ItsNotYouItsMe Blog: 2011-12-25

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Itsnotyouitsme Report 95: Things to Know

Photobucket Jennifer Hudson Explains Why She Wasn't Feeling So 'Precious' The Moment Another Film Opportunity Came A Knockin' On Her Doorstep. (Side Note: Gabby Sidibe, who cut class to audition at an open casting call later became Oscar's "it" girl of that year. - via

Photobucket Beyonce X's 2011. - via

Photobucket Come January, Kathleen Turner will be a 'Red Hot Patriot' at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles... - via

Photobucket Will The Real Dick Tracy Please Stand-Up?! - via

Photobucket "Kate Middleton’s Plum and Wine Christmas Ensemble: The Duchess was a sugar plum (in the best possible way) personified on Christmas morning as she attended church services with the royal family." - - via

Photobucket "Louis Vuitton Is Suing The Hangover 2: LVMH is suing Warner Brothers because of a scene in which Zach Galifianakis’ character says of his bag, “Careful, that is a Louis Vuitton.” Except it’s not. The bag is a counterfeit produced by a company called Diophy, which LVMH is also currently suing. The luxury goods company claims there could be “consumer confusion.” We’re definitely confused." - - via

Photobucket "Is Anyone Still Working at Marie Claire?: Nina Garcia is joining the ranks of Moda Operandi as a member of its advisory board, but will likely do it in addition to her MC style director gig. Of course, Taylor Tomasi Hill, Marie Claire’s style and accessories director, recently decamped to MO, begging the question–what’s going on over at Marie Claire?" - - via

Photobucket "And the Must-Have Shoes From 2011 Were…: …those sparkly Miu Miu booties, spotted on every starlet everywhere." - - via

Photobucket Shit Girls Say: Episode 2 And 3! - via

Photobucket RIP Cheetah Tarzan. - via

Photobucket This Dog Looks Like Me And Company After A Night Out Of Liquor And Jazz. - via

Photobucket Business Cat vs. Chemistry Cat. - via

Photobucket “What Are You Doing New Year’s Eve?” Brought To You By The Cuteness From Co-Stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel Of The Film(500) Days of Summer! - via

Photobucket "The Latest on YSL v. Louboutin: Yes, this is still happening. YSL’s lawyers have now filed their appeal against Christian Louboutin’s latest appeal, which was due by the end of 2011. Way back in April, Louboutin sued YSL for selling a (red) shoe with a red sole, claiming the famed footwear designer had put a trademark on scarlet soles in 2008 – which the judge then deemed invalid. But clearly, Chris L. wasn’t about to give up without a fight. Y’all got drama, the saga continues." - - via

Photobucket "Kate Moss Vogue Cover Gets Dupli-Kated: What ever happened to originality (and budgets), people? Australian mag Madison‘s Jan 2012 cover is a more saturated version of Kate Moss’s Vogue Paris cover from June/July 2010. And you may remember that just a few weeks back, Carey Mulligan’s American Vogue cover was reincarnated as a French Elle cover. These photos are without a doubt lovely, but isn’t the point of a fashion mag to sell clothes? Pretty sure those outfits are out of season…" - - via

Photobucket "UK Soldiers Hate Their New Uniform: Most women go crazy for a man in uniform, but in the UK, it’s the uniforms that are driving soldiers crazy. The Ministry of Defense spent £40 million on brand new camo uniforms for the army, which many soldiers have complained are “shabby” and resembling of a toy action figure. “We are not American,” scoffed one soldier. Offense taken!" - - via

Photobucket "UK Soldiers Hate Their New Uniform: Most women go crazy for a man in uniform, but in the UK, it’s the uniforms that are driving soldiers crazy. The Ministry of Defense spent £40 million on brand new camo uniforms for the army, which many soldiers have complained are “shabby” and resembling of a toy action figure. “We are not American,” scoffed one soldier. Offense taken!" - - via

Photobucket "Lady Gaga Ringing in the New Year: Gaga has been selected by Major Bloomberg to push a crystal button that will release the New Year’s Eve ball at 11:59pm on Saturday night in Times Square, in addition to performing. So far there’s been a Gaga Thanksgiving TV special, the Gaga Christmas Workshop at Barneys, and now NYE… This lady has sure got a monopoly on the holidays." - - via

Photobucket "The Best Beach Fashion Photos of 2011: If you weren’t depressed enough that winter has really only just begun, here are 13 of 2011′s best beachy editorial images. These gorgeous sunny photos are almost enough to combat our yearly bout of seasonal affective disorder. Key word: almost." - - via

Photobucket "Happy Birthday Sienna Miller! The actress-turned-designer, who’s probably more known for her fashion choices and off-screen romances than her movie roles at this point, turns 30 today. Here’s a look back at some of her greatest style hits and her prettiest accessory to date, Jude Law. Never forget." - - via

