Not Just a Label Pop-Up at the Waldorf Astoria to Showcase 100 Independent Designers

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Not Just A Label’s independent design ethos takes its first IRL step into Manhattan tonight. The e-comm giant and supporter to more than 20,000 brands from around the globe has opened its holiday pop-up shop at the Waldorf Astoria in partnership with the Made in NY initiative. “[They] made this whole project possible,” said NJAL Founder Stefan Siegel.

The shop is NJAL’s first in the United States and will showcase 100 independent designers over the course of its 10-day residency, all of which are New York-based and produced. Siegel referenced the unique ability of New York over other fashion capitals to produce within its own borders as inspiration for creating the shop. “New York still has a fairly intact garment industry, which makes it unique and this is something we’d like to underline more,” he said.

In conjunction with the pop-up, a bevy of talks and workshops centered on New York design will take place within the space. “In our eyes retail should never be the only focus,” Siegel said. “We want to give back to the community and also allow for a knowledge exchange to happen.” Highlights include talks guided by Siegel with PR maven Kelly Cutrone and Parsons School of Fashion Dean Burak Cakmak, both focused on what it truly means to be “Made in NY.” Another conversation, this time guided by the CFDA’s Sara Kozlowski, will take on New York’s fashion education system with all of its power players.

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Kelly Cutrone is “Kind of Obsessed with Nipples”

So, the baddest fashion b*tch on the planet has launched her own television documentary series. And it’s really good. You already know KC as the founder of People’s Revolution and the sharp-talking mentor of Whitney Port when she was on The City. But this time round, she’s got the limelight to herself (and rightly so).

Of the series so far, episode two is a big fave — KC’s close friend and designer Jeremy Scott makes an appearance and gives tips on getting a foot in the fashion industry. The key? Believe in your dreams, girlfriend.

Oh, and she also does nipple size testing on male models.

So, to celebrate the series, a few of our favorite Kelly-isms so far:

On a pair of killer heels from her personal collection: ‘’All guys want to do is lay down and jerk off to these studs and lingerie, that’s it.’’

On male body parts: ‘’I’m kind of obsessed with nipples.’’

On attending Tyra Banks’ fundraiser: ‘’I’ll be back this year with my rich friends and some rock stars.’’

We can’t wait for more outrageous moments next week.

Watch full episodes on CW Seed.

 

Why Kelly Cutrone Is the New Lady Gaga

Just a few months ago I went out on a limb and anointed Lady Gaga as a more powerful a fashion figure than Anna Wintour, in some respects at least. Gaga has endorsed avant-garde designers in a manner never before seen with regard to pop culture. Take her video for Bad Romance, where Gaga schooled an audience far wider than that of Vogue’s monthly readership on one of the late Alexander McQueen’s most talked-about collections (for SS10). While she may be doing so on a significantly smaller scale, PR maven-turned-reality TV star Kelly Cutrone is following suit.

On the two most recent episodes of Kell on Earth, Cutrone and co. travel to London Fashion Week for SS10 shows. While much of the episodes revolves around inter-office drama, there’s a fair bit of coverage of shows from Jeremy Scott and Henry Holland. Neither is the kind of designer that typically gets prime time television coverage. Scott for one sent down a collection of Flintstones-appropriate styles and topped it all off with fluorescent, neon-streaked hair. Meanwhile, House of Holland showcased quite a few completely sheer lace ensembles (including separates for men). Not exactly mainstream.

What’s interesting is that while neither designer is near household name status beyond the fashion industry’s extended circle, coverage on Bravo is no doubt exposing their brands to an entirely new market. And the same goes for any one of People’s Revolution’s clients who garner face-time on the show. Cutrone may not be bringing House of Holland to the homes of tens of millions of people the way Gaga has for certain designers, but she’s definitely helping encourage a focus on lesser-known houses in a manner not seen before. Sadly, the exposure solely benefits those designers paying for Cutrone’s services. That said, it’s surely not a bad deal for her clients.

Kelly Cutrone’s Best Quotes

People’s Revolution’s Kelly Cutrone doesn’t give a f*** what you think. She’s the woman who put Ashley Dupré front row at Yigal Azrouel’s New York show last fall, the diva who has bad-mouthed everyone from Calvin Klein to Donald Trump. Starting tonight, Cutrone’s reality series Kell on Earth will begin airing on Bravo. The show will follow the PR maven as she blazingly whips “village girls and gay guys” into shape, races to prepare for Fashion Week ’10, and shamelessly fires unpaid interns in public settings. The New York Times calls it ““a fine-grained focus [on] the servant class.” We call it terrifying. We can’t wait. To get you ready for tonight, our top ten Cutrone quotes after the jump.

