Michael Kors Guns For Menswear, American Apparel Receives $25 Million Cash Injection, Jason Wu Gets Frisky With a Transformer

And Emma Watson has landed a fancy new gig at the UN.
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And Emma Watson has landed a fancy new gig at the UN.
Replace these lovely ladies with men, and you're looking at Michael Kors's new business plan. Photo: Larry Busacca/GettyImages 

Replace these lovely ladies with men, and you're looking at Michael Kors's new business plan. Photo: Larry Busacca/GettyImages 

Next up on Michael Kors's path toward total retail domination is a push into menswear, a division the company has operated since 2002. Kors has hired former Hugo Boss exec Mark Brashear as its global menswear president, with the hope of building the line into a $1 billion business. To that end, men's will receive an entire floor in the massive new Michael Kors store that will open in SoHo this fall. {WWD, subscription req'd}

You know that scene in "Pulp Fiction" when Uma Thurman's character overdoses on heroin and John Travolta brings her back to life with a shot of adrenaline to the heart? That's American Apparel today. Thanks to a preliminary deal with the hedge fund Standard General, the retailer will receive $25 million to help fix its finances, including paying off that $10 million loan that Lion Capital has been demanding it repay. A formal deal with Standard General should be announced later today, but expect to see some changes to American Apparel's board in the very near future. {AP}

Jason Wu got frisky with a giant blue robot in the pages of W this month — the metaphor presumably being that he's become something of a machine since taking the creative reins at Hugo Boss in addition to his own label. Much of his work is dedicated to establishing a unified vision for the new Boss woman across the various design teams. (Wu has also taken it upon himself to oversee marketing for the men's line so that the aesthetic is coherent across the brand's campaigns.) {W}

Further reading:

Emma Watson has been named a Goodwill Ambassador for UN Women, because she's enormously impressive. This announcement then proceeded to crash the UN Women website. {Mother Jones}

In case you haven't yet streamed Paris Hilton's latest single, please do that, and then watch this behind-the-scenes vid from the set of the music video. There are pink sparkles. There are fishtail braids. There is a unicorn. {E!}

More roughness for Dov Charney. Four out of six American Apparel factory workers said they support the board's decision to oust the brand's founder. {Reuters}

Let's talk about the fashion show within the Couture Week fashion show. Which celebs do you think are winning the unofficial front row style competition? {FabSugar}