Dickinson, who used to be a judge on America's Next Top Model of which Cutrone is now a part of the panel, recently spoke out again criticising former boss, Tyra Banks. Talking to Fashionista, Cutrone defended Banks and gave the self-titled 'world's first supermodel' a run for her money as far as having a sharp tongue is concerned. 'Janice is a bitch. You can quote me on that. She's an erratic, unpredictable bitch. Last time I saw her on TV she was on Dr Drew's Celebrity Rehab, so I'm not going to take her as a credible source against Tyra Banks,' she said. 'If someone puts you on TV, even if it's just for a year, you need to be thankful.'
The news about the changes at 'America's Next Top Model' has had us all talking this week. At the time the changes were announced, Page Six reported that a blogger could be in with a chance of joining the judging panel and in an interview with Fashionista, Kelly Cutrone confirmed that the people involved are 'really good'. Unlike Cutrone, though, former ANTM winner Eva Pigford isn't for the idea of bloggers becoming involved.
'[Bloggers] are just people with opinions that don't do this business,' she told Fashionista. 'It's like me giving you an opinion about your blog. I don't have a blog so who am I to tell you about your blog?' She continued: 'I'm sorry, three months as a blogger is not gonna prepare you for what this world is.' Rather ironically, legitimacy wasn't an issue for her when it came to her swift venture into acting after a short period of modeling but we'll let that one slip.
Do you agree with Pigford and if so, who would you like to see involved instead?
We were all shocked when America's Next Top Model producer's confirmed that long standing cast members, Nigel Barker, J. Alexander and Jay Manuel, had been given the boot. While the decision was reportedly based on a need to shake things up, not much has been said about why they were the ones on the chopping block.
Page Six reported that the change was because producers wanted to give the show a social media twist and had reached out to Byran Boy about being involved. As Fashionista discovered, that wasn't true as he confirmed to them that he didn't know anything about it. Kelly Cutrone spoke about it yesterday saying, 'I certainly wasn't expecting it as the new girl. When I was there I felt like I was visiting their world and I didn't realised that they would be leaving,' she told Fashionista. 'I don't know who's replacing everyone and I know some of the people who will be joining the show and of course I can't say.' According to Cutrone, though, we need not worry because the replacements are 'really good'.
UPDATE: Access Hollywood asked Tyra about it on the red carpet today, where she confirmed that the move was centred around shaking things up. 'We've reached a point where we feel that the show just needs a new boost, and there's a lot of people that go into that decision, and it's very difficult because I love [Nigel Barker, J. Alexander, and Jay Manuel], and, I mean, they're my guys,' she said. 'They've been there since the beginning of the show. But they'll still be there because my partner Ken Mok and I, we have projects that we're developing and we're a family, so it doesn't end.'
Just when we thought Kelly Cutrone's appointment as a judge was the last big change on 'America's Next Top Model', the show's producers confirmed that that is not the end to the line-up changes. After 18 cycles Jay Manuel, J. Alexander and judge Nigel Barker have all been given the axe.
According to Page Six, all three were informed yesterday that their contracts would not be renewed for cycle 19 and interestingly, reports allege that producers are looking for a blogger to join the panel. 'We hear producers are looking to add a social media slant to the sow, and they've already reached out to bloggers and fashion insiders with a strong web presence, including street-style blogger Bryan Boy,' Page Six wrote. Fashionista contacted Bryan who revealed that contrary to reports, he hasn't bee n approached. 'I love Tyra and ANTM - I thin it would be amazing to make a cameo (hello Andre! hello Franca!) but no, nothing is in the works as of now,' he told the site. 'This is the first time I heard of this.'
If you are missing seeing André Leon Talley on the small screen since he passed the ANTM judging baton to Kelly Cutrone, I come baring good news. Bravo have just announced that they are working on a new fashion show in which the Vogue editor will play a prominent role.
According to the press release : 'We follow four up-and-coming fashion design teams as they produce the defining collection of their careers, all under the watchful eye of fashion icon André Leon Talley. The mission to “create, show and sell” is clear for emerging designers striving to build a business in New York City, which remains the heart of the fashion industry.' While I will never give up an opportunity to watch him on TV, the show doesn't seem to add anything to the already staurated fashion reality TV show market.
Do we really need yet another fashion-design show?
Going from a successful reality star into a bona fide designer is hard transition for anyone and it's a challenge that Whitney Port has willingly embraced over the last few years. Despite showing her line, Whitney Eve, at New York Fashion Week in a group with several other designers back in 2009, the platforms she used to present her line were a lot more modest after the show was cancelled.
But fans of the line should not despair because Port has confirmed that she will return to the New York Fashion Week schedule next month and will show her Autumn/Winter 2012 collection at the Lincoln Centre with the help of Kelly Cutrone and People's Revolution. “My collection has grown so much over the past few years, and the next step for me as a designer was to put on my own runway show,” Port explained in a release. “I am so excited to show on schedule as part of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York, and can’t wait to show my new Fall collection on the runway.”
Yesterday Page Six said that André Leon Talley could be leaving 'America's Next Top Model' and this morning the Vogue editor confirmed the reports and denied that his decision was based on a disagreement with Tyra Banks. “It’s all good in the neighborhood,” he said. “I had a fabulous time. It was a mutual agreement. There is no unhappiness, at all.”
Kelly Cutrone is said to be his replacement and we couldn't think of a better candidate. After the PR mogul ended her reality TV reign we've been desperate to have her back on our screen and besides, who does honesty and tough love better than Cutrone?
If there's anyone that can help take your fashion career to the next level, it's Kelly Cutrone. If you haven't read her amazing bestselling book, 'If You Want To Cry Go Outside', her interaction and support of Whitney Port in 'The City' should have you convinced.
If that's all got you interested, Cutrone has signed up with MTV to work on a new TV show which is focused on doing just that. Cutrone will coach aspiring fashionista's, supporting them and lending her no-nonsense approach to help them realise their potential. “Kelly Cutrone…is here to push you to achieve your goals,” the show's casting notice reads. “She’s been there, and has the know-how to kick your dreams into gear.”