Another day, another Karl Kontroversial Komment (we're considering trademarking that).
At a press conference in Japan on Friday, reports Women's Wear Daily, Karl Lagerfeld said of Newsweek:
"First of all, Tina Brown's magazine is not doing well at all." He added, "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."
Like we said, Kontroversial Komment. Karl still seems to be smarting from Robin Givhan's profile of him back in January, which praised his talent yet billed him as "overrated." Critiquing the Chanel creative director for his lack of substantial design innovation, Givhan wrote:
"If a great designer is judged by a silhouette he has popularized, a sensibility he has nurtured, or an aesthetic that is unmistakably his own, then Lagerfeld has failed. [...] Lagerfeld has simply broadened a road built by Chanel herself."
Instead, she argued, the Kaiser has spent more time developing his persona as a celebrity and creating line after line of Karl-branded products.
Givhan was subsequently banished from the front row of Chanel's next show (although she didn't receive a dead fish at her hotel, as predicted). But it sounds like Lagerfeld is still mad enough to disparage not Givhan but Newsweek as a whole and editor Tina Brown in particular.
Of course Newsweek is less than pleased, telling Fashionista in a statement:
In the past year since Tina Brown took over as editor in chief of Newsweek, newsstand sales have increased 30% year on year, advertising pages have seen a 27% increase for the first quarter of 2012, we have over 2.2 million people engaged in our social media communities and perhaps the most telling indicator of the renewed vitality of Newsweek, subscription renewals, in a consistent state of decline since 2005, rose by 3% last year.
In other words, neither shitty nor small. But once Karl makes up his mind, we imagine, it's made up and that's that.
And that concludes today's edition of Karl's Kontroversial Komment, y'all. Until next time, check out a roundup of Karl's most shocking bon mots below.
Karl opened up to Women's Wear Daily about Tokyo Fashion Week: "It's changed a lot but it's changed for the better I think. I noticed that people became bigger than before because now they eat more cake and sweets and things like this that they didn't do in the past. There's a real change in the look of the Japanese people. Normally, before, they were all tiny. It's the kind of beauty you get from junk food." (AFP photo)
Karl told Style.com he's very fond of Michelle Obama: "I'm a big fan of Mrs. Obama - and her face, I think, is magical. He would not be there without her. Mrs. Obama is not a fashion statement, but she has other things to do. My favorite thing about Mrs Obama was when she was asked if her skirt was not too tight and she answered 'Why you don't like my big black ass?' I want [Barack] Obama to win because there is nothing better anyway, and especially because of her." FYI: Kristina Schake, Director of Communications to First Lady Michelle Obama released a statement regarding Lagerfeld's comment saying, "Mrs. Obama never made that statement." (Getty photo)
In his infamous interview with Metro, Karl put his foot in his mouth when talking about Russian men: "If I was a woman in Russia I would be a lesbian, as the men are very ugly. There are a few handsome ones, like Naomi Campbell's boyfriend, but there you see the most beautiful women and the most horrible men." (Getty photo)
Karl caused major drama when he opened up to Metro about his feelings towards Adele: "The thing at the moment is Adele. She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice." (Getty photo)
If you ever wondered what Karl thought about the Greek financial crisis: "Greece needs to work on a cleaner image. It's a big problem, as [Greeks] have this reputation of being so corrupt. You can't be sure the money will go where it's supposed to go. They need to build trust, and that takes time too. Nobody wants Greece to disappear, but they have really disgusting habits - Italy as well." (AFP photo)
Karl sat down with former Vogue Paris editor-in-chief Carine Roitfeld and talked children for Interview magazine: "You're also lucky because they are very beautiful. It would have been difficult to have an ugly daughter." (Getty photo)
Karl thinks politics is all about survival: "I love Dominique Strauss-Kahn. I love his wife. They are great people and when they came back to Paris I sent them flowers. But you know, for people in politics, it's very embarrassing. On the left they had hoped he wouldn't come back, because I think other people want his job. And on the other side...but even in America, Clinton survived his blow job." (Getty photo)
The Independent reported Karl saying some insulting things about curvy women to the German magazine Focus: "No one wants to see curvy women. You've got fat mothers with their bags of chips sitting in front of the television and saying that thin models are ugly." (AFP photo)
At a press conference in Japan on Friday, reports Women's Wear Daily, Karl Lagerfeld said of Newsweek: "First of all, Tina Brown's magazine is not doing well at all. 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." (Getty photo)