6 Worst Travel Trailer Brands (Don’t Buy Any of These)

Learn which travel trailer brands you should avoid and why. 

Following months of planning and saving, your travel itinerary is final, ready entertainment and your kids are even on board to call a recreational vehicle home for a few weeks. Everyone’s spirit is high, and you cannot wait to explore the world.

So, imagine your disappointment when your travel trailer fails to work as expected a few days into your trip. What do you do then?

The cost of repairs and replacement of parts is always too high, and sinking the spirits of your kin isn’t the best way to spend the holidays.

To avoid any of these from happening, you’ve got to get the best trailer brand.

It may cost more than you bargained for, but when you know that you are buying a high-quality travel trailer, the high cost won’t hurt as much.

This article will give you an idea on how to save a fortune by avoiding rookie trailer vehicle mistakes.

Before we get in deep, it is important to note that the travel trailer brands with less than satisfactory performance are not always the unknown or historically poor brands.

These brands are well known in the recreational travel world thanks to the advanced marketing and advertising strategies by the brands.

With that out of the way, here is a look at some of the travel trailer brands to avoid.

Worst Travel Trailer Brands According to Reviews

kid next to rv

1. Coachmen

Although the Coachmen RV brand is a subsidiary of the Forest River RV Brand, one of the best RV brands around, their recreational vehicles have received a big number of complaints in the past few years.

Despite the brand’s presence on the market from 1964, and the fact that Coachmen has produced several types and models of recreational vehicles, the vehicles fail to meet or barely satisfy the unique needs of the RV users.

First of all, it is important to mention the fact that this RV has an impressive design and elegant features like the programmable thermostat and the electric leveling. But other than these reasons, some of the reasons why you should avoid this RV brand like the plague include:

The New 2016 Coachmen Brookstone, for example, lacks a valve on the fresh water drain. Also, whenever you move things, parts like the screws and the electrical insulation bits fall off. It has many loose and crooked screws which tell you that the quality of this travel trailer is poor. Other issues include broken lounge chairs, broken electric levelers, leaking showers, and the poor quality material on the passenger seats wear off soon after you start using the RV. Some of the Coachmen models with issues include 2015 Coachman/Freedom Express, 2015 Coachman Prism, 2016 Coachmen Brookstone and the Coachmen 276RKDA, among others.

With these notable on-road and off-road technical difficulties, it is no wonder most first-hand users, as well as owners, are disappointed by the quality of the RV.

Some people still argue for this RV brand as they buy the Coachmen RVs noting that they work well. However, going by the negative reviews given for this RV brand, we consider it the one travel trailer brand to avoid.

2. Keystone

Although this travel trailer is marketed as the most durable travel trailer with excellent fuel economy and spacious interiors, it doesn’t quite cut it for most travelers.

There are several complaints by owners and users including structural and technical issues. Also, some users complain that the website isn’t to use and the customer care unreliable.

Also, there are some reports of the cabinet doors falling off and having poorly designed control boards.

Considering these shortcomings, this brand may not be your best choice.

3. Winnebago

This is one of the travel trailer brands that elicits mixed reactions. For some users and owners, it is their best, but for a large majority, this travel trailer brand is a good waste of resources.

As one of the newer, most improving travel trailer brands on the market, it has several fans. Unfortunately, their good name isn’t upheld when you look at some of its drawbacks.

For most users, this travel trailer has several issues associated with the finishing on the walls and the installation of the front walls. There are several reports of the inner walls being bent and rendering the trailer unsafe.’

Also, there are reports of poor customer service and the company failing to honor their warranties.

With most parts poorly constructed, you have to take it to the repair shop too many times, and that is disappointing and expensive.

They come with electrical faults as well.

Looking at these complaints, it is apparent that this RV brand pays little or less than adequate attention to the quality of its products. Failing to respond to the complaints of their customers or giving insufficient answers makes it difficult to trust this brand.

Did we mention that this brand claims that they cannot give their customers what they don’t have? This is not only stressful but unprofessional. For these reasons, you want to avoid Winnebago as your travel trailer brand of choice.

4. Hurricane

There is a lot said about the Hurricane RV. Unfortunately, the brand’s popularity isn’t because this is the best creation by Thor Motor Coach but because the travel trailer brand comes burdened with numerous issues that leave owners and users with regrets.

If we were to gauge an RV by the interior design alone, then this would be the best RV as it has working stations, enough family space, and a big enough kitchen. However, that isn’t what customers are seeing.

This brand is currently down nowhere on the list of the best travel trailers because of several reported issues. The problems with this travel trailer include, but not limited to:

The hydraulic lines used for the auto-stabilizer jacks are of poor quality, and they ooze hydraulic fluid. The lines are also flimsy, and they can fly off when driving.

The company delivers poor customer service to its customers, and you may have to cover repairs out of pocket because they may deny you the warranty.

Even when new, you will have some issues to deal with, and you will be surprised when you find that most of the materials used aren’t new.

