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Kell on Earth


Oh, kittens. Our February is going to be exhausting.

Darlings, you know the old saw about how "bitch" is a term used as a weapon against smart, ambitious, take-no-shit women? Well, Kelly Cutrone is the biggest bitch you'll ever meet. Of course, you're not likely to meet her unless you run in the same circles, but fortunately we have reality television to show us the way as Kelly gets her own show on Bravo:

"Get a behind the scenes look at the high-powered and fast-paced world of fashion PR when Bravo debuts its newest series "Kell on Earth," featuring public relations guru Kelly Cutrone. Cutrone has been called one of the "coolest, most intimidating persons ever," and, judging from her frank demeanor and fashion world credibility, it's easy to see why. Bravo takes a no holds barred look into the life of one of America's most legitimate tastemakers as she balances running her wildly successful fashion PR company, People's Revolution, juggling Fashion Weeks in New York and London, with being a single mother and one of New York's most notable women about town."


You might have seen Kelly in The Hills or in Jay McCarroll's documentary, "Eleven Minutes," or maybe you've picked up her book (with the best title ever), "If You Have to Cry, Go Outside," but now, Kelly's got a show all to herself and it should be a very entertaining (if loud) ride. The world behind the scrim is fascinatingly loud, frenetic, dirty, and crazy, and smack in the middle of all that chaos is Kelly Cutrone.

This is a show we simply can't pass up writing about, so we're warning you now. The show premieres Monday, February 1st at 10 and we'll be adding it to our ever-increasing roster of blog topics, so you better get yourself acquainted by meeting her team and watching some preview videos. Strap yourselves in, bitches.

Meet the team:

Andrew Mukamal
As Cutrone’s new assistant, Andrew is a welcome addition to People’s Revolution, acting as a sounding board and ally for the other employees. While his high-end “goth” style may raise eyebrows, Andrew’s extensive knowledge and love of fashion makes him a valuable and beloved asset to Cutrone and People’s Revolution. He admittedly has no long-term interest in public relations and longs to become a fashion stylist, but knows his time at People’s Revolution will be a huge stepping stone for him in the fashion world.


Emily Bungert
A true power publicist and a partner at People’s Revolution, she meticulously helps steer the company towards excellence. She has a blunt and assertive approach to work, but her no-holds-barred attitude sometimes puts her at odds with the other staff members. Emily has recently assumed the guillotine lead from Cutrone - leaving her to be the head of the firing squad this season. Bungert is an unapologetic toughie with heart of a hometown Minnesota girl.


Robyn Berkley
A partner at People’s Revolution, she is the heartbeat of the agency. Cutrone refers to her lovingly and jokingly as her wife or sister. She is a break-out star in the industry and holds the business up as Cutrone pioneers the next plateau. Berkley drank the PR kool aid and didn’t even have enough time to find a new apartment as she had a special needs stalker which made her move – so she took refuge on the fifth floor of People’s Revolution where Cutrone waits to hear her footsteps in the morning before another crazy day ensues. Her sweet exterior combined with her penchant for perfection and intolerance for excuses has earned her the nickname – Snow White with Razor Blades.


Stefanie Skinner
Stefanie is Cutrone’s former assistant and has recently been promoted to Junior Executive. Having quit People’s Revolution once due to the long hours and the non-stop pace, Stefanie is back and has become one of Cutrone’s most beloved employees. Struggling to balance her personal life with her work life is one of Stefanie’s major conflicts, but her dedication to her job shines through in the most hectic of times.












[Photos: Mary Ellen/BravoTV.com - Videos: BravoTV.com]


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62 comments:

How long is this show? If it's more than 30 minutes I'll have to find it on one of Bravo's repeats, because now you've got me watching Johnny Weir at 10:30 and I don't have Tivo and there are only so may hours I can spend watching TV per week.


OMG I can't wait!!! SOOOOO happy you guys are blogging about it.


We need to coin a term for Bravo's obsession with type-A, hyper personalities who thrive on belittling people.

A-hole porn, perhaps.

To borrow an overused phrase, I'm over it.


