Kelly Osbourne’s Clothes Have Something to Say to You

Kelly Osbourne’s been having some serious conversations with her clothing. Her new line, Stories… launches on HSN on September 25th. It’s both the culmination and beginning of a passion project Osbourne’s been dreaming up for more than a decade.

Part of the hold-up was Kelly’s determination to include sizes from 0-24. The size range, however, goes way beyond the normal expectation of “here is this shirt in an XS, and here it is in an XL.” Stories… contains a remarkable attention to detail, especially given that the line ranges from $55-$170. Dresses are lined with shapewear fabric, and button down blouses contain extra snaps to prevent unintended boobage. From thoughtful darts and shoulder pads, to little books on the tags in which the wearer can jot down the memories created in the piece, Osbourne’s line takes fashion to a whole new personal level. I caught up with the designer and Fashion Police star to talk shop.

Why ‘Stories’?

I designed each piece after a story about something that happened in my life. So, now I go back and name them–and you’ll find out the names of each piece and the story behind the item when the website is launched. I called it Stories… because I believe every time you wear something, it tells the story of the place you were, and what you did. On the tags there will be little books where you can write down the story of where you wore it. When you go to the website, you can share your story. Then, (we’re not shooting the clothes on models), when you’ve worn the piece of clothing, you can upload your picture so people can see what women of all shapes and sizes look like in each piece. I want people to share how they style things and how they do things differently! But it will be monitored–I will not have anyone say that anyone else looks bad!

Has being on Fashion Police made it either easier or harder for you to approach actually being a designer?

Way harder. Harder in the sense that there’s higher expectations. But I had already started this process before I even signed up for Fashion Police. I don’t believe in entering into any business, or even any friendship without educating yourself first. That’s what my parents have always taught me. If you want to be a toilet cleaner, be the best damn toilet cleaner that you can be. I did my research on fabrics and cuts. I’m so lucky because I have incredible friends within the fashion world–my best friend Ali Barone owns an atelier in downtown L.A. so I got to go down and watch them cut patterns and see what works and try a few things.

One of the things that you, and everyone, is most excited about when it comes to this line is that the sizes range from 0-24–how did that change the design process?

What I wanted to do was make basic clothing for women of all sizes. We did three patterns–if it doesn’t look good in all three patterns, the design doesn’t go through.

You must be getting so much incredible feedback–

Oh my god! I can’t stop crying! I have to tip my head so I don’t run my makeup every time! I thought people were going to think I was crazy. The amount of young women who have sent me these messages–on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, to my mom, to my my dad, everyone that is close to me…You know, I don’t want to be the next Stella McCartney, I don’t want to be the next Coco Chanel. I want to make fashion fair! I remember what it was like being that girl who was a size 12 and had to go to a different section in the department store. That’s ridiculous. It makes you feel awful.

This, [Kelly shows me a black pencil skirt, with a detachable bow that moves from front to back and a zipper] was the very first design I ever did–twelve years ago.
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So you were just holding on to this design waiting for the opportunity?

It was white with a pink bow originally! You can also put the bow on the back and turn it around–there’s so many different ways to wear it.

The line shows a lot of British influence. What are your favorite things about British style?

There’s no conformity in England–you’re free to be whoever you want to be. And people will come up to you and say ‘Yeah, you look like a twat,’ and you just move on! It’s not about fitting in–it’s not about ‘Oh, what will people think if I wear that!?’ It’s about having fun with fashion–and in England, we’re lucky because you can get high fashion at low prices–they really started that–high street fashion, or what the elite fashion world calls ‘disposable fashion.’

British or not, there’s something for everyone in this small collection. Like Kelly intended, these are the types of clothes (peter-pan collared mini dresses, sleek tartan blazers, and athletic-esque black trousers) that you’ll want to create your own stories in.

Images courtesy of Jupi/Kelly Osbourne

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Lady Gaga’s Anti-Bullying Efforts Blind Toward Bullying of People Who Don’t Like Lady Gaga

What happens when you criticize Lady Gaga? You get death threats from her fans. You can ask Kelly Osbourne all about it! But even lesser-known people find themselves at the claws of the Little Monsters. Take, for example, Chicago-based musician Rebecca Francescatti. Francescatti filed a lawsuit against Lady Gaga (along with her record company, DJ White Shadow, and sound engineer Brian Joseph Gaynor) in 2011 for alledgedly ripping off her song "Juda" when they recorded Gaga’s "Judas." Now, Francescatti is getting death threats from Gaga’s fans. 

According to DNA Chicago

"She was afraid," said Christopher Niro, an attorney with Niro, Haller & Niro, who is representing Francescatti. "As for the Little Monsters, I see no difference between the way they are acting and the hiring of thugs to intimidate a witness."

Instead of cowering, Niro said, Francescatti, whose stage name is Rebecca F, "channeled her feelings" by incorporating many of the nasty messages in a YouTube video and song titled"I Don’t Believe in Monsters."

Francescatti’s attorney said she took screen shots of comments on social media and put them together in a kind of collage to accompany the song.

