#MUSIC MONDAY: Xeno and Oaklander

Over the last few months the talented duo, Xeno and Oaklander helped bring our holiday videos come to life. Their upbeat and energetic sound heightened the emotion that was not only tied to telling the story of our American Eagle Outfitters holiday campaign, but glamorized the seasonal product as well. We sat down with the newly wed duo (they just got back from their honeymoon!) to learn about their sound, how they met and their super cute pup, Roland. Take a look below.

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Sean & Liz: Xeno and Oaklander

 

AEO: Hey  guys, thanks for checking in. Please introduce yourself.
Xeno & Oaklander (X&O): We’re Xeno & Oaklander – we’re a synth duo. I’m Liz and my synth partner is Sean, we’re in a band together. It’s minimal electronic music. We’re based in Brooklyn and we have a pup called Roland: it’s a funny name, – he’s named after a famous brand of synthesizers and drum machines from Japan. I’m sure you know the 808 drum machine. American bands like Afrika Bambaataa, Talking Heads and Egyptian Lover used it. More obscure European bands such as Front 242 and Twilight Ritual used it as well. Roland is our favorite brand of synthesizers, and we own so many of them in our music studio that we thought ‘let’s call our dog Roland’

AEO: You guys are a minimal electronics duo. What or who inspired you to get into this kind of music?
X&O: We love collecting – we collect synthesizers and vinyl records. We have a big collection of vinyl records and it is by collecting minimal electronic music that we decided we wanted to make this kind of music. The first attraction often when buying an album is the record cover: minimal and sexy. We have been collecting music by electronic bands from today, mostly on independent labels in the US, and from rare bands from the 80s, mostly from Europe. Listening to this kind of music is like discovering something rare. It’s a chilling sensation.

AEO: Out of all the places you’ve performed, what city/country was your favorite concert and why?
X&O: Paris was our favorite concert on our Par Avion European Tour this fall. Maybe because they speak French? A lot of our lyrics are in French, because I come from there. Our new album has a French title, Par Avion, that means ‘Air Mail’, quite romantic. I love letters and postcards.

AEO: How did you two become a duo?
X&O: I was DJing at a friend’s loft in Brooklyn, and Sean liked the records I was spinning. It was rare minimal electronic music. We started a band straight away and we haven’t stopped since. It’s an addiction.

AEO: What are some of the funniest experiences you’ve had while being in a band?
X&O: Our funniest and funnest experience has been getting our dog Roland!

AEO: We recently found out you have an adorable 16 pound Cockapoo, Roland. Naturally when we found this out, we had to send you an ABO Puffer Vest. Tell us more about Roland.
X&O: Roland our dog has a thing for fashion… a certain form of vanity! He loves to be styled. His nickname is ‘Designer Dog’.

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Roland aka Designer Dog in #ABOSTYLE

 

AEO: Do his lady dog friends like his new style?
X&O: Roland our pup has two lady dog friends – and they are Beagles! Kikki and Poppy. I think they wish they also had a puffer vest. Both beagles live in Connecticut, and it is snowing there right now. Roland is their cool boyfriend from Brooklyn.

AEO: Tell us about any upcoming tours/releases that you have.
X&O: We’ve just released a new album on Ghostly called ‘Par Avion‘ – and we’ve just been on a tour of the US and Europe. We’ve got our eyes on Japan for our next tour. It’s a dream of ours!

 

We used “Sheen” by Xeno and Oaklander in our ABO Video.

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What To Wear: New Year’s Eve

We can all agree that New Year’s Eve is a time to shine. Whether you’re ringing in the new year out on the town or staying in with family and friends, a little bit of sparkle can go a long way.

Allexis from Life of a Coy Fish shows us how she styles her favorite Aerie finds to watch the ball drop.

Meet Allexis: 
Allexis is an adventurous, book-loving, running addict, fashion obsessed, 22 year-old and the blogger behind Life of a Coy Fish.

