Music Monday: AEO Up Next: Vance Joy

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For this week’s installment of AEO Up Next, we present Aussie indie folkster, Vance Joy. He’s been super busy on tour and handling the new-found stardom that comes with a chart-topping hit. That hit is called “Riptide” and it’s just about the most simultaneously lighthearted and painful love song out right now. Check it out below and read on to get to know the man behind Vance Joy in the Q & A after the jump.

AEO:  People usually want to know what any artist’s influences are. But we’re going to make you narrow that down to the one album that truly affected your path in music.

Vance Joy:  Elliott Smith: Either/Or

AEO:  Where was your first show and what was it like?

VJ:  It was at the Queenscliff Music Festival when I was 10. I was with my family. My little sister and I sat near the edge of the stage as Jimmy Little played his set. We had had his album “Messenger” in the family car for a while before the show, so we knew the tunes. I have a few strong memories of that night.

AEO:  Anyone who’s seen any movies about rock bands knows that the tour bus can be like an extension of a wild backstage party or a place for band antics. Tell us the craziest or funniest tour bus story to date.

VJ:  Our tour bus isn’t crazy at all it is pretty calm. On the long road trips you need to just zone out and read or watch some t.v show. We have had some late night music dancing sessions which have been memorable. I get so pumped up listening to “Turn Down For What.” And also Sheryl Crow “If It Makes You Happy”, but mainly “Turn Down For What”. We were driving around Maine with turn down for what pumping and getting so fired up.

AEO:  What was the last song you played on your phone?

VJ:  “Mad World” cat Stevens

AEO:  What’s your favorite thing to do when you have a creative block that you need to work through?

VJ:  Go run errands and make them the focus. Make coffee dates and run around like a headless chook.

AEO:  Top 5 albums that anyone who’s reading this should go out and buy right now:

VJ:  Cat Stevens – Tea for the TillermanColdplay – Rush of Blood to the HeadElliott Smith – Figure 8Father John Misty – Fear funKillers – Day and Age

Now that you’ve gotten to know about Vance, channel his look with #AEOStyle.

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Shop the look: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 |

1: Solid Poplin Button Down Shirt
2: Slim Jean
3: Downtown Leather Belt
4: Thorogood 1892 Boot
5: Slim Jean
6: Plaid Button Down Shirt

Want more Vance Joy action? Check out our BTS 1 playlist curated by Vance on Spotify!

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That’s a wrap: Behind the Scenes of Our New Commercial Shoot

We headed out to El Mirage Lake in the hot (we’re talking 110 degrees hot), dry, beautiful California desert to film our Back to School commercial for the launch of I’MPERFECT. We featured and used over 200 pairs of jeans showcasing our entire denim collection which includes, 22 fits, 81 washes, 84 sizes!

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Getting ready!

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AEO CMO, Michael Leedy (second from Right) with a few of the crew members

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The crew hard at work

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AEO Stylists, Preston and Lauren trying to survive the desert heat

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The dust storms were so intense that production was shut down for half a day

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That’s a wrap!

Check out the commercial for our newest campaign I’MPERFECT below and tell us what you think about it in the comments below.

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Farewell AEO 2014 Interns!

At the end of every summer we experience the same bittersweet moment as we say goodbye to our amazing interns! One of those talented interns, Tyreke White, spent the summer in our photo studio and demonstrated his talent of creating beautiful imagery. Inspired by his love of the popular blog, turned book, Humans of New York, Tyreke had an idea that goes far beyond the camera lens.  He wanted to create a photo book that would capture the emotion and moments of his fellow colleagues to serve as a reminder of the special friendships formed for years to come.  A project that could be shared and hopefully just the beginning of his life long journey to inspire the world.

