Christian Audigier Spring 2008 Collection - Making Rock Stars Rock

The theme for Chistian Audigier’s Fashion Show on October 15th at Smashbox Studios in Culver City, was La Vie En Rose. His Inspiration was “the liberation of France by the American troops and the fusion of cultures in the 1940's marking Frances Freedom..  The French and Americans formed a natural union which was reflected and initiated the inspiration in art, music, fashion and love.  Christian Audigier pays tribute to the beauty of his French roots and his American influence on this season’s runway.”  Along with the theme of his runway, Christian Audigier also admits “My collection is based on the vision that captures the American lifestyle culture from rap, pop, and rock and roll!”

Backstage Happenings

David Hasselhoff enjoyed the Show

Celebrity guests included David Hasselhoff, Rex Lee, Brandy, Mel B, Eric Benet,
Bow Wow, Lil Jon, Omarion, Chris Stokes, Frankie J, Mr. and Mrs Jenner, and Bai Ling.

A Young Chanteus and the Girls that Led off the Show

The stillness of the dark room was broken when a sultry singer (Jasmine Villegas) reminiscent of chanteuse Edith Piaf, appeared at the Eiffel Tower mock-up at the stage entrance to the catwalk.  A spotlight followed her as she slowly walked its length entertaining us with the song of the same name.

More Sexy Designs

In my opinion everything about Christian Audigier is magnificent.  From the looks of the attendees of his show, dripping with Christian Audigier designed fashions and ebulliently glittering away, I am obviously not alone in my adoration.

Camping It Up!

I’m pretty certain that if you look up the word “cool” in the picture dictionary or encyclopedia, a photo of Christian Audigier will appear there to describe it.  He is one of the most charismatic men one could meet.  The guy just exudes charm and then there’s that French thing.  How could anyone resist.  

Two Models in Metallic Leggings

The models emerged with fluffy black and brightly colored feather boas, shiny lame leggings and kicky French berets.  There was (of course) lots of not-so-basic black, plenty of gold or silver metallic, and brilliant touches of shocking pink, red, yellow and blue.  And of course across many of the items the name “Christian Audigier” was proudly emblazoned and proudly worn. Giant Weed Leaf appliqués or painted designs adorned some of the capes, hoodies, tops, and pants. On other items winged patterns, swirls, roses, and other hip, fabulous symbols decorated the clothes.

Sexy, Sexy. Notice the Helping Hand from the Audience!

Sexy garter belts with stockings were worn with shorts or just with panties and bras underneath military coats with military caps.  Tops, hoodies and dresses illustrated with wings and the representative hearts, roses and other tattoo art designs and metallic gold swirls turned up on the runway.  

A Gorgeous Handbag. what a great Leg!

Patriotic and Military

Many of the models strolled the catwalk toting large purses or valises.  Many sported a military or French or American theme.  Another interesting look was colorful, netted, see-through slips one on top of another in different colors worn as skirts.

Cool and Sexy Looks

This was without question the most fun and my favorite show of The Mercedes Benz Fashion Week at Smashbox Studios.  I can’t say it was evocative of anything but purely electric, Christian Audigier.

Fun and Flirty

Cool instrumental techno sounds flowed by DJ Jahi Sundance filled the room.   Handsome or beautiful models with very French faces and 1940's makeup complete with pencil thin eyebrows in the style of Marlene Deitrich wearing big bangs, hats and puffy hair glided past.  The makeup was perfectly done by John Stapleton and the MAC Pro team (including Carol Maehl, who I know and saw there).  Carol is one of the best makeup artists around (she has an impressive resume) and MAC delivers as well, so of course the makeup was great.

Tipping his Hat, Beautiful Makeup by Carol Maehl

Military Flair

The Show was a Major Success! The Entire Audience was Standing and Clapping!

At the end of the show the models paraded past with some carrying tiny American and French Flags.  When Christian Audigier appeared, giant white confetti exploded and then floated down--pouring from the ceiling in a blizzard surrounding him and the audience.  It was like being in a whiteout----amidst a flurry of massive white, swirling snowflakes. It made for a spectacular and unique ending!  

The show was a major success! The Entire Audience is on Their Feet With Applause!