New Years Eve with Aerie

New Years Eve with Aerie

What inspired Allexis’s Looks:
Hey friends! When it comes to NYE we all know there are really only two ways to celebrate: out on the town with friends, or snuggled in at home with loved ones. To make your New Year’s Eve a little easier I put together a look for you all for each way to celebrate. I don’t know about you guys but when I’m ringing in the new year with a night out on the town I want to be warm, comfortable, and cute. I don’t want to have to worry about tugging a dress down all night or having freezing bare legs. These cute sequined leggings are THE perfect piece to meet those needs without having to compromise looking great!

To complete the look and keep it fun, I paired these bad boys with a fun printed sweater and wedges that are comfy enough to dance the night away in. Sequins are really a no brainer when it comes to NYE and some other fun ways to style some cute sequined leggings would be with a fun graphic tee and classic pair of pumps, or with a boyfriend blazer and plain white tee. The possibilities are endless and there’s really no way to go wrong with these leggings!

New Years Eve with Aerie

Get Allexis’s Look: Sequin Legging | Metallic Stripe Tee (Similar)

New Years Eve with Aerie

New Years Eve with Aerie

For a night in, watching the ball drop on Times Square on the good old television, the key to a cute look is keeping it cozy while bringing in fun sparkly elements that make it so it doesn’t just feel like another boring night at home! This sequined bralette layered underneath this soft henley is the perfect way to add that bit of New Year’s fun while these cozy little knit PJ shorts keep things casual and comfy!

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Show us your favorite Aerie finds with #AerieHAULiday for a chance to be featured on Aerie.com! xo

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Christmas Morning with Aerie

Christmas morning is a time we look forward to all year long, so why not step up your Sleepwear game with our Waffle Onesie? This comfy, all-in-one piece is perfect for opening presents and lounging with family. Between the soft thermal waffle and drawstring waist, you’ll be left wondering why separates are even a thing.

Our friend Alex from Beautyosaurus Lex loves the Waffle Oneise as much as we do. See how she styles it below!

What Inspired Alex’s Look:
Christmas morning is magical! There truly is no other way to put it. Between the food, the family, the presents and laughter, there is so much to be grateful for. This waffle onesie screams festive and by adding a pop of color with the scarlet bralette and a dainty gold necklace, you will be set for the celebration! Christmas morning at my parents house usually ends with some form of a Nerf gun war, so not only is this adorable but also comfortable and practical!

Christmas Morning with Aerie

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What to Pack: Dorm Essentials

Whether you’ve already began packing or you’re still anxiously scrolling through Pinterest to find the perfect back-to-school looks, it’s not too late to pick up those last minute must-haves. Leave the stress behind and let us show you how easy it is to ace cute and comfortable!

What to Pack: Dorm Essentials

We think you’ll agree that one of the best parts of going off to college is the freedom. Not just the freedom to stay up until midnight, eating oreos and laughing with your roomie (okay, that’s awesome, too) but the freedom to dress how you want, when you want. You have the rest of your life to be an adult, so for now rock that effortlessly chic look like it’s going out of style.

What to Pack: Dorm Essentials

Whether you plan to spend afternoons doing yoga on the quad or lounging with your besties, our Crop Yoga Pant is something you can’t live without.  Between the soft stretch cotton jersey and lace print waistband, you’ll own multiple pairs by the end of the semester. Yes, they’re that good. Pair with our übercomfortable Seamless Bra to achieve that level of zen you’ll need right before your intense mid-term.

What to Pack: Dorm Essentials

For all you busy fashionistas running (literally!) from one class to the next, you’re going to love the Best Basics Shop. Throw on our Hide & Peek Plunge Bralette, Scoop Neck Tank and Varsity Jacket Sweatshirt to achieve that simple, yet stylish #OOTD. And the look wouldn’t be complete without our Jogger – a skinny fit that can be dressed up or down. If that doesn’t sound like sweatpant bliss, we don’t know what does.

