Poison Apple, Poisoned Computer System

"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."

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.

Fun Times

"Just imagine trying to pull the wool over the eyes of someone like Kelly Cutrone! NOT EASY, to say the least."

Hey Everyone, It's been a couple weeks since I've had a chance to post my thoughts on Kell on Earth, as I just got back from Los Angeles and was very busy producing yet another fashion show, for our fave client Alternative Apparel. It was their very first fashion show and was hugely successful, thank goodness! If you're interested, you can check it out at http://www.alternativeapparel.com/Fall2010RunwayShow/). I am very proud of our work on that one - especially because Kelly, Stefanie, Mike and I all put a huge amount of energy and collaborative effort into it and thus were able to garner a huge amount of coverage, along with excellent reviews from publications like the LA Times and Women's Wear Daily, amongst many others. Even after 12 years and hundreds of fashion shows, I still feel proud of the job that I do and the excitement of seeing the results.

And now here we are at Episode Number 8. It's been a fun being a part of Kell on Earth! Although we live it every day, it has been an interesting experience to see how our regular working lives have been shown on TV. It's been a wild ride! We have a strong, solid team here at People's Revolution now and in Episode 7 you got to meet some of the other members of Team Rev, including long-time employees Mike Vargas (in our LA office) and Pablo Olea, who makes a brief appearance but is actually a central member of our team and manages the NY showroom. You also got to meet our newest Account Executive, Grace Healy, who has been an excellent new addition - I especially like her because she brings no drama, has a great sense of humor and just wants to get the job done. You also see a bit more of Michelle Aselta, our Lifestyle Director, who actually sits next to me in the office and is my partner in crime in all things Twilight related and/or pop culture related. Did any of you notice the Taylor Lautner poster on our bulletin board? That was (jokingly) put up there by Michelle and me - we are the only Twilight fans in the office and posted it up during the New Moon launch last year. Fun times.

On this last episode, we decided to put together a surprise party for Kelly...but of course NONE of us thought it would actually work. First of all, since we all sit together in one office space, there is not a lot of privacy in our surroundings and therefore not much room for secretive talk. Secondly -- just imagine trying to pull the wool over the eyes of someone like Kelly Cutrone! NOT EASY, to say the least. Kelly always wants to know everything that is going on, so we knew we had to think up some kind of work-related story in order to get her to the party. We decided to hold it at one of her absolute favorite places, the Carlyle Hotel, so that at least getting her to the location might be a little easier. Robyn and I made up a story that a client was having an after-party for a charity event Stefanie and I had just worked on that took place just down the street, and that Kelly needed to come and meet us there for some face-time with the client. Of course, when Kelly got there she wanted to go only to the restaurant, and not to the suite where we were waiting for her (Robyn and I were texting each other the whole time so I knew exactly when they would arrive). Robyn had to wrangle Kelly (and probably guilt-trip her) to get her to the suite where she thought the clients were actually mingling. But to her REAL surprise, it was all of us waiting there for her! I think Robyn had the most difficult task of the night - her job was to get Kelly up to the room without too much in-depth explanation - and she did it! Great job Berks, can't believe our story worked. It was great being a part of that special night for Kelly.

Look forward to seeing where things go from here and thanks again for watching the show!

Peace & Love

Emily Bungert AKA "The Slayer" AKA "Color-Coded Genius"