Taking all these into account, this isn’t the best travel trailer to buy, and experts advise against it.

5. Jayco

Although the users of this travel trailer share divided opinions, the RV doesn’t have glowing reviews all over.

Soon after buying it and after getting it home, you will realize that you paid for more than you should. Not because it looks terrible but because most parts do not function as they should.

It requires a lot of work once it starts malfunctioning. Water floods the interiors, and there are several missing fixtures.  There also are issues with the oven hood and the installation of the toilet seat which is crooked.

Considering all the reviews and the experiences of unhappy customers, it is clear that this travel trailer is cheaply and poorly designed just to look good. If you intend to make this RV as your home, you should consider other options.

6. Fleetwood

This is one of the most respected RV brands on the market has been around for decades. The performance and the quality of the RV have been lauded over the years. However, there have been changes, and instead of positive reviews and recommendations, there is an increase in the number of negative reviews and complaints.

Some of the complaints include:

  • Poor after-sale services
  • Battery and charging problems
  • The seat covers deteriorate fast especially in warm regions
  • Water damage
  • Problems with honoring of warranty
  • Leveling
  • system doesn’t work well
  • Poor customer service

With these factors under consideration, it is clear that you are better off with other travel trailer brands.

How To Choose A Good Travel Trailer Brand?

The choice of the best recreational vehicle depends on your needs and the numbers on your bank account. However, this doesn’t mean buying a travel trailer from any of the brands mentioned above. These brands have a few positive reviews, but you should look at the big picture to make sure that you don’t start complaining after spending your money.

Some of the things you should consider when buying the best travel trailer include:

  • Camping location

For the best experience, your travel trailer should fit on the camping site of your dreams. The Class A RVs are suitable for the full-amenity RV parks. You also have to take into account the power. While small travel trailers are easy to pack, the large travel trailers offer more space but you will be hard pressed in terms of parking space.

  • User Reviews

What are other buyers saying about a brand or the majority of travel trailer models under a particular brand name? If there are many complaints, you should avoid buying that RV, keep looking for the RV with desirable features. Even though the trailers aren’t perfect, choose the ones that come with minor issues you can fix.

  • Truck

The worst mistake you can make is buying a travel trailer which is incompatible with your truck. The truck size must match the size of the fifth wheel you intend to pull.

Considering these features ensures that you get the best trailer brand that meets your needs.

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Kelly Cutrone Rides Her Bicycle for The First Time!

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Kelly Cutrone is the founder of People’s Revolution and her recently released, reality show, Kell on Earth. She is a single mother of a daughter who is 8-year-old and is a great motivation for her. Kelly is sensible and more attracted to skills.

Precisely she keeps looking for people who are creative and have a strong skill set to be a part of her collaborative place. As per words of Kelly, People’s Revolution is a place for free-thinking and self-motivated people, who do not require themselves to be micromanaged because she is not fun to be micromanaged and she hates to micromanage or to be in as such position where she got to manage the day in and out of people, as per her interview conducted by RAANT, music, and celebrity interview online magazine.

Talking about this genius with an impeccable sense of style and a very sharp tongue, they have been a lot of rumors and talks moving around, but the best part of her is, she doesn’t let all of it get to her. For her, if her ideas get stolen away, they simply needed it, and they got it. Kelly said she isn’t attached to ideas because she gets it all the time and she will be happy to share her ideas with her close friends or someone who needed it. Kelly, she is simply a mix of adventure, twists, and excitement. Talking of excitement, it was one day when she went to buy her daughter a bike and was there in the bike Store orbital to call it an old school New York bike Store, and she just had this click of trying the bike and taking out for a spin. She was definitely excited and as soon as the guy in a bike store said it was fine and he had no problem with her trying the bike, her instinct said, but the bike and she soon realized she wanted to buy an electric bike as it makes her feel happy inside.

Happiness and warmth, this is what Kelly looks around and her first bike ride was like a magical part of herself in which she tapped. Doesn’t it feel more living? Like riding her bike around New York city and yelling at people who are in her way. By all means, Kelly does what she wants. She does everything, including cardio, screaming, people, and looking at the city and the people around who are fun and seems magical to her. For her, every part is magical apart from the one who says I am really f**** sad or my life sucks and is boring and if such a situation strikes, it’s high time for finding that part within us, which still really is fun.

Kelly is an adventurous person and her adventure with bike rides and trying new things to get little happiness; it might seem insane but is truly enjoying.

Talking about insane but amazing, Kelly went out and boat for everyone working with her a bike. She got in a total of six bikes and what the gloves with Brooklyn printed on it. Those were Ozzy Osbourne style and without fingers. As per Kelly, she learned a lot about what exactly goes on in New York and her neighborhood with the biking lanes. This shows she really is insane for her ride on a bike, as this is what provides her to view the city in a whole new way.