In the VIP Gift baskets given out at the show, amongst the loaf of French bread, Christian Audigier Wine (yes it was on the label) and other goodies, was an invitation to his after party that took place at his 160,000 square foot office.  It’s almost impossible to imagine that only 3 years prior to opening the spacious office that runs his operation he began in a modest 200 square foot garage.

T) My Friends: "The Eye Candy Twins" (L)Allister & Marc(R) Blackham and Native, Couture Clothing Designer Virgil Ortiz C) Bow Wow enjoying Christian's Party B) Heather Chadwell one of 2 Finalists from "Bret Michael's "Rock of Love"

Christian’s after party was tremendous fun.  There were many celebrities, wonderful drinks, and yummy food.  Christian was drinking something I had to try.  It was a Capirinha, a luscious drink that originated in Brazil.  They were making them with a choice of fresh mashed kiwi’s, strawberries, or limes.  It was irresistibly delicious.  Other guests celebrated with cases of Veuve Clicquot Champagne.

Fixing and Serving Up Beverages at the First of Christian's After Parties

All Smiles

If that wasn’t enough Christian had another party that night at Les Deux with designer Coco Johnsen.  Then On Thursday night Christian hosted a fashion show for Ed Hardy at the trendy Grove.  The chic show was open to everyone, but his VIP party was in a roped off area on the green at the Grove.  The food was scrumptious.  One thing is certain, “this guy knows how to party.”  

Me Posing with Christian at His Ed Hardy Party at the Grove

Aside form the full bar we also had Ed Hardy Structured Water™ and the Ed Hardy Energy Drink.  The premise for the water is this:  
The Ed Hardy Structured Water™ is a natural alkalized calcium ionized living water and is treated with reverse osmosis for maximum purity as well as infra-red stimulation and electromagnetism to create the best (+) positively charged hexagonally shaped structured water ever.  (Don’t look at me, I didn’t write the premise---I simply took the description off of the Website).  It also has a Don Ed Hardy Tattoo on the inside of the label which you can see through the water.

Christian Wathing the Video of the Show with his Models and Guests

As for Energy Drinks, I am one of those people who does not like Red Bull.  No (even though I’m so LA) not even in Vodka, not any way at all.  I have never liked any Energy Drink.  But I LOVE the Ed Hardy Energy Drink.  To top it off it only has 5 calories and I am drinking one as I write this.  The best thing is---it tastes Fantastic!

Celebrities in the Audience

According to his bio, Christian Audigier was born in southern France in the city of Avignon.  Loving the rock and roll lifestyle, he wanted to follow in the footsteps of Mick Jagger, but lacked the singing voice. Christian then moved into fashion, building
a fashion empire with his four very winning brands, Christian Audigier, Ed Hardy, SMET, and Crystal Rock.  This year he has reached new levels as his fashion empire continues to grow.  Before the end of 2007 he plans to open 6 additional flagship stores.

Christian Audigier was the creative genius responsible for making the unknown clothing company Von Dutch into a worldwide sensation.   He left his unforgettable style on brands such as American Eagle Outfitters, Diesel, Lee, Levi's, Liberto, Kookai and Naf Naf.

Christian's Handsome Son

His charismatic and colorful approach to fashion, fueled by Christian's dazzling promotional strategy, allowed him to elevate the tattoo art of Don Ed Hardy and create Ed Hardy by Christian Audigier, is one of the hottest new brands worn by celebrities and by the world.  Next he opened his street wear line, Christian Audigier, reflecting Christian’s French-California perspective and drawing inspiration from his every day lifestyle influenced by rock & roll and glam on the streets of Los Angeles.

Christian Audigier continues to dress the A-List of film, TV, sports and music. His following includes – Britney Spears, Jessica Alba, Mariah Carey, Paris Hilton, P. Diddy, Mickey Rourke, Paris Hilton, Snoop Dogg, Chris Brown, Usher, Marilyn Manson, Madonna, Shakira, Ciara, Heidi Klum, T.I. & Jaime Foxx.

Fashion Show & Backstage Photos by:
Mercedes Benz Fashion Week
Fashion Show Photos also by:
Darren Eskandari
Party Photos by:
Judith Orr

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