I’ve found a new way to tell the difference between the Stephanies! It’s only the second episode of Kell on Earth and I’ve already figured it out, I’m so proud of myself. Really, it’s very simple: there’s a smart one and a dumb one.

Looking back, this should have been more obvious to me in the first episode, but you can only learn so much about an office full of people in the first sixty minutes. Last night’s show, though, was basically A Tale of Two Stephanies: one of them works hard and wants to get everything right and feels terrible when she screws up. That’s the one that we like. Then there’s the other one, the one that looks like she’s probably from California, and increasingly looks like she might be headed back there. She can’t even delegate correctly, and when something goes wrong, all she does is complain. Andrew, the gay/goth/glam assistant in the one-shouldered top, is not amused with her, and neither am I.

Before we get to the Stephanies, however, we have to pick up where last week’s premiere left off: the check-in list for the Chado Ralph Rucci show. It wouldn’t print, remember? Well, it never did, and even if it had, it looked like the entire thing would have been a giant disaster anyway. Part of the problem appeared to be Kelly’s fault and party of it didn’t – there was a mob of various crashers and wannabes outside trying to pretend that they had credentials and seat assignments, and then on the inside, people that actually had them chose to ignore them.

A certain amount of that probably goes on at all fashion shows, just like it does at all events with assigned seating and closed entry. It looked like crowd control was lacking, although I don’t know if that’s a responsibility of the designer, Kelly, or someone else. At the end of the day, though, angry people were being shuffled from seat to seat, the designer was pissed, and the people at Ralph Rucci fired our girl Kelly.

She didn’t have any time to sulk over it, though, because she had a show to produce for Genetic Denim and her employees were busy screwing things up en masse back at the office. Well, to be fair, it wasn’t all of her employees – it was Dumb Stephanie and the interns that she was trying to get to do her work for her. I’m not sure where Smart Stephanie was during all of this, although we did see her go get her hair done, probably because Kelly told her to get out of the office for a couple of hours, lest her head explode.

Which was fine, since Dumb Stephanie provided all of the entertainment that this episode required. She made the interns gather round and gave them lessons in making a phone call (the button marked XFER means ‘transfer,’ shock of shocks), which was the last thing she taught them to do correctly for the entirety of her camera time and probably the entirety of her career. Actually, I’m just assuming that they were taught correctly, since we didn’t directly see any of them screw up that part. I’m giving Dumb Stephanie the benefit of the doubt.

It’s possible that that’s charitable of me, because after the phone lesson, we found out the following things:

1. She told the interns to use the big-package stamps on the tiny show invitations because she didn’t think to look for any regular ones, or maybe because she was just too lazy. Or maybe those two are actually the same thing.
2. She forgot to tell the interns that were supposed to be working the Genetic Denim show that they were working it, and then she lied about it when someone asked, which was easily debunked by asking the next intern that walked through the door.
3. She left a room of interns to make and distribute gift bags to very important people with no supplies other than a Sharpie and a stack of white paper sacks and apparently zero instructions.
4. Despite that she got the entire staff yelled at over the crappy VIP gifts, she sent the interns back into the room, didn’t supervise them (let alone do it herself – Smart Stephanie would have done it herself), and the exact same thing that happened in #3 happened again.

It was a task that should have been completed by two interns in the space of an hour. Kelly ended up doing it herself because no one else understood how tissue paper worked.

Every time Dumb Stephanie screwed up, she said that yes, it was her fault, but then complained about not lack of training or sleep or whatever. I’m not sure exactly how much training or rest she needs in order to remember to tell a few interns to show up for Fashion Week and use the appropriate stamps, but she didn’t seem to be able to handle even the simplest tasks. Nay, she couldn’t even effectively delegate the simplest tasks. How she managed to get a job at a serious firm is beyond me. I felt bad for the interns in her charge.