Even in front of the tourists who were there from Germany and Spain for doing the bidding for her, she stops by them on her bike. Instead of using lifts and car, Kelly hops around for her meetings on her bike. For her, biking is like an irresistible mix, which makes her connect to the earth, danger, and little bit of being terrified, and guess what, she loves it all. Asking what her ride is- The answer is, a turquoise trek with that white basket, all around the town.

With the interviews conducted and the people Kelly has made to date, the consider her quite humorous, adventurous, and open and for Kelly, the biggest risk she took to date was stopping herself from doing drugs, which expectedly did help her to grow.

She is well-determined and a published author of “if you have to cry, go outside,” the best-selling biz guide. Her approach is hard-driving and her talks are straight forward and anything she wants her readers through her book is to go balls and follow their dreams. Her working style is old school and the cards she has; they are imprinted with jugglers, whimsical characters, and jesters, which does show a creative side of her. But what is most amazing about her is her bike ride and her craziness towards it, which makes her life the best possible, every day of her life. Wish all could start doing this and pick themselves for once in a while to have that happy moment and find that happy thing they keep within them.

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Normal Gets You Nowhere

Normal Gets You Nowhere

When Kelly Cutrone’s first book, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside, was initially published, young people flocked to this new voice—finally, someone was telling it like it is, in a language they spoke. It quickly became a New York Times bestseller and stayed on the list for eleven weeks.  Fashion publicist Kelly Cutrone became more than a personality; she became a beloved guru, mentor, and fairy godmother.

In NORMAL GETS YOU NOWHERE (HarperOne; Hardcover; May 2011; ISBN 9780062059796; $23.99), Kelly Cutrone is back with another no-holds-barred book to awaken our souls and kick our asses into gear.  History is full of successful, world-changing people who did not fit in.  Think Nelson Mandela, Joan of Arc, Eleanor Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, John Lennon, and Bono.  Instead of changing themselves to accommodate the status quo, these people hung a light on their differences—and changed humanity in the process.

Kelly Cutrone has long been going against the grain. From her all black, no makeup trademark look despite her career in the image obsessed fashion industry, to her being living proof that you dont have to do things in a certain order to be successful, to her being a very happy working single mom, Kellys success is a direct reflection of the NORMAL GETS YOU NOWHERE message.

This is not a quick fix book about how to nail that job interview or finding the man of your dreams. This book is about living a life that means something, how to take your idiosyncrasies and unique gifts and use them for good. Shake things up, turn the tables, tell the truth, and, most importantly, be you.

An invitation to rethink who you are, what you value, and what you want from life, NORMAL GETS YOU NOWHERE goes beyond how to reinvent yourself and create your own brand, and begins to investigate what it means to live in this world as a tuned in, conscious, and caring individual with a passion for making a difference.

From Normal Gets You Nowhere:

On Being Normal:
The truth of the matter is history is full of successful, world-changing people who did not fit in and were definitely not normal. It’s time we started seeing words like “kooky,” “abnormal,” “crazy,” “eccentric,” and “freak” as what they are: character differentiation. As you have your own Divine revelations and nurture your own intuition, I want you to share them with the world. And don’t retreat or feel bad if no one gets it at first. Because, let’s face it, you can only hope they don’t get it. This will give you an edge, otherwise known as a patent or a trademark opportunity. In commerce, in literature and in life, normal gets you nowhere.

On Sex:
How tragic that we lavish money on our daughters’ educations and on after-school activities from cheerleading and Chinese brush painting to field hockey and dance; we encourage them to excel academically and to find fulfilling careers; we send them to Paris and Israel to study culture; yet we spend no time or money teaching them how to have great, healthy adult sex lives. In this book I provide the ten rules of the Kella-Sutra. Make a list of your fantasies – most guys I’ve dated would have been beyond happy if I’d come up with a list of things I wanted to do and try with them.  Learn to be sensual, not just sexual. And don’t fake your orgasms. If you love someone enough, you can occasionally choose to offer up a shag without getting any result for yourself, but I don’t recommend this as a ritual occurrence. You can’t tell a guy he rocked you out or fake an orgasm to make him feel good. We don’t tell people who can’t carry a tune that they’re great singers, so why would we encourage bad habits and abilities in bed?

On Relationships:

  • If you are sleeping with a married man, you’re helping him stay married. A married man will never leave his wife for you and the truth is, even if a guy tells you he’s separated, divorced, or about to get a divorce, it doesn’t hurt to do a little digging around.
  • Just because you’re great lovers doesn’t mean you’re going to live happily ever after.  News flash: there is a huge difference between being great lovers and being partners.
  • Figure out the reasons you want a relationship.  And if you are going to be the person who attempts to be the breadwinner in the relationship, you’re going to need some checks and balances.  Who is doing what and how is each partner contributing to the relationship?  One of the great things about making my own money is that I’ve always been able to sleep with who I wanted, not who I thought would take me shopping.

