So Karl Lagerfeld can't shut up. Mrs TTR has already sunk her claws into the mononchrome motor-mouth earlier this week with her piece regarding his comments on the style-less middle class. No sooner had her proverbial ink dried had Karl piped up again, and this time the victim of his vitriol was amongst others, singer Adele.
Now we're not gonna sit here defending everyone Karl's got a gripe with. That seems to cover female stars of Twilight and the whole of the Russian male population, and frankly we haven't the time. But it doesn't seem that we're alone in thinking Adele doesn't deserve to be publicly called fat (besides, come on Karl we all remember how you looked in the 80's - and wearing threads resembling something from a free classifieds ad). We believe the question posed to Karl was: "What do you think of Lana Del Rey?" To which his response was that he preferred Adele and Florence Welch. Erm, OK, not exactly an answer, but leave it there then? no. "She's a little too fat, buts she has a beautiful face and a divine voice." Ahem, sorry K, but how did a Q about Lana mutate into your personal rundown of Adele's vital statistics?
Sure, Adele is too big to walk down a catwalk and she'll never be shoe-horning herself into a Florence-esque outfit, but Karl, you know she exists entirely in the medium of her emoshe ballads and very little else. She belts out that heartbreak, she's never asked to be a 'brand'. She 'makes music for ears not for eyes', and even if we're sick of being reminded of our romantic failings from the constant warbling, she's doing that pretty well.
Misogyny and fat-phobia in fashion is becoming such a bore. Karl Lagerfeld feels Adele's weight (and 'beautiful face') is up-for-grabs is because she's a female singer; therefore fair game for objectification in terms of fashion. A fat fella singer whose conducted themselves in the same way Adele would not have to put up with this shit: why oh why Karl must you be such a boring stereotype?
Kelly Cutrone; PR guru and serial badass piped up the lovely rhyme, "If you love Adele then boycott Chanel." Nice sentiment, but you can bet Adele's got a Chanel bag, (like, what 23 year old millionaire woman from Tottenham wouldn't?) and we also bet she ain't gonna be burning it anytime soon. Comments like this warrant boycott of a brand, or uproar for that matter, but they do warrant a little question mark at who we turn to as a talking point on...well anything.
Karl can't be trusted because he's good at making frocks and revolutionising fashion houses, not...(clearly) at giving his opinion on Lana Del Rey. Which FYI isn't as articulate as ours (just sayin'). Calling a woman fat from a totally unprovoked stand-point, shouldn't have the biting effect it does, but guess what? It does. It'll get some young women feeling shitty, it'll get some thinking twice about that mid-morning Hobnob and feeling like they should agree with Karl.
We don't mean to get our Gok Wan's on; we aren't suggesting that everyone is beautiful and we should all romp off into the sunset in our Bridget Jones knickers, trampling on Karl and his glasses all to the theme tune of 'Here Come The Girls' but in this case Karl's barking up the wrong tree. Dude, you're 78, not 11. Adele can stick to warbling to the heartbroken and Karl can stick to frocks. End of.
Posted on February 09, 2012 at 11:06:36 by Alice Nyong