Remember all of those photos that used to pop up of reality star Jon Gosselin wearing Ed Hardy T-shirts? That's what killed the Ed Hardy brand, according to Hardy himself. The tattoo visionary told the New York Post that the controversial dad of eight's pimping of his telltale tees ruined the line's credibility.
"That Jon Gosselin thing was the nail in the coffin," Hardy said. "That's what tanked it. Macy's used to have a huge window display with Ed Hardy, and it filtered down and that's why Macy's dropped the brand."
Hardy also blamed French businessman and Hardy art licenser Christian Audigier for the line's demise, saying, "Christian worships celebrities so much, he will get next to anyone who is famous for anything. If he could have gotten Charles Manson in a shirt, he would have."
Of course, Jon Gosselin isn't the only reality star to recently get dissed by a designer.
In 2011, clothing retailer Abercrombie & Fitch asked "Jersey Shore" star Mike "The Situation" Sorrentino to stop wearing their clothes on the crude MTV reality show, going so far as to offer a "substantial payment" to Sorrentino and producers of "Jersey Shore" if cast members would wear another brand. A & F argued that seeing the raunchy reality star in their clothes caused "significant damage" to their image and could be "distressful" to their customers.
The offended "Jersey Shore" star later tweeted a CNN Money article about how A&F's stocks took a nosedive after their diss. "Looks like Abercrombie got themself into a Situation," the Sitch wrote.
Reality star Kim Kardashian may have millions of Twitter followers, but not all designers are fans of the "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star. According to Elle, earlier this year stylist Nicola Formichetti revealed that he had a tough time getting designers to work with him for the magazine's photo shoot with Kardashian.
"People wouldn't lend me the clothes," Formichetti said of the process of gathering pieces for the shoot. "But that's fashion snobbery." Kardashian was later photographed wearing Roberto Cavalli, Oscar de la Renta, and a few other designers, but it didn't come easy.
Style expert Michael Cohen told Fox News, "Fashion designers do feel that certain celebrities cheapen their brand…No matter what Kim does, who she marries or how many red carpets she walks, she's still the girl who became famous thanks to a sex tape and no one wants to dress that."
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