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Kell on Earth S1E1

"Life's not fair. Look around."

We had to sit through three viewings of this show to get a handle on it. It's not that it's a complicated show, but it is a unique one and we wanted to really gather our thoughts and hash it out. Our first impulse was that, even though it's exactly the kind of show we eat up with a spoon, it isn't a given that there's a large enough audience interested in this topic to keep the show afloat. We could be wrong about that. We hope we are.

See, whenever you get this sort of behind-the-scenes look at the fashion world, it tends to focus on the editor/designer/model spheres. The truth of it is, when you get past the editor/designer/model spheres, there's a much larger army of people who make what we call "fashion" happen. It's all the down and dirty, so-far-from-glamorous-it's-not-even-on-the-map stuff and we LOVE that shit. The fashion world isn't all salons and editor's offices in high rises and state of the art design studios. The majority of the people behind the scenes driving the engine of this multi-billion dollar business don't walk around in cover-of-the-magazine ensembles like on Ugly Betty or The Devil Wears Prada. They're down in the trenches making a ton of shit happen. Fashion from the foxhole perspective.

In the center of this war zone is the one person holding the whole operation together, Kelly Cutrone, founder of People's Revolution, a PR firm specializing in a fashion-designer clientele. Kelly is intense, and unusual, and harsh, and occasionally unsure of herself, but one thing she's not is a bitch, at least not in the classic reality TV format (See: Real Housewives of Anywhere). She's got a lot of money and a lot of people riding on her and she's dealing with some fairly intense personalities. She's an unconventional woman leading an extremely high-stress lifestyle. Sure, she yells at people, but not once did we see her yell at anyone who didn't deserve it. She's not a diva and she's good at what she does. That alone sets her and this show apart from so much reality TV dross.

On top of everything else, she's a single mom with an unusual work/home situation. People's Revolution operates on several floors surrounding her apartment in the same building. Then there's the partner who appears to be homeless and living on the showroom floor. Like we said, these aren't the typical fashion people you see on TV or the movies.

She's surrounded by a pretty decent-sized staff, as well as a couple of partners. They all sit around this relatively small workspace and just yell out to each other constantly. We don't know how they manage to work like that. And while there are at least a couple of colorful characters, like the goth, cross-dressing Andrew M., Kelly's new assistant, people aren't playing to the cameras and the drama isn't contrived. Although granted, having all this drama hinge on a run-of-the-mill tech problem like a printer malfunction did have us questioning the organizational skills of some of the people involved. Then again, we don't live in their world.

In addition to the engaging Andrew M. ("What I'm wearing has the power to entrance you!"), who bluntly tells the camera that client Ralph Rucci is "snobby" and "a difficult client" and whose crush on a client's model has Kelly calling them up and saying, "Our children want to date each other," in order to arrange a hookup, we have Andrew S., who used to be a hairdresser in L.A. but came to New York "to be called a retard," and who tried to push an Ativan on a stressed out co-worker with the immortal (to us, anyway) lines, "You're only a pill popper if you do it when you're not stressed out. During fashion week it's fine."

Said stressed co-worker being Stephanie S., who is not to be confused with the other cute blonde 20-something, Stephanie V. Why are there so many people with the same name working at People's Revolution? Some sort of Noah's Ark theme? Anyway, the various Andrews and Stephanies are struggling mightily to assemble a list of RSVPs and come up with a seating chart for the Chado Ralph Rucci show. That doesn't sound like much, but when your RSVPs include Martha Stewart and Cathy Horyn, and when you consider, as Kelly explains, that you're seating competing members of the press in the same venue with A list celebrities, you've got a LOT to consider. Especially when everyone wants to be in the front row. Or as Andrew M. succinctly, and once again, bluntly put it, "Every single person on the seating chart has an enormous ego."

Will they get their printer to correctly print out the seating list in time for Ralph Rucci's show? Tune in next week to find out! Like we said, that doesn't sound like the normal reality TV plotline, but we don't live in their world, although we do find it pretty damn fascinating.

And on top of everything else, we get fabulous fashion. We got to see Spanish designer Davidelfin's spring 2010 collection from in front of the scrim and behind it. And kittens?




It's fabulous.

