high tea at one of London’s exclusive polo-clubs, all while adhering to strict unwritten rules of upper crust engagement.
Check out the first preview for Ladies of London:
Looks pretty great, right?! I have to admit, I’ve watched it through about 4 or 5 times already! I’m reserving judgement on any of the women until we get a closer look at each of them as the season unfolds. Sure, it may sound pretentious for Caroline to admit to spending £30,000 in one day (that’s British pounds, let me point out too, worth considerably more than the American dollar!) or for her to talk about all her close, royal friends and be saying “If you not from here, well then, you’re just royally screwed…Two cultures, one city.” But hey, like I said…I’m reserving judgement (mostly!) Meanwhile, here’s a bit about each of the new
Housewives…oops!…Ladies of London:
Model and London socialite, Annabelle Neilson is a fixture in the international party circuit. Born into a wealthy aristocratic family, she grew up in South London. For over 20 years, Annabelle was muse and best friend to the late designer, Alexander McQueen and continues to run with the hippest crowds in London. Her friends include Kate Moss, Jude Law, Naomi Campbell and Richard Branson to name a few. Her sense of adventure has taken her all over the world including riding across Australia on a motorcycle, driving a rally through the Himalayas and more recently horse racing. She is an author of a children’s book and is penning a novel on her friendship with McQueen.
Originally from Hacienda Heights, California, Caprice moved to London in her early 20s to pursue her dream of becoming a model. Within months, her dream came to fruition and has since become one of the world’s most photographed women. She has graced over 300 magazines across the globe including Vogue, Esquire, Maxim, Cosmopolitan, among others, and was voted GQ’s “Woman of the Year” and Maxim’s “International Woman of the Year” three years in a row. In addition to modeling, Caprice has appeared in over 150 films and television shows as well as numerous theatrical productions in London’s renowned West End theatre district where she played lead roles in The Vagina Monologues, Rent and the hit show Debbie Does Dallas The Musical, a show which she also produced. Currently, Caprice runs her own company, By Caprice, that includes a line of lingerie, swimwear, nightwear and bedding. Caprice uses her own success and life experiences to empower and inspire through motivational talks she gives to college students, entrepreneurs and CEOs. An avid philanthropist, she has raised hundreds of thousands of pounds for her selected charities including Women’s Trust, Princes Trust and Childline. In 2011, she met the love of her life Ty Comfort, and together, they have two children Jett and Jax.
Caroline Stanbury is no stranger to London’s high society. Born into the Vestey dynasty, she continues to rub shoulders with royals, celebrities and the elite alike. Caroline started her career as a top personal stylist, making a name for herself dressing London’s most glamorous socialites. In 2008, Caroline put on her entrepreneurial hat when she launched Gift Library of Caroline Stanbury, a successful luxury gifting and personal shopping service. In less than five years, Caroline has expanded her empire with three stores and over 53 employees. Her most recent acquisition, The Wedding Shop of Caroline Stanbury, is the leading independent wedding list service in the UK and Ireland and will become a one-stop destination for brides. Caroline lives outside of London with her financier husband Cem Habib, their three children and their dog Buster.
Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Juliet Angus made her mark on London’s social scene by way of Hollywood when she moved across the pond in 2010. When she lived in Los Angeles, Juliet ran with Hollywood’s A-list and called many celebrities her close friends. An aspiring newscaster and actress, Juliet completed her Bachelors of Arts in Broadcast Journalism at the University of Southern California (USC). A self-proclaimed fashion addict, Juliet works in fashion PR with some of the best designers in the world and leverages her relationships with stars, designers and stylists. She lives in Battersea, South London with her media executive husband, Gregor Angus and their two children.
Born and raised in Seattle Washington, Noelle Reno quickly realized she would never live the life she fantasized about unless she created it for herself. At the age of 14 she started modeling internationally. At 20, Noelle moved to London to pursue her fashion and media career. Since then, Noelle has become a fashion entrepreneur, television correspondent, and socialite. She is also the co-founder of the cashmere fashion brand, Degrees of Freedom and has partnered with celebrated fashion designer, Zandra Rhodes to found the clothing line, Z by Zandra Rhodes. Noelle’s success has allowed her the freedom to pursue other passions such as writing, blogging and public speaking. She contributes regularly to a variety of publications and speaks publicly for the likes of the British Fashion Council. Noelle holds a Bachelors of Arts in Communications from the British American College of London (Regents Park). In 2009, she began dating Scot Young, a property entrepreneur whose recent high profile divorce has kept them both in the spotlight.
Born in Laguna Beach and raised in Newport Beach, California, Marissa moved to London after graduating from Middlebury College in Vermont to start a public relations career. After jump starting her profession, Marissa moved to New York to work for fashion luxury powerhouse Nadine Johnson and later Syndicate Media Group and helped Ian Schrager launch a number of fashion, luxury restaurants and nightclub brands. While in New York, Marissa reconnected with London nightclub owner and restaurateur Matt Hermer and shortly thereafter, moved back to London in 2008. She married Matt in 2010 and together they have two sons. Marissa uses her own luxury public relations expertise to grow the family business, the Ignite Group, a food, beverage and entertainment business that operates in London and internationally.