Friday, December 30, 2011

Ring in 2012 with AE

Party in Style with AE on NYE







We're giving all of our Twitter and Instagram followers the chance to get their '15 Seconds of Fame' on our Times Square billboard this New Year's Eve. From 7PM-11PM EST we will be live streaming your New Year's Resolutions and NYE pictures. Tell us what you're doing, show us what you're wearing, and you could be up on our Times Square billboard! Use the hashtag #AE2012 in your Tweets and Instagram photos* to share your last night of 2011 with over one million people in Times Square.


*By using the tag #AE2012 you consent to being over 16, that it is your image, you have consent of the others in the image, and that you give us the right to potentially use it on our Times Square Billboard.

Tweets of the Week

Here are the best Tweets to @american_eagle this week:










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Thursday, December 29, 2011

AE Spring Playlist on Rdio

Do you love the music you hear while shopping at AE stores? Do you wish you could get a copy of our playlist and listen to it at home? Now you can! We are featuring our new Spring Playlist on Rdio. You can sign up for free and listen to all the songs you hear at AE.

WMVL Radio at Manhattanville College helped curate our in store playlist for Spring. Some of the artists featured on the playlist include Death Cab for Cutie, Maroon 5, Toro Y Moi, and Pharrell.

Take a listen and tell us what you think.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Where Has Your AE Been - Costa Rica


Jessica M. spent the Summer of 2010 in Costa Rica on a mission trip. Before she left, she stocked up on AE racerback tanks from the Spring 2010 line. Not only did her tanks make it through an entire summer in Costa Rica, but they made it through this summer too and are still in perfect condition. 

Jessica M. in Costa Rica

Are your AE clothes "Made to Last" through travels, too? Send your pics to social@ae.com.

Sleigh Bells Release New Single - 'Born to Lose'


Sleigh Bells 'Reign of Terror' cover

Sleigh Bells are back and we can’t wait to hear their forthcoming sophomore record, Reign of Terror, set to release in February. Check out their first single “Born To Lose” from the upcoming release over at Spin. The new single, which just debuted on Zane Lowe's radio show, won't disappoint anyone who cottoned on to the duo's penchant for distorto guitar riffs and bruising beats.

Check out 'Born to Lose'

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Tweets of the Week

We love when our customers tweet us, so we've picked out a few of our favorites from the past week!












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Behind the Lens: Spring 2012 Preview

Editors and influential fashion bloggers from around the country met in our Herald Square showroom in October to preview our Spring 2012 collection. We wanted to share a few photos to get you as excited for our spring collection as we are.


The Spring 2012 Preview channeled Palm Springs, where our campaign was shot.


Spring 2012 features bright colors and highlights the color blocking trend.


Both guys and girls can look forward to swimwear and lots of bags for Spring.


Key looks for guys and girls for Spring 2012.


Spring 2012 accessories.


Looks from Men's Spring 2012.



Wednesday, December 21, 2011

AE Associate Holiday Style, Part 2

Our AE associates are seriously stylish and we wanted to give them the opportunity to show off their personal fashion sense. With that in mind, the Our Stuff, My Style contest was born. We are featuring half the finalists this week and the rest were featured last week. Check out our second round of finalists and see if your favorite AE associate made the cut!

Jennifer Goss
The number one gift on my wish list is…
A garment rack to display favorite pieces from my closet in an artsy and fashionable way in my bedroom.

Who is your past or present celebrity style icon? What sets them apart from everyone else?
Rachel Zoe. Not only is she the best stylist in the world, but she has amazing style herself. She wears only what she loves, she's fearless, and extremely passionate about her work.

Two words to describe my style:
Feminine and Adventurous.

Right now I’m obsessed with these 3 things:
Lots of accessorizing, Disneyland, and everything to do with the Holiday season.

What is your favorite AE holiday item? What’s your favorite way to style it?
I have many, but one of them would have to be the double-breasted trench. Pair it with a great sweater and scarf, my favorite knit jeggings in black and boots and you won't find a more chic lady in town.

Malik Brown
The number one gift on my wish list is... 
For my kids to be happy.
 
Who is your past or present celebrity style icon? What sets them apart from everyone else? 
Prince. I’ve always followed his fashions.  

Two words to describe my style: 
Free and Fly.

Right now I’m obsessed with these 3 things:
Style, my family and music

What is your favorite AE holiday item? What’s your favorite way to style it? 
Mock neck sweater, it's my favorite item to dress up or down.


