WWD quotes the designer as saying:
I’m furious, if you want to know. I’m furious that it could happen, because the question is no longer even whether he really said it. The image has gone around the world. It’s a horrible image for fashion, because they think that every designer and everything in fashion is like this. This is what makes me crazy in that story.
The thing is, we are a business world where, especially today, with the Internet, one has to be more careful than ever, especially if you are a publicly known person. You cannot go in the street and be drunk — there are things you cannot do. I’m furious with him because of the harm he did to LVMH and [chairman and ceo] Bernard Arnault, who is a friend, and who supported him more than he supported any other designer in his group, because Dior is his favorite label. It’s as if he had his child hurt.
While it’s one of the strongest responses we’ve seen so far, it’s worth noting that Lagerfeld’s complaint relates to tangential aspects of the situation. First of all, he’s mad that people will now associate the entire fashion industry with anti-Semitism. (This is just simply not going to be the case, Karl!) Secondly, he seems upset that Galliano allowed himself to get to drunk and be videotaped. (Lagerfeld says nothing about what Galliano said, only that he should have been more careful about it entering the public domain.) Lastly, he’s angry that Galliano is doing damage to Dior and LVMH. (It’s all about the Benjamins?)