PARIS -- Now it's Karl Lagerfeld who's after the scalp of Jacques Mouclier.
Lagerfeld called Thursday for the resignation of the embattled Chambre Syndicale president, whose deal with Event Media to telecast the upcoming Paris couture collections live via satellite to the U.S. collapsed this week.
Lagerfeld also hinted that Chanel may quit the Chambre.
"This stupid TV idea is a scandal, and it was Mr. Mouclier who made the deal," he said. "However, that's not why I'm against Mr. Mouclier. My problem with him is his blatant manipulation of dates. For that he should go."
The clash with Mouclier began last spring, when Lagerfeld balked at a Chambre plan to advance the Paris ready-to-wear season ahead of Milan. That plan fell apart after Lagerfeld announced he would show Chanel, Chloe and his own signature collection after Milan no matter what the Chambre did.
As reported, Yves Saint Laurent Couture president Pierre Berge threatened Wednesday to pull YSL out of the Chambre if Mouclier wasn't dismissed. "Frankly, I don't care about the Chambre Syndicale," Lagerfeld said. "Maybe the right thing is for Chanel to pull out. That's what I agreed with Mr. [Alain] Wertheimer the other day."
Neither Wertheimer, Chanel owner and president, nor any other senior Chanel manager could be reached for comment.
Informed of Lagerfeld's remarks, Mouclier said, "Oh! Him, too. Well it's a free country, and if Chanel wants to leave, it obviously can. What more can I tell you?"
“Azzedine has been one of the biggest influences in my life. He has always been such a strong, loving, fatherly figure to me. I call him Papa. His designs are indescribably unique, they are pieces of art. He knew how to make the female form look its loveliest. I have so many memories of him; my favorite might be during my first show with him in Paris. He liked me and he wanted to help me get more work. He called all his friends at Kenzo and Comme des Garcons, and asked them to book me. They said, ‘But she can’t walk!’ And he said, ‘but she has such a great ass!' His friendship and support has been the great privilege of my career. I can't imagine life without him. Repose en paix mon Papa.” - @stephanieseymour tells @wwd. #wwdfashion (📷: @steveeichner) #alaia #azzedinealaia
Azzedine Alaïa, flanked by two of his closest friends, models Stephanie Seymour and Naomi Campbell.
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