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Meryl Streeps Oscar gown drama
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The INSIDER Summary:
• Chanel's Karl Lagerfeld accused Meryl Streep of getting paid to wear a certain designer on the Oscars red carpet when she backed out of wearing one of Chanel's designs.• Streep claimed Lagerfeld "lied."•Because of the drama, everyone waited to see what she'd end up wearing.• She took to the red carpet in an Elie Saab gown.
The Academy Awards red carpet is always the talk of the town, but usually people are discussing whoworewhat, not who said what. This year Karl Lagerfeld turned things around when he told Women's Wear Daily that Chanel was supposed to be dressing Meryl Streep for the big night, but that the most Oscar-nominated actor ever had backed out to wear a dress for a brand that would pay her.
"I made a sketch, and we started to make the dress," Lagerfeld told the paper. He went on the say that after the designers had started on the gown, Streep and her people backed out. "'Don't continue the dress. We found somebody who will pay us,'" said Lagerfeld, who allegedly had heard this from someone else.
Streep, who is nominated for her 20th Academy Award, didn't let that fly.
"In reference to Mr. Lagerfeld's 'statement,' there is no 'controversy': Karl Lagerfeld, a prominent designer, defamed me, my stylist, and the illustrious designer whose dress I chose to wear, in an important industry publication," Streep said in a statement to PEOPLE. "That publication printed this defamation, unchecked. Subsequently, the story was picked up globally, and continues, globally, to overwhelm my appearance at the Oscars, on the occasion of my record breaking 20th nomination, and to eclipse this honor in the eyes of the media, my colleagues and the audience."
"I do not take this lightly, and Mr. Lagerfeld's generic 'statement' of regret for this 'controversy' was not an apology. He lied, they printed the lie, and I am still waiting," she said in a statement.
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In the end, Chanel and Lagerfeld apologized in their own statement, but the controversy sparked major interest in Streep's ultimate choice of dress.
Now that the Oscars are finally underway, the mystery has been resolved.
Streep stepped out in a dark blue, sparkle-laden gown by Elie Saab, who's famous for his delicate dresses and intricate beading details. The long sleeve dress featured the designer's signature bead work and a fitted belt.
There's no telling what her initial dress would have looked like, but the one she did end up choosing would have been hard to beat no matter what.
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