Monta Cobbin
The number one gift on my wish list is... 
To be a model for AE.

Who is your past or present celebrity style icon? What sets them apart from everyone else?
Lenny Kravitz and Andre 3000. They aren’t afraid to go against the grain. They think outside of the box, and they are not your average trend setters.

Two words to describe my style:
Funky and Chic

Right now I’m obsessed with these 3 things:
Traveling, shopping, and music.

What is your favorite AE holiday item? What’s your favorite way to style it? 
A denim button up.  I style it with different denim bottoms and a colored t-shirt to add a pop of color. 









Nancy Valenzuela
The number one gift on my wish list is... 
A Range Rover

Who is your past or present celebrity style icon? What sets them apart from everyone else?
Lauren Conrad. I love how simple and effortless her look is. 

Two words to describe my style:
Comfy and Sexy.

Right now I’m obsessed with these 3 things: 
Pandora, Starbucks, and Ugg boots

What is your favorite AE holiday item? What’s your favorite way to style it? 
The infinity scarves. They add a fun look to your outfit. I love all the different colors.



Rachel Hinrichsen           
The number one gift on my wish list is
The black AE sweater dress. You can wear casual or dress up with fun accessories.

Who is your past or present celebrity style icon? What sets them apart from everyone else?
Rihanna, she has good sense of style that is edgy, exotic and fierce. She’s not afraid to experiment with different looks.

Two words to describe my style:
Original and Captivating.

Right now I’m obsessed with these 3 things:
A good pair of skinny jeans, a fashionable belt that accents your waist, and trendy pair of boots that completes any outfit.

What is your favorite AE holiday item? What’s your favorite way to style it?
Our wide variety of scarves. These are the perfect accessory to add character to any outfit.


Jennifer Herrel
The number one gift on my wish list is
An acceptance letter from Princeton University.

Who is your past or present celebrity style icon? What sets them apart from everyone else?
Lady Gaga, she really stays true to herself and lives her life her way, especially when it comes to her style. It sets her apart from everyone else

Two words to describe my style:
Eclectic and Vintage.

Right now I’m obsessed with these 3 things:
The neon alpine trend, my education, and buying my friends and family Christmas presents from AE.

What is your favorite AE holiday item? What’s your favorite way to style it?
Earmuff head phones; pair them with a cute holiday scarf, and jacket.


Michelle Duck
The number one gift on my wish list is
The Aerie luxe poncho in green.

Who is your past or present celebrity style icon? What sets them apart from everyone else?
Katy Perry, she rocks whatever look she wants and always looks amazing.

Two words to describe my style:
Layered and Funky.

Right now I’m obsessed with these 3 things:
Scarves, jean jeggings, and the sparkle and shine Emma.

What is your favorite AE holiday item? What’s your favorite way to style it?
Fur Snood. I wear it on campus with a jacket and Minnetonkas.

The Ting Tings Announce Release of NEW Album 'Sounds From Nowheresville' in March 2012

Platinum-selling British duo The Ting Tings (Jules De Martino and Katie White) are back with their highly anticipated sophomore album Sounds From Nowheresville (Columbia Records) due out in the US March 2012. The Ting Tings have rediscovered their sound, called upon new inspirations, and are back with revitalized energy and a fresh perspective. The Ting Tings launched themselves into the world with their DIY hardcore-pop in 2008 to massive acclaim with their debut album We Started Nothing. The album spawned hit singles “That’s Not My Name,” “Shut Up And Let Me Go” along with “Great DJ”.

At the start of 2011, The Ting Tings were pointed in the direction of the unequivocal classic Beastie Boys album, Paul’s Boutique. Having played the record many times before, they were overawed when they delved back into the album and discovered its many nuances. If they needed a bounce-off point to set their muse free, this was it. What they had learned most implicitly was a freedom to move around musically. Hence the title: Sounds From Nowheresville. Musically, the album has really let The Ting Tings rip. Check out the video for their first single “Hang It Up”

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Where Has Your AE Been - The Great Wall of China

Sisters Cara and Brielle M. spent two weeks in the summer of 2010 volunteering in Korea. After their volunteer trip was over, the sisters hopped a flight to Beijing to do some sightseeing in China. Cara is on the left wearing AE shorts from Summer 2010 and Brielle is wearing AE jeans from Winter 2009 at the Great Wall of China. Both sisters are wearing AE short sleeve tops from Summer 2010.
 

