Depending on what you read, American Apparel is either circling the hipster drain or are about to have an extreme makeover; either way it seems only right to give them a proper kiss goodnight by looking back at the only reason we actually looked at American Apparel in the first place. The OMG, I-can’t-believe-they-did-that ads. I loved seeing porn stars Sasha Grey and Lauren Phoenix in the ads, and I quite liked their best bottom 2010 contest. You can see all their models here (I think Jillian ended up being the dirtiest, along with Eliana).
Their banned ads were really… something.
If you want a great wrap on the turmoil of AA from sexual harassment to undocumented aliens (trumping the use of porn stars in ads for assless tights), The Fashion Time sums it all up when they ask Is It The End of American Apparel And Their Steamy Explicit Ads?
Image via RN D/LAB’s fun post, American Apparel New-D Adverts (that’s Britney in the zip-up). There’s more full nudity in Pedestrian TV’s Sexy American Apparel Ads Banned (2010). Also check out StyleCrave, who has the winning post The 50 Sluttiest American Apparel Ads of All Time (2009). Pinstripe Mag has Top 20 Sexiest American Apparel Ads (2008).