Actress Meryl Streep has angrily fired back after Chanel fashion director Karl Lagerfeld’s claimed that the iconic actress is “cheap”.
Karl first kicked off the furore when he told Womens Wear Daily that Meryl had commissioned a custom frock for the Oscars from Chanel, but cancelled when another designer offered to pay her to wear theirs instead.
“I made a sketch, and we started to make the dress,” Lagerfeld told the publication, but he claimed a few days later, he got a call from Team Streep, telling him, “Don’t continue the dress. We found somebody who will pay us.”
“After we gift her a dress that’s 100,000 Euros ($AU137,000), we found later we had to pay. We give them dresses, we make the dresses, but we don’t pay,” Karl said.
“A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?”
A spokesperson for Meryl Streep said: “There’s no truth to this rumour whatsoever. It is against her personal ethics to be paid to wear a gown on the red carpet.”
Chanel also responded in a statement: “Chanel engaged in conversations with Ms. Streep’s stylist to design a dress for her to wear to the Academy Awards, with the full understanding that she was considering options from other design houses.
“When informed by the stylist that Ms. Streep had chosen a dress by another designer there was no mention of the reason. Chanel wishes to express our continued and deep respect for Ms. Streep.”
But a fired-up Streep also told People.com: “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.”
Meryl is nominated for Best Actress for her lead role in comedy “Florence Foster Jenkins” at this Sunday night’s Academy Awards. The ceremony will screen in Australia on Monday morning.