Watching Kelly and her staff basically pull the whole show off from top to bottom makes for fascinating television as far as we're concerned. It's the perfect show for people interested in the fashion world and an education for those people who don't know much about it.

You can watch the full episode online here.

[Photos: BravoTV.com/Style.com]

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80 comments:

I really enjoyed this show, though it reminds me why I want fashion to remain my hobby and never ever want to get involved in the fashion industry as a job.


"The various Andrews and Stephanies" LOL. Yes, let's just call them all Andrew or Stephanie. It'll be much easier than trying to learn all their names.


I love Andrew M. "Glam, goth, and grunge."


She's just so horrible to look at...it's not that difficult to at least take a shower.

And is it me, or does people's Revolution sound more like a communist bookstore than a fashion show production company (whatever the fuck)?


God I loved this. And her book arrived on my Kindle at four minutes past mid-night and I've already devoured it. This is one fascinatng bitch, and I use that term as a high compliment.


This is every reason why I left the industry!
I can only watch looking sideways through a crack in my fingers which are covering my eyes.
ACK!
You're right, though. She is not a bitch. She is right, and she is right on. The industry is just that tough.


I didn't get to watch this yet but plan too. It sounds interesting. It also sounds very insider-y, which makes me think back to another Bravo reality show that was excellent, but which no one watched: Tabloid Wars (about how reporters gather and report stories for the Daily News).

It was cancelled before the first season even ended and they never even showed the rest of the shows that were already made. I thought it was good- much better than that Housewife garbage.

--GothamTomato


That poor little Junior Executive. She was SO not a problem-solver.

I've worked in PR for more than 15 years and everywhere I've worked, I've been chastised for not being "nice" to my coworkers. (I live in the south.) I feel somewhat vindicated to see an agency full of people who WORK LIKE ME...and it's one of the most successful agencies in the country. HA! Take that, everyone who's ever called me bitchy!! (like it's a bad thing)


I had no intention of watching this show, but now I must. Thanks for the recap.

Thanks doll,
The Glamorous Housewife


I have worked for people like Kelly, you have to really love what you are doing to get through a day sometimes, b/c you will get yelled at for things you cannot control - like the copier thing. I understand Kelly was pissed but don't think it was Stephanie's fault ( but yeah, FIX IT..lol)

Anyway; I do like Kelly, but I liked her more before she liked Ashli Dupri. I can get on board being a hard ass in the workplace, but I cant' get on board being friends with someone who participated in breaking up a marriage, by accepting money for sex. Sorry Kelly. Still think you are fab though.

I love gothgay Andrew, he seems like a cool person to hang out with. Poor Jr. Exec Stephanie; she looks like shes ready to pass out.

Will definitely tune in next week.


I didn't expect to like this but found it thoroughly enjoyable. It's definitely the best fashion-related show Bravo has done since PR left them. However, I don't exactly approve of the sink or swim form of management that apparently is the norm at People's Revolution. Interesting staff (and stuff), though.


I'm not sure what I think about this show.

I admire Kelly although the Ashley Dupre thing was a big negative. Your 15 minutes are up, Ashley, move along. And I'm not sure there's enough "there" there for me. I get that fashion PR is stressful, but I'm not interested in seeing seating chart freakouts over and over again. Here's hoping they're able to switch it up some.


I fell asleep part of the way into this and not because I was bored. I was tired..so sue me. I did enjoy the parts I watched.

I didn't find her bitchy at all and I loved Andrew. I'm looking forward to seeing a full episode.


I loved the show and Kelly! Though I've never worked behind the scenes in fashion, I have worked behind the scenes in advertising and the stress when you're trying to go to press while everything around you seems to be falling apart, is somewhat similar.

I just read another review of the show and was surprised to see that the "interns" don't get any pay. How can anyone live in NYC without a paycheck AND keep their sanity working in that environment? Anyway, it will be fun to see which 2 will ultimately makes it onto Kelly's payroll, so I also hope this program stays on a long time!

BTW, I think GothGay Andrew won't be around too long if he continues to bad-mouth some of Kelly's clients. Not very professional, imho.


