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Kim Kardashian, Jared Leto and Florence Pugh were just some of the famous faces who led tributes to Karl Lagerfeld, a fashion icon on Monday night.
The German-born designer, who died in 2019 at the age of 85, helmed some of the biggest houses in fashion.
The event was to pay homage to the late fashion king, who Piers Morgan said, was “indisputably one of the all-time great designers”.
The TalkTV presenter, however, took issue with the “sickening” number of A-list stars and “pampered prima donnas” who he claimed could not be any more “hypocritical” for attending this year’s Met Gala.
Writing in his latest column for the New York Times, Piers, 57, claimed many celebrity attendees including the likes of Jared Leto, Kim Kardashian, Margot Robbie and Emily Ratajkowski took time off from “preaching” to pay tribute to the designer who he branded “problematic”.
There has been controversy surrounding the revered designer, who was known for making questionable comments, from fatphobic remarks, and body-shaming to his controversial opinions about the MeToo Movement, migrants and LGBTQ rights.
Piers shared: “Last week, I had a stomach bug that rendered me violently ill for many unedifying hours.
“At the time, bent over a toilet bowl at 3 a.m., honking my guts up, I didn’t imagine anything could have a more sickening effect on me. Wrong!
“Last night’s Met Gala was infinitely more gut-wrenching.”
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He suggested anyone who stumbled into the Met by accident would have assumed celebrities were fawning over the likes of Mother Theresa or Nelson Mandela.
Piers said: “In fact, [Lagerfeld] was one of the most ‘problematic’ people in fashion history; damned by his own words as a racist, sexist, fattist, homophobic, abuse-tolerating, feminist-hating embodiment of everything this A-list crowd professes to most loathe.
“This was a guy who mocked #MeToo victims, ridiculed safety rules for protecting models on set, made Claudia Schiffer wear blackface in an afro wig, berated gay men who wanted to marry or adopt kids, called Adele ‘too fat’ and Heidi Klum ‘simply too heavy’, branded Princess Diana ‘stupid’, said Kate Middleton’s sister Pippa’s face was so unsightly she should only show her back, and claimed Coco Chanel couldn’t have been a feminist because ‘she was never ugly enough for that.’”
Piers went on to suggest not all of Lagerfeld’s views were “offensive” and while he doesn’t doubt the designer’s “incredible talent” he claimed if Donald Trump had said anything remotely similar “the same people paying tribute to Lagerfeld would have been marching through the streets demanding he be cancelled”.
Over the years Lagerfeld sparked backlash for his comments, the designer also directed his fatphobia at notable individuals, including Adele. “She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face and a divine voice,” he told Metro in 2012. While later apologising for his comments, Lagerfeld said that he had actually been referring to Lana Del Rey.
“I’d like to say to Adele that ‘I am your biggest admirer,’” he told Metro. “Sometimes when you take a sentence out of the article it changes the meaning of the thought. What I said was in relation to Lana Del Rey and the sentence has since been taken out of context from how it was originally published.”
Lagerfeld also publicly criticised former supermodel Heidi Klum, who he once said was “simply too heavy and has too big a bust”.
During the MeToo Movement, he revealed in 2018 it was a campaign he was “fed up” with.
“I’m fed up with it…What shocks me most in all of this are the starlets who have taken 20 years to remember what happened,” he said during an interview with Numero magazine. “Not to mention the fact there are no prosecution witnesses.”
Despite his controversial past, the fashion world mourned Lagerfeld’s death in 2019.
Vogue’s editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, who is in charge of nearly every detail of the annual Met Gala, revealed that she “bawled” when she learned of the designer’s death.
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