Where has your AE been? Let us know by sending your photos to social@ae.com!

Video Pick - Lana Del Rey

The buzz around this bombshell just keeps growing and we simply love her video for Video Games, looks like 12 million people would agree as well by the number of hits. Plus, the song is pretty amazing as well; we can’t wait for her debut record!


Monday, December 19, 2011

Get Inspired: Give Experiences

Still trying to find the perfect present for somebody on your list? Give something they won't tire of by Valentine's Day and remember forever - an experience.


Take a trip by train.

Take a trip by train.

Most Americans don't travel by train very often, if ever. Traveling by train has definite advantages over flying - most train stations are in city centers, you don't have to deal with connecting flights or finding a parking spot and best of all - you can sit back and enjoy the trip. The travel time is a little longer but there is something romantic about taking a train trip. We recently priced a trip from Pittsburgh to New York for $140. 


Take a class.

Most people have something they would love to try or learn how to do. You can find classes for everything from wine tasting, surfing lessons, or even salsa dancing.


Tickets to a concert or show.


The tents at Cirque du Soleil.


Buy tickets to a national production of a play or musical someone on your list has been dying to see or tickets to a concert. Productions such as Cirque du Soleil have national tours, so you can find tickets in a city near you.


Have a great meal.

Everyone remembers a great meal. Take someone to a restaurant they've been meaning to try or wouldn't go to unless it was a special occasion. In Pittsburgh, we would suggest Sunday brunch at Grand Concourse. Another great option would be to go somewhere they would never pick themselves but might be interested in trying, such as fondue at The Melting Pot.


Pay an entrance fee for a race or competition.

Pay an entrance fee to a race or other event.

If you have someone on your list who is a big runner or enjoys other competitive sports, pay their entry fee as a gift. They have no excuse to not finally run the half-marathon or marathon they have been talking about!


Give a spa day.

Most people won't indulge in a spa day for themselves, but if you know someone who could use it, a spa gift certificate is a great idea.



Have you ever given an experience rather than a physical gift?

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Win a Signed Epiphone Guitar from Javier Colon


Javier Colon


Javier Colon has a lot of heart.

In fact, that heart is precisely why he captivated America when he reigned supreme on The Voice. It's why he never gave up on his dream of a career in music even in the face of numerous setbacks and what seemed like endless adversity. It's why every time he writes a song, it strikes a chord. It's also why when the world hears his forthcoming 2011 debut album, Come Through For You, on Universal Republic Records, they will feel it.

How many fans of The Voice do we have out there? Well, we have an extra special contest for you today. We’re giving away a signed Epiphone Guitar from Javier Colon.


Friday, December 16, 2011

Tweets of the Week

Check out our favorite Tweets from this week:











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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Holiday Style: AE Associates

Our AE associates are seriously stylish and we wanted to give them the opportunity to show off their personal fashion sense. With that in mind, the Our Stuff, My Style contest was born. We are featuring half the finalists this week and the rest next week. Check out our first round of finalists and see if your favorite AE associate made the cut!



Ceciley R.

The number one gift on my wish list is...
To win this contest and be an Aerie girl for Our Stuff, My Style.

Who is your past or present celebrity style icon? What sets them apart from everyone else?
Kim Kardashian. She is always up with the current trends.

Two words to describe my style:
Aerie, ! – my style will wow you.

Right now I’m obsessed with these 3 things:
Twilight, photography and winning this contest.

What is your favorite AE holiday item? What’s your favorite way to style it?
Fair Isle sweater dress and Minnetonka boots, matched with an AE belt.


Tylor M.



The number one gift on my wish list is..
A pair of men's chunky sweater leg warmers.

Who is your past or present celebrity style icon? What sets them apart from everyone else? 
David Beckham, because he has impeccable style that is slick, sleek and ever changing.

Two words to describe my style:
Classic and Funky.

Right now I’m obsessed with these 3 things: 
Faux glasses, cardigans, and glitter nail polish.

What is your favorite AE holiday item? What’s your favorite way to style it? 
The men’s grey, red and white striped v-neck sweater – wear over-sized with a blue beanie, rock that with American Eagle boot cut jeans cuffed at the bottom, junky jewelry and a watch.


Ellie M.

The number one gift on my wish list is...
 New furniture for my family.

