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A video interview with Cecilia Cassini, known as the world's youngest fashion designer.
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A video interview with Cecilia Cassini, known as the world's youngest fashion designer.
posted by livejamie (43 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite

 
something something lawn
posted by felix at 12:22 PM on November 18, 2010


something something shotgun
posted by item at 12:28 PM on November 18, 2010


something something neutron bomb
posted by Dee Xtrovert at 12:29 PM on November 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Something: Something something something.
posted by googly at 12:30 PM on November 18, 2010 [6 favorites]


something something style rookie
posted by orville sash at 12:32 PM on November 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Truly the lady gaga of 8-year olds.
posted by delmoi at 12:34 PM on November 18, 2010


Wouldn't it be like amazing if I could sit through the entire interview? Must. cut. off. ears. now.
posted by Nanukthedog at 12:35 PM on November 18, 2010


I predict a bunch of Dan'l Boone myths to grow up around this young lady.

"When Cecilia Cassini was born, the doctors were surprised to see that she had arranged her umbilical cord into a stylish sarong!"
posted by Sidhedevil at 12:36 PM on November 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


ın fact, she is just a poor girl, or she is just a toy on her parents hands
posted by azar at 12:42 PM on November 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Her name sounds like that of a Roald Dahl character.

And we know how it often went for his overtly precocious characters.
posted by Windigo at 12:43 PM on November 18, 2010


that poor child.
posted by boo_radley at 12:54 PM on November 18, 2010 [2 favorites]


Arrrrgggghhh!!!!*head asplodes*
posted by P.o.B. at 12:56 PM on November 18, 2010


When I hear "fashion designer", and it comes from "the Hills" or "laguna beach", or just general LA douchebags...all I think is:

Fucking rich people with no class, no style, no history of real fashion, just plain money.

Fuck them all, and fuck this little spoiled girl's parents.
posted by hal_c_on at 1:02 PM on November 18, 2010


HATE
posted by Sprocket at 1:03 PM on November 18, 2010


this kid needs Jesus media-literacy education...

I believe George Carlin used to have a bit about teaching our children about bullshit and bullshitters from a young age. I don't think he recommended an immersion approach.
posted by es_de_bah at 1:06 PM on November 18, 2010


Uh oh. Our education system is failing even the affluent white kids now. That can't be good.
posted by Lutoslawski at 1:11 PM on November 18, 2010


I'm sure I would have been just this annoying at that age had I been given an audience. Thank your lucky stars I was born when I was born.
posted by ThePinkSuperhero at 1:14 PM on November 18, 2010


I think everyone should put their ages on their logos and promotional material.

--MegoSteve, Age 42
posted by MegoSteve at 1:27 PM on November 18, 2010


Yeah, I'm with ThePinkSuperhero--many kids go waaaay overboard with their enthusiasms; it's part of growing up. I wrote my first novel at that age, and it was really bad ("Trouble at Beaver Dam"--a thrilling saga of frogs and beavers working together to fight pollution--influenced mainly by Thornton W. Burgess and "Lassie's Rescue Rangers").
posted by Sidhedevil at 1:30 PM on November 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Tavi Gevinson is my tween fashionista of choice. The New Yorker had a profile of her in September (abstract; full article for subscribers). There is a slideshow on the newyorker blog that can give you a taste of her awesomeness.
posted by frecklefaerie at 1:38 PM on November 18, 2010 [2 favorites]




Her dress is ugly.
posted by cmoj at 2:28 PM on November 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Should 6 (or 10) year old child be wearing earrings and sequined clothing?
posted by Cranberry at 2:34 PM on November 18, 2010


> that poor child.

Huh? She seems perfectly happy. She's doing something she loves and getting rewarded for it. Not sure where all the

> HATE

is coming from.
posted by languagehat at 2:34 PM on November 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


Yeah, I hate to pick on a little kid, even when she seems like such a creep, but it's so hard not to... She reminds me of this girl at my 6th birthday party who announced to my mother that she was allergic to cake and would only eat frosting.
posted by queensissy at 2:47 PM on November 18, 2010


