Dov Charney Says American Apparel Is Just Like Apple


Dov Charney‘s company came within a polyester-wrapped serger thread of bankruptcy last week, when a coalition of Canadian investors threw American Apparel a $43 million lifeline. But all that hasn’t dented Charney‘s famously vivid sense of destiny. “People didn’t believe in Amazon for many years, but it ended up changing the way Americans shop,” Charney says in a new interview. “People didn’t believe in Apple — they thought it was a fringe computer company. But it ended up changing the way people listen to music, and changing what daily life feels like worldwide.” Stand by while American Apparel changes the world, or at least your relationship with thong underwear, folks. [NYPost]

Credit where credit is due department: Naomi Campbell looks fucking amazing on the new cover of Vogue Nippon. [TLF]

Annual breast cancer product tie-in onslaught alert! Renee Zellweger is the face of a new Tommy Hilfiger bag. A portion of the proceeds go to breast cancer research. [TLF]

Paolo Roversi‘s new cover for Vogue Korea features Hyun Yi Lee, Han Hye Jin and Hye Jung Lee. Lovely. [DS]

Beyoncé shot an editorial for Harper’s Bazaar in Paris. She wore a see-through skirt. [TLF]

Mary H. K. Choi on the strange, bifurcated state of contemporary headbands, or what she calls the Head Thong: “um… is this going to be a trend now? Are all headbands going to feature an anchoring strand that bisects the dome like so much… posterior?” [MTV Style]

Emoticon rings. From Finland. [Design You Trust]

  • Samantha Swetra, the The City star whom Paz de la Huerta attacked with a glass after Swetra quipped about the actress’s drunkenness, is suing the actress. [NYPost]
  • Isaac Mizrahi, who has dressed many a bride in his day, recommends tranquilizers for the designer doing Kate Middleton‘s dress. “It’s so stressful, because you always think something’s going to fall off right in the middle of the most important day of [the bride’s] life. Of course, that would be catastrophic. I’m sure whoever is doing that dress is going to be on a lot of tranquilizers.” [The Cut]
  • Speaking of which, Olivier Theyskens says he knows who’s made The Dress. But he won’t tell. Shocking, we know. [Styleite]
  • Middleton and Princess Diana both carried versions of a Tod’s bag named “the D-bag.” It’s not what you think! In fact, the purse was renamed for Diana. [Vogue Italia]
  • According to “sources,” Kate Moss had Selfridges install a special smoking area for her in case she needed it during the launch of her Longchamp handbag collection. [CM]
  • Legendary model Beverly Johnson has apparently been cast in Tyler Perry‘s new movie. Johnson will be playing Gabrielle Union’s mother. [P6]
  • Anja Rubik and Sasha Knezevic, who got engaged over the holidays, will marry in Europe this July. Rubik will wear a dress by Pucci’s Peter Dundas. “Hopefully you get married only once, so it’s very exciting,” says Knezevic. “There are a lot of decisions to make, so many little details, but it’s fun. It’s going to be intimate, family and friends.” [Modelinia]
  • Karl Lagerfeld has denied he is involved in making a perfume that smells like hardback books. [Scented Salamander]
  • In real strange fragrance news, there’s a perfume called Cotton T-Shirt. []
  • Armani is launching a new perfume, Armani Code Sport. Meghan Fox and male model Chris Folz are the faces. [WWD]
  • Alex Wang says he wants to sell branded “lifestyle products,” like Moleskine notebooks. [W]
  • Vanessa Hudgens intends to do a fashion line that’s “Very 60s and 70s, with lots of embroidery and beadwork.” Hudgens was inspired to pursue this highly unusual ambition by her role models, Victoria Beckham and the Olsen twins. “Victoria Beckham is someone I take inspiration from. Also Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen. They have such an amazing fearlessness of fashion and that’s why their line is so incredible. I hope to be the same.” [CM]
  • Jessica Simpson works really hard on the licensed clothing line that bears her name, you guys! “I’m in the workroom in [L.A.’s] Westwood a few times a week from 11 to 7 at night.” [Us]
  • Speaking of crossovers, there exists somewhere in this world a garment with a tag that reads, “Carine Roitfeld.” Someone Tweeted it, so it must be out there! Does this mean Carine Roitfeld is launching a namesake clothing line? [Fashin]
  • Oh, André Leon Talley, what does it mean to you to be green? “I don’t think everyone should be wearing hip sacks and burlap blouses. There’s still room for luxury…You have to wake up and be conscious of everything, the way you dispose of things. I do make trips to the Dumpster. And I am proud of that because it’s far from my house. But I make a special effort to go to the Dumpster and put the cardboard with the cardboard, and plastic with the plastics.” [The Cut]
  • Tony Duquette is suing J. Crew for selling a “Duquette Leopard Print Sweater” without its permission. Generally, when taking inspiration from another company, it’s usually best not to credit them by name. [WWD]
  • Cheap but customarily tourist-clogged New York discount department store Century 21 is adding e-commerce. [Racked]
  • Sounds like the rumors that Balmain would look to an unknown designer to replace Christophe Decarnin were true — the latest indications are that some guy named Olivier Rousteing, who is so obscure Women’s Wear Daily had to go to his LinkedIn to bone up on his work history, will get the nod. [WWD]
  • Geoff Dyer, on the Perfect Summer Dress: “[I]t works for tennis, but also hiking or cycling and it can then be worn to a party — no matter how glamorous — that same night. So a summer dress can serve as a cocktail dress but not vice-versa. Above all, it must be simple. Bows, frills, sashes and so on detract from the essentialness that is the essential quality of the summer dress. It is the irreducible symbol, the last layer separating the naked fact of a woman from the world.” [Slate]
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