Sorry, TLo; I'm not feeling the love. Kelly seems like a slovenly looking amalgamation of the worst parts of Jeff Lewis' and Kathy Griffin's personalities. Her firm is suppose to be professional? So why do so may of her staff seem to be unpaid and untrained interns? Doesn't she have an IT person on call for emergencies? Screaming "What did you DO?" at a low level staffer is hardly a helpful solution or a professional response.

I'm not sure I feel like watching episode 2 after this.


I used to be responsible for organizing and hosting enormous meetings/presentations/etc. This sort of tension is not particular to the fashion business - though if myself and those I worked with had to be in a small room all that time, we would have been screaming at each other too!

I think that anything that appears effortless is not. This is true of all industries. There are behind-the-scene folks who have to be unbelievably detail oriented to save their jobs and reputations. Not uncommon at all. But maybe it's good for some fashion wanna-bes to realize what it really takes...


Mrspeel -

Many interns do not get paid. I didn't, and nobody I know was (in the NYC based entertainment industry)

More then likely, they are students commuting to the city. Interning is real world experience, the trade off for no pay.


Amazing. Bravo can have a show that fixes everything I hate about the fake "Real" housewives and produces a show that bores me to death. It was just too real -- in its showing people stressing about stupid situations in the corporate world. Although I'm in the non-fashion corpo world, that's the life I live and I don't want/need to relive it on tv.

One point of annoyance -- the scenes with her child -- way too sugary and no Kell, you're not a stay-at-home housewife and you're life is also no way typical of other single working moms.


I really loved the show too. I like the behind the scenes stuff, I want to see how it all comes together. Kelly was great, totally not a bitch just a really strong business person.

Definitely tuning in next week!


I was looking forward to this show but found it very uninteresting. About half way through I was thinking that if she would hire some 30-somethings with Executive Admin experience that they could run that business on half the people. It was like a Junior Achievement program with a bunch of kids pretending to be professionals. That once scene where a Stephanie was trying to print the seating list made me think "Do you really not know how to set print ranges?"
Andrew was interesting but I would have never hired him. I can't believe she puts her net worth and professional reputation in the hands of these inexperienced people.


Well, having the read the review, I'm now certain I don't have any interest in the show. I don't need to watch what it's like to work in a high-pressure environment, because I've lived that, and I don't really need to hear a boss yelling at their underlings and thinking it's the best way to get things done, because I've lived that, too... and I'm a little disappointed that anyone thinks that's ever okay, to be honest. I think I'll probably skip the recaps, too.


I watched this prepared to see some raging bitch. I ended up really liking it. In fact I think I prefer this more than Rachel Zoe at this point. Kelly comes across as smart, intelligent and capable of speaking in complete sentences. They all have a dedication to their job I could never have, but it makes interesting tv.


I have enough stress in my life to dwell on the behind-the-scenes reality of something as ephemeral as "fashion". PR is OK because it's cleansed and somewhat decontaminated before it airs and you can giggle about the contestants (aka designers) without taking it too seriously.

Plus, the clothes shown here are seriously unattractive.


i enjoyed the show, but i understand the controversy behind it. another source of ambivalence for me is the fact that kelly cutrone was the boss on the hills and the city, i just found out...that kind of makes her seem a bit less legit in my eyes, although i admit i don't watch those shows and never saw her on them.

looked up her new book and it looks interesting, especially from the perspective of a young woman entering the professional world for the first time and feeling a bit overwhelmed and unsure.

finally....sorry, but those davidelfin clothes are just heinous.


i'm not dorothy gale

The intensity, passion and general hysteria made MY workplace positively monastic by comparison. It's wonderful that Kelly "lives where she works" and her daughter is close by to provide a semblance of serenity in the midst of madness.

This was fascinating and I'm hooked.


I'm excited about this show. Everything you said about it was just what I was thinking and I'm definitely hoping there's a large enough audience to keep it going!


I really liked it and will watch again.


LaFemmeFataledeNY

Great post, guys! I really enjoyed the episode.


Andrew ROCKS!


I wish we go get in the way-back machine and watch a reality show about Keeble, Cavaco & Duka -- the PR firm ran by Kezia Keeble, her ex-husband, Paul Cavaco and her new husband John Duka during the mid-80's. That would have been some reality to see!