Any behind-the-scenes look at fashion fascinates me. I'll definitely be watching it, especially now that I know you guys are blogging about it.


Oh, and her book is awesome, I bought it last week and read cover to cover in one day.


Kelly Cutrone vs. Taylor Jacobson for a smack down challenge anyone?

TampaBay


LaFemmeFataledeNY

Kelly Cutrone vs. Taylor Jacobson for a smack down challenge anyone?

TampaBay



LOL. That would be awesome!


Seriously Bravo, plenty of us have to deal with this all day in reality so why the hell would you think we'd want to come home and "relax" by watching someone scream and order someone else around all night?

eesh.

Pass.


That was all stuff that came in the publicity packet, wasn't it?

I don't have that much interest OR time.


I would never have heard of this without you guys mentioning it.

Looks interesting.

--GothamTomato


LaFemmeFataledeNY on 1/27/10 at 10:53 said....AM TampaBay said...
Kelly Cutrone vs, Taylor Jacobson for a smack down challenge anyone?

TampaBay
LOL. That would be awesome!!!!

Especially if they wore Chanel!

TampaBay


I will never understand people who post comments just to tell us they're not interested in the topic.


junior_goddess said...

That was all stuff that came in the publicity packet, wasn't it?


It all came from the page they linked to. What a snotty thing to say.


junior_goddess said...
That was all stuff that came in the publicity packet, wasn't it?



I find that a little insulting and unfair. They have posted about every new fashion show out there, why not this one?

They're not forcing you to watch it, they're just letting people know that THEY are watching it, blogging about it and anyone is welcome to join them.


Anon 11:02 -- Because the comments stream of a blog is all about conversation and exchange. And one of the things people are saying is, "Thanks, but no thanks, and here's why."

Very appropriate, because the blog post was all about a new TV show. No one has yet seen it, so the conversation will inevitably focus on whether or not it seems appealing at this point. Some folks are simply saying that it does not.

I dunno, seems simple enough to me. I'm guessing you're interested in the idea and eager to watch it?


This will probably start out legit, with actual, you know, fashion...and then will devolve into Real Housewives-esque bitchfights and will focus entirely on the sex lives and personal tragedies of the 'cast'.


What's with the all the "beloved"s flying around in Bravo's employeee bio/descriptions?

Methinks they doth protest too much.


I..CAN'T..WAIT!!!


Oh who fucking cares? Anybody can get a show these days. Ooh, ooh, look, fashion bitch can be a bitch. *Yawn*


We'll definitely be watching it.


I have a real problem with the bio for Snow White with Razor Blades. In particular "didn’t even have enough time to find a new apartment as she had a special needs stalker which made her move". Why did they need to mention that the stalker has special needs? It just annoyed me.

Also, watching the previews, I have a problem with Kelly's fashion sense (or lack there of). In one preview, she had her hair pulled into a loose, falling apart bun, and a t-shirt that looked at least 3 sizes too big and like it hadn't been washed in 2 weeks... and she appeared to be in the office. If you're going to be in the fashion world and you expect respect and business, shouldn't you take just a bit more pride in your own appearance?

I don't think I'll be watching this, as from the previews I have gleaned that she's going to be one of those people who I just can't watch because they get under my skin.


I may not have the stomach for this one. When I read:

"as she balances running her wildly successful fashion PR company, People's Revolution, juggling Fashion Weeks in New York and London, with being a single mother and one of New York's most notable women about town."

I think, bulls***. Nobody does all of that without wreaking havoc on others - they either do a lot of it badly or they *oversee* others doing it.

Which doesn't make her a b*tch, just a high-achiever in an all-consuming industry. Academia, law, medicine, entertainment and all branches of business have them.

I'm not the only one who's watched a lot of that play out, it's sad, it can be ugly as the inevitable consequences roll in, it bugs the crap out of me that women so often pass the price on to their kids more than do men because men are more successful in marrying surrogates who'll track the family stuff than are women.

Notice I didn't say I won't watch it. And her staff certainly is pretty. But it needs more guys for eye-candy purposes.


Hadn't heard of it. If it tuns out to be anything like that Bag Lady show (the Zoe lady - I forget her name) or that real estate guy with the puffy lips, I won't be watching. But I'll give it a shot and see what they've got.