On Friends (or what it means to truly be a friend in our culture of 5000 friends on Facebook):

  • Establish your No Matter What Club – a group of people who are progressive, open, fearless, and courageous enough to agree to truly be there for one another, no matter what.  Lack of friends has been linked to higher rates of viral disease, cancer, and even death.  Most of us are too quick to call people friends, too quick to say “I love you” and too quick to write people off forever.
  • When we see people in pain, whether it’s from depression, heartbreak, or drugs and alcohol, we tend to back off, reverting to responses like “I can’t deal with her.”  But if your friend is struggling and you bail on her, then it doesn’t matter what you tell yourself: You are not a real friend.  Friends who are lost or overextended are really just crying out for help, and they need our friendship more than ever.

On Work and Business:

As you follow your intuition and pursue your dreams, you must be very careful about who you do business with.  Doing business with people is no different than moving to a big city.  You can’t just see every man as a potential boyfriend; you also have to see him as someone who could be dangerous to you at night. And if you open your own company, you should be aware that all those who pass through your doors, whether visitors, clients, messengers, or employees, are not just a potential boon to your business – they are also a potential menace.

Also Read: My First Bicycle Ride

On the Law:

Get a crash course in law – know what the labor laws are in each city before you draw your first paycheck.  Remember – the law is not about the truth.  Lawyers don’t care about the truth; they just want to win, and bill as many hours as possible.

On Giving Back (or what it means to represent the Divine Mother in this world aka being a woman who knows how to get shit done):

  • Become proactive to stop the suffering of humanity.  The tools you need are already inside you, just waiting for you to call on them. Most people want Divine beings to do the spiritual work for them – that’s why they give their religious institutions money, so their priests and rabbis can do the work for them.
  • If you have the time to go out to a bar with your friends four times a week, you can go to a soup kitchen at least once.  I believe that in order to have a balanced life, you have to do something every week for other people in your community – that making a difference should be on a par with making love or making money.
  • All of the things you are doing for other people, you’re actually doing for yourself.  Life is like a bank account.  Random acts of kindness, telling the truth, being loving, showing up for yourself and others- these are all deposits.  If we give more than we take, we progress.  If we take more than we give, we regress.

On Life:

Stop fearing death and celebrate the ultimate transition it is.  All of us are sparks, and the whole global universe is a fireworks show.  How does your spark manifest in the world?  Is it progressive or effective?  And what will it leave on this earth when it has moved on?

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On Friday, August 26th, I grabbed my daughter, now known as Ava Bieber, my designer / astrologer friend Gilian Chavet and we headed for my country home. I mean after all we were just about to start fashion week, had already experienced an earthquake and seriously, I was in no mood for black outs, riots or devastation. I called friends who were psychics and all instructed me to head for the hills, get out of New York LICKETY SPLITSVILLE ALOHAAAA!!!!. I instructed all of the team at People’s Revolution to go home early, familiarize themselves with hurricane procedures and to take refuge. I phoned some of my closest friends and Grand street tribal members: Rupert Noffs, Cheff Matty Bee, Designer Tamara Magel, MTV Exec Shannon Fitzgerald and let them know mi casa was their crib for the storm. “Hurry,” I said, it is going to be a disaster.

On Saturday, I woke up to an overcast and drizzly day. I quickly ran out to the farmers market and stocked up on the most luxurious seasonal offerings; after all I thought I would be feeding a small army, right? WRONG! The only person of my invited guests to take the journey was my friend Shannon. I cooked an amazing meal. We played together, sat by the fire, laughed and prepared for the great storm.

I never believed that Irene would have the fucking balls to attack my home. I pray to the Universal Mother and I worship the force of nature, surely the Mother would not eat one of her own? At 9:30 Shannon came into my room and said – “Kell, um you better come downstairs, the water is getting really high.”

I ran downstairs and sure enough the water was filling up. This is a perfect time for meditation we declared and we placed this beautiful white chair in front of the window.

Here is where we sat and watched Irene. Still we were confident our house would be saved.

Suddenly Shannon called out – We are flooding in here! Ava Bieber and I ran in to join her and we began to bail our utility room with three very odd tools: a plastic bowl, a cup and a scoop. Over 25 buckets of water were filled when Irene became unstoppable. We opened up the door to wave for help to the passing fire department – they hooted their horn and waved while driving by. Oh lord we thought – we are going to get taken down.

We quickly called 911 who explained to us not to move, as the force of the water would throw us down. Our street was already in evacuation process. As the fireman arrived at the top of the driveway (luckily Gil and I had a psychic vision to move the car to the top of my driveway earlier), the 100 gallon propane tank dislodged from the side of the house and literally dribbled like a basketball up the driveway and exploded. Pow Fizz zzzzzzzz ppapapapapapapap bam!!!!!

