In Malcom Gladwell's gripping tale of greed, intrigue and prophecy, The Tipping Point, "DeeDee Gordon" of the Lambesis ad agency cool-hunts elusive trendsetters to oracle what's hot or not and incorporate her findings into Airwalk's shoe campaigns. Now you can peer over the shoulder of a Finnish DeeDee Gordon and see what's poppin' in the street styles of Helsinki. As witz observes, it's "disturbingly similar" to Williamsburg.
CNN: "A lingerie store called Spellbound is grabbing attention with live
models in the window. Some people have complained, but police say there
is nothing illegal about the lingerie models... Spellbound owner Felicia Stockford said she has had no trouble finding
staffers. She said the young women enjoy strutting their stuff in the
shop window." The girls get paid in lingerie.
Check out this disco dancing video of Dov Charney, CEO of American Apparel. "You pay a lot for a blank shirt...you get incensed by my ads...I'm grooving all the way to the bank...yeah yeah," is the message twinkling within his muttonchop shrouded visage. Via Apieceofshirt.
Abercrombie & Fitch reached an agreement with the Women & Girls Foundation of Southwest Pennsylvania whereby Abercrombie will stop selling several t-shirts in its stores. The shirts in question include those with sayings such as "Who needs brains when you have these" or "I had a nightmare I was a brunette." These shirts fall under Abercrombie's category of "attitude" tees (view here). Read more at Temple News. Via BrandNoise.
"A Dutch designer has created a wall of fake breasts to help male shoppers buy bras that fit their wives or girlfriends. "When
trying to buy a sexy bra for their wife or girlfriend, usually they
point to other women in the shop or, when asked about size, they say a
'handful'." The wall consists of rows of silicon breasts in
all sizes. By look and touch, male shoppers can work out the right
Just in time for Halloween, our favorite sweatshop-and-enscription-free t-shirt palace released their latest ad, showcasing their American Apparel as a Second Language program. A nice turn towards good ol' fashioned PR after their plunge into madness the past few weeks with "Pocket Rocket" and "Old People." From the ad: “My sisters and I bought some sunglasses and new clothes and
tried to pass ourselves off as American girls at the Mexican/American border”
[American Apparel, founded on the backs of illegal immigrants? Nobody tell INS
about this ad]...a small T-shirt stand that she ran on Venice Beach…was
the first American Apparel store and the success of that tiny operation was one
of the inspirations for our move to retail. [Also known as the "Venice Beach of Diamonds” story] We just found out that
Spring is going to have a baby, and wanted to take the opportunity to celebrate
her. [By mass distributing a really heinous picture] To us, she's a reflection
of what Los Angeles is all about." Indeed. Supersize version.
At first glance, another American Apparel ad seeming to buck tradition. They've improved, yes. Instead of showcasing barely legal porn in medias res, it's the beat just before the bass guitar kicks in. Iris is on her knees, glazed eyes, open mouth, between two cars in the parking lot... And the kicker in the copy! "She keeps herself busy on those intercontinental flights with good books and a pocket rocket." [emphasis added, hyperlink added for the uninformed]. See also this one with octogenarians. In light of this recent joint, doesn't it seem like Boo and Bev are smirking at us all for giving a damn about how a sexual harassment lawsuit laden clothing don advertises his incredibly boring product? Yes, yes it does, the last line of this new one says, "Her current read is, "...How America's Lawsuit Culture Undermines our Freedom." Right... Either this is AA's way of digging back or someone is ad-hoaxing. I just pinged Alexandra Spunk, content advisor for AA's brand management team, so perhaps we shall find out. Ad found on back cover of The L Magazine.
UPDATE: Spunt has still not responded to The Spunker's inquiries. Are they afraid of, or baffled by, the truth?
Display reads: "The last time Deb, Tanya and Jackie left Daffy's they were naked in the back of a truck." Click for bigger. Snapped in the Daffy's window on Broadway in the financial district. It is strange. I don't like it. It's part of an effort by Daffy's to appear more upscale than just, "Clothing Bargains for Millionaires." Two more here and here.