Success, Sex and ‘SNL’: The Complicated World of American Apparel

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Amidst the current retail meltdown, one specialty retailer that has managed to keep its sales up like a pair of spandex-infused leggings is American Apparel.SEE LIST AT LEFT FOR ALL OF THIS ISSUE'S ARTICLES

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Government and Trade

Jobless Rate Rises to 7.2 Percent

A total of 2.6 million jobs were lost in 2008, the biggest 12-month decline in 63 years.

clock January 9, 2009Liza Casabona

Debbie Harry


Soirees for Sprouse

Not one, not two, but three parties were held in honor of Stephen Sprouse, who’s the subject of a new coffee table book from Rizzoli.

clock January 9, 2009WWD Staff

Designer and Luxury

Gianfranco Ferré to Unveil New Men’s Collection

Gianfranco Ferré designers Roberto Rimondi and Tommaso Aquilano set to debut men’s wear collection.

clock January 9, 2009Emilie Marsh

Katy Perry


Critics’ Choice Awards Fashion

At the The Critics’ Choice Awards, it appeared that most actresses got the strapless LBD memo.

clock January 9, 2009WWD Staff

Eva Mendes and Ali Larter


Art of Elysium’s Annual Bash

The Art of Elysium holds its second annual black tie gala at St. Vibiana cathedral.

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Volume-Generating Sales Promotions Will Hurt Q4 Earnings

Discounts cut into margins, forcing many retailers to lower guidances.

clock January 12, 2009Alexandra Steigrad

Freida Pinto


At BAFTA/LA Awards, Champagne All Around

At the British Academy of Film and Television Arts Awards, Leonardo DiCaprio and Clint Eastwood opted for bubbly instead of the afternoon’s signature beverage.

clock January 11, 2009WWD Staff

Government and Trade

House Passes Two Pay Discrimination Bills

The House passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act and Paycheck Fairness Act.

clock January 12, 2009Kristi Ellis

Human Resources

Peter Bacanovic Out at Fred Leighton

Fred Leighton continues to have flair for the dramatic.

clock January 12, 2009Sophia Chabbott


Regis Same-Store Sales Fall

Same-store sales at salon operator Regis Corp. declined 5.4 percent during the second quarter.

clock January 12, 2009Matthew Lynch

Millard “Mickey” Drexler


Financo Dinner: Hot Ticket in Cold Climate

Misery loves company and there will be lots of holiday sob stories to swap at this evening’s Financo chief executive officer seminar and dinner.

clock January 12, 2009David Moin

A Gustto bag.

Accessory Trends

Solid Ordering at Two New York Accessories Shows

Some vendors at Accessorie Circuit and AccessoriestheShow were pleasantly surprised.

clock January 12, 2009Caroline Tell

Dorothy Roberts and Terry Lundgren

Hats, Gloves and More

Dorothy Roberts Honored by Accessories Council

Industry veteran Dorothy Roberts was inducted into the Accessories Council’s Hall of Fame.

clock January 12, 2009Sophia Chabbott

Designer and Luxury

Fashion Group to Honor Rising Stars

FGI nominees for women’s rtw include Gustavo Cadile, Christian Cota and Sue Stemp.

clock January 12, 2009Marc Karimzadeh

The Marie Antoinette set is an early spring hit at Frederick’s of Hollywood.


Innerwear Retailers Look to Refocus After Dismal Holiday

Full pricing is a key issue.

clock January 12, 2009Karyn Monget


Early Look at Numbers… AMI Goes Late… Heidi Klum’s Haul…

O, The Oprah Magazine, Glamour and Teen Vogue all posted double-digit declines in single-copy sales… An update on the “Project Runway” legal battle…

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Leonardo DiCaprio

Fashion Scoops

Leonardo DiCaprio’s Fast Times.. Kanye West in Paris…

Tag Heuer, the LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton-owned Swiss timepiece giant, has tapped Leonardo DiCaprio as the new ambassador of Carrera.

clock January 12, 2009WWD Staff

American Apparel’s ads often feature company employees and an aesthetic that glamorizes imperfection.

Business Features

The Complicated World of American Apparel

American Apparel — a retailer best-known for its sexy ads and controversial leadership — achieved a 10 percent comps improvement for the full 4th quarter.

clock January 12, 2009David Lipke


Searle Goes Chapter 11

Specialty retailer, subsidiary file for bankruptcy.

clock January 12, 2009Sharon Edelson and Vicki M. Young

Kate Winslet and Leonardo DiCaprio

Fashion Features

Golden Globes 2009: A Night’s Tale

The Golden Globes were back — albeit a bit more low-key — and stars wasted no time getting back into the swirl.

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