I watched this & enjoyed the behind the scenes of putting together a fashion show. But Kell, I dunno, she's little too brash for me with her slamming the interns, etc. She gets the job done, but I didn't enjoy all the back story drama.
One thing the show did for me though--I got right one my RSVPs for Fashion Weeks show invites. I emailed everyone back. No more leaving voice mails after watching how Kell's interns were too busy to pick them up! :)

Ps--Can we meet at Fashion week in NYC? Are you going to the Project Runway show? :)

Mary , The Recessionista Blog


I love the show because:

I love Kelly Cutrone

I love fashion

and I love real drama not contrived...(Are there little kittens reading this) let's just say BS.

Furthermore I think it's a tad better than Rachel Zoe, although I still have much love for Zoe, because she can think of more than two words to describe something she likes in a collection. "I Die"


quigley (the cat)

I had thought this might interest me, but I was so bored I turned it off 40 minutes in. It felt tedious, uninspiring, and much more filled with incompetence and inefficiency than I ever would have expected. And I was far from fascinated by any of the personalities.

Maybe I'm not as intrigued by the fashion industry as I think, because a job like this would be a nightmare to me. It also didn't feel very professional. I know it is a different part of the industry, but I can't imagine that someone like, say Diane von Furstenberg, would have that kind of atmosphere surrounding her.

Just my two cents...

luv 'n hisses,
QTC


I was bored by this show. I even rewatched it thinking that I must have missed something. But no, I still found it boring. Will the seating chart ever get printed??!!!!


What if the toner runs out??!!! Who is responsible for replacing the toner cartridges??? Will people just walk away and wait for the next person to replace it??? These are the questions that this show is leaving with.


I was bored by this show. I even rewatched it thinking that I must have missed something. But no, I still found it boring. Will the seating chart ever get printed??!!!!


Big, fat, unshowered, yawn.


Sorry, I only lasted through 20 minutes. It can't seriously be that difficult to maintain an RSVP list. I don't have much sympathy for mean-spirited behavior in professional situations, and a sense of urgency is not an excuse. Meanness is not the same thing as efficiency.


I enjoyed it. However, my thoughts focus on how andrew described Pucci. Perhaps someone (maybed in, oh, fashion PR) should speakb with him on describing high profile clients on national tv in such a way. What did Pucci's people think? What did Kelly think? Why are her staff dressed in rags when desingers are showing up for meetings? I mean, I understand this isn't The Devil Wears Prada, but it's still a professional office where clients are coming in.
I was pleasently surprised by Kellys demeanor. She's not a bitch (so far), she just doesn't bullshit, she's not cruel about it. I actually hate when people make excuses for bitchy women by saying they're just women trying to get their jobs done, and men have a different standard. If you're a bitch, you're a bitch. Everyone knows Donald Trump is an asshole.


mrspeel on 2/2/10 at 7:49 PM said..I just read another review of the show and was surprised to see that the "interns" don't get any pay.


Most Interns in other industries (below the master degree level with the exception of law or healthcare) do not get paid either.

I like the fact the show is filmed as a documentary. However, I find the people who work for Kelly more interesting than Kelly herself. I hope the show aswers more questions about the employees as it progresses. Questions such as "Why are you working here?......What is your degree in?......What will this internship lead to?.....Is People's Revolution valuable to have on your resume?

Other than magazines, modeling and retail, I know very little about the fashion industry and I am very curious to learn how one becomes Rachel Zoe, Nina Garcia or Kelly Cutrone.

Also, I would like to know why anyone would want Ashley "Dipietro" Dupri at their fashion period let alone sitting on rows 1-3.

TampaBay


If they really wanted to show behind the scenes in the fashion world, someone should do a documetary of where the dress forms are made (garmento hell hole). Or the factories where the garments are actualy constructed. Even the ones in the US are pretty shocking.


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Sewing Siren said...If they really wanted to show behind the scenes in the fashion world, someone should do a documetary of where the dress forms are made . Or the factories where the garments are actualy constructed. Even the ones in the US are pretty shocking.

SS, Where are most USA produce garments manufactured? I know the textiles are milled in SC, NC and Georgia but I have no idea where there the finished garments come from.