Who is your past or present celebrity style icon? What sets them apart from everyone else? 
Alana Blanchard, it’s more than just her appearance, I appreciate her lifestyle, too. She is completely effortlessly sexy. The only hair product she uses is the ocean salt water and she can take something as simple as a cut-off tank and make it sexy.

Two words to describe my style: 
Beach Beauty.

Right now I’m obsessed with these 3 things: 
My handmade jewelry collection, boot socks, and my dog.

What is your favorite AE holiday item? What’s your favorite way to style it? 
The AE boyfriend tuxedo jacket.  Wear it with a black dress, black tights and oxford pumps. This jacket looks great with everything! This is my key piece that ties all my looks together.


Jovonnie A.


The number one gift on my wish list is... 
The AE Heavy Gauge navy sweater.

Who is your past or present celebrity style icon? What sets them apart from everyone else? 
Nick Wooster, the former Fashion Director at Bergdorf and Neiman Marcus. He has a modern take on street style by mixing non-traditional pieces together.

Two words to describe my style: 
Non-Traditional Prep.

Right now I’m obsessed with these 3 things: 
Chukka boots, colored pants, and flannels.

What is your favorite AE holiday item? What’s your favorite way to style it? 
The men’s navy fair isle sweater. I wear it with a classic button oxford, dark washed distressed jeans and dark colored moccasins to give it a kick.


Kayla L.

The number one gift on my wish list is...
A Macbook so I can put my creative ideas together in a more professional way.

Who is your past or present celebrity style icon? What sets them apart from everyone else?
Rachel Bilson: she has an effortless, chic style and a wholesome personality.

Two words to describe my style:
Comfortable Chic– Keep it classy, but always wear bold accessories.

Right now I’m obsessed with these 3 things:
Aerie black jeggings, a soft over-sized t-shirt or sweater, and a soft knitted scarf to pull together the entire look.

What is your favorite AE holiday item? What’s your favorite way to style it? 
The Aerie open stitched dolman sweater. The open stitch adds character. Pair it with black Aerie jeggings, a knitted snood, and AE Buckle Riding Boots, topped off with silver hoops.


Marisa M.

The number one gift on my wish list is... 
An acoustic guitar.

Who is your past or present celebrity style icon? What sets them apart from everyone else?
Audrey Hepburn. She is timeless and her style adds a classy and vintage vibe to any modern day look.

Two words to describe my style: 
Feminine and bohemian.

Right now I’m obsessed with these 3 things: 
Harry Potter,  the Beatles, and romance novels.

What is your favorite AE holiday item? What’s your favorite way to style it?
The fuzzy white earbud earmuffs and I like to style them with any AE outerwear.

The Knocks Present Their Mixtape, "The Transplant II"

The Knocks

Everyone can now make music. The increasing access to music related technology and the liquid flow of music and information is a blessing to aspiring musicians, but a curse to those who have to sift through the terrible mash-ups and tunes in order to find quality music. Based out of New York City’s Lower East Side, The Knocks are taking a stand and reclaiming good music for all.

The Knocks - Ben “B-Roc” Ruttner and James “Jpatt” Patterson - garnered their name from the early days of their production career when they tirelessly worked out of their home studios and complaining neighbors would knock on their doors. Coupled with DJing and making mixtapes, the pair cobbled together enough money to open their studio; HeavyRoc Music. Following the tried and tested route of classic New York producers of the past, the pair would head straight from the studio to the club with a new fresh jam to test on the crowd in their DJ sets.

They have since produced original material and remixes for Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Marina & the Diamonds, and now their own music.. The Knocks have been taking their energetic live dance party all over the world, including their sold out NYC Bowery Ballroom debut, Tammany Hall headlining show and their European tour with Sleigh Bells and M.I.A. They’ve shared the stage with acts like Big Boi, Chromeo, and just finished a U.S. tour with Ellie Goulding.

We’re very excited to share with you this mixtape from The Knocks titled “The Transplant II”. We expect big, big things to come from these two.

