But tie-dye is one of her guilty pleasures.
If you think that TV personality and fashion expert Kelly Osbourne spent Fashion Week just sitting front row at shows, then think again. She was actually breaking her back, co-styling Xuly.Bët‘s spring fashion show in New York.
“I was lifting so much stuff during Fashion Week, that I actually pulled my back and couldn’t stand up straight,” she tells SF Weekly. “Now, I know I’m getting old. I was worried that I was going to walk in here looking like Quasimodo.”
“Here” is Macy’s Union Square, where Osbourne was enlisted to host Macy’s Front Row, a fashion-week-inspired presentation, featuring on-trend styles – mod prints, boho fringe, edgy leather, ravishing reds and Hello Kitty – from the likes of designers Rachel Roy, Tallia Orange, William Rast, Project Runway’s Blake Patterson and Jake Wall, as well as emerging clothiers from Macy’s Fashion Incubator of San Francisco (FiSF).
Kelly Osbourne, accompanied by her trusted Pomeranian Polly, confesses to SF Weekly that, before the Sep. 16 show, there’s only one color — OK, two — that she cares for, season or trend be damned. She also spoke about her recent styling partnership with Kelly Cutrone, why she feels sorry for models, her biggest guilty pleasure and what she loves about San Francisco subculture.
With major runway shows happening in fashion capitals across the world this week, why should consumers care about Macy’s Front Row, in San Francisco?
There’s Fashion Week in New York, Milan and London, but fashion is for everyone — not just for the elite. It’s just a fun way of bringing everyone together and having a girly time and seeing what’s coming out next year and what you can get right now that’s on trend that you like.
Speaking of New York Fashion Week, you just co-styled a show for designer Xuly.Bët’s spring collection with your friends Kelly Cutrone and Kim Stafford. How did that come about?
I got there, and Kelly’s my best friend, and I was looking at some of the models, and going, “No, why don’t you try putting that with that?” And then, they’re like, “Could you just stay?”
They were having so many issues that by the end of Fashion Week, I have a whole new respect for models, I swear to you. These women will come in, so tired and exhausted. Since they’re so exhausted, they don’t look the same way they looked when they were fit on Monday. Now you’re at the end of the week, and then they’d go, “No, you can’t do the show.” I’d be like, “Ohhh.” I’d never want to be a casting director for shows, because it’s terrible. It’s such a hard job.
So then having to rework the clothes, not just to turn them into an outfit but also to create a story from beginning to end. They’re vibrant prints, so putting them together in a way that’s not only new but exciting and making the model feel comfortable, too, was really important to me. I didn’t sleep for two days. I was stitching the shoes onto the models’ feet, and it was really amazing. I’m really grateful to them for letting me be involved.
How did you get through it?
Polly really helped me get through Fashion Week, because it’s such madness. She stays so calm no matter what’s going on, so you can take a moment with her, and she just brings you back to life again.
What are your thoughts on San Francisco’s fashion scene?
It’s very interesting, because depending on what part of the City people live in, they dress differently. But just last night, when we were walking around, trying to find a chiropractor that was open, I saw all these different styles. I love the way that the weather allows you to wear more clothing.
Then we went out and had amazing noodles. That’s what I love about the City, that the fashion’s great and the food’s great. So it’s a double whammy.
Yeah, but sometimes it’s hard, though, because you feel like you have to sacrifice the vegan poutine in order to fit into a Gaultier cup.
Everything in moderation. I don’t believe in denying yourself, because then you’ll just be unhappy. Fashion changes just like the weather, so maybe this week you might not fit into something, but next week you will.
Are there any stores here that you love to shop at?
I like the vintage stores, so the Mission, and then I went to Haight Street and found tons of cute and wonderful little things that you’d never think you’d find. But the hippie culture and the tie-dye, I will always love. It’s one of my guilty pleasures. But what I really love here is the underground hip-hop scene, which I think is very underestimated. I learn something new every time I come here.
It makes me not want to leave, although I really miss my mom. I’ve been away from home filming Project Runway: Junior, in New York, for months, and my dad’s been on tour, so my mom’s been with my dad. I’ve only seen my mom and dad three times this summer, so I can’t wait to go home to L.A. and see my parents. I wish they’d move here, because it’s so nice and cool.
Who or what is your biggest fashion inspiration?
It’s kind of weird to say, but my biggest inspiration is how I feel. You know the days when you feel grumpy, you just want to put your comfy sweatpants on and sit in front of the TV? But I, of course, have ones covered in palm trees or drumming bears. But at the same time, if you’re in a really crazy mood, you want to go for it, like glamorous, glitter and sparkles. It’s always about how you feel. And never, ever, ever reveal too much. Leave something to the imagination.
How would you say your style’s evolved from your 20s to your 30s?
Let’s just say I’ve become more refined. You don’t really know who you are in your early 20s, I think. As you get a little bit older, you start to turn things down and figure out what your uniform is, and mine will always be black. Head to toe, it’s where I always feel comfortable.
Christian Siriano is the only designer to somehow manage to get me to wear all white. I don’t know how he does it, but he does and stands there laughing at me, because he knows I’m uncomfortable.