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American Apparel Ads To Stay Put Under Interim CEO

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American Apparel CFO John Luttrell, interim CEO]

LA Times:

But Luttrell said Thursday that the company had no plans to change its "made in America" commitment, or to leave downtown Los Angeles, and did not intend to sanitize its signature look.

"The edgy marketing and advertising is a big part of the brand," he said. "There is no reason to change it. It works."

Good to hear.

Dov Charney Out


LA Times: American Apparel ousts CEO; source says Dov Charney 'will fight like hell'

Dov Charney, the controversial CEO of American Apparel, was ousted Wednesday by the company's board of directors, who said the action “grew out of an ongoing investigation into alleged misconduct.”

The board voted to replace Charney as chairman and “notified him of its intent to terminate his employment as President and CEO for cause,” according to a statement.

“This is not easy, but we felt the need to do what we did for the sake of the company,” Allan Mayer, the company’s newly-appointed co-chairman, told The Times. “Our decision to do what we did was not the result of any problems with the company’s operations.”


Mayer said the board launched an investigation earlier this year after “new information came to light.”

Charney’s behavior problems did not appear to be criminal in nature, but involved his personal conduct with women and poor judgement, said a source familiar with the matter.

Curious what will happen to the ad image of the brand!

Three Lead Characters For 'True Detective' Season Two

The Verge:

When it returns to HBO for a second season, True Detective will feature three main characters. Show creator and writer Nic Pizzolatto revealed that key detail in an interview with To The Best of Our Knowledge. Those characters will be new to the show — true to its anthology format — with casting slated to kick off in the coming weeks.

★ Steven Meisel to Helm the 2015 Pirelli Calendar


Now we're talking.


Famed - and often controversial - fashion photographer Steven Meisel will photograph the 2015 edition of the iconic Pirelli Calendar

Tidbit: 3 Photographers For Louis Vuitton's Coming Fall Campaign, Meisel Out


Word has it Nicolas Ghesquière’s first fashion campaign for Louis Vuitton will break the mold as he has tapped not one, but three leading photographers. It is understood the advertising will somehow blend images shot by Bruce Weber, Annie Leibovitz and Juergen Teller.

The faces of the campaign are familiar to Ghesquière’s universe and include the actress Charlotte Gainsbourg, as first reported in WWD Collections magazine on April 14, and models Liya Kebede and Freja Beha Erichsen, both of whom walked in Ghesquière’s debut Vuitton show for fall 2014.

Two Billionaires Physically Fight Over Miranda Kerr

Gawker: Two Billionaires Got Into an All-Out Street Brawl Over Miranda Kerr

Two Australian billionaires apparently started punching each other in broad daylight last week when one confronted the other about dating Victoria's Secret model Miranda Kerr after leaving his wife and children last year. According to reports, billionaire Australian media moguls David Gyngell and James Packer ended up rolling around on a Sydney sidewalk last Sunday when Gyngell confronted Packer on the street outside his home.

Gyngell, a childhood friend who also served as Packer's best man in 2007, was apparently concerned with the way Packer had been treating his estranged wife since their split. "He fully accepts that he was the instigator of the incident," a spokesman for Gyngell told the Daily News. "Clearly, had he not turned up at Packer's premises in an angry mood then the confrontation would never have occurred."

The men had to be separated by their respective bodyguards and both were fined $500 for "offensive behavior." Packer walked away with a black eye but declined to press charges against his childhood friend. "We have been friends for 35 years and still are," the pair said in a joint statement.

China In Process of Arresting Models


This past Thursday, over 60 models — most from western countries like the United States and European nations — were taken into custody by Chinese officials for working illegally under tourist visas.

A source tells us that Beijing police set up a fake casting at Chinese agency M3 in order to find models who were working illegally. Those who showed up were taken into custody and had their passports and cell phones confiscated.


Models have been advised to hide comp cards while out — if they even go on castings at all, which they have also been advised against. Some agencies have moved their models to Hong Kong, where it is easier to get a work permit, or to hotels where they are to behave as tourists.

CLIO 2014 Winners

Kate Moss by Steven Klein for Alexander McQueen SS 2014

Steven Klein for Alexander McQueen SS 2014 (featuring Kate Moss) wins the CLIO 2014 Print Grant Prestige Award. All Winners here.

Domenico Dolce & Stefano Gabbana Sentenced to Prison; Will Not Have To Serve


Style File:

Dolce & Gabbana’s tax evasion case, which began when the designers were charged in 2008, has been filled with twists, turns, and excessive legal jargon. Today, news broke that Domenico Dolce, Stefano Gabbana, and their accountant Luciano Patellito have been sentenced to one year, six months in prison. Don’t gasp just yet, though: The designers’ lawyers have said they will appeal the ruling to Italy’s equivalent of the Supreme Court.

Fashion Time:

Despite being sentenced to a year and a half in jail, Dolce, Gabbana and Patellito will not actually have to serve time in custody because their sentences are below the two-year minimum sentence requiring actual jail time.

Yahoo News:

A lawyer for Dolce and Gabbana, who have always denied any wrongdoing, said they would appeal the decision. "I am speechless. We are all shocked. The judgment is inexplicable and we will appeal," Massimo Dinoia said after the judgment.

Vogue Against Richardson

Bullett Media:

Blr3womIYAECy0pThe sad, gross tale of Terry Richardson continued over the weekend, with yet another allegation of inappropriate sexual behavior from the photographer surfacing. Model Emma Appleton shared what she claimed to be a Facebook message from Richardson offering an appearance in Vogue in exchange for sex. She soon deleted the post, but it can be seen here.

A spokesperson for Richardson told Buzzfeed it was a fake, and Appleton later deleted her Twitter account.

We still don’t know whether or not the message was the genuine article, but apparently enough of these sorts of stories have emerged for Vogue to release a statement regarding Richardson. “The last assignment Terry Richardson had for US Vogue appeared in the July 2010 issue and we have no plans to work with him in the future,” the magazine’s PR rep Hildy Kuryk, said on Sunday to The Wrap.

US Vogue taking a stand is one thing, Condé Nast taking a stand is another, in which case it would apply to all Vogues + amongst others: Vanity Fair, Allure, Glamour, GQ, Lucky, Self, Teen Vogue, Vanity Fair, & W.

★ Peaches Geldof Dead at Age 25

The Wire:

Peaches_geldofJournalist and model Peaches Geldof has died at the age of 25. Geldof was the daughter of musician-philanthropist Bob Geldof and Paula Yates, who was also a television host. According to Sky News, she was found dead in her home in Kent, England.

In a statement to the BBC, Bob Geldof confirmed his daughter's death:

"We are beyond pain. She was the wildest, funniest, cleverest, wittiest and the most bonkers of all of us. What a beautiful child. How is this possible that we will not see her again? How is that bearable?"

There's very little information out there on the circumstances surrounding her death, although it was apparently sudden:

Tidbit: Marc Jacobs Searching Instagram for Fall Campaign Models

Marc Jacobs:


CASTING DESCRIPTION: The “Cast Me Marc” Casting Call (the “Casting Call”) begins on or about April 2, 2014 12:01 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on April 9, 2014 at 11:59 p.m. ET (the “Casting Period”). During the Casting Period, entrants will have the opportunity to submit a photo using their Instagram or Twitter account...


CAMPAIGN: The Casting Call is for a model/models to be featured in a “Marc by Marc Jacobs” Fall/Winter 2014 advertising campaign. The modeling shoot is currently scheduled to take place on April 30, 2014 through May 1, 2014 (the “Shoot”) in New York City, New York.