If there is one person in Hollywood you don’t want to come for, it’s Meryl Streep. That is what Karl Lagerfeld did before tonight’s Oscars, and of course Streep clapped back in the best way possible.
Women’s Wear Daily initially published an article quoting Lagerfeld’s claims that Streep refused to wear one of his designs, opting for another designer who would be paying her.
This doesn’t sound like our kooky, crunchy granola Aunt Meryl, so we thought something was up. Later, Chanel and Lagerfeld both backed off the claim, admitting that it was false.
“Chanel engaged in conversations with Ms. Streep’s stylist, on her request, to design a dress for her to wear to the Academy Awards,” Lagerfeld’s statement reads. “After an informal conversation, I misunderstood that Ms. Streep may have chosen another designer due to remuneration, which Ms. Streep’s team has confirmed is not the case. I regret this controversy and wish Ms. Streep well with her 20th Academy Award nomination.”
But this “regret” ain’t good enough for Aunt Meryl. In true form, she and her team released a scathing statement burning Lagerfeld and Women’s Wear Daily for publishing the fake news item.
Meryl Streep’s statement read:
“In reference to Mr. Lagerfeld’s ‘statement,’ there is no ‘controversy’: Karl Lagerfeld, a prominent designer, defamed me, my stylist and the illustrious designer whose dress I chose to wear, in an important industry publication. That publication printed this defamation, unchecked. Subsequently, the story was picked up globally, and continues, globally, to overwhelm my appearance at the Oscars, on the occasion of my record-breaking 20th nomination, and to eclipse this honor in the eyes of the media, my colleagues and the audience. I do not take this lightly, and Mr. Lagerfeld’s generic ‘statement’ of regret for this ‘controversy’ was not an apology. He lied, they printed the lie, and I am still waiting.”
We’re waiting, too!