The fireman instructed us to run to the top of the house. “Mommy, are we going to die here?” Ava asked. “No, of course not,” I responded. “Yes we are Mommy.” “No we are not Ava.” “Yes we are, you are just saying that to be a good mommy. That’s what good mommy’s do.” “No I assured her,” if we were dying I would let her know and we would prepare for that. The day was getting grueling, we were tiring and to be honest we were disappointed that are firemen were not the calendar type. The firemen were starting to scream at us – Ladies they said leave everything – Shannon was grabbing her neon yellow bespoke bag, a Louis Vuitton scarf and her computer, Gil was grabbing her jewelry and computer and me, well Ava’s stuffed animal and my laptop. “LADIES THIS NOT A FASHION SHOW,” THEY SCREAMED. “YOU ARE IN GRAVE DANGER – THE HOUSE DOWN THE ROAD IS OFF ITS FOUNDATION AND ABOUT TO SLAM INTO YOU. WE ARE THROWING YOU A HARNESS AND ROPES – TAKE NOTHING –“

This is about 30 minutes before our rescue, view of my front yard

Shannon Fitzgerald, in true leadership form, exclaimed, “sorry, I am not listening to these Jokers, I worked my ass off to pay for this shit – it’s coming with me.” Ava said, “mommy do they know all of your bags cost as much as a car?” I, for some unknown reason, listened, left my belongings, but stuffed Ava’s stuffed animal, my keys and Blackberry down my leggings and hoisted myself into a harness and was the first one out. Seriously, Hurricane walking could be a new isometric exercise. WHOA!!!!

When they went to pull me out of the harness, my precious life-connecting blackberry was dislodged and was swept away by that bitch Irene.

Next Ava, Gillian and then Shannon were pulled to safety! Shannon had all her gear in full Amazonian effect. We were not happy with our rescue. The firemen told us to hop on the truck and they would take us to a shelter. Shelter? Um I think not – I am headed to the Mohonk hotel for dinner.

Shannon politely declined, continuing on with the journey, and quickly called a car service to come fetch her and take her back to Manhattan! I loved that it was Devil wears Prada meets Pipi Longstocking. We said our good byes with a newfound love and understanding of one another.

Gillian, Ava and I four wheeled our way through police barricades. We were full of tricks and not stopping till we hit the Mohonk!

Below- The inviting and always wonderful Mohonk .

I woke up the next morning and headed back to my country house to find this!!

The good news is my Vivienne Westwood Dining Room was spared!!! Onward and Upward


“HELLS BELLS” – ACDC FROM THE BACK IN BLACK RECORD – YEAH! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZrCw8po7JKo

“ROCK YOU LIKE A HURRICANE” – THE SCORPIONS http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxdmw4tJJ1Y


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Illamasqua’s Kelly Cutrone talks to GLAMOUR.com – Celebrity Interviews and Gossip – Glamour.com

Reality TV star and PR guru Kelly Cutrone sat down with GLAMOUR.com to talk TV, books and alaso her involvement with British beauty brand Illamasqua, of which, Kelly is US Brand Ambassador…

Hi Kelly, let’s talk about the TV first. You recently finished The City last year, so do you have any upcoming projects?

I just shot a new pilot for MTV, which is called Normal Will Get You Nowhere. Hopefully it will get picked up. It’s really cool. Basically, it’s about small town kids. I’m a small town girl and the pilot focuses on this small town girl. She wants to be a skateboard designer. Nobody in her family believes she can and they think art is for dreamers and freaks. The show centres around me going in and having a chat with mom and dad and I try and sort the parents out. Then we grab their kid, bring them to NYC and help them in what they want to do, whether it’s getting them an internship or a real job.

Did you prefer working on The Hills or The City?

The City was pretty fun to shoot but The Hills was very funny to work on because the people on the cast were so freaky. At the end of Lauren’s run on the show, she was getting really tired of being on it and she would encourage me to, like, you know, trip Stephanie Pratt up a little bit. She was like, “Why don’t you just throw clothes at her today?!” Also, when we had cast parties it was a little bit more fun to be at The Hills’ ones because there were Heidi, Spencer, Justin Bobby and Audrina. But the finale party, the last one, was really amazing because Spencer was not allowed to come – they asked him not to – and he ended up on the property and everybody, Lauren for example, was terrified of what he might do. So the gossip was pretty awesome.

Were you disappointed when The City was cancelled?

I was surprised that it was cancelled – the ratings were really high, but we didn’t really know it was happening. I mean, sure, we all made a lot of money and had a great time from doing it… But I just wanted it to end a different way. This is how I wanted the season to end: you would be in this super high-powered NYC board room and the camera pans over all these accessories, so you get an idea of who it was. Then you would hear the voices, “No I’m not going to do it, I always do it. You do it!” Then the shot goes to Olivia, who is at Bergdorf Goodman, shopping, and then the voice will be like, “Who is going to kill Olivia?!” That is how I wanted the season to end.

Indeed, you famously clashed with Olivia Palermo on The City, what are your real thoughts on her?

Listen, they wanted her to work in my office. I didn’t think that was going to be a very good idea and that was what prompted the move to Diane’s [Von Furstenberg].

