While Meryl Streep could have been celebrating her 20th Oscar nomination, she was instead feuding with Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld.
The feud began when Lagerfeld told Women’s Wear Daily, “I made a sketch, and we started to make the dress [for Streep at the Oscars]. Days later, a phone call came in from a member of Streep’s camp: ‘Don’t continue the dress. We found somebody who will pay us.’ A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?’”
When Streep’s rep ripped Lagerfeld a new one and denied it, he said, “Chanel engaged in conversations with Ms. Streep’s stylist, on her request, to design a dress for her to wear to the Academy Awards. 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.”
Rightfully, it wasn’t enough for the best actress ever, who said in a statement, “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,” Streep said. “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.”
Listen, I’m not even sure why anyone cares what a leathery old homosexual man thinks of what a woman should wear, do, or look like. I can’t think of anyone whose opinion would matter less to the average straight woman anywhere. But defaming Meryl Streep? Bruh, good luck.