Apparently so did Kelly, because she personally spoke to one of the intern’s mothers in what sounded like Ireland to assure her that her son had not managed to get lost somewhere in the bowels of New York City, but that it was Fashion Week, he was working hard, and that’s why she hadn’t heard from him in two days. It was adorable, and my boss at my old internship certainly wouldn’t have lifted a finger. In fact, I’m not sure that he was aware that I even had a mother. He seemed to think that I had sprung fully formed from some kind of vortex under his desk. Alas, that’s another story for another day.

Anyway, despite Dumb Stephanie’s best attempts to ruin everything and burn down the building, the Genetic Denim show seemed to go off nicely. Well, except for the model that collapsed. I should mention that. Since this wasn’t a traditional show but rather a “presentation,” the models had to stand perfectly still for hours on end while people milled around and drank free champagne. One of the male models locked his knees for too long or something and keeled over, taking part of the Swarovski-studded set with him. It all got fixed in a matter of minutes, however, and they sent him back out to wear his jeans. Not even Dumb Stephanie could keep him away.

In the end, the majority of the potential disasters were averted, and that’s probably the best that you can hope for in any high-pressure office. All of the teaser footage that we’re seeing about someone eventually getting fired is probably about Dumb Stephanie, but I hope we get to see her flounder around and pout over her own lack of ability for a few more weeks before she’s removed. Although if she stays around for too long, Smart Stephanie may pass out as hard as that poor male model.

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  • Janinevs

    Yay, so glad you’re covering this! Another vaguely interesting thing show that I was thinking abbout watching and now I don’t have to. Thanks Amanda!

  • Clearly I think we all now know the difference between each Stephanie. And I feel like a) I know Stephanie V and b) Stephanie V is surely from California.

    I know we only caught a glimpse, but Kell being fired seemed a bit over the top, but I guess that is the way the industry crumbles

  • Kim

    I remember seeing “Smart Stephanie” on an episode of true life: I’m going to fashion week. She was working for Kelly as an assistant at that time.

  • PhotoGirl

    Excellent recap!
    Loved Kelly’s take on interns (and yes, I was once an intern myself) and I just may steal her idea. They can pay me. :)
    I would have fired Dumb Stephanie by now. Perhaps Kelly is much nicer than I am.

    IMO, the scenes with Ava stole the show. I love seeing Kelly in her mom role.
    “Wash your hands and don’t forget to say thank-you.”

    Words to live by.

    • Olga

      I agree regarding Kelly in her mom role! It makes me feel like wow, you can make it out there as a single mom, you may have to kick yourself in the ass 24/7 but its doable. Love the show so far, and I love her assistant, makes the show that much more interesting.

  • Leah

    As a Californian, I would like to state on the record that though Stephanie V. is most likely from California, she HAS TO BE from the SOUTHERN half/La-La land. She wouldn’t make it in NorCal; her kind is not accepted here.

    ps – I heart Kell on Earth.

    • She looked Californian to me more than anything. Or at least stereotypically Californian. Like she could have easily been cast on The Hills instead, whereas the other Stephanie looked more like a stereotypical East Coast urban dweller.

  • prnyc

    The magic of reality tv editing. Ask any fashion editor in NY and they’ll tell you In real life, “dumb Stephanie’ is smarter than “smart Stephanie” Robin and Emily, even though she only had a year in PR. Also, Im pretty sure both Stephanies are from Chicago.

    • TV always edits how they would like. Unfortunately for Steph V, that is not in her favor. Though, it makes her more memorable and sticks out to most of us.

      Sounds like you have some inside info :)

      • prnyc

        i do know that the 6 employees all work 18 hours a day, 7 days a week,not exactly a dream job,. Quite a few people quit PR last August and were applying at other firms, but i don’t know why they left.

    • If that’s the case, then I would be super pissed if I was her. She’s getting the dumbass edit pretty hard.