One reads, “Watch you back everytime u step out of ur house Rebecca, cuz you might never be able to go home ever again.”

“This Rebecca trick needs to go somewhere and die,” and “death to Rebecca Francescatti and her family” other posters on YouTube allegedly wrote.

Someone started the “ANTI Rebecca Francescatti” Facebook page, where one user allegedly commented “To answer your question of who this pig is, well no one knows her so she’s invisible to the world.”

Their attacks, said Niro, fly in the face of Gaga’s musical campaign against bullying.

"Lady Gaga is silent when her fans bully others on her behalf," he said.

It’s quite possible, of course, that Francescatti is overreacting (the Facebook page in question has 19 likes) and instead taking advantage of the free publicity for the attention. But still, Lady Gaga’s outspoken fans have certainly never learned that bullying applies to straight ladies, too, and Gaga has never made much of an effort to tell her Little Monsters to chill out. (It’s a little off-brand for her, I suppose.)

In case it’s been a while, take another listen to Lady Gaga’s "Judas" below, and then listen to the sample of Rebecca F’s "Juda." Do they sound at all similar to you?

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Linkage: Lady Gaga vs. The Osbournes, Robert Pattinson’s Underwear Modeling Days

When I first heard that Lady Gaga and Kelly Osbourne were in the middle of some feud, I thought, “Oh, over which has the worst hair color?” It turns out that it all has something to do with Osbourne’s association with Fashion Police, the Joan Rivers-hosted show on which Osbourne is a panelist. Osbourne revealed to Fabulous Magazine (catchy title, btw) that she was cyber-bullied by Gaga’s Little Monsters on Twitter. This led to Lady Gaga publishing an open letter, which incited Sharon Osbourne to write her own open letter. Here’s an open letter to all three: STFU. [People]

Yesterday we found out that Destiny’s Child would be releasing new music this year. Today it was confirmed that the trio will be performing together at the Super Bowl. Of course, this is Beyoncé’s world—we’re just living in it. (That goes for you, too, Kelly and Michelle.) The non-Beyoncés will join Our Queen onstage for a quick medley of Destiny’s Child tunes, including their new song “Nuclear.” [Us]

Did you know that Robert Pattinson was once an underwear model for a Chinese magazine? Did you also know that Robert Pattison used to look like a femme kd lang? [The Gloss]

Anne Hathaway won a Critics’ Choice Award, one of the many accolades for her Oscar-nominated performance as Fantine in Les Misérables (tough break, Sally Field). And then she pointed out how stupid they were for spelling her name “Ann.” [Jezebel]

Girls comes back on Sunday. How many semen-involved disasters will there be? [Hypervocal]

David Lynchheads better head to this makeshift Pink Lounge for the second annual Miss Twin Peaks Pageant. Who will be the sexiest Log Lady? [Gothamist]

It seems like every trailer could possibly be set to a song by The National, so why not Game of Thrones? [Indiewire]

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Kelly Osbourne Can’t Stop Bashing Christina Aguilera

Kelly Osbourne, famous for being an Osbourne amongst a variety of other things that didn’t really pan out with the same success, can’t stop talking smack on Christina Aguilera. A host for E!’s Fashion Police, she ripped into pictures of the singer from last weekend’s Michael Jackson Tribute Concert looking a bit like Axl Rose. “She called me fat for years,” Osbourne said. “I was never that fat.” Harsh.

Joan Rivers went on to say “Lady Marmalade got into the peanut butter again,” but she’s a comedian who makes her living saying this kind of stuff. Osbourne, who struggled with bulemia and body dysmorphia and knows how it feels to have others comment on your weight, is not. And it’s the second time! She called Aguilera a “fat bitch,” last month on the show.

There’s holding a grudge and then there is airing your personal issues on live TV. Aguilera wasn’t nice but she never came out with a song called “Kelly is a Drug Using Porker.” Still want to get her back? Go ahead and hate the outfit, the fishnets, the hair, the song she sang, her dance moves. There’s plenty to pick on. Why not just get invited to the same event and punch her in the face and be done with it? Or hey, just be a grown up and get over it.

Morning Links: New Lil Wayne Mixtape Released, Kelly Osbourne Fights Crime In London

● Foxy Brown didn’t even have to use her “underwear defense” in court yesterday, as the judge decided to drop charges related to an alleged mooning incident. The Post asked if she was wearing panties at the hearing. “To court?” she said. “No comment.” [NYP] ● Television genius Sherwood Schwartz, the man who gave us The Brady Bunch and Gilligan’s Island, passed away at the age of 94. [NYT] ● Tha Carter IV is “totally done,” but something tells us it might be a minute before we hear it. In the meantime, Mixtape Weezy’s first post-jail tape dropped last night. Sorry 4 The Wait, he says. [CoS]

