Someone should really go check on Bobby Bottleservice and Peter Paparazzo; they must be absolutely devastated.
It’s a sad day for those who love rhinestone-embedded jeans and trucker hats. Christian Audigier, the man who inspired a generation of dude bros and club rats to look their gaudiest and most gorgeous with his Von Dutch and Ed Hardy clothing lines, has died. TMZ says that the undisputed emperor of early 2000s fashion was diagnosed with a cancer called Myelodysplastic Syndrome, the same bone disease Robin Roberts was diagnosed with, in January. He was 57.
In the early 2000s, it felt like you couldn’t open your eyes without seeing one of Christian Audigier’s creations sparkling back at you. Pretty much every famous and famous-adjacent person in Hollywood wore Von Dutch and Ed Hardy. Madonna, Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian and Jon Gosselin wore his designs. Even Liza with a Z. Everyone! Selling t-shirts covered with skulls and roses was a lucrative game, because TMZ says that Christian net worth was almost $250 million at the time of his death.
Christian’s publicist (and Heather Mills’ former publicist/current arch rival) said this about his death to LATF: “I just heard the news and I am truly devastated. Christian was an incredibly brilliant man. He will be missed.”
Rest in peace, Christian.