The two series showed the day-to-day workings of a fashion PR at People’s Revolution, as somebody in the fashion industry, what are your thoughts on the John Galliano scandal?

I feel really bad for him. You know, I feel bad for him because it’s clear he had too much to drink and I don’t know anybody who hasn’t blacked out or been a mess or who has never said anything they don’t regret. I do think it’s really f***ing sad it’s really, really sad when you spend forty years of your life bringing beauty into the world and just a couple of hours bringing ugliness in and, like, you are kicked out. But I also feel sorry for my friends that are Jewish. I’m really, really sorry any time that anything anti-Semitic is done and again it comes back to love and compassion but, you know, can I understand how that can have happened? Yeah, I can. Have I ever been around drunk people or said something while drunk that I regretted? Absolutely. Is it full of shame? Yes. Would I have wanted to do this in front of the whole world? No.

So, let’s talk about your involvement with Illasmasqua. How did your appointment as US Brand Consultant for them come about?

It came about after two charlatans known as Joseph Corré and Julian Kynaston got in touch! I did [the PR for] Agent Provocateur for 8 years with Joe and Serena [Joseph Corré and Serena Rees, the founders of Agent Provocateur] and then a year ago, Joe came round with Julian, we talked PR and I said I really think I would be better as a brand consultant because I don’t wear a lot of make-up. I mean, I love make-up and I’d like to point out that I did make an effort with my nails today – kind of an Egyptian head wrap take on the French manicure. So, yeah, that’s how it came about and the rest is history.

What upcoming projects with Illamasqua can you tell us about?

I’m trying to get us our own float in the Halloween parade. I think it’ll be really great to have a late-night Illamasqua float. Halloween is so massive in New York and our tagline, in a sense, is ‘transforming your alter-ego’, so I thought it would be really great to have the Illamasqua creatures of the night.

We also have a new product coming out: Illamasqua’s Theatre of the Nameless. I was talking this morning about how cool it would be to shoot a small viral film for it. So we’re looking at different things to play with. I also want to do some crazy Illamasqua thing for Christmas. At the moment, I’m thinking I just want to get really hot chicks dressed as Illamasqua elves and get them going around NYC or something cheeky like that.

Illamasqua is famous for its bold, brights and unusual colours, along with having a very unique identity in the beauty industry – is this something that attracted you to the brand?

Yes, but also because it’s a family brand and because it’s unisex. You know, it’s really great if you can find a guy that likes to wear make-up and then you can all travel together! In fact, they’re products for the whole family… Well suited for these tough economic times.

What’s your best beauty tip?

Do everything that you want to do. I think so many people are afraid to express themselves – the most beautiful thing is to be yourself, then you can play with those aspects of the self and not be afraid of it. I’m 45 now; I’ve already done it all. I’ve had a shaved blue head, I’ve had long yellow dreadlocks, had my face painted, I’ve worn red lipstick, I’ve had a bob… I mean, I’ve done all of the different incarnations and what I’ve learned is that there is nothing sexier than a person – man or woman – just feeling really cool about who they are and owning it. Whether it’s a transgender person or a hot preppy girl, whatever it is, if you’re owning your thing and you’re in to it, it’s just so beautiful, because confidence is beautiful.

Tell us more about Illamasqua’s involvement with the Sophie Lancaster Foundation…

I always cry when I talk about Sophie because I’m a mother with a child and I always think, whenever I think of her, about being her mum; how hard that must be when you put everything into your child and have it taken away like that. Just the thought of being a mother and not being able to be there and knowing that thing that you love more than anything was kicked to death by another human being… It is such a sad thing to think about. I mean, that could have easily been me once upon a time. Check out my Facebook – there are photos of me on there with my head shaved and then another with me with really long dreadlocks. Black and blue dreadlocks. Sophie had these dreads and, I mean, it literally could have been me. I don’t want that to happen to anybody and I have a lot of friends and employees who might be considered ‘out of the box’, shall we say – and I think about the amount of courage it takes for them and, you know, she just wanted to be a little goth girl. The thing about it is she wasn’t even hard-core goth or anything. When you see pictures of her, she was just a pretty cool goth girl. For me it’s also the thing about stamping out prejudice, hate and intolerance everywhere and the only way we’re going to do that is with love and compassion and in not accepting that type of behaviour around us, whether it’s at a dinner table or in our own homes or on our block. The short film that Illasmasqua did – when her soul split – really captured it, and also the fact that her mum is able to continue on. I mean, they’re angels, the pair of them, Sophie and her mum, because she’s just really into the keeping the memory of her daughter going and trying to use what happened as a big message to other people. I always talk to people about Sophie and I just got a whole bunch of bracelets sent to Perez Hilton. I was like, “We’ve got to get Perez wearing the Sophie band.”

You’ve been hugely successful, not only with People’s Revolution but as a TV star and most recently a writer, firstly with If You Have to Cry, Go Outside- a New York Times bestseller – and lately Normal Gets You Nowhere. What inspired you to write?

