At the 89th Academy Awards, host Jimmy Kimmel didn’t shy away from skewing the most powerful people in Hollywood — and Washington, D.C.
After Meryl Streep slammed Karl Lagerfeld and Chanel on the night before the Oscars after he made comments about her that he later rescinded, Kimmel aired the actress’ grievances by throwing another designer, and her father, into the mix: “Nice dress — is that an Ivanka?” Kimmel asked Streep while she sat silently during the ceremony.
For the occasion, a historic 20th nomination for Streep, the three-time Oscar winner opted for a couture gown by Elie Saab with peep-toe heels and a Charlotte Olympia clutch.
The outspoken critic of President Donald Trump had on nothing from eldest daughter Ivanka Trump’s namesake brand. Kimmel joked that he hoped President Trump would fire off mean tweets his way.
Meanwhile, Streep is still steaming after her dispute over claims made by the Chanel creative director.
The “Florence Foster Jenkins” actress took issue with comments Lagerfeld made in an interview with WWD published Friday in which he claimed she canceled an order for a couture gown from the brand that was already in the making after she was offered money to wear another brand to the Oscars. He later recoiled and expressed “regret” over his words.
Streep said she wasn’t satisfied.
“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. “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.”
Streep’s reference to Lagerfeld’s statement highlighted a note expressing his “regret” for the comments and misunderstanding, which was sent to WWD and Streep’s team.
“Chanel engaged in conversations with Ms. Streep’s stylist, on her request, to design a dress for her to wear to the Academy Awards,” Lagerfeld wrote. “After an informal conversation, I misunderstood that Ms. Streep may have chosen another designer due to remuneration, which Ms. Streep’s team has confirmed is not the case. I regret this controversy and wish Ms. Streep well with her 20th Academy Award nomination.”
WWD addressed Streep’s concerns, writing, “WWD spoke to Lagerfeld backstage before his Fendi show on Thursday, and tried unsuccessfully to reach representatives of Streep for comment.”