The designer of Shannon Beador’s botched “Real Housewives of Orange County” reunion dress said he “knew” the dress “wasn’t going to work” before the big day.
“Me and who I am and who the full world has seen on TV, I don’t do whack s–t,” Bones said in a two-hour Instagram Live, adding that he cried to his mom about it.
“I refuse to put whack s–t out into the world because of the representation of who I am, so why would I not try to make this look the best it could be? Like that makes no sense,” he said.
The “Project Runway” alum said once he got to set and saw how many people were there, he was “humiliated” about his sub-par dress.
“As a strong black man that I am — and not to throw race in it, but race is always in it — I feel crazy as this black man in this room not showing up to my job properly,” he continued, “and [Beador’s] literally about to be in tears, too. I would be in tears, too.”
Despite not wanting to put out “whack s–t,” Bones, 30, said he was going to simply let fans believe he designed the beaded dress instead of giving the credit to the actual designer, Alice + Olivia.
“I was going to let everyone think what they wanted to think,” he said, “and the people who were there knew what was going on, knew what was going down. I was just going to let it be. The messages that were coming in like, ‘OMG the dress is so amazing,’ I would just be like, ‘She looked incredible, right?’ Leave it at that.”
Obviously not having gotten away with it, Bones then said the beaded dress Beador ended up wearing was exactly what he was told he “could not make for her.”
“If I would’ve just been able to do what I wanted to do from the jump and be the designer … we would’ve had that dress, but by Bones Jones and not by … I don’t even know who that dress is by,” he said.
“I had a little cry,” he concluded, adding that the rest of the day was “incredible.”
Page Six Style exclusively reported that production assistants at the reunion taping had to buy Beador, 57, a dress at the last minute after Bones’ didn’t work.
“I wanted to support new talent, and I wanted him to succeed,” Beador told us, “but he tried something new, and unfortunately, it didn’t work.”