September 2 2014

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Dov Charney Ousted From His Own Company, American Apparel


American Apparel Hipster Turns Preppy As Stock May Be DelistedAmerican Apparel founder Dov Charney, who is under investigation for alleged misconduct, has been terminated from his role as president and CEO of the company. WWD reports that the company’s board voted on the decision to suspend Charney from his executive roles, and after a thirty-day “cure” period he will officially be out. Executive vice president and CFO John Luttrell, formerly of Old Navy and Wet Seal, has been appointed interim CEO.

Luttrell confirmed that American Apparel will still maintain its promise of “sweatshop-free, Made in the USA” clothing. However, we wouldn’t be surprised if the company’s racy ads are dropped. Conceived by Charney, the ads, which feature female employees in provocative poses, have always incited controversy. Charney’s very public harassment lawsuits only made matters worse over the years. Perhaps without its founder at the helm, American Apparel will turn over a new, less sexually charged leaf.

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Shop the Look: Youth Culture



Is it just us, or were we on to something in elementary school? Suddenly those jelly shoes, glitter manicures, and playsuits that so quickly fell out of favor are feeling pretty fresh. We’ve already purchased a closetful of crisp shirting and artistic prints this spring, but we think every wardrobe needs a few pieces that are just fun to wear. Enter jellies, hair bows (clipped into messy waves for a less prim look), pastels aplenty, sparkly accents, and playful accessories, which pay subtle homage to our hopscotch days without feeling too literal. Feel like a kid again with pieces by Sophia Webster, Valentino, American Apparel, and more, below.

1. Edie Parker watermelon acrylic clutch, $1,495, available at

2. Valentino split-back playsuit, $1,953, available at

3. Sophia Webster purple-and-green color-blocked Violeta sandals, $112, available at

4. Deborah Lippmann glitter nail lacquer in Candy Shop, $20, available at

5. American Apparel small bow hair clip, $10, available at

Photos: Courtesy Photos

Michelle Lane’s Thoughtful Fashion


Michelle Lane“Everything that I’ve learned has brought me back to the idea that we need to create a new dialogue in fashion,” offered stylist and jewelry designer Michelle Lane at Maryam Nassir Zadeh’s Lower East Side boutique last night. “I’m interested in exploring capitalism as a religion through fashion—and moving away from [the construction of] fashion as fantasy.” The industry vet is explaining her rather academic motivations behind founding BREADstudio, her philanthropically minded design studio. Lane’s project debuted last night via A Trace of Thrace,—a pop-up show of Bulgarian design pieces at Zadeh’s shop.

The works—which Lane curated while studying language and sociopolitical theory in fashion in Switzerland last February—represent an exciting assortment of young Bulgarian designers. “There’s something in the Balkan culture that resonated with me,” related Lane, at the show’s opening, between sips of white wine and bites of Turkish pastries. “That mixture of the Eastern and Western sensibility, the very deconstructionalist and spiritual components, the sadness and nostalgia…. It’s a very interesting culture.” Continue Reading “Michelle Lane’s Thoughtful Fashion” »

Kesh Goes All American


Kesh at the launch of her collaboration with American Apparel

Downtown’s eager scenesters piled into the American Apparel on East Houston last night for the New York launch of the brand’s collaboration with U.K.-bred, L.A.-based artist Kesh. The twelve-piece capsule consists of American Apparel basics—tees, hats, panties, and the like—emblazoned with graphic black and white stripes and evil eyes. The motifs were all drawn from a wall in Kesh’s studio, in front of which she’s photographed visitors such as Azealia Banks, Dev Hynes, and Olivier Zahm.

“I want everyone to wear my clothes!” the artist told after posing for an Instagram. “Well, maybe not your average Joe walking down the street that has no idea who I am,” she joked. But I have a really diverse following, from high-end fashionistas to students in Michigan. That’s what I love most about my work.”

Kesh told that she’s worn American Apparel since she was 17, so to put her art on their clothes was a big full-circle moment—almost as exciting, she said, as showing for the first time at Art Basel Miami in December. “I also chose American Apparel because I’ve seen the workers in the factory making these clothes, and those workers are happy.”

Kesh’s collection for American Apparel is available in stores and online now. Prices start at $34.

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The Season’s Unlikely Style Icon, Fashion Week 2.0, Billy Reid For Levi’s Hits Stores, And More…


The floral dresses. The chunky shoes and woolly socks. The high-piled buns. Looks like another night at the Jane. Also looks like—Elaine Benes?! The NYT assesses the reruns and finds the season’s unlikely style icon. Bizarro! [NYT]

Meet the new, technologically savvier fashion week—one with barcode-reading check-in kiosks, iPad-stored guest lists, Fashion GPS. [WSJ]

The latest Levi’s collaboration, designed by Alabama-based designer Billy Reid, hits stores September 14. Workwear obsessives who just can’t wait can get a first look on Fashion’s Night Out, when Reid heads up north to debut the line at Bloomingdale’s on 59th Street. [Racked]

And beleaguered American Apparel CEO Dov Charney speaks out about the rumors swirling around his company. Could it fail? Well, maybe. “There’s a chance that you get hit by a car. There’s a chance you get a disease. But they are chances,” Charney tells WWD. “But there’s also a likelihood that the [financial] covenant will be worked out, as it has in the past.” Deep-V aficionados, keep those fingers crossed. [WWD]

Photo: Columbia TriStar Television / Courtesy of The Everett Collection