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Showing posts by David Lipke - Senior Editor, Men's
Most nights atop The Standard hotel, the golden-hued Boom Boom Room -- as many of its habitues still refer to it, despite an official name change a while back -- is the exclusive wing, while the nearly pitch-black, grittier Le Bain across the hallway is the more democratic wing.

Hamptons estates don't come much tonier than Lasata, the former childhood stomping grounds of Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis, who summered there in the Thirties and Forties when it was owned by her grandparents.
From the studs, piercings and Mohawks of the punk movement to the tie-dye and long hair of the hippies, young people have long used fashion as a mode of rebellion against the status quo and polite society. Teenagers create both self-identities and group identities through style, whether it's a varsity jacket, a Goth black ensemble or a polo shirt with a popped collar. And for as long as kids have been picking out their own clothes, adults have been disapproving of some of their choices.

That's the essence of the saggy pants debate that's come to New York, following State Senator Eric Adams' initiative to put up six billboards in Brooklyn that encourage young males to "Stop the Sag" and wear their pants in a conventional manner -- i.e., without most of their underwear flapping in the breeze.
"Einstein said it's important to have a dream and have a vision."

That's what American Apparel founder and chief executive officer Dov Charney says is one of his motivating forces as he outlined ambitious plans for the specialty retailer -- even as it faces an array of stiff challenges that have effectively halted the retailer's aggressive retail expansion, at least temporarily. Certainly nobody could accuse Charney of not having a dream or vision for the brand that has turned striped tube socks and slinky V-neck T-shirts into sexy status symbols for the youthful hipster set.

In a phone interview with WWD, the garrulous and enthusiastic Charney, 41, said he doesn't usually open up to reporters these days -- he's been burned once too often in stories -- but proceeded to talk for more than an hour about the challenges and opportunities that lay ahead for American Apparel. And once he gets going, it's hard to get a word in edgewise.

Dupre.jpgWhat could be more exciting for a reporter than having Valentine's Day dinner with Ashley Dupré, freely discussing her scandalous past and career ambitions for the future?

Shephard Fairey with one of his artworks.
What's the difference between street art and graffiti?

Like many things, it's in the eye of the beholder, and that's why Shepard Fairey can simultaneously be honored with a high-profile retrospective at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art and be arrested by the Boston police department on vandalism charges at the opening-night celebration for the exact same exhibit.

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