Aritsts with original Mashups featured in the mixtape include:

The Yeah Yeah Yeah's, Dirty Money, D. Gookin, Gypsy & The Cat, Elton John, The Temper Trap, Daft Punk, Yelle, Soulja Boy, Foster The People, Dom, Alex Winston, Sound Of Arrows, Stylus Dust, Travis Porter, Two Door Cinema Club, Sean Paul, Drake, Active Child, B.O.B, Penguin Prison, The Knocks, The New Radicals, Chelley, Classixx, Stardust, Samuel, T.I, Usher, Ellie Goulding, Grum, Marques Houston, The Twelves, Atlas, Louis La Roche, Lil Wayne, Marina & The Diamonds, The Naked & Famous, Puff Daddy, The Crookers, M.O.P & more

Like what you hear? Check out their new EP, "Magic"

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Video Pick: "The Hours" by Exitmusic

How many Boardwalk Empire fans are out there? In honor of this week’s season finale, we have a special video to share with you. Aleksa Palladino, who plays Angela Darmody, makes beautifully melodic, dreamy music with her husband, Devon Church, as Exitmusic. The New York City duo doesn't care when the chill runs down your spine, they just hope their music provokes some kind of primal feeling. Striking a unique balance between darkness and light, their music builds on a foundation of rhythmic electronics and synthesizers, to arrive at a sound almost operatic in scope. Check out the recently released video for “The Hours”

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Where Has Your AE Been - The Mediterranean

My name is Jamie and I am an Associate Marketing Manager at American Eagle on the Social Media Team. Last year was a fun-filled year of traveling for my husband and me. Our favorite trip by far was a 7-day cruise through the Mediterranean. We made stops in Taromina, Sicily; Athens, Greece; Kusadasi, Turkey; and Crete, Greece. At the end of our trip, we spent a few days in Rome, Italy indulging in wine and all of the pasta we could eat.



This picture is of my husband, Justin, and me in Athens. I’m wearing an AE Boyfriend Tank and Justin is wearing AE Cargo Shorts.



This second picture is aboard our cruise ship. There were beautiful sunsets every night that made for great photo ops. In this photo, I’m wearing an AE Dress from Holiday 2010. I receive compliments on it every time I wear it and we have a similar one this year, the AE Party Dress. It is perfect for Holiday parties! Keep sending us your photos traveling around the world in AE to social@ae.com!

Video Pick: "Blood Pressure" by Mutemath

Have you checked out Mutemath’s video for “Blood Pressure” from their album Odd Soul? If you haven’t, we highly recommend giving it a go. It’s one of favorite videos to come out this winter and we’re excited to feature it in stores.




If you like what you hear, download a free MP3 of “Blood Pressure


Catch the band on their headlining tour:
01/26 Houston, TX             House of Blues
01/27 Austin, TX                Stubb's
01/28 Dallas, TX                House of Blues
01/29 Tulsa, OK                Cain's Ballroom
01/31 Denver, CO             Gothic Theatre
02/02 Los Angeles             Club Nokia Live
02/03 San Diego, CA         4th and B Concert Theater
02/07 San Francisco, CA   The Regency Ballroom
02/08 Sacramento, CA       Ace of Spades
02/10 Seattle, WA              Showbox SoDo
02/11 Spokane, WA           Knitting Factory
02/12 Boise, ID                  Knitting Factory
02/14 Salt Lake City, UT    Club Sound
02/16 Kansas City, MO      Beaumont Club
02/17 Chicago, IL              House of Blues
02/18 Minneapolis, MN     First Avenue
02/28 St. Louis, MO          The Pageant
03/01 Grand Rapids, MI    The Intersection
03/02 Detroit, MI               St. Andrew's Hall
03/03 Columbus, OH         Newport Music Hall
03/04 Cleveland, OH         House of Blues
03/07 Boston, MA             House of Blues
03/08 New York, NY        Best Buy Theater
03/09 Philadelphia, PA       Trocadero
03/10 Washington D.C.      9:30 Club
03/11 Norfolk, VA            The Norva
03/14 Charlotte, NC         Amos' Southend
03/16 Ft. Lauderdale, FL  Revolution
03/17 Orlando, FL            House of Blues
03/18 Atlanta, GA             The Tabernacle

 

Monday, December 12, 2011

Get Inspired: Views From Airplane Windows

After a frightfully cold weekend in Pittsburgh, we have our sights set on warmer locations. Since that isn't an immediate option, we are settling by looking at Buzzfeed's 100 Incredible Views Out of Airplane Windows. Check out a few of our favorites below.

Phuket, Thailand

London, United Kingdom



Cuyama Valley, California
Dahn-e Darreh Chasht, Afganistan

Lagos, Nigeria

Tierra del Fuego, Argentina