As we wind down from the media storm following Kylie Jenner's "I started wigs" comment, I am forced to address the next looming controversy. For the past couple of weeks, Kylie has been proudly wearing multiple pieces of Von Dutch apparel. For those of you born before 1995, you'll remember Von Dutch as the celebrity-adored-yet-somehow-also-universally-hated line of trucker hats and t-shirts. For those born after 1995, you probably have no idea what Von Dutch is, or maybe look back on it as a beloved vintage trend from the early aughts.
Kylie, born right in the middle of 1997, is spearheading an effort to return the brand to relevancy, presumably due to her own naïveté (or because they are paying her). Regardless, I fear her ignorance of the true Von Dutch history. To help educate Kylie before she says something she'll regret, I've rounded up some of the most important figures of the Von Dutch era.
Britney Spears (circa K-Fed)Splash
Behold a legend.
His 43rd birthday was sponsored by Von Dutch.
Madonna on her way to KabbalahSplash
If you don't know what Kabbalah is, google it or ask Kris, because she definitely knows.
You were five when this photo was taken.
Gwen StefaniGetty Images
I know she looks exactly the same as she does now, but trust me when I say this was almost 10 years ago.
Would you ever wear that jacket in 2016? Then why would you wear that hat?
Paris Hilton and Tinkerbell (RIP)Splash
Before there was Bambi, there was Tinkerbell.
Brie LarsonGetty Images
This woman has an Oscar now.