● “I would never rep Versace. I can’t stand her. I think she makes disgusting clothes. Calvin [Klein] is like, snore! Who wears Calvin Klein? I’m not dissing him. I think he’s built an amazing, respectable business, but I would never want to work for Calvin Klein, ever.” ● “We have a lot of young kids, girls, they’ve been set up to believe they’re God’s gift. And they can’t take a phone message! So when things are moving fast, me or Robin or Emily will swoop down on them and rip it.” ● “I think that people hate women. And I don’t think they like powerful women, and I think it really goes back to Salem, I really do. I think it really goes back to this concept of, you know, hysterical coming from uterus. In Christianity, Mary gets pregnant on her own, she doesn’t even get fucked.” ● “Sometimes, I am hell on wheels. I’ve been doing this a really, really long time and I’m a for-profit company. I’m not a college professor. I’m thinking about opening a college! This is a joke. And I’ll start charging interns to work here.” ● “We’re all hookers in one way or another.” ● “I’m just not into [make-up]. The Bravo shot of me on the couch? It looks like I had sex with Heather Locklear and five margaritas.” ● “My fear is that Twitter is the new American literature. Or I can only watch things on the Internet for 30 seconds, because that’s all the viewer’s going to watch on the Internet.” ● “From our interns? I’ve learned that I don’t want to send my daughter to college.” ● “All the seven deadly sins come compliments of this job.”

Kelly Cutrone Mouths Off

Kelly Cutrone is one of the most feared women working in fashion. She has notoriously banned people from shows for not following directions; I can’t imagine what words would come out of her mouth should you cross her. And, like all things high-drama, she makes great television, as has been proved on The Hills, The City and, soon, Bravo’s new series Kell on Earth. The publicist and founder of People’s Revolution, who also has a book called If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You out next month, recently sat down for a conference call and The Awl, listened in.

(‘DiggThis’)Cutrone On her aversion to wearing make-up, even for the show: “You know, people have strong connotations of what women on television should say and what they should wear and how they should look. And I’m just not into it. The Bravo shot of me on the couch? It looks like I had sex with Heather Locklear and five margaritas.”

On her own brand of feminism: “I believe in the goddesses. I like that whole warrior tribal thing.”

On her book’s intended audience: “This is a book for the village girl and the gay boy.”

On The Hills vs. Kell On Earth: “Well, on The Hills, I’m on with a bunch of blonde girls. And on this one I’m on with a bunch of black-haired girls…. We’re not fluttering around here.”

On her preferred method of avoiding fashion week event crashers: “I also do my new favorite thing, the walk-away. When people are just trying to convince me and I just walk away…. Also the slide… where you just don’t say anything. And just slide away.”

On the Internet as terrifying: “My fear is that Twitter is the new American literature. Or I can only watch things on the Internet for 30 seconds, because that’s all the viewer’s going to watch on the Internet.”

3 People We Want to Send to Haiti

Granted, Haiti doesn’t really need anything but money, doctors and first-world support right now, but if they had space for three extra people, we’ve come up with trio who should be on the first flight out to Port-au-Prince.

1. Anthony Bourdain: The man just knows how to operate amongst foreigners in clutch situations. If you’ve ever seen the No Reservations episode where Bourdain comforts families and his staff while in Lebanon during the Israeli strike bombings, you’ll know that this is a guy who can keep his cool in a hot situation, make people smile, laugh and bring them good food, too. The former Les Halles chef is the Sanjay Gupta of the food world:

2. Kelly Cutrone: The irascible, chain-smoking real-life star of The Hills and The City was recently quoted by Guest of a Guest as noting in new book:

“If anyone really wanted to change the world, they’d bring in the fashion bitches, because nobody gets things done faster.”

This is true! More importantly, if you have the patience to deal with the completely braindead cacophony of mouthbreathers that are Whitney, Justin Bobby, and the other creatures of The Hills and The City, you can probably deal with people who want, need and deserve help in a fairly polite manner.

3. Taylor Momsen: The teenage Gossip Girl trashbag-chic styled poppet recently delivered the following quote:

When asked if she would try to help Haiti through donations or campaigns, she said, “Um, right now I’m trying to just finish my record and getting through the last season of Gossip Girl for right now. So not so much thinking about that.”

