The fashion media reported last week - led by WWD - that Karl Lagerfeld had accused Meryl Streep of canceling an order for a couture gown to wear to the Oscars after another fashion house offered to pay her to wear one of its dress. Now, the star is speaking out for herself about the unverified scuffle, slamming the Chanel creative director and the industry trade publication for what WWD had since called "an unfortunate misunderstanding."
According to a statement from Streep, which WWD published after its initial article, “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 continued on to state: “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 Lagerfeld’s generic ‘statement’ of regret for this ‘controversy’ was not an apology. He lied, they printed the lie, and I am still waiting.”
Chanel issued a statement on behalf of Karl Lagerfeld, thereafter, saying: “Chanel engaged in conversations with 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 Streep may have chosen another designer due to remuneration, which Streep’s team has confirmed is not the case. I regret this controversy and wish Streep well with her 20th Academy Award nomination.”