While watching Jess Franco's "Eugenie: the Story of Her Journey Into Perversion" the other night, I was struck by the similarity between images in this film and images from American Apparel's notoriously sexualized ad campaigns. Say what you will about American Apparel's controversial founder and CEO Dov Charney, the man has a consistency of vision that involves a svelte, diaphanous pantslessness that many Eurotrash cinema auteurs would appreciate. In fact, I remember visiting an AA storefront on Broadway some number of years ago and being impressed by the floor-to-ceiling display of Lui and Oui magazine covers (these have since been dispensed with, what with the company's expansion into shopping malls in Square States).
In honor of pantslessness-advocate and erotic cinema director Jess Franco's 80th birthday today, I've cooked up a little photo identification game I like to call "Eurotrash or American Apparel." Take a look at the sweet sixteen images below--eight are culled from American Apparel campaigns and eight are snipped from European cult and sleaze films. Can you tell what image is from which source?