The Real Deal on the AEO Skinny Skinny Jean – All Joking Aside

The Real Deal on the AEO Skinny Skinny Jean – All Joking Aside

Okay, you got us… the AEO Skinny Skinny is unreal. Literally!  Check out what real customers thought of our skinniest skinny jeans ever & see behind the scenes photos from our Skinny Skinny video shoot with CollegeHumor.  Plus, we’re giving you $10 off any pair of (real) AE Jeans for being such a good sport, 4.3-4.8 in stores & at AE.com with code 51628051.  Happy April Fools Day!

 

AE Friends & Family: Isabel Dupre, Stylist

AE Friends & Family: Isabel Dupre, Stylist

Meet Isabel Dupre, a stylist that works on our photo shoots. When Isabel is working with the American Eagle Outfitters team, she is traveling between our design office in New York City to our Home Office in Pittsburgh to pull together looks for our seasonal photo shoots. Read more to learn about her background in fashion and why she loves working with the AE team.

Before you were a stylist, you were Fashion Director at Elle and a model before that. How did the transition happen?

After being a model, I got a job at a French magazine as a casting director, then moved to Miami and worked as an agent at Click model agency. After two years, I met someone who knew someone from Elle, got an interview and they hired me as an assistant. They were using stylists from Paris and they needed someone who spoke French to help them on shoots when they were in New York. It is all about meeting as many people as you can to find the right path.

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Isabel snapped this photo during the Spring 2013 photo shoot in LA.

Have you always had a passion for clothes and fashion? How did you discover it?

How do you discover a passion for …chocolate ? Same thing I guess, it is just a thing you like. I would watch a movie and want the same t-shirt the actress was wearing. I wanted a pair of leather pants before anyone really made any, except for leather houses. I had a big attraction for fashion. I loved to dress up. I used to dress my poor little dog but I don’t know if that means passion for fashion?

What advice do you have for someone who wants to enter the fashion industry, especially as a stylist?

It was easier when I started. Not so many people knew what a stylist was so there were more opportunities.  I would say that you have to assist as much as possible. Make sure you are working harder than anyone else during internships. Go out there and make noise.

What is the biggest misconception about being a fashion stylist?

The glamorous life. It isn’t always glamorous, trying on expensive clothes and going to the shows happens, but there is also a lot of carrying heavy suitcases, packing, unpacking, long cold days shooting outside in not always pretty locations, same catering food for too long, long hours, long flights and very demanding clients.

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Isabel during a not-so-glamorous time on a photo shoot – working through the rain and cold!

What has been the coolest place you have ever traveled for work?

Anywhere with a beach, especially Tahiti and Kauai.

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One of Isabel’s favorite places to work – Kauai, Hawaii.

You are French. Do you think that influences your sense of style and fashion, especially at AE?

AE is a big denim brand and there is a lot of denim to choose from. I think my French side loves AE because the French love jeans. They’ll wear them relaxed with a T-shirt or very chic with a Chanel jacket. It works any day, any time.

What do you like most about working with AE?

Working with AE is fun. It is a great group of kids, the clothes are cool and you can mix and match as much as you want. It is the same group of people; I am always so excited to see them again on the next trip. I feel like I am going to summer camp with my friends.

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The last day of the Palm Springs Spring Break photo shoot from Isabel’s Instagram.

Where do you find your inspiration for your life and your work?

Inspiration is everywhere; from the streets to the latest TV shows I am watching. I love my iPhone and all the social media, but it is important to lift your head up and just watch what’s around you.

If you could style any person, who would you love to work with?

The last person everyone is talking about.

What is next on your life ‘to do’ list?

Be a better cook.

Project Live Your Life: Greg, Musician

Project Live Your Life: Greg, Musician

Project Live Your Life is in full gear! Your personal style inspires us, and we’re sharing one of our favorite entries so far – Greg, a musician from Fayetteville, AR.

Greg describes himself as a musician, artist, and innovator. He also loves expressing himself through his personal style (check out those socks peeking out for under his pants in the photo below!). Where does he find his inspiration? “For me, it’s the people, culture, and landscape surrounding me. That, I think, shapes all of us, even if we don’t realize it. Also, food.”

Greg S American Eagle Outfitters Spring 2013 Project Live Your Life

“This was way back in my touring musician days.”

Greg S American Eagle Outfitters Spring 2013 Project Live Your Life

“I love expressing myself through art.”

Check out Greg’s entire Project Live Your Life Profile.