Introducing the 2014 AEO Interns:

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Row 1, L to R: Kristen Pospychala, Tyreke White, Chelsea Schulze, Megan Lundy, Maria Ilochi, Mark Dai, Kristin Schmidt | Row 2, L to R: Natalia Concepcion, Kirsty Butchart, Allese Kukalis, Angie Minnick, Chris Uhler, Julia Goll, Ellie Seta, Taylor Johns  | Row 3, L to R: Jared Clemmensen, Kelsey Birsic, Timothy McNally, Laura McCanney, Lindsey Barbour, Wesley Jernigan, Ali Garoon, Tara Llewellyn | Row 4, L to R: Tiffany Trinh, Alex D’Angelo, Megan Albright, Abby Einwag, Brian Kang, Brooke Hanby, Nicholas Massina, and Eric Mink

Tyreke put six questions in a hat and had each of his colleagues randomly pull one out with the task to answer the question wholeheartedly.  The responses from each participant is what evoked the emotion that Tyreke caught on film. We chose our favorite answer from each question to share with you below:

What is your greatest fear?
“I’d have to say my biggest fear is not pursuing my dreams and not going after what I think’s most important to me, even if that means being selfish. I just don’t want to be complacent.” – Nick M.

In five years, what do you hope to have accomplished?
“What I hope to have accomplished in five years is a good start to my career coming out of college, maybe even looking at grad school at this point, and really just enjoying what I’m doing, waking up and being happy with where I am.” – Chris U.

To you, what defines true happiness?
“True happiness, to me, means not having to think about being happy because that’s just how you live your life.” – Alex D.

To you, what defines true success?
“I define true happiness as waking up every morning, being excited about the people I’m with, the things that I’m doing, what I value in life and having that surrounding me at all times and being a point of hope, drive, and motivation.” – Kelsey B.

What inspires you?
“What inspires me are people, traveling, and finding beauty in the little things.” – Lindsey B.

Who has been the most influential person in your life and how?
“My mom actually might be superwoman. The best advice she’s given me is to keep laughing no matter the circumstance because laughing will get you through anything. She’s always been right.” – Brooke H.

 

Meet Tyreke White:

“The reason I began my photographic journey five years ago was very simple, I wanted to capture the world. I wanted to capture those fleeting moments that we often times forget about as quickly as they happen, and photography was a good device for this. Photography has allowed me to explore the huge spectrum of human emotions and personalities. Above all, photography has given me a subtle voice, a way to express how I’m feeling and to fearlessly share my story, my passions, and my dreams. Storytelling was the true inspiration for this project, however. It’s all too easy to take for granted the fact that everyone has a unique story worth hearing and remembering. So, when that storytelling is coupled with a shutter-click, the story is immediately ingrained for eternity – in a manner that is not only delicate but also inspiring. It is in this way that I hope to inspire the world. Thank you, AEO, for giving me the opportunity to showcase the stories of my fellow interns. And thank you, Humans of New York, for the photographic inspiration.”

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Wishing you all the success in the world as you conquer your dreams, Tyreke!!

We would love to hear what inspires you and what you think defines true happiness. Tell us in the comments below.

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It’s all about the Street Scene!

If your style icons include the likes of Zoe Kravitz, Gwen Stefani, Demi Lovato and Rihanna then the street scene trend was made for you! Rock-and-roll aesthetic mixed with oversized sweaters, a pair of fabulous rugged boots and jeans that fit like leggings will give your #AEOSTYLE the perfect edge this school year. Read on for styling tips to create a look that’s casually cool, requires little effort and will make you standout in any crowd.

1.  Start with the basics.  Grab your fave destroyed jeggings paired with a rocker inspired tank or your go-to fitted dress.
2. Toughen up your look with our must-have moto jacket that will make your outfit look expensive and will also carry your summer style through fall.
3. Bring on the bling! Always accessorize with studs, chains and spikes. Layer on our mixed metal bracelets with a stacked spike necklace.
4.  Add a scene stealing shoe. Our leopard print slip-ons or rugged boot will do the job.
5.  Don’t forget the retro element. Mix up your street scene style with acid wash jeans and a cozy flannel tied around your waist.

