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CULTURE, FASHION / October 11 2011 1:37 PM

You’re Here, You’re Queer, Get Into It: Picking the Perfect Coming Out-fit

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Today is October 11th, better known as National Coming Out Day — the day when all excuses for “drunken” late night hook-ups, all half-hearted reasoning behind “accidental” brushes against the thigh and innumerable piles of carefully hidden porn come tumbling out of the closet. After all, it’s 2011 and being gay is okay. You can kind of get married — if you live in New York, Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, Iowa, New Hampshire or Washington D.C. — and you can openly serve in the military — as if you would either way — so what’s not to be proud of? And sure, being gay’s not all is cracked up to be — it really doesn’t get that much better — but it’s still better than living a lie that no one nor their mother is buying. So go head, Mary, wave that rainbow flag and blast your Lady Gaga ’cause lady you were born this gay.

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GIRLS, MEN'S / September 3 2010 4:34 AM

Abercrombie Once Again Acting Like a Racist Jock, Refuses to Hire Muslim Girl

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Abercrombie Once Again Acting Like a Racist Jock, Refuses to Hire Muslim Girl

About as "ethnically diverse" as Abercrombie wants to get

I guess you can add Muslim to the “Not Welcome Here” members on Abercrombie‘s no hire list. The retailer has recently been sued by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission for refusing to hire a woman because of her Muslim headscarf.

This is the second time the retailers been sued for this exact reason. The first time was in June 2008 when a Muslim teenager was told her hijab violated Abercrombie’s “You Don’t Look Like Me, So I Hate You Policy” “Look Policy”.

WWD Reports:

In the lawsuit, the EEOC alleged that during an interview with an 18-year-old woman who applied for a job stocking merchandise in a California abercrombie kids store, the store manager asked the applicant if she was Muslim and was required to wear a head scarf. The woman was wearing a head scarf during the interview, according to the EEOC. The complaint alleged that the manager wrote “not Abercrombie look” on the woman’s application. The alleged incident took place at a store in the Great Mall in Milpitas, Calif.

Let’s also mention the fact that in February 2010, a 19-year-old was fired from Hollister (also owned by Abercrombie) for wearing a headscarf to work, even though it was in compliance with the store’s “Look Policy” which required her to wear “either a white, navy or gray-colored scarf.”

Also, keep in mind that Abercrombie has already paid $40 million to black, Hispanic and Asian employees in a discrimination case which claimed the company promoted white boys and girls at the expense of minorities.

Abercrombie has claimed that they make every possible effort to provide equal employment opportunities to people regardless of race or religion, but their track record on this matter doesn’t look like it’s going to help them much this time and considering they plan on closing 60 stores in the US to focus on expanding internationally, it might be time for them to reconsider their hiring strategy and begin embracing a little ethnicity…

What are your thoughts on this Abercrombie mess? Do you think the store is racist or should they have the right to choose whoever they want to hire?

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GIRLS, MEN'S, ODDITIES / August 17 2009 5:26 PM

Abercrombie Continues To Lose Money, So Decides To Lose Clothing To Compensate

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Abercrombie Continues To Lose Money, So Decides To Lose Clothing To Compensate

After three quarters of double-digit (millions, that is) sales declines, Abercrombie and Fitch has finally decided to cut their prices within their store family (Abercrombie & Fitch, abercrombie kids, Hollister, Ruehl).  As NY Mag cleverly put it, they’re going to take this as a sign to focus on their strenghts: sexy 20-year-olds who enjoy riding horses naked through the woods. CEO Michael Jeffries stated:

“We are young. We are sexy. We are controversial at times. That’s what we know how to do and that’s the business that we own here and are comfortable that we can around the world.”

So expect to see more shirtless employees, more naked pictures, and more of what you know makes Abercrombie, Abercrombie.  

 

Maybe if they didn’t hire 90 employees to work at every store and slowly phase them out after a few weeks once they’ve dried out their 30% discount they might save a little? (I’m only saying this from personal experience as a previous abercrombie kids employee…insert laughter here…)

LINK LOVE: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/nymag/fashion/~3/IkcvVke_j0Q/abercrombie_to_lower_prices_fo.html

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GIRLS, MEN'S, ODDITIES / July 21 2009 12:46 PM

BUSTED: Hollister Hired Customers For Their Soho Opening

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BUSTED: Hollister Hired Customers For Their Soho Opening

Okay, so this isn’t totally true.  Those of you who attended the Hollister grand opening probably noticed a few more Hollistites than you would normally see in NYC, and you were right.  Hollister didn’t exactly hire ‘fake’ customers to stand outside and walk around their store all day, they just decided to fly in employees from other stores to help ‘support’ the opening of their new SoHo store…totally different…

SOURCE: The Cut

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CAMPAIGNS, ODDITIES / June 23 2009 10:30 AM

E. Houston Just Got Sufficiently Lamer

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E. Houston Just Got Sufficiently Lamer E. Houston Just Got Sufficiently Lamer As if the iconic DKNY black and white painting being replaced by a drab Hollister advertisement didn’t make the appeal of E. Houston street crumble enough, leave it up to conservative bystanders to ruin the sexy Calvin Klein threesome for all. Last weekend, I recall walking up Lafayette, and to my amazement, found myself staring at Steven Miesel’s orgy of an ad for a solid 5 minutes. I mean, hey, anyone with hormones would too, right? Yesterday, after much parental uproar, the billboard was replaced by a Calvin Klein swimsuit ad.

Sure, the first billboard was a racy, but that’s Calvin Klein for you and we all know that sex sells. To be honest, I wouldn’t be surprised if people argue that the new bikini billboard is giving the wrong image about female body-types. Whichever way you look at it, there is always going to be someone who disapproves. 

As I digress, here’s what I have to say to those right-winged complainers, responsible for making E. Houston LAME: Your daughter has done much worse. 

 

Thanks Racked!

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Uncategorized / November 19 2008 1:52 PM

Zefron Goes Back To Douche Mode

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Zefron Goes Back To Douche Mode

Zefron doing an appearence for HSM3 back at the end of September.

Zefron Goes Back To Douche Mode

Zefron at the GQ Man of the Year event last night.

Zac Efron went back to his douche bag ways last night by going back to the Hollister haircut. I don’t know who continues to tell him to do this because it doesn’t look good. As much as I hate him, his hair actually looked good before (despite the fact that he was biting my style).

Thanks Just Jared

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MEN'S / September 16 2008 11:00 PM

I’m Over It: The Zac Efron/Hollister Kid/Mop Haircut

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Im Over It: The Zac Efron/Hollister Kid/Mop Haircut

Im Over It: The Zac Efron/Hollister Kid/Mop Haircut

Im Over It: The Zac Efron/Hollister Kid/Mop Haircut

The fashion world has always been an industry that craves extremes, which is why I think I hate this haircut so much. To me this represents everything that is mediocracy. You have to be cool so you grow your hair out but your too big a pusy to go all out, so you settle for this glorified bowl cut? I am a big fan of long hair, in fact I have had long hair, but this is not long nor acceptable in my book. This “inbetween” length of hair is actually great, because it allows for so many options and styles that can be used. Unfortunately so many have fallen victim to this ugly hair tragedy, so many that this is bordering on “How To Look Middle American.” I will say it now, If I count 35 kids with this exact haircut between now and Friday, expect a follow up story! (and no I won’t cheat by going to a shitty strip mall in Jersey and count all the douche bags at Hollister and Abercrombie).

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