And Now American Apparel Is Being Sued By Its Investors

  • American Apparel can add an investor lawsuit to its list of troubles. They allege that Dov Charney has misled them and mismanaged the company. [PRLog]
  • Meanwhile, analysts predict the overextended chain will close many of its unprofitable, redundant stores. [Crain's]
  • This cycle of "America's Next Top Model" is the "high fashion" cycle. Practically, that means that the girl who wins the show will get a cover of Vogue Italia, which is weird — but perhaps not as weird as the news that people who actually do things in fashion, including Patrick Demarchelier, Margherita Missoni, Diane von Furstenberg, Zac Posen, and Franca Sozzani, are among the guest judges. [People]
  • Karl Lagerfeld will be in New York for the first day of fashion week. [DFR]
  • Of course just after we finished our September cover round-up (enlarge it to handy poster size) there would be a flurry of cover releases. Beyoncé in orange on the cover of Self, for example. [JustJared]
  • Miranda Kerr made the cover of Vogue Espana's September issue. Inside, she poses in feathers, swimwear — and fur. Cus that's how Miranda Kerr rolls. [Quem]
  • And Freja Beha Erichsen, continuing her run of the world's Vogues (she had solo covers of Vogue Paris and Vogue UK this summer), landed on the September cover of Vogue Korea. [DS]
  • And Natalia Vodianova — with a pair of enormous earrings — made the September cover of Vogue Russia. [TLF]
  • The IRS has filed a $63,000 lien against Naomi Campbell, for unpaid taxes. [P6]
  • Sir Philip Green, the founder of Topshop, avoids tax on his business empire by having the company in his wife's name. She's a resident of Monaco. Nonetheless, some members of parliament want to investigate the legality of this creative solution to the problem of taxes. [Vogue UK]
  • Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci, who worked on his couture collection through the pain of oral surgery, says his muses — like Marina Abramovic, Courtney Love, and Antony Hegarty — fulfill the same role for him as Audrey Hepburn did for Hubert de Givenchy. "We're both related to the art world, to celebrity, without being a celebrity. And it's a real relationship. I have what Hubert used to have with Audrey. Mariacarla, Lea, Marina, Courtney, Antony — they're my Audrey." [W]
  • In that profile, Tisci also talks extensively about his references to the natural world and to animals, and his fascination with mythical creatures, like fauns, that are half-human and half-animal. Well, anyone who wore these furry, high-top driving shoes by DSquared2 would look pretty faun-like. $1130. [TLF]
  • The Sex Pistols have a perfume. The press release says: "To wear this scent, you must resist tradition, fight conformity, and disregard aromatic conventions. In the spirit of punk, you must be willing to express yourself with abandon. You take risks and you wouldn't be adverse to creating a little mayhem." [Express]
  • Barneys New York creative director — and Observer fashion scribe — Simon Doonan says that luxury houses have been sending Snooki, of "Jersey Shore" fame, fancy handbags. So far so par for the reality television course. But, he says, brands are not sending her their own products — they're sending Snooki other companies', in the hopes that their competitors' images might be tarred by association. This is like the counter-counterespionage of the celebrity-industrial complex. [NYObs]
  • The Barneys warehouse sale starts today in New York, and Doonan's advice for handling it includes "Take all your meds." [The Cut]
  • The cast of the movie The RomanticsAdam Brody, Malin Åkerman, Josh Duhamel, Katie Holmes, Rebecca Lawrence, and Jeremy Strong — wore some J. Crew pieces for the filming, and took some promotional pictures for the brand together. [StyleList]
  • Nina Garcia is having a boy. [People]
  • Emma Watson's line for People Tree will be previewed at a garden party on September 11 in London. [Express]
  • Tickets to the 150-model fashion show extravaganza that kicks off fashion week, and which is probably the only fashion week-related event open to the public, are on sale now. [Lincoln Center]
  • But last year's Fashion's Night Out's actual effect on the bottom line was negligible. Reports the Times: "Even as retailers prepare for a second Fashion's Night Out, there has been only anecdotal evidence that the original event affected sales in a meaningful way." [NYTimes]
  • Adam Levine, who seems to have once been in a soft-rock band, now has a clothing line called 222. [Socialite Life]
  • The trailer for Black Swan, Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis's forthcoming movie, has been released. And it provides the first decent look at the ballet costumes Rodarte designed. [Fashionologie]