Kelly Cutrone, fashion public relations guru and former The Hills, The City, and Kell on Earth star, caused many worlds to collide last night at her book signing in San Francisco at Books, Inc. Aspiring fashion PR professionals showed up to get some tips from the master. My friend MeiMei Fox, an author, yogi and HuffPo blogger came and loved what Ms. Cutrone had to say about her book Normal Gets You No Where. Misfits of all stripes came to embrace the notion of shunning normalcy. And of course the fashion bloggers represented, including my partner in crime street style blogger Kate Seward of The Styley.
Cutrone spoke for about 45 minutes and proceeded to answer questions for another hour and 15 minutes, making it the longest author talk I’ve ever encountered. A few left early, but most seemed rapt by her stories: a patient dying on her first night on duty as a nurse, divorce at 25, her daughter Ava’s obsession with princesses and Justin Beiber, her (too brief!) stories of being on The Hills and The City, and her general message of — and I know it might sound hokey but there’s no better way to put it — personal empowerment.
Some favorite quotes of the night:
The brilliant people aren’t the ones who make money. It’s people who just keep doing what they do over and over and over again and believe in themselves.
There’s a chapter on sex because I know you girls are cool and want to get your game on.
Describing her own fashion:
Amish soccer mom… I don’t [want] to be the slimy hot MILF mom. I don’t want sexual attention from people and I think I’ve done a pretty good job of manifesting a form to avoid it.
On giving birth:
It’s like [Natasha Henstridge] in Species. They’re like ‘Hi.’ You’re like ‘OK, I thought this was going to be something a little warmer. I don’t know you, you came out of my vagina. We’re related. I’ll try to sort this out for you.’
Who would have thought anything good would happen to Jack Black?
When people are in their truth, they win. And they’re free. And when your not in your truth it’s a lot of fucking work.
Cutrone’s truth right now is that she wants to talk to young people, and she’s doing it through a new MTV show about creative individuals 23 and younger with toxic parents who want to squelch their kids’ dreams. She’s also a Dr. Phil correspondent and is vying for a daytime talk show spot. We *do* need an Oprah replacement, and Cutrone’s personality just might be big enough for the job. If last night was any indication, her talking game definitely goes past 11.
Also check out Refinery29’s Q&A!