You would think someone as famous and fashion-obsessed as Lily Allen would go to great lengths to avoid stepping on Karl Lagerfeld‘s toes. But despite her good first impression — which led Allen to be the face of Karl’s Chanel Cocoon bag — her partying ways proved too much for the relatively even-keeled designer.
In May, Styleite reported that a source close to Lagerfeld claimed Allen’s wild ways kept the designer from renewing Allen’s contract with the brand. “[Karl] is very strict about who can represent the brand and there is a feeling that Lily is too much of a party girl,” the anonymous tipster told Contact Music.
Allen’s side of the story? Non existent, until now. The singer graces the August cover of Elle UK in a stunning applique and embroidered purple Miu Miu dress, but outfits aside, Allen used the time to respond — and confirm — rumors of her party girl ways around Uncle Karl.
“It was at a big party in Coco’s apartments in Paris. I was drunk and got lost in the building. I wandered into an attic room and Karl was there. I got really embarrassed and apologized, but he said, ‘No, come in.’ We had a chat — although I can’t remember what about, I was so drunk. I do remember asking him about some shoes he’d designed that had a green ring in the heel [from Chanel’s Fall 2009 collection]. I asked how they worked. He drew a diagram explaining the physics of making the shoe. I’ve still got the drawing. A week later I was asked to do the campaign.”
It appears that Karl, at first, found Allen’s debauchery somewhat endearing. We all can understand a romantic view of a woman tipsily staggering around a mansion — it screams Marilyn Monroe elegance in some ways. But we have a feeling this adoration for Allen’s partying ended quickly. And if you ask us, faltering into Karl Lagerfeld’s attic wasted? Cela n’est pas élégant, Mademoiselle Allen.