Snow White with Razor Blades was the nickname Kelly gave me when I began working at People's Revolution over 5 years ago. It has clearly stuck and is as close to the truth as it gets. I am super sweet, but I expect nothing less than perfection.
I met Kelly eight years ago and she always said, "One day you are going to work with me," and low and behold her foreshadowing became my reality. I am a partner at People's Revolution. There are high expectations, excessive hours, and hard work that come with this title. The question, do I love it and why do I keep doing it?
This will be my 11th fashion week at People's Revolution and my heart is still very much vested and I remain a passionate member of the team. The team this season, however, is a bit questionable. It has given me an extra level of stress, that frankly, I really didn't need to deal with or expect.
After returning from Los Angeles this past August, I came back to a new hire Stephanie Voorhees, who as you can see is a bit of a disaster waiting to happen. She seemed capable in her interview and sold herself a lot better than she is able to deliver. She is there to make my life easier and not more difficult.
As fashion week fastly approached, I inherited Andrew Serrano as an intern/assistant due to the desperate fact that I had no one else. He actually caught on quickly and showed a bit of promise, minus his lack of attention to detail, and to my surprise a drug habit, which he tried to push on to others.
Then, of course, my favorite is Stefanie Skinner. She's a sweet girl from the midwest looking to fulfill her childhood dream. She is quite the team player and the most loyal employee I have known. About four years ago she began as a fashion week intern at People's Revolution. She has since really grown into an incredible asset to the team and is trying her best to stay afloat.
If it wasn't for Mercury being in retrograde, everything may not have been as big a disaster. Low and behold technology issues blessed us. Now, this brings us to Chado Ralph Rucci. I had been working on his show where I focused most of my energy, a fifteen hour seating process, fun times! When it was time to print out seating assignments and email all the guests, all of my hard work went out the window. Technology, a usually dependable asset failed. For the first time ever technology became a liability. At this point all I could do was stay calm, focussed and pick up the pieces to the best of my ability.
On another note, I am sure my living situation is a bit disconcerting. I gave up my lease in May due to a situation out of my control. I then spent the summer working in our Los Angeles office. Upon my return, I figured I would live on the fifth floor until I sorted out the "apartment situation." I knew there would be pros and cons. I take the elevator to work, which means the obvious, no commute. I always have clothes to change into without leaving the building. The major negative is the idea of never leaving work mentally and physically. Ironically it doesn't matter during fashion week, you dont have that separation anyway.