American Apparel Ad Banned For Being Too Sexy

This American Apparel ad has been banned in Britain as "irresponsible." Why? The ad "inappropriately sexualised a model who appeared to be a child." The company pointed out that the model in question was, in fact, aged over 18, but the Advertising Standards Authority concluded that "because it appeared to sexualise a child the ad was likely to cause serious or widespread offence" and banned it. American Apparel has previously had several ads banned in the U.K. on the same grounds. [Daily Mail]


Here's the trailer for The Face , the new reality show (in the vein of The Voice ) hosted by Naomi Campbell, Coco Rocha, and Karolina Kurkova. "If people think they know me, they can think again," says Naomi, menacingly. [Oxygen ]
American Apparel Ad Banned For Being Too Sexy Racked spent some time in the presence of Damien Hirst x The Row's $55,000 alligator-skin backpack. [Racked ]
  • As rumored, Drew Barrymore is launching a cosmetics line of her own after her CoverGirl contract expires. Called Flower, the brand will launch at Wal-Mart in January. Of these developments, Barrymore says she experiences "almost an uncontrollable desire to be one of the people who is creating. Maybe it is just a type of personality. I can't sleep at night. I care." [WWD]
  • Oh, whaddaya know: "A sweep of a building in the Los Angeles Fashion District by federal and state labor officials turned up labor violations at 10 garment contractors making goods for more than 30 retailers nationwide." Labor violations uncovered include workers being paid less than the Californian minimum wage, $8/hour and manufacturers failing to pay workers legally mandated overtime. The manufacturers that had been flouting the law have to pay $326,200 in back wages to 185 employees. The manufacturers were making clothes for brands including Aldo, Charlotte Russe, Dillard's, Forever 21, HSN, Rainbow, Urban Outfitters, and Wet Seal. [WWD]
  • Jourdan Dunn writes about what it was like to discover she was pregnant at age 18. She was at Heathrow airport, en route to a family vacation, her career was just beginning to flourish, and she was not in a stable relationship (shortly after she gave birth to her son, her then-boyfriend went to prison for a year on drug charges):

    When I saw the result I didn't know how to feel, I just knew I had to deal with the situation. All I could think was how everyone had such high hopes for me, and that I couldn't have the baby. But then I got to Jamaica and decided I was just going to have to make it work. Telling my mum was the hardest thing: she was angry and upset. She had me at a young age and didn't want me to go through her struggle.

    Dunn's son, Riley, is now 2 years old and has sickle cell anemia. [Vogue UK]

  • Legendary (and legendarily difficult) fashion editor Polly Mellen says Arthur Elgort once gave her some good advice to take into account when hiring assistants: "Drop something and if you pick it up quicker than they do, they're not for you." [WWD]
  • Sarah Burton popped by Buckingham Palace to pick up an Order of the British Empire award. [Telegraph]
  • U.S. authorities seized some $85 million worth of counterfeit watches and designer apparel in a pair of raids in Texas and Puerto Rico. [WWD]
  • Orlando Bloom and Miranda Kerr's relationship is rumored to be on the rocks, according to In Touch, which reported this week that the couple is living separately. Not so, says Orlando Bloom's mum. "I don't know where this has come from but, my gosh, they are very happy," says mum. [Daily Mail]
  • Megan Mullally is going to start writing a monthly humor column in InStyle. [WWD]
  • Glenn O'Brien on street style: "I think it shows how safe New York City's become, that people can walk around like that without getting beaten up." [The Cut]
  • Marni is looking for an investor to fund growth, and rumors are swirling that the Castiglioni family is in talks with Diesel's Renzo Rosso. [WWD]
  • Intermix, the New York-based boutique chain, is also looking to expand. The company is in talks with the Gap about a potential partnership or investment deal. [WWD]
  • Scott Schuman published a post on The Sartorialist which consisted of him making fun of his intern's three (really considerate and generous) ideas for Schuman's own Christmas presents. After the intern mused about buying wax for Schuman's Barber jacket, Schuman wrote, "just wanted to say thank you very much, very nice of you, a very thoughtful gift. However, if you think I'm going to take four hours on a weekend to rub this stuff all over my coat you're crazy!" A shaving brush met with a similar response. "I don't want to be a pain, but are there any other options?" Happy holidays! [Refinery29]