Lagerfeld: Royal wedding was full of 'ugly hats and fat legs'
Published 09/09/2011 | 12:19
Legendary French designer Karl Lagerfeld appears to have launched a thinly veiled attack on Irish hat designer Philip Treacy.
In an interview with style.com website, the 77-year-old designer was less than flattering about the headgear worn by guests at the English royal wedding in April, describing the hats as "ugly".
Galway-born Treacy designed hats for 36 of the guests, including most of the royal guests and celebrities such as Victoria Beckham.
"This was not a collection, this was the choices of this kind of woman for this kind of ceremony: the bad proportions, the ugly hats, the short skirts on fat legs," Lagerfeld said
The Chanel designer did not name any of the offending guests but Princess Beatrice and Tara Palmer-Tomkinson, who both wore Treacy creations, were among the guests whose hats attracted unkind comments.
Princess Beatrice's hat, in particular, came in for much criticism, even getting its own Facebook page, Princess Beatrice’s Ridiculous Royal Wedding Hat, which attracted almost 141,000 'likes'.
Lagerfeld was, however, full of admiration for the Duchess of Cambridge's dress. "It's a bridal gown of very refined detail, much more refined than the one Diana wore," he said. "Alexander McQueen's dresses are always very elegant. It's very pretty and relatively classic with a little touch of the 1950s that recalls Marilyn Monroe or Queen Elizabeth II's dress.
"The lace is pretty, especially the embroidered veil, and the tiara not too high. It's ravishing and the length of the train is perfect."
In the interview, Lagerfeld also expressed his admiration for former IMF boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn, declaring him a man of "unbelievable charms".
"I love DSK. I love his wife. They are great people and when they came back to Paris I sent them flowers," he said.
"They all do it in the political world. They get horny from politics, from power. And he had unbelievable charms. He is really charming.
"He's fun, he's great, he's a sweet guy - as long as you're not a woman. That's the problem."