L’Incident de Chanel
“I’d Rather Go Naked Than Wear Fake Chanel”
Following her counterfeit faux pas last year, the culture’s rebellious “bad girl” Courtney Love has been granted a reprieve by Karl Lagerfeld’s court. Fortunately, the iconic rock star is now decidedly back in fashion.
It all began when Love and her daughter, Frances Bean Cobain, attended Paris Hilton’s birthday party, Love wearing a black minidress with a white fringed appliqué on the front and matching fingerless gloves that an assistant had found for her. The dress was, in fact, a knockoff of a Chanel couture piece — “a Canal Street fake” — and Love had no idea.
The fallout was swift: The dress hit the press, word reached Karl Lagerfeld at the Chanel atelier, and one miffed couture client who had ordered the original promptly canceled it. Love was mortified.
“I wrote Mr. Lagerfeld a letter, an in-depth apology,” she explains, clearly still embarrassed. “I offered to pay for the dress, throw him a party, do whatever I needed to do to make up for this horrific thing.” Mr. Lagerfeld himself is more sanguine: “Poor girl, she had never seen a real couture dress. Someone made her believe it was the real thing. It’s not her fault; it’s the fault of a horrible stylist!”
Their rapprochement, shot in Paris in Coco Chanel’s apartment, are captured on the pages of Bazaar and can be viewed in the full story.