It’s been almost three days since Karl Lagerfeld said something wacky. Luckily, the designer hosted a press conference in Japan yesterday—the perfect opportunity to really express himself.
At the end of January, Robin Givhan wrote a piece for The Daily Beast/Newsweek in which she asked the same question that everyone in fashion asks, “Is Karl Lagerfeld spread too thin?” She wondered if all of the collaborations and one off collections—Karl, Magnum Ice Cream, Volvo, Diet Coke, Macy’s—were interfering with his “brilliant” work at Chanel. She wrote, “Karl Lagerfeld is overrated. Such a statement rings like heresy within a fashion universe where the highly acclaimed designer struts upon his lofty stage as the creative director of Chanel—but it’s true.”
A journalist at yesterday’s press conference asked Lagerfeld how it felt to be called overrated, and he fired back not at Givhan, but at Newsweek’s edtior, Tina Brown. “First of all, Tina Brown’s magazine is not doing well at all. She is dying,” the designer said. And because he’s not one to mince words, he continued, “I’m sorry for Tina Brown, who was such a success at Vanity Fair, to go down with a shitty little paper like this. I’m sorry.”