      • Me too. We all know editing can and will portray ‘characters’ as they see fit. But if I was the one that got the “not a good worker” label and it was not the case – I would be really pissed!

  • bagolicious

    That show is so boring that I probably won’t be watching it anymore. And as for Stephanie V, I never even thought that she was a Californian. And as for her “having” to be from Southern, California as in “la-la-land”, as the Northern Californian called us down here in L.A., well, I find that ridiculous. I know that there has always been a rip between the north and south, and I’m in my 50s, but we’re pretty fed up with the northern Cal superiority attitude.

  • S

    I’m so glad that someone pointed out that dumb Stefani is not that dumb. The so-called smart Stefanie seems to enjoy playing the martyr role and as soon as I saw the first episode, I knew she was going to have a “breakdown” and cry on the next one. She seems to kiss up to the people Kelly favors (Andrew and the senior team) and for some reason wants to call out the other Stefani when she makes a mistake. Remember Andrew made a seating chart last week which included people that weren’t even invited to the show in the first place! And “smart Stefani” was cool with that and even helped him fix that problem.
    Kelly seems smart but this is not a well run business. Too much yelling, cursing and never any real explaining. I think it makes the fashion world look unprofesional. After viewing the show, I’m not sure if I’d pick People’s Revolution to run my show if I were a designer. Kelly isnt doing brain surgery, she can surely do it in a more proffesional manner.

  • prnyc

    The irony is that if was a regular tv show, viewers would know they were playing a part. Re the stamps/ bags and other mishaps: Regular work is pretty boring tv, so producers aren’t above spicing things up with a little sabotage. I think the interns were told to do the bags that way. Unlike other years, where 20 unpaid people worked in the PR sweatshop to improve their odds of getting a pub relations job, a lot of these kids probably just wanted to be on tv, and would do anything to get airtime. Although PR is likely pretty disorganized, KC is destroying her business in hopes of becoming a tv star. It’s certainly closer to real life than scripted shows like Hills and CIty, it’s still just entertainment.

    • I would think that no one would write on a bag sloppily (and silly typos) like we were shown without it being staged a bit. That makes sense

  • Stephanie’s Mother

    I am a member of the purse blog and also Stephanie’s V.s mother. It is hard for me to read such horrifying comments about my beautiful 23 year old daughter. She had only one year of experience before walking into Peoples Revolution in July 2009. She graduated from college with high honors as a business (finance) major. Like a lot of young women, she wanted to live the fashion dream in NYC. Instead, it has been a fashion nightmare. I hope that she is able to warn others young women like herself about the abuses that are embedded in the industry. Its kind of like the sweat shops of a prior era.

    • Jane

      I am truly sorry that your daughter is getting blamed for the mishaps at PR office. If anything Kelly should be to blame you need to delegate the work to others with respect and of course with full instruction. I find it obscene that they are portraying all the office mistakes on Stephanie, she is 23 yrs old and its her first year there. Are you kidding me? Kelly is the boss she needs to higher an office manager to help with the insanity between all the coworkers and interns. I hope Stephanie’s Mom you can help people understand the truth because people like to believe everything they see on “reality” tv as truth. I do find the show fun when they are showing the side of fashion and not the interoffice fighting. I will continue to watch the show, but I will keep in open mind when it comes to the editing.

  • Ben

    I really enjoy the show, but I am beginning to think it is just gimmick to better promote her firm. Think about it: you could go to PR firm X or go to People Revolution and they will do everything firm X will do PLUS feature your product/brand on her TV show. They did 10 events, but ONLY talk about 3 of them on the show? Personally, I think the show should be a bit like ’24’, where it shows the chaos of a given day, vs the one-event-an-episode format now.

  • shortstuff_106

    This is kind of off topic but did anyone else peep Vanity Fair’s George Wayne pop what he thought was a pill, but was actually a Swaroski Crystal?!!!! Too funny but also kinda sad….if no questions pill popping is really that common (that didn’t look staged to me)….