I think she's great. She's a ten year old fashion designer, and her work isn't all that bad (though her website died about 2 minutes ago). It's apparent that she takes herself and her work seriously, but that's not a trait exclusive to her or ten year old girls, and she's gotta be a ridiculously hard worker because she makes the dresses herself - maybe I'm naive to believe the copy on her website? Her life seems analogous to tennis kids, about which, well, I'm not so sure how comfortable I am with the idea, but to each their own. People seem to hate when young people get a voice. I don't know if it's jealousy, resentment, insecurity, or something else, but there seems to be a universal hatred of successful kids, Bieber et al. The comments in this thread are far from the best of the web.

tl;dr: you're all assholes.
posted by doublehappy at 3:29 PM on November 18, 2010 [2 favorites]


I remember when I once saw an interview with Dakota Fanning and she was a tiny child who seemed to be trying to be adorable for adults by appearing precocious, and it was more creepy than anything. Good thing she turned out normal (except for a lad mag appearance where she wanted to declare she wasn't a little girl anymore, except she very scarily still looks like a child -- I'm sure a lot of pedocreepers bought that issue).

I'm impressed by truly talented kids, like those who are math geniuses or prodigies at the violin or piano or hard at work playing tennis or doing gymnastics or ice skating or whatever--something that takes a lot of dedication and discipline, but it's hard for me to fawn over a "fashion prodigy" because I hardly understand what that means. My mother learned to sew as a very young child and made her own clothes as a little girl. So what? I mean, in the fashion industry, you have people like Nicky Hilton who say weird things like, "Accessories are my passion." And then people like Olivia Palermo who are so lazy and narcissistic, and are somehow drawn to fashion. Mary Kate Olsen is into fashion apparently but dresses like a hobo.

There are just certain categories that don't make sense. I mean, apparently Tavi whatsherface is supposed to be some kind of fashionista, but most of the time it doesn't look like she knows how to dress herself.

And to me, anybody who spends $400 on a handbag is a crazy person. And the crazies in the fashion industry want us to believe a $400 handbag is "a work of art" or "a good investment." HA.
posted by anniecat at 5:02 PM on November 18, 2010


She looks like a future mob boss wife. Or one of the Housewives of New Jersey or something.

God, I'm so bad for picking on a little kid but whoever she's emulating in her mannerisms is annoying.
posted by anniecat at 5:06 PM on November 18, 2010


doublehappy, I don't hate her. I pity her and I'm a little afraid for her. Sure, she might turn out as well as Jodie Foster, Shirley Temple or Ron Howard did, but the world is the world and she's eleven. Unless she has a family with an iron constitution, a set bedtime and a willingness to ground her now and again, chances are that the world is going to snap her bones and suck the marrow.

I wanted very much to be a child star or prodigy. I was writing poetry at Mattie Stepanek's age and much better at that; I even tried to sell it. I kept asking my mom if I couldn't skip some grades, or try out to be on TV, or something -- she would always smile and say no. Then, I thought it was So Unfair, which is the worst thing to a child. Now, of course, I understand.
posted by Countess Elena at 5:09 PM on November 18, 2010


I don't know if it's jealousy, resentment, insecurity, or something else, but there seems to be a universal hatred of successful kids, Bieber et al. The comments in this thread are far from the best of the web.

I don't think it's jealousy or insecurity -- it's mostly a mix of pity and exasperation, and also fear of seeing another kid elevated to some status and then suffer the inevitable lifelong consequences of being used by an industry and spit out. It's like those weird kids in the original production of "Annie" who couldn't go back to normal life after being on Broadway and now they're mostly angry, sad, unsuccessful actors who can't live normal lives because they learned to thrive on attention from others. At some point, when someone starts peddling a four year old who can sew (of which there are probably hundreds in Bangladesh helping in making your clothes), I'm pretty sure this girl won't even be able to get K-Mart to put out her stuff.
posted by anniecat at 5:13 PM on November 18, 2010


Children have begun to realize that low wage manufacturing doesn't add enough value to the supply chain to advance them economically. By moving up to more valuable components of the production process, ie design and brand management child laborers can increase their hourly earnings and enjoy numerous benefits reserved for higher status workers like health care, paid vacation and nap time.
posted by humanfont at 5:38 PM on November 18, 2010


I never thought I would see such a vitriolic shitstorm of near-universal hatred directed against a ten year old girl.