Photobucket "Online Retailers Love When You Drink and Shop: The New York Times did a trend report on the growing number of people making impulse online purchases under the influence. One man bought a $10,000 motorcycle tour of New Zealand. Best. Purchase. Ever." - - via

Photobucket "The Duchess of Cambridge Better be Getting Some Free Clothes From Reiss Soon: The retailer’s profits are up from £77.7million to £87.6million thanks to Duchess Kate rocking their gear all the time." - - via

Photobucket "Rich Brazilians Encouraging Growth of Luxury Market: As we all hunker down and count our pennies during this worldwide recession, rich people in Brazil are buying up expensive luxury clothes and accessories. WWD reports that the European debt crisis is having little effect on wealthy Brazilians, and thanks to their spending, the luxury market in the country is growing." - - via

Photobucket "Rich Brazilians Encouraging Growth of Luxury Market: As we all hunker down and count our pennies during this worldwide recession, rich people in Brazil are buying up expensive luxury clothes and accessories. WWD reports that the European debt crisis is having little effect on wealthy Brazilians, and thanks to their spending, the luxury market in the country is growing." - - via

Photobucket "Lily Cole Poses for Vogue Russia:: The model/actress keeps her duds from Marni and Haider Ackermann as far away as possible from her partner for the shoot, a black panther." - - via

Photobucket "Lil’ Kim is Coming for You, Nicki: Lil’ Kim tweeted a “Christmas gift” to her fans; a promo shot for what we are assuming is her upcoming album. The Queen B is dressed in black panties and a turtleneck with large, furry pom poms on the sleeves, and of course, the chest area, so her boobs stay nice and toasty." - - via

Photobucket "John Legend and Chrissy Teigen are Engaged: Well, someone is having an amazing Christmas vacation! The couple spent the holidays in Thailand, where Legend is said to have proposed to Teigen, his long time Sports Illustrated model girlfriend. Congratulations to the happy couple!" - - via

Photobucket "Benetton and Colors Magazine Encourage The World to UnHate: The retailer, who recently caught flack for its controversial ads featuring snogging religious and political world leaders, has unveiled a new statue in Tripoli with Colors Magazine. The sculpture, a dove spreading its wings, is made from shell cases collected by those living in war zones." - - via

Photobucket "Several Sears and WalMart Stores to Close: Sears Holding Corp. plans to close between 100 and 120 of its Sears and WalMart stores, giving thousands of Americans fewer places to shop for..." - - via

Itsnotyouitsme Album Spin - With Mary J. Blige

On the ItsNotYouItsMe turntables we have the latest offering from R&B/Soul Legend Mary J. Blige and her effort "My Life II... The Journey Continues (Act 1)".

Below we have the ItsNotYouItsMe picks for our favorite "My Life II" tracks currently on rotation on our office speakers. Turn it up below!

"Next Level" (feat. Busta Rhymes)

"Need Someone"

"Ain't Nobody"


"Love A Woman" (feat. Beyonce)

"Someone To Love Me" (feat. Diddy & Lil-Wayne)

"Empty Prayers"

Miles McMillan by Carolina Palmgren for Dsection

Dashing Style–Photographer Carolina Palmgren connects with stylist James M. Rosenthal for a winter story featured in the new issue of Dsection. Venturing outdoors for a serene series of moments with DNA model Miles McMillan, printed fashions come together with a certain ease. Courtesy of -

Women Who Rock A PBS Special

PBS'"Women Who Rock" is a special documentary focusing on the female voices who led the way for future generations of women in a once man dominated music industry. The prolific special looks at the early voices of american music such as Bessie Smith, Tina Turner to modern day legends like Beyonce and Christina Aguilera. A must see for music enthusiast and fans alike of every generation and hosted by Cyndi Lauper!

Watch the ENTIRE film below!

Watch PBS Arts From Cleveland: Women Who Rock on PBS. See more from THE ARTS.

'What's Grooving With': American Apparel's Dov Charney And Cosmetic Companies

American Apparel’s Dov Charney: Rumour Has It!

One of the biggest fashion topics of discussion this year (and the past few years) was American Apparel and its controversy-laden founder and CEO Dov Charney. Since January, Dov and his company have been through a lot. On the controversy end, they’ve showed pubes and boobs in their steadfastly NSFW ad campaigns, faced several very public sexual harassment accusations, held a plus-size modeling competition with a messy outcome and lost an employee to an industrial knitting machine, to name a few of the stories we can recall. In terms of business, they’ve come within inches of bankruptcy, received a $15 million cash injection from a group of Canadian investors, and announced a few efforts to get back on track like launching denim, selling through eBay and Bloomingdale’s and offering third-party merchandise.
While we’ve all heard about AA’s downtown L.A. factory, great wages, and vertically integrated business model, we’re still left with questions about why they’ve struggled so much and what really goes on inside that company–many of which are finally answered in an in-depth piece in the latest issue of fashion glossy Flaunt. Matthew Bedard visited Charney both in Toronto for a company event and AA’s L.A. digs and sheds a light on the company’s most prevalent issues, including the sexual harassment allegations, financial problems and new plans, manufacturing in the U.S. and more. Click through for the most interesting things we learned (and the most incendiary things Charney said).