TampaBay


Only a very small percentage of overall garment production is still done in the US. I'm going to make an educated guess that Los Angeles would be followed by NY in terms of where the majority of it is located.


i really liked the show & miss kell, it is so different as you pointed out from other reality shows.

i cant even imagine working in such a small stressed out space.


I'm loving this show...I knew I would. This is the kind of behind the scenes fashion I want to see. I love some of the lines that were said in this episode and all I can say is I reallyyyy hope this stays on the air.


I adore this show. It's WAY better than Rachel Zoe. I love watching this kind of stuff... people doing what they do and doing it WELL. I've always said that Bravo could follow around construction workers and I would probably find it fascinating. It's the nuts and bolts of the job that you usually don't see, and I love that.

Poor little Stephanie Skinner. I just love her, after having seen her featured in MTV's True Life back when she was an assistant. Watching her take bullets for assistant Andrew was kind of cute. She just needs a hug and a cup of tea. For reals.

I would also just like to point out the male model on the bottom row. That is a MALE TUBE TOP. Just felt like I needed to point that out.


Dani on 2/3/10 at 10:12 AM said...I've always said that Bravo could follow around construction workers and I would probably find it fascinating.

Bravo does follow around construction workers and the show is called "Flippin Out"...LOL! LOL!

TampaBay


I'm kind of torn on this show. I was exhausted after watching so many stressed out people in such a small space. With all the really big problems in the world, I can't see getting so worked up about a seating chart full of people with really big egos. I understand that is their job and they are getting paid for it, but really. Get over yourself, fashion people.


Thank you for the link, gentlemen, because my DVR is maxed out and can take no more, and I really, really want to watch this show. This sounds like exactly the behind-the-scenes reality program I'd actually watch. I enjoy a program more when those being filmed don't play to the camera, and the directors/producers show the stress and work that is required within the field they're documenting. I prefer documentaries to "reality" programming, and, based upon your description, it seems this show, in spite of it's silly title, is more the former than the latter.

And thank you for stating that a woman leading a company and demanding everyone perform is not a bitch. That label gets tossed around so carelessly, and it's a quick and easy way for someone to dismiss a strong woman as an uppity annoyance.

Those clothes! I adore the colors, if not all of the designs, and I covet those shoes. Looking at them made my eyes happy.

Thank you for bringing this show to my attention, T Lo, and describing it so carefully, as otherwise I would have dismissed it as yet another annoying "reality" show on Bravo.


Years ago my cousin worked in the White House in a (very) low level job. For the Inaugaration she was in charge of making sure that all the foreign dignitaries had a place to park their cars and that they could access all the parties and ceremonies. Our grandfather died the week before January 20th and she came to the funeral. She was very nervous about getting back to Washington. One relative was catty enough to remark 'you'd think they couldn't have the inaugaration without her!' Well no, but let one diplomat from some no-where country not get to some party in time and there would have been hell to pay. I get it about the seating chart--get it wrong and there is going to be weeks, if not months, of hassle and fall-out to deal with.


I have no interest in this show.

But I just have to ask: Is that model in the bottom row, second photo a guy? Tube tops? Seriously?

And we thought putting skirts on men was bad. You gotta be kidding.


Thanks for this post because it's helped me to decide to skip the show, too. There is too much on TV Monday nights, and I think I'll stick with RuPaul and Hoarders.


I dug it. and you know what I liked best? That most people weren't wearing make-up, had hair back in a bun, and looked irked. Just like life. I get enough fabulousness on TV, I enjoyed the backstage look. And I thought it was hilarious that the high drama centered around having a whole office full of people and none of them knows how to set up a printer.


sixgables on 2/3/10 at 12:45 PM...... And I thought it was hilarious that the high drama centered around having a whole office full of people and none of them knows how to set up a printer.

Do these people have high School diplomas???? My 10 year old niece can operate a printer and generate spread sheets off Excel and Access.

TampaBay


I have to agree with most of the comments about how absurd it is to run an office with unpaid interns and risk the constant inefficiencies and stress. It gets me to wondering what Kell's business plan is. I've wondered the same about Rachel Zoe.

NY is an expensive place to live and work. How much financial risk does she take on these shows? And what is her profit margin? It can't be much if she has to pitch in and do a lot of the work herself and attempt to delegate to an unpaid staff.

