American Apparel Might Have Already Been Dead A Year Go

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The official demise of American Apparel really might be happening, and soon, if the brand’s second-quarter-earnings filing released this week is any indication. Shares are down 87% this year, and net losses for the previous quarter are valued at $19.4 million. The prognosis for survival of the once-popular purveyor of bodysuits and hoodies is a year or less, possibly: “We believe that we may not have sufficient liquidity necessary to sustain operations for the next 12 months. These factors, among others, raise substantial doubt that we may be able to continue as a going concern,” the company said in the filing. Continue reading

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Paulina Porizkova: ‘I Feel Sorry for the Girls Who Are Modeling Now’

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Before the unfiltered candor of Chrissy Teigen, there was Paulina Porizkova. Outspoken and delightfully forthright, Porizkova catapulted to supermodel status in the 1980s, ascending quickly from Sports Illustrated swimsuit covers to contracts with Coca-Cola and Estée Lauder. After stints on reality television, including a gig as a judge on America’s Next Top Model (where, Porizkova complained, the queen of smize was habitually late), Porizkova is beginning her latest project as the face of anti-aging skin-care line Rx Genesys. The Cut caught up with the model to discuss Botox, sperm eyebrows, and what she thinks about models today. Continue reading

Abercrombie & Fitch Hires New Women’s Designer from Karl Lagerfeld

Abercrombie & Fitch fall lookbook. Photo: Abercrombie.com

Abercrombie & Fitch fall lookbook. Photo: Abercrombie.com

The struggling retailer has rebuilt its design team as it looks towards a turnaround.

When Abercrombie & Fitch announced several new hires in June, it was still looking to fill the important role of head designer for A&F Women’s. On Tuesday, the retailer confirmed that the search was over: Kristina Szasz — most recently design director for denim at both Tommy Hilfiger and Karl Lagerfeld (Tommy parent company PVH has a minority stake in Karl Lagerfeld) — will take on the role starting in September.  Continue reading

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Aug 23 San Antonio, TX Korova
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Sept 10 St. Louis, MO Fubar
Sept 12 Indianapolis, IN White Rabbit Cabaret

♠ Nasty Gal Founder Sophia Amoruso Joins Marie Claire as Contributing Editor

Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso

Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso

By Rosemary Feitelberg

Amoruso’s debut seems to be a win for both parties involved. Her first go-round is an excerpt from the new foreword for the paperback version of her book, which hits stores Sept. 29. It was posted Wednesday on the Marie Claire site and it will appear in the September issue of Marie Claire. After addressing the layoffs her company faced, Amrouso wrote, “The older I get, the less confident I become. There’s simply more to lose. It’s really weird to be in your 20s and have a company that’s valued at hundreds of millions of dollars, implying to the outside world that I’m “worth” a lot of money. But nearly everything I’ve earned is locked up in this beautiful, inspiring, evolving business I gave birth to nearly 10 years ago. Continue reading