Meryl Streep fires back at Karl Lagerfeld over Oscars dress dispute

So who did the Best Actress nominee end up wearing on the red carpet?

By Andrea Tim | Published: 27 Feb 2017

Meryl fires back
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Meryl Streep is not someone you want to mess with on an Oscars weekend – or in fact, any day – at all. Karl Lagerfeld told WWD that the actress turned down a Chanel couture dress that cost €100,000 because another house had offered to pay her. Chanel, Lagerfeld noted, does not pay celebrities to wear its clothes.

"A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?" Lagerfeld said.

In a statement to WWD, Meryl lashed out at Lagerfeld for "defaming" her.

"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. 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 honour 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."

Karl Lagerfeld had earlier released this statement to make amends for his claims: "Chanel engaged in conversations with Ms. Streep's stylist, on her request, to design a dress for her to wear to the Academy Awards," it reads. "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."

Meryl ended up wearing a navy blue Elie Saab gown to the Dolby Theatre... and nearly tripped on it. A swift recovery was made, and she continues to eye the Best Actress award for her role in Florence Foster Jenkins – her fourth, if she wins.

Related: The 2017 Oscar nominations: 'La La Land' scores 14, ties with 'Titanic'


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