I wouldn't trade places with her for anything.

Maybe the show is a strategy for her to get some free management advice and a nice endorcement deal from HP or Apple (here, Stephanie, have this computer tablet and you don't need to print out the list.)


I've a Ph.D and I'm totally at loss with a stuck printer.
It happens. Quite a lot actually.


Thank you purr & TampaBay for clarifying the non-paid intern thing for me. I had no idea that interns, in all areas,
aren't paid.


I have a number of relatives that have ended in the fashion industry for some reason.
So from a few sources;
Interns can be paid; generally the better the name, the less of a chance you have getting paid.
Cutrone's group is not 'one of the most successful agencies in the country', quite the contrary from what I understand. She has few big name accounts (Scott, I believe is one), and many smaller clients.
Ms. Hyman, sorry to ruin your vindication on being 'mean', but I know of a number of people who have been advised to steer clear of her.
She may be good TV (I was bored), but she's just that.... moderately successful, but on TV.


To Sewing Siren: A real behind the scenes look at where garments are actually made is now showing on Planet Green. The show "Blood, Sweat, and T-Shirts" is a fascinating (and disturbing) documentary following 6 young British kids who go to India to work in the export garment industry, where they have to live and work as the locals do. It's brilliant and eye-opening, like its predecessor Blood, Sweat and Take-aways, which was about the food industry.


Hmmm..."Cutrone's group is not 'one of the most successful agencies in the country'"

Well, can't that be said for most of Bravo's profiled professionals?


Love Andrew. Hotness! I like Kell quite a bit too, but they really should've just nixed the thingy with that Ashley prostitute woman. She is not cool or interesting in any way, shape or form and is neither fashionable nor beautiful. What was that part even doing there? It was the only detraction from an otherwise interesting show.


I watched this show because of your enthusiasm about it debuting. It was interesting to me, but frustrated by it too. Having directed many large events and run large departments of people, I can assure you that Kell is NO manager! If someone installed some order into that workplace, her staff would be much more productive. On-the-job learning can be great but people have to be able to find their desk and understand the basic goal beyond a one sentence thesis for the project. Her lack of managerial skill screamed at me.


On top of that, she really needs to wash her hair. I get that she's busy but taking a shower only takes a few minutes.


Haven't decided yet if I'll watch next week or not.


First off let me say I LOVE this friggin show and Kelly!! But I kept thinking, and correct me if I am wrong, couldn't she just have saved the list on a USB drive and ran down to the nearest Kinko's and printed it out?? Just a thought...


If Kelly would actually sit still long enough to have dinner or a cocktail, I'd love to spend some time with her. I think I'd even want to work with/for her. She's obviously passionate and skilled and expects a lot from her staff--completely acceptable.

I'm really looking forward to the next episode.


I just watched this on Bravo's site based on you all's description of it and it is now one of my favorite shows on tv right now. I just love shows where you see really competent people doing cool stuff. That said, after coming home from a stressful, busy day at work, I found this actually stressful to watch. Maybe I just need to make sure to only watch this after a couple of glasses of wine....


I love this show. Just watched it tonight after DVRing and can't wait 'til next Monday's ep. Kell would be delicious hell to work for; hard as nails but (seemingly) completely fair. And getting to see all the behind the scenes pressure cooker doo-dah is fantastic! When Stephanie S. says "All this drama about a list. But this list... this list is what they pay me for." I could have died.


I really liked this, but it did take a little bit for me to warm up to it.

I'm not necessarily shocked to see some very young, cheap labor in the office, but I do think it would benefit the company for Kelly to shell out the bucks for one good office administrator that could handle the nuts & bolts while the interns check the voicemail.

I work for a corporate PR team, and I was curious to see what - if anything - this world had in common with what I know...not alot. I can relate to the expectation of perfection -- mistakes simply cannot happen.

I have to add - on the media front, I watch a team pitch & manage media all day every day. I can't imagine layering the event planning and seating charts from hell on top of all that. Though I would imagine the media relations are managed by the more seasoned employees.


I think this show is MUCH better than the rachel zoe project. This is raw and real although I have a feeling that they're appearing milder than they really are. Kelly Cutrone is exactly like a lot of bosses in the real world.

