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Karl Lagerfeld Called Meryl Streep “Cheap”!!!!!

The nerve.

02.24.17
ROME, ITALY - 2016/10/20: Meryl Streep walks the red carpet for 'Florence Foster Jenkins' during the 11th Rome Film Festival in Rome, Italy. (Photo by Andrea Ronchini/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty Images)

“A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?” These eviscerating words, attributed to Karl Lagerfeld in Women’s Wear Daily, are directed at none other than Meryl Streep, beloved American actress of stage and screen. And thusly, a feud between the king of fashion and the queen of cinema was born.

According to WWD, Streep was all set to wear a Chanel dress to the Oscars this Sunday. She was “quite taken with” a gray silk gown from Lagerfeld’s most recent couture collection. It was perfect except for the neckline, which she asked to be raised slightly higher. Lagerfeld said easy peasy, puddinghead. Or something like that.

Once the alteration was well underway, someone from Streep’s posse (Andy Sachs?) called Chanel’s atelier and told them to cease and desist. “I made a sketch, and we started to make the dress,” Lagerfeld told WWD. “[They said] don’t continue the dress. We found somebody who will pay us.”

Karl emphasized that Chanel has a policy of not paying celebrities to wear its clothes — even an A-list celebrity like Streep with 20 Oscar nominations and a heart of gold (I’m guessing).

“After we gift her a dress that’s 100,000 euros [$105,000], we found later we had to pay [for her to wear it]. We give them dresses, we make the dresses, but we don’t pay,” Lagerfeld said.

A representative for Streep refuted this entire story, telling The Hollywood Reporter that Lagerfeld’s statement is “absolutely false,” and that it is against Streep’s personal ethics to be compensated for wearing a dress on the red carpet. Streep’s team also told Refinery29 that the executive director of VIP relations at Chanel could corroborate Streep’s side of the story. The plot thickens.

It’s a classic he-said-she-said situation. Insulting Meryl Streep is like insulting baby corgis or avocados. You just don’t do it. On the other hand, it would be kind of weird for Lagerfeld to just make this whole thing up — not to mention bad for business.

Lagerfeld does have a reputation for putting his foot in his mouth, though. Streep is only the latest in a long list of people who have had the honor of being dissed by Lagerfeld, including Pippa Middleton, Lana Del Rey, Andy Warhol, Heidi Klum, Yves Saint Laurent, Michelle Obama and Adele.

He did, however, extend Streep a paltry olive branch: “She could keep the dress because of the size,” Lagerfeld said to WWD. “It’s couture. It’s perfect for her.”

I can’t wait to see what Streep wears on Sunday. I hope the neckline is plunging.

Photo via Getty Images.

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  • Samantha Lee

    I would be BAFFLED if she really expected to be paid to wear a dress on the red carpet. And honestly, very sad.
    http://www.wonderlandsam.com

  • Yvonne Dunlevie

    “Andy Sachs?”

    • Harling Ross

      needed to loop her into this

  • Aydan

    but what about adult corgis?!

    • Harling Ross

      slightly more acceptable

  • Incognito

    Good on you Karl.. She’s on my sh**list anyway.

    • Kelly

      ohhh why???

  • Jean Pennie

    She’s a hag. He’s the fortunate one that she won’t be sullying his clothing. #BoycottOscars

  • Lyric

    Okay I am seeing some visceral hate for Meryl Streep here. What did she do? I’m so confused.

    Also who would pay Meryl to model their clothes. She’s not exactly on any best dressed lists. That part of the story is strange to me.

  • Amelia

    “Insulting Meryl Streep is like insulting baby corgis or avocados. You just don’t do it.”

    BRAVO. 👏

  • I don’t think that’s it, she wants to distance herself from him as Karl has said that she would love to dress the current 1st lady. And the jab at her weight/’size’ is low, even for Karl.

  • Graham Kemp

    I used to intern for Meryl Streep’s stylist and was there for a number of Meryl’s fittings and neither Meryl nor her stylist would EVER do this. It is honestly laughable…

  • Sandra

    hmmm Man Repeller turning into Just Jared. Harling stick to Social Media, this is not a good nor well researched article.

  • Leslie

    I can only assume the Meryl hate is a response to her recent speeches calling out trump, to which I ask, since when do trump supporters read Man Repeller? I’m pretty sure Leandra/MR’s ethos don’t align with that of our chauvinistic pig president or his supporters.

  • leeniev

    Welp that flushed them out, eh?

  • Jen

    hilarious…right up there with Karl rejecting the GFC

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