SHOWDOWN: Fashion show producer People’s Revolution has cut ties with South African designer David Tlale, whose show it was producing. The show will still go on at 9:30 a.m. today at the Box in Lincoln Center. Kelly Cutrone, owner of People’s Revolution, said she resigned because her agency didn’t get paid. They had agreed that People’s Revolution would be paid 50 percent of show fees upon signing, and the remainder of the deposit 48 hours before the show. As of Wednesday, she had not been paid any of her $15,000 fee, she claimed.
She said she told Tlale Wednesday that “if you don’t honor your agreement, you’re no longer in our care,” and they would resign immediately. She said she began e-mailing guests that People’s Revolution was no longer affiliated with the fashion presentation.
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Reached for comment, Tlale told WWD, “It’s not about me not wanting to pay them. The payments were delayed from my side. They were going to be effective today, but she pulled the plug. She was not willing to wait. We were going to make the entire amount today.”
Tlale, who will be showing for his third time in Lincoln Center, said he has already paid IMG for the space. He said he contacted the stylist, makeup people and casting agent when he got word that People’s Revolution was pulling out and asked them to continue helping him. “What really has changed is our relationship with People’s Revolution. It was my first time, and one of those lessons learned.” So what was the lesson learned? “You have to learn how they work, to pay in advance. I’m coming from South Africa and trying to build a brand in New York. I wanted to work with People’s Revolution, but it never worked out.”