AE Friends & Family: Alli W., International Brand Presentation Associate Manager

AE Friends & Family: Alli W., International Brand Presentation Associate Manager

We have stores in almost 20 countries, with more opening this year! That’s where Alli W. comes in. She’s the International Brand Presentation Associate Manager who travels around the world to make sure our stores look perfect whether you’re  in Dubai, Tokyo, or Mexico City.

American Eagle Outfitters' bus ad in Warsaw, Poland

American Eagle Outfitters’ bus ad in Warsaw, Poland

How did you discover your passion for visual merchandising?

I’ve been loving this aspect of the business for so long, it’s hard to pinpoint the “when”.  I started working at the AE store in Cranberry Township when I was 16 — when that store was still the “Lab Store”. [We have a lab store at the AE Home Office where we build the seasonal presentation that you see in stores.]  I worked as a sales associate, but with so much direct contact to the visual merchandising side of things, I guess I caught the bug.  I immediately understood the effect visual merchandising could have on the business.  I had the opportunity to work with my former boss and my current boss, whom both worked in visual at that time.  Funny how things go full circle!

How did you get your start as a visual merchandising manager?

Like I said, it all started at the store in Cranberry.  When the lab store moved to Warrendale, I came along as well.  I worked there on my summer breaks in high school and college.  From there, I bounced around – I did some freelance copy writing for the web and I did the voice-over for Aerie when it was initially launched.  I left AE for a bit to pursue my dreams of becoming an on-air news anchor, and when I decided it wasn’t for me, I came back to the lab.  At that time, there weren’t any full-time openings at the lab, but I knew I wanted to stay with the company.  I explored other opportunities and became a College Trek Manager of the first 77kids store and opened the Ross Park 77kids store as well.  A few months into that opening, I was called back for an interview in visual as an Assistant Lab Coordinator for Men’s.

What misconceptions do you think people have about store presentation/visual merchandising?

It’s not just “fluff”, and it’s not just making things “pretty”. It’s creative and it’s strategic, and a lot of thought goes into how the floor is set each and every season.  Visual merchandising, without a doubt, affects the business — for the positive when executed properly, and obviously the flip side of that, the negative, when it’s not.

Who or what has been the most important influence in your life?

Without a doubt, my mum.  She is my rock, and the strongest person I know.  She told me something once that I never forgot, and to this day, it’s the best advice I’ve ever received: “Believe in yourself, who you are, and what you stand for.  Don’t lower yourself to others, make them rise to who you are.”

What is your dream job?

I’m not sure yet,  but my current job is my dream right now.  I can’t imagine doing anything else. A year ago I never expected to be doing this job, but it’s the best surprise I could have asked for.  I’ll just wait to see what other surprises get thrown my way!

What is next on your ‘To Do In Life’ list?

A vacation?!  I’m thinking Boracay.  That or sand surfing next time I’m in the Middle East!

American Eagle Outfitters grand opening event in the Phillipinnes

American Eagle Outfitters’ grand opening event in the Philippines.

How would you describe your style?

Eclectic.  I go to the beat of my own drum.  Some days I’m girly, some days I’m preppy, some days I’m more rock n’ roll.  It depends on my mood… and whatever laundry is clean from all the traveling!

How does your work influence your style?

It makes me open to a lot more things I never thought I’d wear.  Being in other countries and seeing how they dress and accessorize has definitely inspired me and spiced up my style—it’s made me mix colors, patterns, and prints like I never thought I would.

Where do you find your inspiration?

I find inspiration in the people I love, the places I love, and the things I love.  My mum, my sister, my boyfriend, my dog, all my family and friends, Pittsburgh, fashion magazines, gossip magazines, good books from any genre, 70’s music, junk food, and my new home – NYC.  Whether it’s the big things in life, or the little things, I try to find something beautiful in it all.

Alli and her boyfriend, Nick

Alli and her boyfriend, Nick

What is your favorite part of your job?

Traveling—learning new cultures and making new friends all over the world.  It is an eye-opening experience to see how people all over the world live, work, and play.  There are days when it’s tiring, but it’s always worth it.

Alli's dinner in Beijing one night - a pigeon!

Alli’s dinner in Beijing one night – a pigeon!

Where have you traveled for your job?

It’s becoming quite the list… Kuwait, United Arab Emirates (Dubai and Abu Dhabi), Lebanon, Jordan, Morocco, Egypt, Russia, Poland, Israel, Japan, Hong Kong, China, the Philippines, and Mexico.

What is your favorite place you have traveled to for AE?

That’s tough.  I have different favorites for different reasons, and there is something that I love about each place I’ve visited.  But the food and the beaches in Israel are the absolute best!

The AEO International team takes a 'Jeepney' ride in the Phillippines

The AEO International team takes a ‘Jeepney’ ride in the Philippines

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