A few weeks ago, Jon Gosselin was seen frolicking in St. Tropez with his new girlfriend
, a 22-year-old woman who is the daughter of his wife's plastic surgeon. The TLC star
and famous dad of eight was in St. Tropez courtesy of Christian Audigier, the man behind the clothing line Ed Hardy. Are you familiar with Ed Hardy? It's an L.A.-based fashion company, owned by Audigier, an extra-tan French-born man who has lots of celebrity friends. Audigier's vision for how Americans should dress includes clothes adorned with lots and lots of rhinestones, rivets, gold sparkles, tigers, dragons, skulls, flames, and flaming tigers, dragons, and skulls. The look is known as "tattoo-inspired," but it's more "I want my whole body covered in tattoos but I'm too wimpy to get actual tattoos, and, oh, dude, could you affix some fake diamonds to me too?" It's glitzed-up tough-guy clothes for people who are not tough; it's edgy clothing for people who sleep in their mom's basement.
I first became aware of Ed Hardy whilst watching a marathon of The Two Coreys, a program which chronicled the lives and troubled friendship of Corey Haim and Corey Feldman. Both stars favored wearing the carny/corny-look of Ed Hardy, and as I watched the glitter-and-skull bedecked actors driving around L.A., getting lipo, crying like little girls, and engaging in the types of inane arguments I have not had since I was 12, I began to equate this clothing line with the worst of humanity. Since then, EH outfits have popped up on celebrities everywhere--including Gosselin--and my theory has evolved. I now believe there are two types of famous people who like Ed Hardy: The truly desperate for attention or the batsh*t crazy (a third option, involves a dangerous combination of the two).
Check out the slideshow above, see if you agree.