MILAN, ITALY – FEBRUARY 23: Designer Karl Lagerfeld is seen backstage ahead of the Fendi show during Milan Fashion Week Fall/Winter 2017/18 on February 23, 2017 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images) Photo: Tristan FewingsTheir war of words has been waged on social media and on Monday, actor Meryl Streep and Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld’s feud was fought on the red carpet.
(For the record, Streep won.)
Streep and Lagerfeld have been at loggerheads (or Lagerheads?) ever since the pony-tailed, leather-gloved couturier accused the star of The Devil Wears Prada and three-times Oscar winner of demanding payment to wear one of his designs to Hollywood’s night of nights.
He claimed Streep turned down the offer to wear Chanel so she could be paid to wear another designer.
He told Women’s Wear Daily: “After we gift her a dress that’s worth $105,000, we found [out] later we had to pay [for her to wear it]. We give them dresses, we make the dresses, but we don’t pay. A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?”
The Iron Lady star hit back, saying it’s against her ethics to demand payment to wear a dress and demanding an apology from Lagerfeld.
Payment or no payment, Streep arrived at the Oscars in a midnight blue “skants” (skirt-over-pants) ensemble by Elie Saab, the same designer responsible for the OTT dress of the night, worn by Janelle Monae.
It seems since Lagerfeld making his initial comments Chanel has softened its rhetoric, issuing the following statement: “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. 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.”
For the record, it’s Meryl 1, Karl 0. Oscars update; Meryl Streep wore a blue PANTS SUIT. She refused any payment. Karl L. “I regret this controversy” >>>https://t苏州夜生活/o2ExAZTGpApic.twitter苏州夜网/g0TDqwXV4q— Bells (@GettingWings) February 27, 2017#MerylStreep looks great in that @ElieSaabWorld gown!! Take that, @KarlLagerfeld !! #Oscars— d o n n i e (@donnie_avila) February 27, 2017Meryl Streep is up next, my hope is that she let’s Karl Lagerfeld HAVE IT! #Oscars— queertardo (@queertardo) February 27, 2017