American Apparel is apparently in some deep financial trouble. The retailer has suffered substantial operating losses and, according to Gawker, is $91 million in debt! Execs are engaged in a restructuring deal at the moment, but even the company admitted this is really, really bad, explaining in a public statement, “There can be no assurance that if either or both of these events [restructuring deals] were to take place, that the company would be able to obtain the additional sources of liquidity required to continue operations.” What? Potential shutdown?! What happened to you guys? We thought AA was the shopping emporium of the cool kids. Does this mean hipsters are now spending elsewhere? A few ideas as to why American Apparel may be tanking, after the jump. Keep reading »
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Photographer Holly Norris says on her website, “Rarely, if ever, are women with disabilities portrayed in anything other than an asexual manner, for ‘disabled’ bodies are largely perceived as ‘undesirable.’” To combat that perception, Norris has chosen to spoof the highly identifiable American Apparel ads, which the company claims feature “real women,” though only real women who fit a very specific look — young, thin, and uber-sexual. In her series “American Able,” Norris has photographed Jes, a disabled woman, in American Apparel clothes and in the style of AA ads, in order to “reveal the ways in which women with disabilities are invisibilized in advertising and mass media.” Norris’ photographs are beautiful and I love the positive and forward-thinking mission of the work, which doesn’t just criticize mass market thinking but also presents an alternative. As for Jes? Her photographs have more personality than all the AA ads I’ve ever seen put together. Take that, Dov Charney.
Is fashion slowly regressing? Right now, it’s all about the ’90s floral patterns and Kelly Kapowski-esque Keds. We’ve even spotted a few skorts here and there. Now one of the latest products to hit American Apparel stores are frilly lace socks. Remember these? We wore these in the third grade, usually to birthday parties with some black patent leather flats. To be fair, the look is already kind of on track with the whole socks-and-heels trend. So wait and watch for it—frilly socks and shiny flats. (And baby barrettes perhaps?)
We get that American Apparel‘s colorful cotton basics have become staple items in most wardrobes. We also understand that sales can make people a tad crazy. But the scene outside of this U.K. American Apparel rummage sale still seems a tad excessive. Shouldn’t hipsters be more interested in making the rest of us feel pedestrian about our musical tastes than fighting it out over hoodies, anyway? [Styleite] Keep reading »
American Apparel, purveyor of hipster clothing items that serve questionable purposes, has a new item for summer — a ladies swimsuit … with a hood! This sexy one-piece has a hooded halter neck, which, it seems to me, you have to wear up if you’re laying out in the sun because otherwise some unsightly tan lines are in your future. With beach season almost here, is this a swimsuit you could see yourself wearing? [$48, American Apparel via BuzzFeed] Keep reading »
OK, so I don’t know for sure that the model wannabes competing in Cycle 14 of “America’s Next Top Model” are wearing American Apparel, but their monokinis, leotards, and jewel-tone tights look an awful lot like Dov Charney‘s wares. Too bad the new crop of hopefuls aren’t as interesting as the “models” on the American Apparel site, but at least Gabrielle tried. I will say, though, that the contestants do look sort of intriguing, which means I’ll be screaming, “I hate you, Tyra Banks,” at my TV screen for at least one more season. Will you watch “America’s Next Top Model” Cycle 14 when it premieres March 10 at 8 p.m. on The CW? [Starpulse] Keep reading »
I laughed (like I’m sure many of us did) when I heard about American Apparel’s “Search for the Best Bottom in the World” competition. I found myself aggravated by the douchebaggerous lengths that Dov Charney would go to violate and objectify women. And then I visited the site and was totally taken in by looking at all of the bum entries. They were kind of hot and not in an underfed, underage model kind of way. There was something kind of awesome about all these women photographing their real butts, privately and (mostly) respectfully. I couldn’t help but think, “What would happen if I photographed my donk?” My curiosity outweighed my feminist rage and the next thing I knew, I was slipping on my AA lace body suit, bending over for my camera, and actually kind of enjoying it. Keep reading »
Is that … could these really be … American Apparel models? But they’re not wearing plaid, thick glasses, or neon. These boys actually look kind of preppy. And dare we even say it? Hot.
Among American Apparel’s latest men’s collection are some decidedly non-hipster looks that we haven’t quite seen from the retailer before. Among the styles are collegiate blouse/sweater combos and smart, fitted pants. All in all, these buttoned-up dudes look less like they just came from an MGMT concert, but rather like they’re off to Poly Sci 202 at Harvard. Could it be that American Apparel is embracing “alternative” fashions? Keep reading »