Kelly Cutrone
Kelly Cutrone

NEW YORK, Feb 3, 2010 / FW/ — To New York fashion insiders, Kelly Cutrone does not need an introduction. Founder of the very successful PR firm, People’s Revolution, Kelly is one of the major players in the New York fashion scene.

To viewers of Bravo TV, Kelly is the star of the new reality series, “Kell on Earth,” a no holds barred look into the cutthroat world of fashion.

To Tina and me, Kelly is our friend, having known her for over 10 years. That’s the reason why it was a must for us to cover the launch of her first book, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You at Barnes and Noble.

Kelly came in a few minutes late (she was busy checking the ratings of her new show) and came right up to the stage but just before that she gave Ava her daughter a kiss…

The photographers started taking her picture and she was almost shy about it and said, “Wait, wait I don’t like my picture taken, I’m a publicist can we do it after?”

But, the photographers continued shooting and she said “Ok, ok I know some of you have to go somewhere” so she allowed the photographers to shoot first…

Kelly Cutrone
Kelly Cutrone

Usually in a book launch, the author reads passages from the book, but Kelly did not do that. Instead, she related inspirational stories of her life as “Kelly”; as her friend, it was hard for me not to feel proud of her. The stories are sincere and heartfelt; it was like walking a few miles with her.

The Q&A with the audience had the same ambiance- honest and genuine. One of the questions from the audience stood out: “What is next you?” Kelly answered, “I want to help young women.”

The room was at full capacity and there were people outside the glass doors. Kelly asked them to come in, but security would not allow it. Wanting to include them in the discussion, Kelly insisted on taking questions from them via the microphones and speakers in the “standing room” area.

When the photo op was over and she began signing books, the photographers were asked to leave, Kelly said “They can stay, I know them, they’re my friends.”

Photos by TINA PAUL

If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You