Bits from Mary Gaitskill, Tao Lin, and Michael Cunningham
Svedka girlIf you're getting dressed up for All Hallows Eve this year, hopefully you've already bought or sensibly made your costume, because the Halloween stores are zoos. They're insanely crowded! Lines running through entire giant warehouse shops! As we were leaving Halloween Adventure, we ... More >>
The East Village tastes a little more like North Carolina
American Apparel has responded to plus-size contest winner/protester Nancy Upton, who we wrote about yesterday. AA's creative director Iris Alonzo sent Upton--and a number of news outlets--a long letter explaining the contest's motives and letting her know that she didn't actually win (someth ... More >>
Shannon SklossAmerican Apparel's models are generally lithe and barely clothed, and never look to be above a size two. But the troubled fashion company recently launched plus sizes in some items, and an accompanying contest to find a plus-size model: Think you are the Next BIG Thing? Calli ... More >>
Hipster clothier American Apparel has a new product out. It's a t-shirt that says "Teenagers Do It Better." Made in conjunction with a teen magazine called Electric Youth!, the t-shirts boast a 100% cotton design and domestic manufacturing. And of course, they're reminding people of the fact ... More >>
Given that the city is oversaturated with both Southern restaurants and American Apparel outlets, it's only natural that the two have come together, as it were.
Troubled clothing company American Apparel is all over the news again. This time, though, the situation seems dire. CEO Dov Charney, who we've spoken to in the past, is being sued for an enormous sum of money by five former employees alleging sexual abuse. Stop us if you've heard this one bef ... More >>
Yes, again. Earlier this month, Dov Charney was hit with a $260 million lawsuit for sexual harassment, in which a 20-year-old former employee alleged that she engaged in "forced sex" with the sexed up founder and CEO of American Apparel for eight months. Today, the New York Times reports that ... More >>
Yesterday reports hit the New York City tabloids that a former employee of controversial clothing company American Apparel was suing its embattled founder and CEO Dov Charney for pressuring her into sex over an eight month period. The New York Post says the lawsuit seeks $250 million in damag ... More >>
Dov Charney, the controversial founder and CEO of American Apparel, is being sued for grimy sexual abuse graver in dirty detail and larger in dollar amount than any other grimy sexual abuse he's been accused of before. A new lawsuit from an ex-American Apparel employee seeks $260 million in d ... More >>
American ApparelIt's been quite the roller-coaster year for American Apparel. Makers of "hipster" fashion turned-yuppy Ralph Lauren fashion have now turned... au naturale? Dov Charney has pulled a few strings before, but now that he's pulled the G-string, we can't help but wonder: Is bush bac ... More >>
"Hipsters" who hate themselves.Science. In so many ways you are our friend. (Until you turn on us, but that's a story for another day.) In the latest of studies that we must bring to your attention, a couple of scientists named Zeynep Arsel and Craig L. Thompson have dug deep into the psychol ... More >>
This week in Bad News for American Apparel: An employee at AA headquarters was found dead in a bathroom on August 31. It's not as if 44-year-old data analyst Danarichie Lyndon Sindo was murdered by AA corporate minions, or something (the LAPD told Gawker that Sindo was ill, though the exact cause ... More >>
via Bowery Boogie.As if American Apparel isn't having enough problems these days, now, those problems are beginning to manifest in very public ways, right here in New York City. Symbolism, ahoy.
This lady knows how to party (really).Dear Anna Wintour, Thank you so very much for creating the best party of the year! Last year's awesome debut of Fashion's Night Out -- Wintour's response to the dour economic and retail state -- concluded that the only way to make people shop again is to ... More >>
The CEO of hipster clothier American Apparel and fan of the word "creep," Dov Charney, declared to Bloomberg BusinesWeek that "hipster is over." Everyone, put away your spandex stirrup leggings and ironic scrunchies, and go buy AA's new "preppy" look! Charney had more to say, so naturally, w ... More >>
Last week, I wrote a post defending American Apparel against its many haters in the media, especially Gawker (sorry, Hamilton Nolan! Please ignore!). I pointed out that AA has fair, progressive labor practices in its L.A. factory and that their hiring policies and dress code aren't unusual for a ... More >>
Yesterday, we ran a little item by this blogger defending American Apparel. Today, Gawker's Hamilton Nolan [and Voice boxing correspondent] responded with a retort entitled "A Brief Defense of Writing Things." Ah, but Hamilton! I never argued against your "writing things." I argued against r ... More >>
Everyone's hating on American Apparel these days. Are we the only ones who think it's getting old? Yes, a lot of the clothes are stupid (long-sleeved lace thong leotards should be banned). Yes, the company has a specific dress code and uses photos to recruit people. Yes, Dov Charney is one s ... More >>
Jon practices his third-eye gaze.A while back we drew your attention to a rather amusing site called Hipster Yoga, where altered "hipster" yoga instructions are applied to photos of skinny-jeans-clad young people with ironic facial hair. Like so. We had the pleasure of speaking to the blogger ... More >>
Time to lighten the mood a little, folks, with another brand of terror: The kind you put on feet-first and wriggle over your thighs and then up to your waist, where their ill-conceived elastic pants-holder-up mechanism digs brutally into your belly-parts, indenting your sensitive flesh with r ... More >>
Look at This Fucking Hipster is now a book!
