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“I’m proud of what I created at American Apparel..."

NY Times: American Apparel Ends Role of Dov Charney and Hires a New Chief



Apparel2-blog427Six months after abruptly removing its founder, Dov Charney, as chief executive, American Apparel chose the longtime retail executive Paula Schneider as its new leader.

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“I’m proud of what I created at American Apparel and am confident that, as its largest shareholder, I will have a strong relationship with the company in the years ahead,” Mr. Charney said in a statement sent through a representative.

“Naturally, I am disappointed with the circumstances and my over 25 years of deep passion and commitment for American Apparel will always be the core DNA of the company,” he said. “I wish the company continued success.”

A spokesman for the company declined to comment. Mr. Charney has been a consultant to the company during his suspension, a relationship that will end with the appointment of Ms. Schneider.

RIP Style.com/Print

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Fashionista:



Style.com is ceasing production of its quarterly print magazine, Style.com/Print, which debuted in 2012 back when it was still a part of Fashion Fairchild Media. A rep for Condé Nast attributes the decision to increased traffic on the website. "Since relaunch in early September, the site continues to exceed growth expectations," the rep said in a statement over email. "To continue that momentum, we've made the decision to focus 100% of our efforts on our core digital business."


Not surprised.

Riccardo Tisci On The Next 10 Years At Givenchy

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Above from Riccardo's Instagram

Yahoo! Style:



JZ: What’s in store for the next 10 years for Riccardo?

RT: The past 10 years have been really amazing. The next decade will be about growing and achieving, more and more. I would like to bring Givenchy to an even higher level. I would like to make Givenchy become a lifestyle brand. I’m just very lucky to have worked with so many cool people.


And Julia:


JZ: I love it! I talked to Riccardo yesterday and I said, ‘What made you think of Julia?’ He’s like, ‘She was my first choice. She’s so iconic. She has this really strong, mature beauty about her and nobody can top her.’

JR: It’s so sweet. It’s funny because I had never met him before our first day together shooting the campaign. I was so nervous, and I was expecting this very kind of chic man in a suit and a white shirt and a tie. I come walking in and there’s this good-looking man in a plaid flannel shirt and some work boots. I’m like, “This is Riccardo?”

The State Of Playboy

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Entrepreneur.com: Playboy CEO: Nudity Could Completely Vanish From the Brand



“You could argue that nudity is a distraction for us and actually shrinks our audience rather than expands it,” says Flanders. “At the time when Hef founded the company [in 1953], nudity was provocative, it was attention-grabbing, it was unique and today it’s not. It’s passé.”

So passé that he predicts it will eventually vanish from the Playboy brand altogether.

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Meanwhile, Flanders says the consumer reaction to the overhauled [SFW] site has exceeded his expectations. With a healthy bump in traffic from Playboy’s popular Facebook page, the number of unique visitors per month has quadrupled since June, a Playboy representative notes, from a low of 4 million uniques to an estimated 14.5 million last month.

Steven Klein Licked

Steven Klein

By Rihanna Monday night at the British Fashion Awards.


"Me+Rhianna being Naughty at the British Fashion Awards."

Elite World Wide Buys Fresh Model Management

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Rosalieke by Yorick Nube

Suzanne:


We proudly want to let everyone know that as of today we are officially taken over by Elite World! Mauro and I are the new directors of Elite Amsterdam and all of our models will be represented from now on by Elite Amsterdam. We are really looking forward to this new adventure and are very excited to make Elite Amsterdam, just like it’s successful offices in for example Paris, London and New York (The Society), a blooming and successful agency again! During the next month we will commute between Amsterdam and Hoofddorp to ensure that this transition goes as well as possible. Besides the headquarters in Amsterdam, we will set up the so-called "Elite Model Home" in Hoofddorp, from which Elite Amsterdam Scouting and Development will operate. Fresh Model Management always stood for an intensive and good guidance to the models we represent and that vision we want to continue and expand more then ever under Elite Amsterdam. From the Elite Model Home we'll offer Elite girls & boys intensive support which will consist of numerous workshops with catwalk coaches, nutritionists, personal trainers, mental coaches and much more! We will again be trendsetters because various models can move into the Elite Model Home as well to work on and get used to an international career as a successful model. A dream we’ve had for many years and we are now able to realize under the wings of Elite!

Rats Welcome Anna Wintour To Her New Office

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Anna's new office at 1 World Trade Center

Gawker:


Multiple sources tell Gawker that the offices of Vogue, located on floors 25 and 26 of 1WTC, are dealing with a rat infestation. The infestation is so acute, one source said, that the fashion title’s editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour, recently issued a standing order: Staffers must ensure that her personal office is rat-free before she enters it.

Prestige Is So Yesterday

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Trend continues: Social follower number$' where the money flows.

Ad Age:


Estee Lauder Cos., seeking to ride on Kendall Jenner's ever-growing coattails and 30 million social-media followers, has hired the model to represent its flagship cosmetics brand worldwide.

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"Although perhaps not a 'prestige' move, the company needs to attract a younger audience," said Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. analyst Ali Dibadj. "Social media broadly, and this signing in particular, may be a step in the right direction for some of its brands."


Yesterday Anna Wintour put it another way: "I think if we just remain deeply tasteful and just put deeply tasteful people on the cover, it would be a rather boring magazine!"

Jenner has the main link of her Instagram account pointing to Estee Lauder.

Anna Wintour On Vogue US' Leniency On Taste

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Stylelist:


On that Kontroversial Kimye Kover [Anna Wintour]:
"I see the role of Vogue to reflect what's going on in the culture. The first celebrity that I put on the cover of Vogue was Madonna, and that was considered completely controversial at the time, too. It's such a long time ago probably no one remembers, but she was a very controversial figure. Now she's part of the establishment. I think if we just remain deeply tasteful and just put deeply tasteful people on the cover, it would be a rather boring magazine! Nobody would talk about us. It's very important that people do talk about us. Going back to Estée Lauder's decision to make Kendall Jenner the face of Estée Lauder. What a fantastic decision that was! They have a wonderful brand that's very traditionally American, and they decided they want to shake it up and reach a different audience. Now and again one has to do things like that. I think it's part of the excitement and part of being a journalist. I hope another Kim Kardashian comes along this year!"


So many disses in this quote.

Foundation

Isaac Asimov Jonathan Nolan

The Wrap:



HBO and Warner Bros. TV are teaming to produce a series based on Isaac Asimov's “Foundation” trilogy that will be written and produced by “Interstellar” writer Jonathan Nolan, multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.

Nolan, who is already working with HBO on “Westworld,” has been quietly developing the project for the last several months. He recently tipped his hand to Indiewire, which asked him, ‘what's the one piece of science fiction you truly love that people don't know enough about?’

“Well, I fucking love the ‘Foundation’ novels by Isaac Asimov. They're certainly not [unknown], but that's a set of books I think everyone would benefit from reading. That's a set of books where the influence they have is just fucking massive. They have many imitators and many have been inspired by them, but go back and read those, and there are some ideas in those that'll set your fucking hair on fire,” Nolan told Indiewire.