It's not everyday--well, at least not my everyday--that people I know are on a reality TV show. I've never watched The City, and the only other time someone I know made an appearance on a reality series was when my friend Jenny auditioned for Popstars.
So that's why it's a bit surreal to watch Kell on Earth. Sure, I'm not best friends with Kelly or Emily or Stephanie, but I do know them all fairly well, and I've lived through a lot of the stuff that the show is documenting.
Take the Chado Ralph Rucci debacle. Yes, the line to get in really was that bad. But let me say that People's Revolution did everything they could to make it better. Even though my seats (for me and a guest) were missing from the sheet, I was given a proper seating assignment and had no trouble once I was in the tent.
The show itself was wonderful. In spite of all the crashers, the energy in the room was electric and the clothes were beautiful. The great thing about Rucci is that he designs exactly what his client wants--stylish, not trendy, clothes. I believed that it was an incredibly successful show and was shocked to hear that Rucci would no longer use People's as his runway show producer.
The other thing that really intrigues me about the show is how real everyone is. This is not scripted reality, people. You can see in their expressions--from Stephanie's tears to Kelly's side glances--that every insecurity and feeling is being projected openly onto the screen.
I know we said this last week and we'll try to refrain from saying it again, but...if you really want to know what it's like to work in fashion, you need to be watching this show. Because it's brilliant.