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 This look is inspired by NYC street style.

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 Destroyed denim paired with leopard slip-ons provide the perfect amount of edge to this casually cool look.

Want more Street Scene inspiration? Check out our lookbook at ae.com or watch our trend video below.

Tell us what pieces you’re hitting the streets with in the comments below!

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How to Wear: Jogger Pants

This fall we’re mixing street style and comfort like never before. Let’s start with the jogger pant. Chances are you’ve either seen it or you’ve heard about it, but the real question is, have you rocked it yet? If the answer is no, you’re missing out. With its relaxed fit, drawstring waist, and cuffed bottom it offers the perfect balance of yes, you guessed it, style and comfort. Pair with a Plaid Button Down Shirt and Black Coated Denim Jacket for a night out with friends or throw on a Pocket Baseball T-Shirt and Reebok ZQuick Sneaker to run errands around town. Either way, the jogger is ideal for the guy on the go. Have we convinced you yet?

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Shop This Look:
AEO Jogger Pant
Black Coated Denim Jacket
Knit Beanie (Similar)
Plaid Button Down Shirt
Canvas Duffel Bag
Reebok ZQuick Sneaker

Show us how you wear our Jogger with #AEOSTYLE for the chance to be featured on our blog or AE.com style gallery.

For more Jogger inspiration, watch our video below!

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Quiz: What undie matches your #AEOStyle personality

We’re having a bum rush today, a.k.a. all undies on sale. And in honor of this celebratory rush, we’re having a contest on Facebook for a chance to win 52 pairs of underwear. Why 52? Well, one for every week of the year, of course! We didn’t want the fun to stop there… so we created a quiz for both guys and gals to determine which pair of underwear matches your #AEOStyle. So go ahead and take our quiz, then head to our Facebook page and enter to be one of four people to win 52 pairs of undies. Don’t stop there, enter aerie’s Facebook quiz too! You can never have too many pairs of underwear, right.. didn’t our moms always say that?

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Mostly A’s: Lace Waist Boybrief
Sometimes you’re a little soft-spoken and reserved. You’re more at home snuggled on the couch with your favorite DVD than out at the clubs or the Friday night game. You love pretty pastels and cute prints, like these pale pink undies with lace trim.

Mostly B’s: Signature Lace Boybrief
You march to the beat of your own drum. You might be just as happy listening to the latest indie rock tune as you are at an art gallery with your friends or watching a documentary on Netflix. You like your classics with a bit of a twist, like these bright pink lace undies with a waistband inspired by your boyfriend’s boxers.

Mostly C’s: Lace Trim Printed Thong
Who’s the life of the party? YOU ARE! You can’t think of anything better than a night out with friends at the latest club or restaurant (and of course you’re the center of attention). You frequently reach for pieces like these bold animal print undies.

 

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Mostly A’s: Beer 30 Low Rise Trunk
Who’s the life of the party? YOU ARE! You can’t think of anything better than a night out with friends or playing varsity football (and of course you’re the quarterback and team captain). You want your underwear to make a statement, which is why you love wearing trunks with bold, notice-me prints.

Mostly B’s: Striped Boxer
Shy, quiet, reserved, super nice… all words that have been used to describe your personality in the past. People might think you’re a little #normcore, but really, you just like to stick with what works—like a great pair of pinstriped boxers.

Mostly C’s: Pickle Boxer
You march to the beat of your own drum. You might be just as happy listening to the latest indie rock tune as you are at an art gallery with your friends or watching a documentary on Netflix. No one quite has your sense of style, so you always start with boxers with interesting prints (like pickles).

Extra bonus!… Mens Underwear are 3 for $25 and gal’s don’t miss your opportunity to take advantage of our 8/$26.50 Undie Bundle. Don’t forget to check out aerie’s undie bundle offer too!  One day only! 

And don’t forget to tell us your undie match in the comments below!

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