I always thought I would. I’d often say, you know, “My life is a movie…” and, “When I write my book…” and so I kind of manifested it. Then I got a phone call from the spiritual and empowerment division of Harper Collins and I thought I really wanted to do it because I didn’t feel like there were really a lot of options for women as far as spirituality goes. I’d bought into the whole career thing, so for me, I just thought it would be cool to speak to young people in a language they understood, that would be easy to assimilate. Also, I made it part memoir, because it’s funny and I think it’s really encouraging to a lot of people because they don’t realise that most people who are successful come from the middle of nowhere – they somehow think there’s a secret, or that you’re supposed to come from a rich family, and it’s just not true.

How would you describe your books?

I think they offer a way of looking at the world and your career. I think there is so much programming and structure as to what young people think they should do and I think these are an invitation to re-think that structure. It’s also a celebration of youth and intuition and I really feel like that book is an invitation to get to know yourself. I think that’s all we can hope to do in this world

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Kelly Cutrone Tells Us the Name of Her New MTV Pilot: Normal Gets You Nowhere

A new Kelly Cutrone MTV project has been in the works since last year, and today the tell-it-like-it-is fashion publicist, reality star, and author revealed the name of the pilot to us first! It will be called Normal Gets You Nowhere. If it gets picked up, the show will share its name with Kelly’s latest book, which reminds young women that successful people often don’t fit in and calls on them to embrace their inner freak.

Kelly told us she’s traveling somewhere in middle America to shoot the MTV pilot this Friday, and plans to channel Dear Abby. She says, “We’ll meet kids in the middle of America whose parents think their imagination is a dangerous thing, and they should be lucky that they work in a factory, and that art is a hobby, and stuff like that. So we go there and talk to the parents and be like, ‘You have no idea. Your kid’s super talented, and they’re coming to New York.’ And then we help them get on the right track for what they want to do.”

Does the idea sound promising to you? Stay tuned for more from Kelly about her new book, as well as sex and dating advice straight from her mom Beverly.

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Kelly Cutrone: My perfect Saturday

You may know her as the world’s scariest boss from her stints on reality series’ such as The Hills, The City, Kell on Earth, but privately, she’s more domestic goddess than holy terror.

You may know her as the world’s scariest boss from her stints on reality series’ such as The Hills, The City, Kell on Earth, but that’s just the face Kelly Cutrone shows to the world. Privately, she’s more domestic goddess than holy terror. On the weekends, Cutrone forgets about her job as founder of PR/marketing firm People’s Revolution and conjures her inner 50s housewife, whipping up gourmet meals—albeit it with a “punk rock” attitude—and spending quality time with her daughter, Ava. Fresh off a recent book tour for her latest release, Normal Gets You Nowhere, and on the phone from her offices in NYC, the very warm and funny Cutrone took time to share her perfect Saturday with Chatelaine.com.For me, the perfect day starts outside of New York City. I have a country house in a small town on the Hudson River that I bought last year with my MTV money. Like, ‘yeah what’s up, I’m Kelly Cutrone!’ I thought it was kind of pathetic that I had been so successful and yet I had never owned anything. It’s not because I’m not a big saver it’s just because it’s a very expensive lifestyle just to live. You know, I think there’s this perception like ‘Oh, she’s so rich.’ But meanwhile, I’m plugging along. So I bought this really beautiful six-acre, 1920s English cottage, with a guesthouse on the property and this really interesting, deep creek that can be dammed.

Even though the house calls out for me to do stuff to it every day, the perfect day is just waking up there with my daughter and our dogs and going outside. Then it’s great just to make coffee and have Ava [Cutrone’s 9 year-old daughter] not nag at me for something.

I would go outside and cut some fresh flowers and then come in and make Ava a really nice breakfast: Challah French toast and some fruit. I would make some lemonade with mint from the garden. After that, we would lie in the hammock; later we would hop in the car and check out an antiques store.

I have a serious antiquing problem. I don’t think it’s rehab-level, but I could open my own shop, let’s put it that way. I come from a really working-class family and my grandmother had this one bowl, and one time I went to her house and she was writing on the bottom of it and I said ‘Grandma, what are you doing?’ and she said, ‘Well, you know that I’m going to die soon and Italian people they like to fight over things when people die so I’m going to put everybody’s names on the bottom of my stuff and I want you to have this bowl.’ When my grandmother died I got this bowl, which is from Hall, a 1940s company that made bakeware and cookware. They have this pattern called the autumn leaf, so I started collecting it. That’s finished, so now I collect pink Depression glass. I collect antique and Najavo and Mexican cuffs. I have a serious chair collection. I have Josef Hoffmann chairs—these amazing black-and-white chairs that used to be in a mental hospital. I collect photography, everybody from Melvin Sokolsky to David LaChappelle to antique silver enamel photography. I have a ridiculous linen, tablecloth and pillow case collection, quilts from the 30s. I even have some really cool vintage Hudson’s Bay Company blankets. I have a serious problem!

