The Gospel According to Kelly Cutrone

The church doors are now open and ready to receive new converts.

Itinerant preacher of the church of  “get off your ass and do your own thing,” reality TV star/fashion maven, NYT bestselling author and now Dr. Phil correspondent, Kelly Cutrone was in the Twin Cities a few weeks ago at the University of Minnesota Bookstore to spread her gospel. If people can have church in a parking lot, why not a bookstore?

Kelly stopped by U of  M on her way to they holy temple/cathedral of shopping, the Mall of America.  Robed in black from head to toe and wearing high-heeled wedge shoes looking like something from the closet of Gaga (who knows more than anyone that the higher the heels, the closer to God), Kelly spoke to a standing room only crowd during the often brain-numbing finals week.

Fashionistas, followers, neophytes and others hung on her every word.  Kelly opened the service with a brief reading from her latest  tome, Normal Gets You Nowhere.

Kelly Cutrone at the University of MN Bookstore for "Normal Gets You Nowhere" (photo: Carla Ray Thompson)

After her first book, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside, she was instructed to write the 10 Commandments but realizing it had already been done and fearing a lawsuit for copyright infringement (just kidding, but imagine that), she decided that to write another Good Book.

Here’s some of what the Good Reverend Doctor High Priestess Mother Goddess Kelly Cutrone had to say:

Normal People aren’t Super Heroes/Heroines

There is a lot of pressure on people, especially 20-somethings, to be “normal”. People who are world changers aren’t normal. She cited Amelia Earhart, Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman as those who she considers “not normal”.

When I Grow Up, I Want to Be…

First you have to figure out what you want your life to look like. If you want to be a stay-at-home mom and are not too keen on traveling, working on fashion may not be for you.  If you want to leave the office by 7 p.m., perhaps you should live in LA and not New York City.

So you’ve decided that working in fashion would give you life.  It’s a big, highly diverse/segmented industry. Kelly gave many pointed examples of where you could fall on the spectrum and what you might be doing once you land there.  According to Kelly, high end fashion folks can spend up to 15 hours on the color blue. Yes, the color blue.  If you are interesting in evening wear, check out Oscar de la Renta and Carolina Herrera.

Whatever you do, by all means, intern first. At the very least, you will learn what you DON’T want to do.

Kelly said that you figure out what you are by knowing what you are not. Smoking pot made her know that she was not a pot head. Beings raised as Catholic made her realize that she was not a Catholic. “To thine own self be true,” said Kelly.  “We are a unique blueprint from the divine.”

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Kelly tries to preempt failure by making good choices.

“I don’t believe in failure. I believe in decisions. Nothing is ever a bad decision. No decision ever goes to waste.  I do everything I can not to have regrets,” said Kelly. “Both failure and success are temporary.”

With that said, sometimes you have to allow people to fail, to learn the lessons the hard way (especially if they are unwilling to listen to sage advice). Get out of their way and allow them to hit the wall. There will be great lessons in the pain.

Questions to Ask, Rules to Live By

When evaluating what to do, what not to do, Kelly asks herself: “How much time ? How much energy? How much money will be spent and/or earned?”

After living life off the cuff, she has now implemented a 3-day rule.   Also, she makes no major decisions during Fashion Week and listens to trusted advisers including her Mom who, although she has no real business experience, Kelly says she’s quite savvy.

Kelly Cutrone at the University of MN Bookstore for "Normal Gets You Nowhere" (photo: Carla Ray Thompson)

And One More Thing…

Tell your lovers your sexual fantasies. According to Mother Kelly, there’s not thing wrong with letting people what you want, what you like — even in the bedroom.

Kelly Cutrone at the University of MN Bookstore for "Normal Gets You Nowhere" (photo: Carla Ray Thompson)

Kelly Cutrone’s no Mother Teresa or Saint anything but she was gracious, approachable, and knowledgeable.

And from the long line of folks waiting to have a not-so-private audience with her and a signed copy of her Good Book, it was clear that the Gospel according to Kelly is reaching souls.


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