Charney, speaking about this year’s onslaught of sexual harassment charges, compares them to a gay man being hassled for having gay sex…we think. He just likes to fool around with girls:

It’s getting strange, you know? Things are strange. Like, at our company, we’re all about gay rights–everyone’s sexuality is human. But, there’s still the conservatives, the scared people, just looking for a little enemy, looking for new sexual things to clamp down on. But we don’t want to fall into that trap–only talking about sex–because the larger message gets lost. The problem with me is that my personal sexuality, or whatever, has been used against me, and it’s taken away from our ideas. It’s like a great gay guy had fantastic ideas, it’s 1964 and everybody’s like, ‘Geez, geez, he screws guys in the asshole.’ Yeah, he screws guys in the ass…so what? I like to fool around with girls. Get over it.
American Apparel models and employees can’t have plucked eyebrows because Charney doesn’t like them. Iris Alonzo, one of the company’s two creative directors, who occasionally appears in ad campaigns, said:

For instance, Dov will say something like, ‘Girls are over-plucking their eyebrows. It’s gotten out of hand.’ So we start using girls who pluck their eyebrows less, which turns into people at the store telling the employees to keep it natural–they’re little things that grow into a look, a distinct aesthetic. None of our models have plucked eyebrows now.
Alonzo also refutes the sexual harassment claims and defends the power of females in the company:

That anyone would try to exploit and jeopardize a company, just for money and attention–and that is what the claims have turned out to be–well, it’s just really sad. We work side by side with Dov every day, which is why the sexual harassment suits are so infuriating. It’s only when I read that people think we are ‘a bunch of men making all the decisions’ that it hits me–the misperception. In fact, 65% or more of our management is female, and we’re an empowered workforce. I don’t know if that’s rare. I don’t know the norm.
Charney vaguely blames the company’s problems on immigration setbacks. He says of the recession:

Things happen, right? But we basically made it out of the tunnel. We had issues–the United States government immigration. Things came up, triggered issues with our ability to generate profits, triggered some issues with some of our banks and lenders, triggered some issues with our ability to finance our company. Well, we got through it all. We’re through the tunnel, big deal, couple scars brushed off. Everything will heal.
Here is the company’s plan to get back on track financially and the revenue goals they have set, as explained by Charney:

This year, we’re going to make 20 million dollars of EBITA–you know, earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation, amortization–and next year we can make 40-50 million and get back on track. I think in the course of a number of years, we can be making 100 plus EBITA. And to me, that’s a respectable business. And to be cash flowing those kind of dollars.
Charney thinks manufacturing should and will be brought back to the United States in the future, feels American Apparel is a cult:

We are committed to pursuing a contrarian point of view. In my opinion, manufacturing within the United States close to the distribution center is an avant-garde point of view–but some people may not understand that. By hiring people that are in the company, that understand the benefits of that is less explaining to do. That allows us to kind of create a cult that allows us to pursue the contrarian point of view without distraction."

Enough Is Enough Already! Most Cosmetic Companies Still Testing On Animals?

"Is there anyone who thinks testing beauty products on animals is a good idea? We bet a lot of people think it’s an archaic practice that’s not utilized much anymore. Wrong. An article in the New York Times presents just how common it still is. And to complicate the issue, labeling is not very regulated, so it’s difficult to tell which companies do and don’t test their products on animals.

Back in 2009, the European Union banned companies from animal testing for certain factors like skin irritancy, acute toxicity, and light sensitivity. EU countries can’t import products that have been animal tested for those criteria, either. But nothing like this exists in the US. The Safe Cosmetics Act of 2011, which contains some recommendations about animal testing, was introduced this summer but hasn’t been adopted yet.

To further confuse things, no one can agree on what “cruelty-free” means. The FDA officially has no stance on that term, so it can be used to mean whatever companies want it to mean. If a product claims “not tested on animals,” that could be referring only to the finished product, not the individual ingredients, which are often sourced elsewhere.

So do we still need to do animal testing? Scientists don’t agree. Frankie Trull, president of the Foundation for Biomedical Research, told the NYT, “Most ingredients in cosmetic products were tested long ago, so very little testing is done nowadays. [But] in some cases, animal models are still a necessary part of ensuring ingredients will not cause harm to people.” However, Dr. Nancy Beck, who was a policy adviser for the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, said, “Science has evolved, and we have the technology now that maybe we didn’t have 30 or 40 years ago to do safety assessments without using animals.” So companies have to choose whether or not they’ll still use animals for testing.

And a lot have stopped, but you may be surprised to learn about the ones who still test on animals. You can check out a full list at PETA’s website but here are just a few of the brands that still use animal testing: Aveeno, Chapstick, Clearasil, Shiseido, Vidal Sassoon, ROC, Neutrogena…the list goes on.

So do you care about this issue?"

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