They’re the crème de la crème of the acting and fashion world, but that hasn’t stopped legendary actress Meryl Streep and Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld from engaging in an all-out spat.
The battle horn was blown earlier this week when Lagerfeld claimed that Streep dropped out of wearing a Chanel creation to the Academy Awards in favour of a designer who would pay her money to do so. Prior to the Oscars taking place, the French designer told Women's Wear Daily that he was in the process of producing a gown for the Florence Foster Jenkins Best Actress nominee, when he received a call from her camp informing him that she no longer required the dress as they had “found somebody who will pay us."
However, multiple Oscar-winning actress Meryl has gone on the defence against the claims and branded the 83-year-old creative director of Chanel a liar. Streep, 67, said: "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.”
She went on to accuse Lagerfeld of attempting to overshadow her appearance at the Oscars – for which she wore a blue dress from Lebanese designer Elie Saab – on the occasion of her record-breaking 20th nomination, and demanded an apology from the notoriously critical fashion mastermind. Though Chanel issued a statement expressing regret over the controversy, Meryl isn’t satisfied. “Mr Lagerfeld’s regret for this ‘controversy’ was not an apology. He lied and I am still waiting,” she stated.
Eek, who will win this fight?