Granted, she was being bombarded by celebrity reporters, but she should go to Haiti to encourage her to stop being a brat. Also, it would prevent her from finishing her record, which is the last thing pop music needs right now. A double-dose of Save the Children: keep them from being influenced by Momson’s 17 year-old Teenage Wasteland/Gomorrah stylings, and also, an extra helping hand.

If you’re not these three people–or even if you are–we’re encouraging readers to donate to the Red Cross, Americares, Doctors Without Borders, or UNICEF. Haiti needs our help; pop culture can, in all honesty, fuckoff for a day.

Links: ‘A-Team’ Trailer Gets a Z: Kelly Cutrone Drops an F

● “If you have a problem. And no one else can help. And if you can find them. Maybe you can hire The A-Team.” Guess it’s pretty hard to hire The A-Team, huh? But not, judging from the just leaked trailer, harder than sitting through The A-Team movie will be! [Buzzfeed] ● The upcoming fourth season of Hanna Montana will be the show’s last. Finally set free from Disney’s kid friendly clutches, Miley Cryus expected to pose for topless photo any minute now. [NY Post] ● Extremely unflattering mug shot alert! The beautiful ABC reporter who recently got engaged to Obama’s budget master looks pretty rough in hers. [NY Daily News]

● Lady Gaga lands a gig as a creative director for Polaroid. [Polaroid] ● One Life To Live airs first ever daytime gay sex scene, just as cheeseball as all daytime straight sex scenes. [Feministing] ● “If you’re sensitive and some one hurts your feelings– I don’t give a fuck.” Watch the trailer for Kell on Earth, the reality show about The City‘s unhinged, resident grownup and all-around bad ass, fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone. [Bravo]

DKNY’s Short Films; Vogue’s Indie Rock Obsession

From Karl Lagerfeld for Chanel to David Lynch for Dior, there is no shortage of fashion brands making films these days. Now Donna Karan is following suit. Women’s Wear Daily says, Karan’s enlisted “the help of Kelly Cutrone and creative agency, All Day Everyday—[and] is launching a short film to promote the designer’s Eldridge bag.” The film is shot by Jake Sumner (scion of Sting and Trudie Styler) and stars Christina Ricci. And it won’t be the only film from Karan and Cutrone this year.

Karan chose director Kai Regan to film a spot featuring 14 models wearing DKNY’s Cozy sweater in different ways while marching around NYC to the sound of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ “Heads Will Roll.” In its upcoming January issue, Vogue appears to have caught the indie rock bug as well. Included in the Steven Meisel photographed feature are rockers like Vampire Weekend, Beirut, MGMT, Golden Silvers, the Horrors, and Adam Green. The only model in the mix is Sasha Pivarova. Given the fact that this is also the issue in which Vogue highlights seven different fashion bloggers, it’s interesting to see the magazine focusing on such young talents. Perhaps the rag that’s felt stale for months is finally looking to freshen up and revamp its image.

Kelly Cutrone vs. the Virgin Mary

Kelly Cutrone is the brains behind Peoples Revolution (as well as a frequent face on The City) and a fashion figure widely regarded within the industry as someone on whose good side you’d best keep. Diane Pernet caught up with the PR maven and soon-to-be reality star mid-London Fashion Week to talk her new book, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You, which hits shelves March 2010 thanks to Harper One (specifically the “spiritual and empowerment division”). According to Cutrone, “I have a rule you can’t cry in the office. This whole feminist thing … girls are crazy. Everybody wants equality; so, in my office you have to do the same thing that the guy would do.” And that includes proper use of anal probes.

“We’ve just been completely programmed by our own mothers. They sing us songs like ‘first comes love’ and it starts out now that I have a daughter I was able to see that Disney steals you at the age of 2. We’ve been failed. Look at the advent of Christianity. Look at Mary: she gets pregnant and doesn’t even get to get fucked. With the advent of Christianity you see the demise of the female.” But it’s not all serious. Cutrone assures her audience that the book will also include other useful advice like “how to use an anal probe,” and what kind of astrologer to rely on. Definitely not the kinds of things one’s mom likely taught them. All in all, it’s a compendium of “the things that girls need to know.” Cutrone also has some interesting ideas about Fashion Week alternatives. Namely — in response to the ongoing debate as to whether or not fashion week start selling access like a sporting events — Cutrone says, “sell the tickets” and “give the money to charity.” She also thinks TV shows (like Gossip Girl) should have their own clothing lines and is ready to start helping Hollywood producers get the ball rolling. If that hasn’t scared you off, also over at A Shaded View on Fashion: Kelly Cutrone on what she looks for in an intern.