In life, there are
10 11 commandments.
Honour thy father and thy mother features somewhere. As does thou shalt not kill. I believe adultery is frowned upon too.
But there is one commandment, dear readers, that white haired, black blazered Karl Lagerfeld seems to have forgotten: Thou shalt not insult thy Meryl Streep in an interview with a fashion, business, and beauty magazine.
In case you missed it, the Chanel fashion designer told Women’s Wear Daily the couture house was in the middle of making the actress a gown for the Oscars when she abruptly pulled out.
“Don’t continue the dress,” the 67-year-old’s team supposedly told Karl’s. “We found [another label] who will pay us.”
Clearly not happy about Hollywood’s largest name rejecting his label, Lagerfeld added: “A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?”
Woah. Woah, man. Did you just insult Meryl? OUR Meryl? Have you no sense? No decency?
Listen: Why Meryl Streep’s Golden Globes speech got the world talking. (Post continues after audio.)
Of course, the three-time Academy Award winner was keen to set the record straight.
Within hours, a representative responded to the hoopla, telling The Hollywood Reporter Karl’s pesky statements were false, and that it is “against [Meryl’s] personal ethics to be paid to wear a gown on the red carpet”.
Now in massive damage control, Chanel decided to release a statement of their own.
“Chanel engaged in conversations with Ms. Streep’s stylist to design a dress for her to wear to the Academy Awards, with the full understanding that she was considering options from other design houses,” the label’s rep said.
"When informed by the stylist that Ms. Streep had chosen a dress by another designer there was no mention of the reason. Chanel wishes to express our continued and deep respect for Ms. Streep."
Well, then. That's about enough celebrity awkwardness for one day, thanks.