6 posts tagged "American Apparel"
“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” »
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 Style.com 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 Style.com 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.
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]
Pina Ferlisi, former creative director for Marc by Marc Jacobs, has been named creative director for Alexander McQueen’s McQ. [WWD]
After months of rumors surrounding the Rachel Zoe/Taylor Jacobson split last November, Zoe has opened up about her former’s assistant’s departure—with made-for-TV barbs, of course, and a plug for her show. “Taylor just went in for the kill,” she says. But as for specifics? “I would love to tell you but I would have to kill you. You’ll see it on season 3.” [Fashionologie]
StyleList has the first looks inside Abercrombie & Fitch’s relaunched A&F Quarterly. Inside? Gratuitously unclothed models. Just like the first time—hey, no need to reinvent the wheel. [Stylelist]
Speaking of gratuitously undressed models, Valentino’s Fall campaign will feature some, too. [WWD]
American Apparel CEO and self-proclaimed “international business celebrity” Dov Charney threatens all AA employees with a $1 million dollar lawsuit for leaking any details of AA’s practices (which allegedly include regular check-ins for attractiveness). Yes, sounds totally above-board to us. [Gawker]
Could Freida Pinto be the next Bond girl? If you believe British tabloids, then yes. [The Sun]
Gianni Versace‘s Lake Como relics are up for auction in London next Wednesday, and quite frankly, the stuff’s a steal. The pair of life-size nude wrestlers that used to watch over Versace’s Villa Fontanelle bedroom is only $55,000, which, considering you get two of them, is quite the bargain. [WWD]
American Apparel goes a little bit Brit. The L.A. label needed to come up with $51 million, stat, and London’s Lion Capital stepped in last night to help. Does this mean trenchcoats and tweeds to pair with our gold lamé hot pants? [WWD]
Lean times = fuller figures? “When the economy is tanking, what will emerge is an ideal of a fuller, plumper woman,” says some kind of doctor. Yes, Beth Ditto’s photo appears in this article. [The Daily Beast]