Paige said...
Also, watching the previews, I have a problem with Kelly's fashion sense (or lack there of).



Have you seen the way Miuccia Prada dresses? It doesn't mean a thing.


Another show about one of the Mean Girls, another Alpha female, who makes others cry.

She seems unlikable, but who knows: I have grown to really like Tabitha, and I love fashion, so I am going to watch. Can't wait to read what you write!


Paige said...

I have a real problem with the bio for Snow White with Razor Blades. In particular "didn’t even have enough time to find a new apartment as she had a special needs stalker which made her move". Why did they need to mention that the stalker has special needs? It just annoyed me.

Also, watching the previews, I have a problem with Kelly's fashion sense (or lack there of). In one preview, she had her hair pulled into a loose, falling apart bun, and a t-shirt that looked at least 3 sizes too big and like it hadn't been washed in 2 weeks... and she appeared to be in the office. If you're going to be in the fashion world and you expect respect and business, shouldn't you take just a bit more pride in your own appearance?


This is a big misconception about the fashion industry. Unless you are gunning for Anna Wintour's position or something, you really don't have to be a fashion plate day-to-day to succeed. Most people in the industry are much closer to 'normal' people than glamazons. Even most designers are more concentrated on creating their lines than playing dress-up. However...if Kells here is in PR, she is NOT attending visible events and meeting VIPs looking like she just got done with her breastfeeding break at Jazzercise. So, this means she either dresses up, doesn't actually do much herself anymore (bingo) or is the rare, rare dumpy-in-sweats exception to the PR biz rule.


formerlyAnon, your comments really bugged me. It feels like you're coming from a position of "women can't be successful at top levels of a career AND taking care of their children," which is logic that's been used to oppress working mothers for years. I'm sure being a single mom and running a top notch PR firm isn't an easy balancing act, but to assume before even seeing the show that she'll "pass the price onto her kids" is just crappy sexist thinking.


I've seen Kelly in documentaries, films, Fashion Week coverage, etc. for many years and was always intrigued by the woman. There was a time when the STYLE network used to do twenty-four hour coverage of FW and she was a fixture. Kelly is definitely a force to be reckoned with and fascinating to watch. Although I'm headed to industry overload, I'll definitely watch out of curiosity. She is interesting to observe especially if you haven't seen her in action before. The show sounds good if you have a love of fashion and all the behind-the-scenes stuff as well.


edina


"formerlyAnon, your comments really bugged me. It feels like you're coming from a position of "women can't be successful at top levels of a career AND taking care of their children," which is logic that's been used to oppress working mothers for years. I'm sure being a single mom and running a top notch PR firm isn't an easy balancing act, but to assume before even seeing the show that she'll "pass the price onto her kids" is just crappy sexist thinking."

well said, Liz!!! I couldn't agree more, I was thinking the same thing (as a single mom who works full time and goes to school full time and my kid doesn't suffer from it at all)


Bravo must be the cheapest network on this planet to run, it's all "reality" programming chasing around rich people with the occasional decent challenge show (Top Chef) thrown in. Ever since PR left and they started up with the "Real" "Housewives," their network has gone down the toilet. Seriously, don't we deserve better than this?

You should be ashamed, Andy Cohen and your Chest Hair.


A "special needs stalker"? That's a new one.


Anonymous on 1/27/10 at 12:16 PM said..Bravo must be the cheapest network on this planet to run, it's all "reality" programming chasing around rich people with the occasional decent challenge show (Top Chef) thrown in. Ever since PR left and they started up with the "Real" "Housewives," their network has gone down the toilet. Seriously, don't we deserve better than this?

Well yes we do but...the Housewife shows are BIG BIG ratings "getters" for BRAVO. The housewives shows re no different than NASCAR....everyone tunes in hoping to see a big 10 car pile up wreck. As for Kell on Earth, fashion lovers will tune in just to see the fashion. With the exception of Brad, is there any other reason than fashion to watch The Rachel Zoe Project?

