Meryl Streep Calls Chanel’s Accusations ‘Fake News’

Meryl Streep and Karl Lagerfeld

We never thought there would be a moment when Meryl Streep and Donald Trump were put in the same boat. After her poignant speech at the Golden Globes this January and his Twitter rant shortly thereafter, it is clear that there is little love lost between the two.

They both cry foul and claim fake news however, perhaps Trump on slightly more serious matters.

Meryl Streep’s stylist has finally broken her silence on the accusations directed at Stylist Micaela Erlanger and Meryl Streep herself. On Thursday Karl Lagerfeld claimed that they had cancelled the Chanel dress Karl was working on for Meryl, to be worn at tonight’s 89th Academy Awards ceremony. In his own words to WWD, Karl is quoted as saying :


I made a sketch, and we started to make the dress,” Lagerfeld told Women’s Wear Daily, before quoting a representative for Streep who, he said, told Chanel: “Don’t continue the dress. We found somebody who will pay us.” Lagerfeld added: “A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?


It is common practice to receive payment for dresses worn to such important red carpet events, although Chanel and Meryl Streep have long denied involvement in these sort of schemes. In her own words Stylist Micaela Erlanger refused the claim to BoF, in addition to a further comment by a Meryl Streep representative:


As a stylist working with a nominee for any major event, it’s industry standard for designers to propose gown ideas and sketches — some custom, some not depending on the occasion,” Erlanger told BoF. “In the case of Chanel’s submission, which was presented with full knowledge that Ms. Streep and I — her stylist — were having conversations with various brands, we were shown sketches of a dress from their most recent couture collection,” she continued. “Although [it was] an exquisite gown from the existing collection, we decided to go in a different direction, with another designer…This is a completely untrue story,” representative for the actress wrote via email. “Ms. Streep would never wear anything in exchange for payment. This can be corroborated by Nancy Walsh at Chanel.