November 5, 2010

bye-bye, the city

I am lame, but I won't lie: I loved The City. By now it's no secret that the MTV pseudo-reality series has called it quits after three seasons. It was originally brought on as the New York City counterpart to The Hills after Whitney Port left. Port went from L.A. to New York working for Diane von Furstenberg, and a new show was born. It followed Port and a various assortment of characters (Olivia Palermo, Kelly Cutrone, Roxy Olin, and Erin Kaplan to name a few) working different jobs in the fashion industry. For that reason alone (along with the setting and wardrobe choices), I was hooked.

Personally, I never liked The Hills. I couldn't identify with the tanned California girls and their brightly-colored clothes assailed my eyes. My heart belongs to New York forevermore.

(Left to Right) Token mean girl Olivia Palermo and heroine Whitney Port

I think it's fair to say that the first season of The City was not so interesting. I couldn't keep the characters straight because, well, they were boring. Not memorable at all. Although, I do remember one of them crying quite a bit. Anyway, the second and third seasons really had me hooked because Olivia was handed a position on a silver platter at Elle magazine as an accessories editor. She worked under the watchful eyes of Joe Zee (creative director of the magazine) and PR Director Erin Kaplan. Both were great to watch because even if it was scripted, it still gave you some idea of what working for a magazine might be like. Whitney ends up leaving DVF and pursuing her dream of designing clothes. A familiar character from The Hills returns to give Whitney brash advice and tough love: Kelly Cutrone.

Kelly is Whitney's critical and sharp boss at PR company, People's Revolution. In terms of the fashion industry and making it in NYC, she knows what she's talking about. When she wasn't jabbing someone with her one-liners, she played big-hearted maternal guidance to Whit's struggling designer. I love Kelly, and not just because of her all-black ensembles. She doesn't bullshit anyone. I just hope that's her real personality and not only on camera. 

Kelly Cutrone: "L.A. has weather, we [New York] have life."

So true, Kel. I'll miss you, City girls.

Jessi Lou


  1. I have never gotten into either of these shows but I can see the draw from a fashion point of view I bet they were interesting.
    Daisy Dayz

  2. awww...that's sad. nice pics anyway :)

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  3. ahhh it was a great show :(

  4. I stopped watching the hills once lauren left. And the city only watched season 1...lovee the setting and fashion. Must check out seasons 2 & 3 :)