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Fashion designer Christian Audigier's street wear a hit with stars

T-shirts designed by Christian Audigier (above) were worn by stars such as Madonna, Mariah Carey and Sylvester Stallone.
T-shirts designed by Christian Audigier (above) were worn by stars such as Madonna, Mariah Carey and Sylvester Stallone.PHOTO: AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

LOS ANGELES • French fashion designer Christian Audigier, who made his fortune with street wear which became a hit with celebrities including Madonna and Kim Kardashian, died last Friday in Los Angeles aged 57.

"He died at the Cedars-Sinai hospital of cancer," said Ms Michele Elyzabeth, who had been his spokesman.

Stars, including Justin Timberlake and Lindsay Lohan, sported Audigier's caps for the Von Dutch label. His T-shirts for Ed Hardy were worn by Madonna and Mariah Carey, as well as Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian and Sylvester Stallone.

"I believe celebrities are the best driver for trends," Audigier had said in a 2007 Los Angeles Times interview. "The more they wear my stuff, the more it is going to be seen by the people."

Ms Elyzabeth, recalling that the self-taught designer also founded French rocker Johnny Hallyday's label Smet, said: "He is someone who changed fashion and street wear."

Hallyday, who also lives in Los Angeles, tweeted a tribute: "RIP #ChristianAudigier my friend since forever. I love you, Johnny."

He also posted a photo of Audigier smiling, with his wife Laeticia Hallyday.

The designer was born in the southern French city of Avignon before moving to the United States in 2000. According to media reports, he sold his label Ed Hardy to Iconix Brand Group in 2011 for US$62 million.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 13, 2015, with the headline 'Designer's street wear a hit with stars'. Print Edition | Subscribe