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Edited by on March 23 2012 at 7:55 AM

Let it be known: Karl Lagerfeld does not take criticism well. After banning journalist Robin Givhan from the front row at Chanel‘s fall 2012 show in Paris for an article she wrote for Newsweek in which she called him “overrated,” Lagerfeld has unhinged his jaw to take down editrix-in-chief Tina Brown

Karl Lagerfeld v. Tina Brown: Shes Dying

While in Tokyo for their Fashion Week, a journalist asked Herr Lagerfeld what he thought of the article and without missing a beat, the ponytailed one let loose the wrath of a thousand backhands:

“First of all, Tina Brown’s magazine is not doing well at all…She is dying. I’m sorry for Tina Brown, who was such a success at Vanity Fair, to go down with a shitty little paper like this. I’m sorry.”

This is not the first time Lagerfeld’s expressed his regret over Brown and Newsweek. During his much-ballyhooed guest editor stint at Metro, Uncle Karl also stated:

“I feel sorry for Tina Brown that her paper is really going down. It’s so skinny, it’s really what we call a ‘diet issue’ because it has no advertising and she certainly will not get advertising with this kind of article. I’ve never heard of this journalist [Robin Givhan] before, except for what she had written about Mrs. Obama, which made me already not like her — the journalist, not Mrs. Obama.”

And that is what we call shade. It’s highly unlikely that Karl Lagerfeld — always with his finger on the pulse of popular culture — has “never heard of” Robin Givhan, the first and only fashion journalist to win a Pulitzer Prize. In 2006, she was awarded the prestigious honor “for her witty, closely observed essays that transform fashion criticism into cultural criticism.”

One would think that after a thousand years or so, Lagerfeld would be used to criticism — even Pultizer Prize-winning criticism — though I guess once one gets to a certain point, one feels above reproach. But also after a certain point, and after a certain degree of success, everyone’s overrated. It’s what, to quote Blackglama, becomes a legend most.

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Story by Lester Brathwaite

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