TampaBay


CroqueMonsieur said: "Any behind-the-scenes look at fashion fascinates me. I'll definitely be watching it, especially now that I know you guys are blogging about it."

That's exactly how I feel.

~Sewjourner


I think Kelly Cutrone was also on an episode of True Life once. I believe it was an episode about NY fashion week. The episode followed a girl in her 20's that worked for her. Kelly was shown to be assertive, very assertive sometimes, but also really appreciative of her staff and letting them know that she cares. As someone who struggles to get her own emotions under control while stressed, I really like when I see a woman who can do that because women are so often written off as "over-emotional." I know this sounds cheesy, but I think Kelly Cutrone is a great role model for young professional women.


"Have you seen the way Miuccia Prada dresses? It doesn't mean a thing."

Ha! I saw her on something and thought she looked like Livia Soprano. Of course, I wouldn't underestimate Livia Soprano either. :)


I think I'll skip this one. I encounter enough self-absorbed, demanding, bitchy people in day-to-day life--I don't need to see it on my TV.
Hey--how about showing us a high-powered woman in a fast-paced industry accomplishing her work every day WITHOUT getting bitchy and demanding.
That would be new and unusual...and it happens every day!


Cassandra & Liz & everyone else I've unintentionally offended,

This isn't really the thread for this debate, so I'll respond just this once.

I don't *think* I said that one can't be a good parent & a successful high-achiever. Either as a mom or a dad. I certainly didn't mean to say that high-achieving women always, or inevitably, or even usually, do it at the expense of their kids.

As with everything in life, some folks are more & some less successful at juggling a demanding schedule. Nobody has unlimited time & energy.

I'm a single parent, & have been employed sometimes full & sometimes part time while going to graduate school. During this time my mom went through a long period of decline and increasing disability, the burden of which was largely carried by other family members because there were no more hours in my day. I was only respite care. While I think I've done well by my kids, I also know very well the trade-offs I've chosen to make.

It's not inevitable that the kids pay a price for EITHER parent having high demands on their time & energy, but it happens. And I stand by my statement that if someone looks as if they're "doing it all" on high level, either they're really not - they're only overseeing a big chunk of it - or they're wreaking havoc somewhere.

When the victims of that havoc are family members, my own observation and experience in life is that - for whatever reasons - men are often more successful at delegating family concerns than women. Our culture & institutions still support that delegation by men better, even though I believe that's wrong and is changing. Your experience & observations may be different.

TLo, I am completely fine with it if you choose to delete my original post & this one if this discussion is hijacking the thread.


C'est moi, c'est moi Lola

I'm intrigued, since we saw Kelly in "11 minutes". In fact, I remember Jay's PR rep calling Kelly a bitch to her face and *gasp* not being fired for it!

I'd freaking LOVE to have a job like that!

Too bad I don't have cable anymore.... Maybe it will hit Netflix eventually.

Thanks boys!


If I watch this show, it's only because that Andrew guy is just my type. Tall, skinny, long hair... yum. ;)


"Too bad I don't have cable anymore.... Maybe it will hit Netflix eventually."

Eleven Minutes is due out on DVD February 9th, so you won't have to wait too long!


my poor dvr is going into overdrive


oooh, thank you TLO! I can't wait (for the show but more for your posts)


Total nightmare scenario - the boss deciding to film a reality tv series about the workplace. Choice to participate? Not.

Second thought - are they doing their own pr for their own series? Will they film themselves doing their own pr for their own series? How recursive can this get?

Third thought - I don't find any of these "characters" appealing the way they're presented.

Fourth thought - how can they all be experts when they all look 22?

ok, will stop thinking now.


As someone who has worked in fashion PR, I absolutely Can. Not. Wait. for this show.


Initially, I wasn't entirely interested in yet another reality show about someone being bitchy in a stressful work environment. However, from the clips here, she doesn't appear to be playing to the camera, which makes it more the kind of "documentary of the workplace" that I've always been hoping for from these generally unwatchable reality crapfests.

That said, like DuBois, I'm going to have to catch this on the repeats, as I just don't have the DVR time on Tuesdays to add yet another show. Sadness.


formerlyanon-
Agree with you completely. No matter how high functioning and ambitious someone is, there are always trade-offs. And let's not get into the "quality time" vs. "quantity time"because without a certain amount of quantity, there is no quality.