Stay classy, everyone.
posted by Scientist at 5:58 PM on November 18, 2010 [3 favorites]


Oh please. If you don't understand why people are annoyed with the way she's acting you must be incredibly deaf and blind to the blatantly obvious.
Unless your saying since she's ten years old she gets carte blanche to act however she wants? Yeah, let's do that for children everywhere and let the class shine through.
posted by P.o.B. at 6:14 PM on November 18, 2010


Of course she doesn't get carte blanche to act however she wants. However, the fact that she's a bit obnoxious and pretentious (as many of us were at her age) does not give all of Metafilter carte blanche to use her as a verbal punching bag.

Think of it this way: imagine we were all in a room, instead of on a website. Now, imagine she was there. How would you feel about your behavior and that of your peers? Do you think it would be justified by the fact that the girl in question rubs you (and others) the wrong way?

If not, then why do you think that the fact that we are on a website instead of in a room, and that she is (presumably) absent rather than present gives us an excuse to act like a bunch of dicks?

Hating on a ten-year-old is pretty low. I put it somewhere between stealing someone's tip jar and punching a baby. Frankly I thought folks here tried to conduct themselves with a little more style than that.
posted by Scientist at 6:41 PM on November 18, 2010 [1 favorite]


And yeah, for what it's worth I do think that being ten does entitle one to a little bit of extra forgiveness and patience from others regarding one's behavior. Not carte blanche, but at age ten kids are really just beginning to try to figure out how adults behave and how that world works. Cut the kid a little slack, yeah?

Anyway, I'm not interested in turning this into a fight (this isn't the place for it, and I have better things to do with my time) so I'll say no more on the matter. Just, you know, maybe people could think a little bit before they speak, and try to conduct themselves with a modicum of decorum. I know that that's a big ask on the internet, but I was pretty sure that that sort of consideration was supposed to be one of the big features of this community.
posted by Scientist at 6:48 PM on November 18, 2010


imagine we were all in a room, instead of on a website.

That isn't the way it works, but if you wanted to somehow reconfigure reality to suit you than most all conversations here wouldn't even be had. The good, the bad, and the ugly. I mean it's not even realistic to propose that.

Hating on a ten-year-old is pretty low.

What's that one fallacy where you define a bunch of things under one umbrella so it's really easy to conflate one thing with another?
There's a big difference between saying I hate the way she's acting and I hate her. Duh!

Reframing this as if everyone is using this ten-year as a "punching-bag" to get off their kicks instead of how most everyone is actually just pointing out how she's acting obnoxious is the huge dick move here.

Look, I've hung out with ten-year-old primadonnas. I'm well aware of how children act. I think I'm entitled to have an opinion about this, as are most of the adults here. Is that okay with you?
posted by P.o.B. at 7:19 PM on November 18, 2010


Reminds me of some entertainment news clip of a successful director in India...who's only 10 years old! So they show, sure enough, this little kid on the set of some Bollywood production ordering people around, and I'm not thinking wow, this kid is impressive. I'm thinking, ok how rich are this kid's parents and what strings did they pull to get the little prince his dream job?
posted by zardoz at 7:42 PM on November 18, 2010


imagine we were all in a room, instead of on a website. Now, imagine she was there. How would you feel about your behavior and that of your peers? Do you think it would be justified by the fact that the girl in question rubs you (and others) the wrong way?

Wouldn't say it to her face, but as soon as she left the room? Man, I would comment how obnoxious, spoiled, and weird she is. I'd wonder what is wrong with her parents, because clearly something's up.
posted by explosion at 8:07 PM on November 18, 2010


Just what I suspected: Today's fashion can be designed by a 10 year-old.
posted by CarlRossi at 8:29 PM on November 18, 2010


And is.
posted by CarlRossi at 8:29 PM on November 18, 2010


A brave new world for clothing design! Since runway fashions are all much too small for adult women (or, as the industry would have it, women are just too gargantuan to fit into properly sized clothes) designers will begin to target 10 year olds!

Perfect: they have 18" waists, no bust or hips to get in the way, and they have no innate fashion sense, so they'll accept anything that's thrown at them.

And as for Miss Cassini, I assume that she's connected with Oleg?
posted by jrochest at 10:40 PM on November 18, 2010


Cindy Sherman has really outdone herself with the makeup, I think.
posted by dzaz at 2:47 AM on November 19, 2010


I never thought I would see such a vitriolic shitstorm of near-universal hatred directed against a ten year old girl.

You're right. We should totally wait for her Super Sweet Sixteen MTV Special to hate her. Right now, I just hate her mother.
posted by clearly at 6:56 AM on November 19, 2010 [1 favorite]


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