Excusable Expressions

america v allen. the result
May 19, 2009, 10:34 am
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woody & dov

Woody Allen’s bank manager is waking up a happy man.
As woody Allen has accepted a cool $5 million dollars settlement from American Apparel for using his image without his permission. The court case was due to start today but did Woody just cave against the clothing giant?… Who knows.

In his defence Woody said he hoped the outcome “would discourage American Apparel or anyone else from ever trying such a thing again.”

American Apparel president Dov Charney told reporters it wasn’t his decision to settle. The company’s insurance company “controlled the defense” in the case.

Here’s the link for my earlier post on the subject america v allen


vintage.clothing…you’re having a laugh!
May 18, 2009, 4:46 pm
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People bandy around the term “vintage” these days, it’s become a something of a fashion buzzword.

To me, most of the “vintage” stuff people buy these days has absolutley no vintage qualities about them at all.
Yeah they might hark back to a different period alright, but these pieces were even back then a mass produced product.

To me “vintage” is a collectible, or something that has a design significance. You could collect vintage, whereas you could throw away
something “retro”.
I think David Silver owner of Decades, a Los Angeles store said it best, “vintage” implies quality, something valuable, whereas “retro”
has a costume connotation”.
Sure, stuff can be made to look like it belongs from a yester-year, but it’s just an imitation.


Another thing that bugs me is when someone says “this t-shirt is vintage”, for example. It’s just a t-shirt, it’s not from another era,
it’s not unique, nor was it worn by by Audrey Hepburn. Sure it might be from the 70’s, but even back then it was mass produced.
If that’s how vintage is judged then i’ve a dozen “vintage” t-shirts in my wardrobe. It was sold in one of these so-called vintage shops.
So-called because most of the stuff they sell, while might be from another period, was still mass produced back then,making it just old.

People can critisize me for this way of thinking, and I know some who do, but that’s my view on the subject.

May 2, 2009, 3:49 pm
Filed under: clothes, indiviuality

black pea soles
s tournament track edition top
s tournament edtion polo

I’m loving Adidas’s Originals collection right now, and it’s cool retro styling. It’s a collection that has a definite 1940’s – 80’s style look and feel about it, with the most of the brand using the Trefoil logo.

The t-shirts are all clean-cut with simple lines used sparingly, while the tracksuit tops can seem use them more prominently. The footwear is very reminiscent of tennis and athletic styles of old.

May 1, 2009, 2:10 am
Filed under: clothes

A good leather jacket will never go out of fashion, and will only get better looking the more it’s worn.
So it’s to my amazement that I found this absolute beaut in Arnotts one day. A classic 60’s style, neat chocolate coloured leather jacket from Ted Baker, the likes of which you could see Steve McQueen donning while cruising aound on his bike.

Something like this make it even more of a reason why Ted Baker is my favourite mens clothes shop at the moment.

flybite jacket

Does mens shoes really get any better than these German, military style inspired lace-up boots from All Saints. Just gorgeous!

military boots

america v allen
April 21, 2009, 4:11 pm
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Allen Stewart Konigsberg (guess who) is suing the largest clothing firm in America, the aptly named American Apparel for $10 million dollars.

"Woody Allen on Monday sued American Apparel Inc, claiming the U.S. clothing company used his image in advertising on billboards and the Internet without his consent.

The billboard ads, which depict Allen dressed as a rabbi, appeared in New York and California, according to the suit, filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan.

Allen, an Oscar-winning U.S. director known for his work in films such as “Annie Hall” and “Crimes and Misdemeanors,” said in the suit he was neither contacted by the company, nor compensated for the use of his image.

“Allen does not engage in the commercial endorsement of products or services in the United States,” according to the lawsuit.

He is seeking damages in excess of $10 million, according to the suit." Reuters

$10 million dollars... Cop the fuck on, Woody.