What to Pack: Dorm Essentials

Once your #OOTD is picked out, you’ll want to add a little something sweet. Our Hidden Love line of Body Lotion, Body Cream, Body Mist and Perfume offer a pretty mix of fresh fruits, sensual florals and creamy vanilla. Grab a Rollerball to throw in your bag for those late night study sessions!

What to Pack: Dorm Essentials

Every girl on-the-go will appreciate our adorable Baggu Backpack! With its floral print, double strap and (washing machine-friendly!) cotton canvas, it offers the perfect harmony of cute and functional. Now all that’s left to do is grab your monogrammed notebooks and head to class in style!

What to Pack: Dorm Essentials

After a long day of class, you deserve to unwind in style. We may be a little biased, but our sleep sets are some of the absolute cutest around. Let’s start with our Softest Modal Bralette and Mini Boyfrief. Not only are they made of the softest (you guessed it!) modal, they have the sweetest scalloped lace trim. Throw on a Sleep Top and a pair of Boxers, or one of our Softest Sleep Robes, to drift off to dreamland.

Now that your dorm essentials have been picked out, are you ready for class to begin? The answer: You were born ready. Good luck – we know you’re going to do great! xo

Need more #OOTD inspiration? Check out our How To: Throw the Perfect End of Summer Party post!

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AEOBetterWorld Community Day

This past Tuesday, Nearly 1,300 associates from American Eagle corporate offices volunteered their time to give back to their local communities in Pittsburgh, New York City, and San Francisco, as well as in Canada, Mexico, China and Hong Kong. Some associates planted trees, created park benches, spent time with children, while others attended animal shelters and food banks. Associates volunteered for over 30 community projects to make a positive impact. Check out the photos below and start volunteering in your community today! Want to see more photos? Follow #AEOBetterWorld on Instagram to see over 500 photos!

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Get to know Coco Yokoyama, AEO Stylist

Do you ever wonder who helps Preston and Lauren put together #AEOStyle concepts per season? We sat down with the hilarious and smiley Senior Stylist for AE.com, Coco Yokoyama to talk about her day to day job, style and trends for upcoming seasons. Want to know what her favorite memory of Preston is or what emoji she would be? Check out her rapid fire interview below to find out!

Name
Coco Yokoyama

Occupation
Senior Stylist for AEO Direct

What does your day to day look like at the office?
On shoot days, I arrive at the studio early to make sure the model is in hair and makeup, then Bri (my lovely assistant) helps prep the clothes for the model. After hair and makeup are complete, we do a quick fitting with the model. Then, we go on set and shoot our product all day until we get the perfect shot. We jam out to great music, laugh at each others goofiness and just have fun!

Favorite photo shoot that you’ve been on?
For AEO, I love every shoot that I’ve been on! The campaign shots for every season have been amazing and I’m so blessed to travel to such amazing locations with a rad team of people.  Another one of my all time favorite shoots that I’ve been on was when I was a little girl, my family shot for GQ for Fathers Day back home in Cali! It was a blast.

AEO Interview with Coco Yokoyama

Coco poses for a picture during the AEO Spring photoshoot in Miami.

Challenges that you’ve faced in your occupation?
Everyday is a challenge…it’s called life (haha)

How do you come up with outfits for each season?- What’s your strategy/process?
Preston and Lauren usually have insight on what the design team has in store for the upcoming seasons and base the styling from working closely with these teams. Once Preston and Lauren have a concept, they relay that info to me and I execute!

Best advice you’ve been given to handle this role?
Be a leader, not a follower.

AEO Interview with Coco Yokoyama

The AEO Styling team takes a selfie moment at the movies.

What big trends are you seeing for summer/BTS?
A good denim selection with a twist of street and hipster key pieces.

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Are there any trends that you don’t want to come back?
Most trends come back and they usually have a twist to its original standards, so to me its something new to look at.

Favorite staple in your wardrobe?
Anything black! I ALWAYS wear black!

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