Normal Gets You Nowhere

On Thursday night I attended a book signing for Kelly Cutrone‘s new book, Normal Gets You Nowhere hosted by Illamasqua.

I’ve been a fan of Kelly’s ever since her appearances on The Hills and The City and I already have her debut book, If You Have to Cry, Go Outside (And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You).

I knew I had to pick up a copy of If You Have to Cry Go Outside after a pivotal scene in The City, where Whitney Port has been back-stabbed by Olivia Palermo and Kelly tells her: “You know where nice people end up? On welfare….scare the shit out of her [Olivia] and don’t ever do it on email or in writing”. That, to me, was the sound of a woman who knew exactly how to handle the bitches of this world and the book is a must read for any woman who is entering the world of work or is still searching for her calling.

In the book Kelly’s no-holds-barred, tell-it-like-it-is attitude radiates throughout and she is exactly the same in real life as she is in print and on TV, chatting with everyone and giving them hugs whilst simultaneously speaking her mind. So when the queue for the signing started to snake down the street she insisted everyone was brought into the store to shelter from the elements.

The event was hosted in aid of The Sophie Lancaster Foundation which was set up in memory of Sophie, a twenty-year old who was attacked for being a goth. The Sophie Foundation aims to raise awareness about prejudice and intolerance, mainly through educational workshops. It’s a great cause and Illamasqua are currently stocking the ‘Sophie’ eye pencil in collaboration with the Foundation.

Picture courtesy if Illamasqua and

As I discovered, the major benefit of having a book signing in a make-up store is the fact that you can have a mini-makeover while you wait! The lovely Kim at Illamasqua made sure I was ready for my close-up with Kelly, as you can see below.

Picture courtesy if Illamasqua and

What I love about Illamasqua (and why their partnership with both the Sophie Foundation and Kelly Cutrone makes a lot of sense) is that they’re all about individuality, the more outrageous the better, and their make-up has a definite gothic element to it. Check out their current campaign for example.

Image courtesy of Illamasqua

I wasn’t surprised, therefore, to hear about their collaboration with Leverton and Sons. For those who don’t recognise the name, Leverton and Sons are funeral directors, and they have teamed up with Illamasqua to provide a funeral make-up service, which will be available in the London area from July.

Image courtesy of Illamasqua

Whatever you think of the partnership, it’s definitely a make-over to die for!

This entry was published on July 9, 2011 at 7:05 pm. It’s filed under GirlyGirl, GothyGirl, London and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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