Days before the Academy Awards on Feb. 26, Karl Lagerfeld claimed that Meryl Streep abruptly turned down the gown he was in the process of making for her. Not only that, but the Chanel creative director also accused Streep of allegedly choosing a gown from a designer who was going to compensate her in return.
According to Lagerfeld, the venerated actress had reportedly requested an embroidered gray silk gown from Chanel’s latest Couture collection. She did, however, ask that some alterations be made to the neckline. As Lagerfeld was in the process of customizing the dress, he said he received a phone call notifying him that Streep would instead be wearing a gown from a designer who was going to pay her.
In an interview with Women’s Wear Daily, Lagerfeld explained, “I made a sketch, and we started to make the dress.” He then said he received a phone call from one of Streep’s representatives who said, “Don’t continue the dress. We found somebody who will pay us.” He additionally insisted that Chanel never pays celebrities to wear their designs. Lagerfeld then snuck in one final dig when he said, “A genius actress, but cheapness also, no?”
While Lagerfeld is sticking to his story, a member of Streep’s team is saying otherwise. In a statement to The Hollywood Reporter, the representative said the claims are entirely false. Adding, “It is against [Meryl Streep’s] personal ethics to be paid to wear a gown on the red carpet.”
We may never be able to get down to the bottom of this one, but we at least learned a little bit about what Streep might wear on the Oscars red carpet! Since she originally chose a gray silk gown, it’s likely that she’ll end up going for a similar option from a different designer, of course. In an attempt to narrow down our prediction, we rounded up gray gowns that the actress has worn through the years, as well as a similar piece from Chanel’s aforementioned couture collection.