I know the whole printer malfunction thing is really mundane, but as someone who studied and worked in architecture for the past 8 years, technical malfunction in an office and environment like that is MAJOR.

However, couldn't they just gone to a printer shop and get it done. Duh. Instead of wasting time trying to figure out the tech issue when you're stressed out and on a time crunch. New York doesn't have any printer shops who print A4 black and white?


Does anyone see that this situation is Edina Monsoon from AbFab?


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Bring back Edina and Patsy!These people are whiny, annoying, with an exaggerated sense of their own importance. And...one cliche after another. They remind me of my brief encounter with the Zoe show and why I didn't stay with that one either. The only thing I liked was the runway show of that wonderful designer from Spain. Beautiful clothes!


I'm sorry. Kelly Cutrone is a total raging bitch. Her behavior is absolutely unnecessary. I know people who worked for her and walked away with ulcers and stomach problems. I realize she's working in a tough industry and she's working under some tight deadlines blah blah excuse excuse. I'm an investment banker, have some pretty tight deadlines, 14 - 16 hour days are not unfamiliar to me and have some people working for me that occasionally do stupid things, that's no reason to treat them without any dignity. Its inexcuseable and I cannot watch this show to support it.


This show gave me flashbacks to when I first started in fashion PR. Seriously, it made me uncomfortable watching it.

2/3/10 2:58 PM said: Interns can be paid; generally the better the name, the less of a chance you have getting paid.

I interned for WWD in college and absolutely was not paid. My pay consisted of editorial blurbs they allowed me to write and free clothing and makeup.


2/3/10 2:58 PM also said: Cutrone's group is not 'one of the most successful agencies in the country', quite the contrary from what I understand. She has few big name accounts (Scott, I believe is one), and many smaller clients.

Also true. The problem with these smaller, boutique agencies, like Kelly's is the lack of organization, reluctance to pay salaries (hence the huge number of interns and junior employees), and lack of technical support. The first agency I worked out operated very similarly- the office was filled with ALL women and WHENEVER there was a technical malfunction it was like "How many PR girls does it take to operate a copy machine, fix a fax machine, conference in multiple people on calls" it was terrible. Seriously. Add to the mix, high stress situations, hormonal mood swings, demanding clients that make you "take it in the ass" (for lack of a better phrase), sleep deprivation, food deprivation (there is a huge amount of pressure to stay thin) and it creates a hostile, insane, unhealthy working environment. Small issues get blown out of proportion and better judgement gets thrown out the window. My old boss was EXACTLY like Kelly: blunt, demanding, crass, moody and at times crazy!
I had a panic attack that was stress induced from my work life... at the age of 23!

I've since moved on to a more corporate form of PR working IN-HOUSE. The memory of my earlier years were rehashed watching Kell on Earth! I don't miss that environment at all. These work situations do very well exist!


Anonymous [3:54 PM] said...

Does anyone see that this situation is Edina Monsoon from AbFab?


Except Eddie and Patsy were funny and only occasionally (comically) malicious. And they were usually well groomed, too...


Princess Die

Great post. I was surprised by how much I liked this show, and how much I like Kelly. She's fantastic. And it's really fascinating to get a glimpse into this aspect of the fashion industry -- so much more interesting than yet another contrived piece of crap.


What is the point of this show, really? The woman exudes very bad/negative energy and stress. I can feel the bad energy coming from my 46" TV every time she is on screen. Why would that interest anyone let alone be entertaining? This show is worse that the Rachel Zoe Project. Just my 2 cents.


I enjoy "backstage" glimpses too! Loved that aspect of the show.

However, I have officially become An Old Grumpy Person because the Valley Girl accent (and its freakish New York progeny) is like pouring acid in my ears over and over. Little Hairstylist Andrew put me right over the edge.

It is a scourge on the land.


Fashion, Glamor, Drama, Bitchy People, Self important people and MEAN people...Been there, done it, and don't want to relive it...A Great Deal of EGO in one room...and the poor interns are not going to last. Don't know if I will continue to watch or not --- I am kinda tired of the dramatic, stupid, unkind world that we are living in at this time...





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