Kelly Cutrone, owner of Fashion Pr Company in NY Peoples Revolution has recently published a book ‘If you have to cry go outside: and other things your mother didn’t tell you‘ Available from Amazon and heading up on the NY Times best sellers list it’s a book on my ‘interested to read’ list. The reviews have all been positive but then in this business you don’t always get an unbiased view. It’s often a matter of ‘I’ll scratch your back if you’ll scratch mine’. Kelly Cutrone is extremely successful at what she does. She has a no nonsense approach and is known for her often brutal straight talking. On her client list at the moment among others are Longchamp, Vivienne Westwood and Sass and Bide.
It’s a good idea to teach young women that the Fashion world is no bed of roses. That it is often tough and often not at all glamorous. That the nearer to the top you get the more cynical you can become. As someone who has been reduced to tears by( so called) successful people (and yes, I did go out and cry on my own) I question whether the model that says you have to be rude beyond belief in order to succeed is either valid or desirable. I want my daughters to have inner strength, to succeed in the world whether it be fashion or whatever they choose. But above all I hope I’ve taught them one lesson and that is to treat people with respect.
I will buy Ms Cutrones book and I will read it with an open mind. If her message is one that empowers women who wish to succeed in the Business of Fashion to be strong yet fair, to work hard with 100% commitment then I’m all for that. But if the message is that I need to be a bitch to succeed then sorry folks, count me out.
Here is an Interview with Kelly Cutrone about her book