Saturday, May 18, 2024

Meryl Streep Dress Story Rings False, Sounds Like a Trump Retaliation–Chanel Said to Be Furious with Lagerfeld


Meryl Streep turn down a red carpet dress for a designer who would pay her to wear theirs? PREPOSTEROUS. Yet– Womens Wear Daily– says Karl Lagerfeld, working for Chanel, claims this happened, that Streep turned him down for a designer who would cough up sponsorship bucks for the Oscars.

This doesn’t just ring false but it’s a lie, says Streep’s camp. And I have to think this has the fingerprints of Donald Trump, the king of vendettas. The connection? Lagerfeld is dressing Melania Trump, already has for a state visit, and Lagerfeld has also voiced support for Trump.

Trump hates Meryl Streep, especially after her Golden Globes speech. He has probably been looking for a way to get her back. Don’t forget he called her a “Hillary Lover” and “overrated” among other things on Twitter.

The problem is Streep is unassailable. She wears off the rack clothes. I remember how we laughed years ago when she bought a dress at the Cherry Hill mall to wear to her Lincoln Center Lifetime Achievement Award. This is a woman who takes the subway daily. She is the definition of unpretentious. We’ve talked about her fashion disinterest for years.

Plus, the idea of Meryl Streep being paid to wear a dress is ludicrous. Many actresses do, but not at her level, and not her. Insane.

I’m told this incident has caused a huge internal problem at Chanel. My sources say the Chanel people will disown Lagerfeld’s story. “They know it’s not true,” says my source.

I do, too.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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