What I’ve Learned from Kelly Cutrone

So, Netflix Online Streaming is sort of like, a daily thing for me. (Mostly because A. the majority of my shows recently aired their season finale and B. I can stream it on my iPhone while I work out at the gym.) My current Netflix obsession is the Bravo TV series, “Kell on Earth.” Pursuing a career in fashion public relations, I enjoy watching the series because it’s the perfect, realistic showcase of what the PR industry looks like. Lack of sleep? Check. Stress? Always. Pressure? Bring it. Yes, parts of the fashion industry are glamorous, but let’s be real, you have to work hard to play hard, and Kelly Cutrone‘s show not only gives insight into the industry, but teaches viewers  about the industry from real-life events that occur at Cutrone’s PR firm, People’s Revolution.

I have always respected Cutrone, even while she was on The City. She cares for those she sees potential in, but with a tough-love attitude. I’m sort of bummed that I only recently tuned in to Kell on Earth, because the series truly rocks, and has given me a lot of insight into the industry that I want to be working in.

What I’ve learned from Kelly Cutrone

1. Don’t dwell on the problem, that wastes time. Dwell on the solution, that’s being productive.

Time is money, so if a problem arises, there’s no point to rehash and analyze the problem, but instead focus on what needs to be done to fix it. The problem won’t earn your company or client money, but the solution will.

2. Fashion Show Seating: Why it’s Stressful.

Sitting at a Designer’s Fashion Show basically depicts your ranking in the fashion industry. It’s difficult seating attendees because location in the room could hurt somebody’s ego. If you’re in the front two rows, you’re valuable. If you’re sitting in the back row, it’s sort of a slap in the face, and attendees interpret the backrow seat saying, “you might as well not be here.” Aside from that, seating is tricky because you want many editors from competing magazines in the front two rows of a show, but not sitting next to each other (because their competitors). Therefore, celebrities and socialites are seated strategically between magazine editors. Lastly, gossip magazines editors can’t be seated behind celebrities, where they can overhear everything said in conversation and can publish the information the next day. So, its imperative that you have gossip magazine editors seated across the runway, where they can see celebrities, but not hear them. These factors, plus many more, all go into the equation of a successful seating chart at the runway. But then… of course, you have to deal with runway front row crashers.

3. If you have to cry, go outside.

The fashion industry is intense. People will constantly criticize you, employees and clients will never say thank you for a job well done (because, obviously, it’s required). Nobody has time to hold your hand, so its necessary to use common sense, think clearly, and get everything done quickly and without mistakes. Stress, pressure and time constraints are all lovely aspects of the industry, so it’s easy to break down. Build a thick skin, and like Kelly Cutrone says, If you have to cry, go outside (And get over it).

4. If you work hard and be nice: you’ll get somewhere.

Don’t be rude. It’s all about building connections, getting the job done, and treating everyone with respect. If you put in the time with successful outcomes, you’ll progress in the industry.

*For more ideas and pearls of wisdom from Kelly Cutrone, check out her blog: Normal Gets You No Where

*photos courtesy of People’s Revolution and New York Fashion

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