● In an unlikely swap, Ted Danson will take over for Laurence Fishburne as a series regular on the ever popular CSI. [Vulture] ● Crime fighter Kelly Osbourne stopped not one but two attempted car thefts yesterday in London. “I’m in one of the poshest parts of London, and it’s like fucking Crimewatch,” she tweeted. [Us] ● He was supposed to be out tomorrow, but it looks like DMX will be getting at least an extra week in jail after failing his most recent behind-bars drug test. [TMZ]

Morning Links: Rebecca Black Pulls “Friday” From YouTube, Emma Roberts Doesn’t Believe In Nepotism

● 167,370,534 views later, Rebecca Black’s “Friday” video is gone from YouTube, apparently as a result of a copyright claim filed by Rebecca Black herself. You don’t always know what’s good ’til it’s gone… [TechCrunch] ● Retired talk show host Oprah Winfrey says she won’t rest easy until she gets what she wants from O.J. “I have a dream of O.J. Simpson confession to me,” she said. “I don’t just want an interview, I want the interview on the condition that you are ready, Mr. Simpson.” It would be a moment long in the making. [HR] ● Kelly Osbourne’s pomeranian Noodle had to be put down after an incurable brain defect was discovered. “I DON’T PLAY GOD,” she tweeted. “It was an unfortunate necessary!” RIP Noodles. [NYDN]

● Emma Roberts, Julia Robert’s niece and sometimes co-star, doesn’t believe in Hollywood nepotism. “A lot of people think that and they talk about nepotism which I think is so ridiculous considering it’s obviously not true, because I’ve auditioned for so many things and never gotten the part,” she told PopEater. Um, we’re still waiting for our audition. [PopEater] ● When it comes to cars, Rick Ross keeps it personal. His Benz is nicknamed “Justin Bieber, his Maybach “Oprah”, and his Bugatti coupe is known as “Katy Perry” — “She’s really sexy,” he says. Ruf! [RS] ● And lest you forget, Jack Black is very much in the house. [NYM]

Links: Snooki Not Dropping on New Year’s Eve, ‘Girls Gone Wild’ Marriage Fails

● “The Snooki ball drop isn’t going to happen in Times Square,” says someone who knows. Hopefully all the children of the world will stop crying over this by midnight. [Popeater] ● Kelly Osbourne found out on Christmas that her ex-fiance Luke Worrall was cheating on her, so she called him a “piece of shit” and much more in a Twitter rant. [Us Weekly] ● Kim Kardashian filmed a secret music video with Kanye West and director Hype Williams for her upcoming single, which — for some reason — is legitimately exciting. [TMZ]

Girls Gone Wild founder Joe Francis was married last month to Christina McLarty, who has apparently already walked out on the sleazeball. Hate to say we told you so, said everyone who knows her. [Radar] ● Agathe von Trapp, whose family inspired The Sound of Music, has died at the age of 97. Imagine the musical number at that funeral. [HuffPo] ● Chuck Norris passes out in a Czech television ad. Don’t ask. [WSJ]

Links: Gary Coleman Arrested for Domestic Assault; Woman Falls into Picasso Painting

● Gary Coleman was arrested for domestic assault, making this a perfect time to do a little gossip math: (Diff’rent Strokes pun) + (“What’chu talkin’ ’bout, Willis?” variation) = joke. Ta-da! [TMZ] ● Ashton Kutcher announced via Twitter that he will host Saturday Night Live on Feburary 6th. If only his monologue could be limited to 140 characters. [The Wrap] ● Tila Tequila and Kelly Osbourne have beef on Twitter, though Tila’s recap of the whole thing is unreadable thanks to white text and all caps. Luckily, the diss “Smelly Ozbonkers” is in the first line. [Tila’s Hot Spot]

● A student fell into Picasso’s “The Actor” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, ripping a 6-inch hole through the painting and writing her obituary in the process, because really, how could you top that story? [Gawker/NYT] ● Time thinks John Edwards can be rehabilitated, but there’s no mention of neutering so it might not work. [Time] ● Prince William is getting to be really, really bald, but it couldn’t matter less because it’s royal pattern baldness. [ONTD]

Elizabeth Taylor Loves Twitter, Kelly Osbourne Hates It

So we have two celebrities. One is an icon and the other is the carrier of Sharon Osbourne’s genetic code. The former adores Twitter. The latter abhors the microblogging service. The latter is also so hard-up for publicity that she’s been jitterbugging across American TVs for some time with few of us turning our heads to take notice. What can we deduce from these two relationships between celebrity and Twitter?

If you’re a jerk, you can say mean things like, “Oh clearly that bat Liz is just desperate for people to pay attention to her, what with her not being able to get around without the assistance of a wheelchair.” But that’d make you more unlikeable than Dan Humphrey on Gossip Girl. So let’s pretend you didn’t say that and instead you said, “Well, obviously Kelly Osbourne is bored with Twitter because after so terribly cribbing Europop sensibilities, no one would want to follow her. Also, being post-Twitter is so passé.” Also, what would Kelly O. have to tweet about? Seriously, does anyone have an answer?

Anyway, because Liz Taylor rules, she says of an influx of tweets: “The warm love that comes back from people is an embrace. I’m always looking forward, never back.”