Gucci Guilty… The Trailer

Watch the teaser for Gucci’s new fragrance, Guilty, directed by Sin City‘s Frank Miller. Evan Rachel Wood  and Chris Evans star together in the film, which will premiere at the MTV Video Music Awards on September 12.

Lincoln Center and Union Feuds

With Spring 2011 shows this coming weekend, construction has been started in preparation for the shows at the Lincoln Center. Unfortunately, tensions have risen between IMG, the company who hosts and runs Fashion Week, and Local One of the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, a union for stagehand and labor crews. IMG and Local One have signed a 5 year contract, meaning they will produce 10 shows together. In the contract, Local One has agreed to hire for events in the Lincoln Center, not in the surrounding areas, which includes Damrosch Park. When IMG asked Local One to set up tents in Damrosch Park, they refused. IMG intended from the start to use Damrosch Park as a major part for the show. Negotiations are being worked out now. Hopefully this won’t set back production and mess up this weekend’s shows!

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American Apparel Sees the White Light

As the days drag on, American Apparel grows weaker and closer to bankruptcy. The company now has $91 million dollars in debt; American Apparel also estimated 2nd quarter losses from operations alone to be $5 to $7 million.

According to NYMag, “the company was just subpoenaed by the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York for switching accounting firms, which sent the stock price tumbling 13 percent — leaving the shares dropping 66 percent as a whole over the last twelve months. The company has also failed to file its second-quarter earnings, while the SEC continues to threaten to de-list the company from the stock exchange. Meanwhile, CEO Dov Charney says that American Apparel might not meet obligations to creditors, which could lead to them losing access to their last lifeline of credit. All of these things, the company says, “raise substantial doubt that the company will be able to continue” under the threat of going bankrupt.”

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Angelia Jolie, Designer?

In collaboration with her hubby, Angelina Jolie has been rumored to be opening a children’s clothing line. The details are scarce, but it is known that all proceeds will go to the Jolie-Pitt Foundation. Now Angie can add “designer” to the list of her accomplishments. Is there anything this woman can’t do?

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A&F Closes 60 U.S. Stores

Even though Abercrombie and Fitch has gained more revenue 2nd quarter and had a total net income of $19.5 million, A&F will be closing 60 U.S. stores in order to maintain its success. They are looking to expand its market in other countries. In the next few years, A&F will open Abercrombie and Fitch stores in Denmark and Japan and 20 Hollister stores in other countries. However, A&F will also open more Abercrombie, Hollister and Gilly Hicks stores in the U.S. as well.

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Maroon 5 Frontman, Adam Levine, to Launch Clothing Collection

Adam Levine has partnered with Aristotle Circa and his father, Fred Levine, who owns retail chain M. Frederic, to create his own collection. The collection is called 222, after his lucky number, and will feature men and women’s attire. Levine says that the clothing will be minimal, including jeans, tees, and leather jackets.

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Julia Restoin-Roitfeld, New Face of Lancome?

Rumors have been circulating that the daughter of editor in-chief of Vogue Paris, Carine Roitfeld, is the new spokesmodel of Lancome. Supposedly, Julia Restoin-Roitfeld has already been photographed for the Spring/Summer 2011 collection by Mario Testino. The new line she will be representing in called Ultra-Lavande and will be used in Victoria Beckham and L’Wren Scott’s Spring/Summer 2011 shows.

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Archival August: Paul Poiret

Parisian Paul Poiret was one of the greatest visionary artists of the early 20th century. He called himself the “king of fashion” and others dubbed him the “Pasha of Paris.” Strongly influenced by orientalist and neoclassical styles, this French fashion designer helped do away with the confining corset and introduced hobble skirts and harem pantaloons.

Poiret had a lowly start, being born to a cloth merchant in the poor French city, Les Halles. To help support his family, Poiret was sent to work with an umbrella maker. Although the work wasn’t very good, Poiret used to opportunity to express his creativity. He collected silk scraps from the umbrellas and made clothes for his sisters’ dolls. He even sketched out designs of dresses and capes.

I freed the bust and I shacked the legs. – Paul Poiret

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