Then we would stop and play The Addams Family pinball machine, which we find really funny because I pretend to be Morticia and [Ava] pretends to be Wednesday. We would play some air hockey too.

On the way home, we would go to the farmer’s market and pick up some fresh local food to cook dinner. I’m an amazing cook—I’m also very humble! People who know me really well know that I’m an amazing cook. Somebody I use to date—he’s my eco-date I recycle him all the time—he said to me ‘You know what your problem is? You come off like Dear Abby meets Keith Richards, when you’re totally Betty Crocker.’

But in saying that, we don’t measure anything; we don’t have recipes. I do this whole thing I call ‘punk rock kitchen’ at my house. I just go to farmer’s markets—I try not to shop at grocery stores—and I just see what’s there and then come back and try and cook something with what I find. It’s really freestyle, really fun.

This weekend we made this really killer cilantro and chopped radicchio, parsley, celery endive salad with an olive oil and Dijon dressing and a little bit of honey on it, and some crushed nuts. It was really good. We cook all the time.

After dinner, we would sit on the porch and play cards or a game and just be really normal. I mean, I guess not normal—I can’t really use that word anymore since I wrote a book called Normal Gets You Nowhere—but I like to say my perfect day is like a ‘chiller’ that’s sung to the tune of Thriller—‘Chiller, Chiller night.’  [It’s perfect] if it doesn’t involve anything exotic or cool or trendy—those are things I associate with work.

I don’t really watch that much TV. But I like to watch documentaries, or read with Ava or play a game. I love [to watch] anything from a doc about Beatrice Wood or Andre Cartier Bresson to something from the Dalai Lamai. My daughter is really obsessed with black history in America now so we watched something about Ida B. Wells. The Justin Bieber documentary, Never Say Never is a big documentary at my house! I know everything about Justin Bieber because my daughter has Bieber fever. His middle name is Drew. He’s from Stratford. He was born in London. Discovered by Usher. His mother’s name is Pattie; his father’s name is Jeremy. His favourite colour is purple. He loves to play hockey. He was born at 12:56 am on March 1st, which was a Tuesday. Any more questions?

We usually go to bed together. I’m usually really hungry for time with her. But sometimes if she falls asleep I might go and sit outside and check out the stars with the dog. But it’s kind of spooky out there!

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Cutrone from ‘The Hills’ discusses success in fashion industry

Kelly Cutrone wears black almost every day. And Friday, when she came to speak at the Newhouse school, was no exception to the all black rule – though this time, the fashion maven was wearing an outfit from The Gap.

When Cutrone arrived at Newhouse to speak, she was expecting an intimate, question-and-answer session with about 20 students. However, what the founder and CEO of fashion public relations firm People’s Revolution encountered was a room packed with fashion-conscience people waiting to hear her speak.

The event was then moved to the Joyce Hergenhan Auditorium in Newhouse III, which was filled with a mostly female audience.

“She is the woman to know in the fashion business,” said Viviana Quevedo, a freshman communication and rhetorical studies major. “She’s someone to admire. You can tell that she has worked very hard to get where she is today; the sacrifices she makes to do what she does says a lot about her character as a professional.”

While there was no gossip about her celebrity employees Whitney and Lauren from MTV’s “The Hills,” Cutrone instead spent time name-dropping former clients and famous fashion icons she’s worked with. Designers Vivienne Westwood, Jeremy Scott, Bernhard Willhelm and Derek Lam make that list.

Her company, People’s Revolution, is a well-known fashion public relations, branding and marketing firm, which Cutrone built on her own. Exactly what her company does was described in Cutrone’s round about way through stories and examples from the 12 years the company has been in business.

“I always feel like I’m smarter than everyone because when I go to these (shows), I’m getting paid to be there,” she said. “Like a fashion show, when people are dying to get a free ticket, I’m like ‘I’m making $50,000 today.’”

When Cutrone started People’s Revolution, the term ‘branding’ didn’t exist. But as she defines it, branding is telling a story and creating an image around something that lacks those elements. One example she gave was of the French luxury bag company Longchamp, which Cutrone represented.

When Longchamp first approached Cutrone, the brand was being kicked off the floor of Saks Fifth Avenue stores and had an outdated product – “everything was made to look like it was made for a 75-year-old woman from Kentucky.”

At first, she didn’t think it would fit with her company. But eventually, after three months of observing the brand and going through the archives, Cutrone finally got Longchamp to where it wanted to be – in Vogue magazine. She convinced celebrities and their daughters to use the product, and “Voila.”

Cutrone also spoke about her history as a music publicist and her life traveling on tours and being a “wild rock-n-roll chick.” And before fashion was big, Cutrone started People’s Revolution claiming that “fashion is the new rock-n-roll.” At one point, she compared the role of a publicist to that of a hooker.

“I think it’s hysterical that people actually think I know what I’m doing,” Cutrone said. “But you know what, once you start to believe in it, it just starts to happen.”


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