Someone once told me Tao Lin was like Bloody Mary: Say his name and he just appears. But now, he will be everywhere. The relentless self-promoter and New York Magazine literary It Person is sometimes hard to explain to people who haven't experienced his books. Which are experiences. This will ... More >>
Well, it ain't American Idol, but American Apparel's search for the Best Bottom in the World -- which title may lead to some confusion among our many D/s readers; they mean butts -- has, after 1,368 submissions, stopped taking entries and reached the semifinal stage. The whole idea of the co ... More >>
So this is meta. Any day now, Shoplifting at American Apparel, the self-proclaimed "controversial" novella by much-hyped young Brooklyn writer Tao Lin, will go on sale. . . at Urban Outfitters. While not entirely about thievery, the slim volume published by Melville House as part of their "Contemp ... More >>
Elizalice, courtesy of the Voice Flickr PoolJust another day on the L Train When it comes to L Train service, Williamsburg's skinny-jean choked underground thoroughfare, you never know what sort of experience you'll encounter. One week the justifiably irate Transit Union will call for two "Days of ... More >>
CMJ starts today. There are too many goddamn shows. I can't make any sense of it. Here you go. Good luck. Of greater interest at the moment is the fest's daily glut of afternoon panels, wherein folks in the music industry attempt to convince those hoping to get into the music industry that th ... More >>
In this week's Village Voice, we unveil our 2009 Fall Arts Guide: Dan Weiss on the Jane Austen alt-rock of Brooklyn locals the Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Jed Lipinski in conversation with George Packer on the occasion of the author's forthcoming Interesting Times: Writings From a Turbulent ... More >>
Is Tao Lin a hipster Robin Hood?
In a bold step forward for both sustainability and indecent exposure on Bedford Avenue, American Apparel has unveiled a new product on their website: "Bag-O-Scraps," a collection of hodgepodge fabric shreds hastily swept off their factory floors. These spandex and cotton remnants, we're tol ... More >>
Artist provokes subjects to look at her
Keep it comin'. Little more. Little more. OK, a lot more. Vivian Girls/Wavves (Mohawk) SXSW Thursday Afternoon, March 19 At last year's Rhapsody fete here, luxe condos were going up across the street, workers perched on all the balconies, regarding us shiftless, sunburnt, taco-snarfing revelers w ... More >>
America is such a beautiful place. Cheftestants can score lucrative promotional deals or simply create their own clothing lines or eat overpriced Italian food at restaurants where your purse gets a special stool. America!Wow, I had no intention of doing another Top Chef post today, but then I stumbl ... More >>
Williamsburg embraces other weary travelers
Several ordinarily banal movies soldered into one amazingly bad one.
Find out whos the biggest slacker of them all
The photos are dirtier than ever
OMG, is that from American Apparel?? Here's the thing. I know I'm no great thinker. My entertainment choices are nothing to be proud of. If I had DVR, I would probably tape The Real Housewives of Orange County. When I see a heinous accident on the highway, my urge is to pull over and take photos. B ... More >>
Druggie athletes, Warhol redux, and Bobby Kennedy nostalgia at the 14th annual NYUFF
Yep, the Lafayette Street billboard advertising Neckface's Vans got splashed too. To brief all you super-duper latecomers, a quick primer on the "Splasher": there's an anonymous bandit (who may or may not be an entire crew of art-school drop-outs) skulking around New York City and Brooklyn at nigh ... More >>
Japan's biggest retailer brings bland sweater joy to Soho
Gifts for addicts and fanatics
Torn between cotton and cleavage
Is night-shopping the new bar-hopping?