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 »
American Apparel is not content to simply dress your body, they want to paint your nails too. In addition to their spendy T-shirts and skanky jersey dresses, the store just launched a nail polish line. Welcome to the beauty world, AA. (What’s next? Home goods, a full beauty line, or fragrances?) Keep reading »
The ever-controversial American Apparel CEO, Dov Charney, sent out his latest newsletter to employees with a “helpful” tip regarding current eyebrow aesthetics. Over-tweezing is so yesterday or something, and now it’s all about thick, healthy brows, à la teenaged Brooke Shields, which really did happen so yesterday. We’re not sure why he would share his personal eyebrow-trimming preference with the class. (Is he really suggesting women who work at American Apparel should stop waxing their brows or is he just being the head of a fashion company sharing a seasonal trend? It’s unclear.) But we’ll give him this: Thick brows were all over the spring 2010 runways. Bang on trend, Dov! So, um, yeah. [Jezebel] Keep reading »
In a new series for his immensely popular high-end street fashion blog, Jak & Jil, photographer Tommy Ton profiles Emily Eisen, first assistant to fashion editor and stylist Nicola Formichetti, whose clients include Lady Gaga, Robert Pattinson, and Scarlett Johansson. In the pictorial, Eisen shows off a few of her favorite fashion things, including Burberry’s barbed wire ring, American Apparel sheer white tees, and those Prada chandelier shoes. Check out more snaps after the jump. Keep reading »
Hipster porn aside, you know you love those shirts. Something else that’s near and dear to your heart? Sesame Street. To commemorate the show’s 40th anniversary, American Apparel sifted through the archives to select original line drawings of Jim Henson’s characters for limited edition T-shirts that will be sold in 25 stores and online later this month. Not only are they cute and — given our current obsession with all things ’70s and ’80s — surprisingly modern-looking, unlike Lindsay Lohan and Ungaro’s design FAIL, this is one designer collaboration we’re actually feeling. Keep reading »
American Apparel: the store people either love to hate or hate to love. As for us, we go back and forth, at times comically appalled by its hijinks and shenanigans, other times in love with its new fashions. Shopping at American Apparel can feel like a guilty pleasure—you know you’re buying into hipster culture, yet you’re going to be just as happy to purchase the same zip-up hoodie that everyone else has.
Then there’s this, which does make us question the company’s true moral barometer. (Even though the latest scandal involved an ad which looked like teenage porn, the model was 23 — so, there’s no real legal encroachment there.) While the kids line is nothing new, these leg warmer items and the little one wearing them are. Seriously? That girl is practically a toddler and already practicing her Playboy poses. [American Apparel] Keep reading »
The remake of “Fame” comes out in two days and we are getting our spandex ready. Join us after the jump. Keep reading »