Fashiondna said: Have you seen the way Miuccia Prada dresses? It doesn't mean a thing.

Most of what Miuccia designs also hurts my eyes. Yes, my eye is being retrained, but not in a good way.

As to the way Kelly Cutrone dresses:

I think Kelly deliberately underdresses, or wears a "sloppy" uniform, so as to deflect notice. She's not an editor, as someone else said. They have to walk the talk.
I can't even think of a designer who doesn't have their "uniform."
Lagerfeld_All black and white, jackets, high collars and ties. half-gloves
Slimane-Skinny, skinny clothes
Kors-Tshirt, jacket and jeans
Galliano_Outrageous hats and hair, but jeans and a t_shirt.
etc.,etc.

If you are the backbone of the operation its best to be invisible. Even if her possibly overworked minions actually do everything.


Wow, I didn't see her being "bitchy" at all in those previews. In the beginning of that last one, she's going around telling everyone what a great job they've done. In the rest of it, she's just trying to get the job done; she's not even yelling or insulting anyone. I guess that just goes to show that women who aren't sweet and smiling all the time are inevitably interpreted as "bitches".


What the hell is a "special needs stalker" anyway?


I think the "special needs stalker" reference meant that she had a stalker who was extraordinarily invasive or otherwise so upsetting that she needed to move immediately. I don't think "special needs" meant "disabled" in that instance.

Poor wording, sure, but I understood.


she looks exactly like an older snooki without the tan and the makeup


Meh, I've seen enough of her elsewhere to know that she's not the kind of person I want to spend any time watching. Genuinely smart businessmen and women know how to wield power WITHOUT being abusive.


she doesn't seem abusive in the clips. she seems like someone who really cares about doing her job well. i will be watching for sure! gotta be better than launch my line. :-)


i'm not dorothy gale

If it's about creativity and fashion, I'm in. Thanks, TLo.


Is Bravo replacing Rachel Zoe with this?


I think I'm going to keep watching Hoarders until I see what you guys have to say about it before I decide to watch it.


I know that criticizing a PR firm going for a cheap publicity ploy is about like criticizing a chicken for laying eggs, but I can't forgive her for having "hired" one of those worthless Hills airheads so she could get her business on their show. Those people give famewhoring a bad name.


The show sounds interesting and I'll watch it.

I'll give Kelly another chance since I saw her on another show and disliked her. A lot.

It was an episode of Split Ends (I will watch anything about the hair industry) and the upscale salon was Warren-Tricomi (I think that's the name). There was a stylist from Compton sent to their salon. She seemed to be a nice person but maybe a little inexperienced. So, W-T salon sent her to Kelly for some advice and Kelly ate her for a snack.

The thing I remember most was that Kelly's assistant came in to her office with a mug of coffee for Kelly and Kelly was slurping it during her meeting with the hair stylist. The hairstylist asked if she would be getting coffee (half-jokingly) and Kelly said "No, you don't get any, you just get to watch me drink mine." or something like that.

I thought that was classless and condescending. In addition to that, she was so rude to this woman for no reason for the entire meeting.

I watched her wondering who the hell this greasy haired, baggy-eyed, homeless looking woman was and why she felt the need to be so mean to a guest.

Tim Gunn would never do that.


Can't. Wait.


It seems it pays to be mean--at least on reality tv. Am I the only one who wants to see the artistry without the histrionics? Anyway, I know I'll not be watching this as it clashes with TNT's "Men of a Certain Age". Now there's telly worth watching.


I have watched this show and actually feel a little ill everytime I see it, because it reminds me of my job. I'm an event planner and my boss is a Type A person and our work environment especially when she is around is very intense. It's not as bad as Kell on Earth, but I think Kell's entire staff should quit and leave Kell and her two nasty assistants/partners to be mean to each other and do all of the work. That would really be entertaining!

Unfortunately, we all need our jobs and this show just lets us see the type of degredation people are willing to endure just to stay employed and in this case to work in an "exciting" job industry.





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