Daisy Dumas August 01, 2012
English roses? According to Karl Lagerfeld, Kate has form while Pippa Middleton "struggles".
The Chanel creative believes Her Royal Hotness "should only show her back". Ouch.
We shouldn't be surprised - this, after all, from the man who called serial sex scandaliser Dominique Strauss-Kahn "charming".
But Karl Lagerfeld has still managed to raise eyebrows after he said that Pippa Middleton, eligible bachelorette bar none, "struggles".
We hate to think what counts as smooth sailing in the Chanel creative's book of perfection, but the Duchess of Cambridge's younger sister is apparently not blessed in the "romantic" looks department.
Speaking about Kate, The Sun reports that Lagerfeld, 78, said: "I like that kind of woman, I like romantic beauties.
"On the other hand, her sister struggles. I don't like the sister's face. She should only show her back."
Harsh words indeed for a woman dubbed Her Royal Hotness. The 28-year-old regularly receives praise for her English beauty and demure wardrobe choices, winning millions of admirers since wowing Royal Wedding audiences. It's hardly a face that should be hidden in preference of her back, Mr Lagerfeld.
But then "the sister" - Pippa, meet Karl; Karl, meet Pippa - has a rear view that formed perhaps one of 2011's most globally enduring images and she should be rightly proud of her pert bottom.
The outspoken and eccentric grand-daddy of fashion is not afraid to share his verdict when it comes to love matches either, even if the white-haired, sunglass-clad king of the catwalk clearly has an odd penchant for avoiding royal monikers.
"Kate Middleton has a nice silhouette and she is the right girl for that boy", he told the UK tabloid.
The German-born septuagenarian clearly revels in flexing his artistry when it comes to barbed opinions - and has done little to hold his fast tongue despite last year telling Style.com: "I can say what I think. Maybe I should think deeper and open my mouth not as quickly."
He earlier this year insulted ubiquitous singer songwriter Adele by calling her "too fat" - and later apologised, blaming a contextual misunderstanding. Let us not forget the days when he was more than a little overweight himself.
"Adele is my favourite singer and I am a great admirer of her. I lost over 30 kilos 10 years ago and know how it feels when the press is mean to you in regards to your appearance", he told The Sun earlier this year.
And speaking about Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the embroiled former IMF boss who was charged with sexually assaulting a hotel chambermaid in May 2011, Lagerfeld told Style.com that his friend "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."
Whatever you say, Karl. Whatever you say.