Remember not long ago when someone put Karl Lagerfeld in front of a reporter for a Paris newspaper and he said a bunch of Lagerfeldian things, among them calling Adele fat? I don’t blame you if you’ve forgotten; after all, Karl’s verbal antics are so common that all the supposedly insulting things he’s said tend to blend together after a while. When the object of his mild derision is someone as universally beloved as British chanteuse Adele, though, the anecdote is too juicy not to repeat.

Rumor has it that Karl is actually capable for regretting things that he’s said, though, or at least regretting that they were “taken our of context.” (Please. We all know how Karl feels about fatties.) The Sun (a British tabloid, so this story very well may be a complete fabrication) reports that in order to smooth things over and perhaps woo Adele into fronting the Mademoiselle bag line after Blake Lively’s contract ends, Lagerfeld has apologized in the only way that really matters: He sent her a metric ton of Chanel handbags.

In the grand tradition of tabloid journalsim, the article takes all of its information from an anonymous source who was apparently listening closely while on set for a Chanel YouTube channel shoot. Lagerfeld reportedly felt badly that his statements about Adele were construed as insulting, when in reality, he thinks she’s great. But what of Adele and the handbags?

Apparently Adele is something of a bag collector, which is likely no surprise to anyone slightly above fashion’s preferred weight range – bags always fit and every boutique carries your size, even the ones that don’t have pants above an 8. Also, despite Lagerfeld’s widely known preferences for thinness, Chanel has long made many of its garments in sizes that range into the traditional “plus” spectrum – after all, many of the brand’s high-dollar customers are older women, who are, on average, larger than their youthful counterparts. Size 2s may be great for the runway, but Chanel has a business to run.

Adele’s penchant for wearing little black dresses in all their forms and variations also fits well with the Chanel aesthetic, so seeing her attached to the brand’s advertising might be unexpected, but it wouldn’t necessarily be a bad fit. On top of all that, do you think a bunch of Chanel handbags is a reasonable apology for being insulted? I do; in fact, I’d be happy to have Karl call me fat any day of the week. Even if it were for just one bag! I can be bought, and my price isn’t all that high.

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  • Deedee

    I can definitely forgive and forget Karl if I could only have one of those purses! If only….

  • Michelle

    I loved this article! Amada, your style of writing is fun to read:-) Karl could call me fat any day too, if he could send a bag or two my way! 

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      Thanks! I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

  • mm2tahoe

    saw this yesterday on Daily Mail.  Having had the great pleasure of being no more than 5 feet from Adele, front row of her Vegas concert last year (and not ashamed to admit I also saw her in Berkely and LA), I could immediately picture Adele with dozens or so Chanel bags in her arms and at her feet, head thrown back with her infectious laugh, eyes closed, face full of joy.

    • http://www.purseblog.com/ Amanda Mull

      I’m so jealous! I would kill to see her live. And I think her aesthetic – lush, retro, classic – would actually work beautifully for Chanel ads. Light years better than Blake Lively, that’s for sure. Make it happen, Karl!

  • 19yearslater

    If Adele really did model for Chanel (and the weight wasn’t airbrushed out), I might actually be interested in them again. I’m not currently, due to Lagerfeld’s douchebaggery. 

  • Brigitta

    Please Karl, call me a whale if you’d like.  Then apologize with tons of Chanel bags.   I’ll take your criticism any day.  

  • http://twitter.com/Belleism ???

    i’m fat can he call me fat and give me bags too? hahaha i guess Mr. Lagerfeld is blunt occasionally, but it’s better than lying to Adele and saying “you’re skinny my dear!”

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  • Candace

    I am with you, Amanda. You can call me fat and ugly if I can get a Chanel bag out of it. I love your writing as well!!!

  • pixiegirlie

    Honestly I think Adele would be the perfect model for chanel. Her style is retro, glamor, and classic fits their brand to a t.  Karl can call me fat any day of the week, if he apologizes by gifting handbags heck he could call me a few other names as well lol. Karl likes to  make shocking statements which isn’t news he dose it to keep relevant.

    The part that bugs me the most is as someone who used to be overweight he feels it’s ok or acceptable to “fat shame” people. You’d think he’d be a lot more sensitive and less judgmental to people who are  overweight seeing as he was literately in their shoes.

  • Musette

    Always fun to read your posts, Amanda!! I like Adele a lot.  Uncle Karl, not so much.  He can be a very mean man.  But!  I would be fine with him being mean to me (again) if that metric ton o’ Chanel showed up at my door!

  • Bagolicious

    I met and chatted with Karl many years ago and he was a delight. But, shame on him for throwing a fat insult when back when I met and chatted with him, he was fat. Does he think people forget where he came from, as far as size, before he got to where he is now?   

  • http://www.facebook.com/savagejen Jennifer Savage

    Love Adele. Gorgeous voice and beautiful girl. Not everyone has the time or inclination to work out all the time, which is what it might take for some.

  • Labels of Lust

    Dear Mr. Lagerfeld,
    Please feel free to call me fat as well and have Chanel send me the largest shipping container you can find and fill them with bags, jewelry and shoes from this season and 10 seasons past.Sincerely,Madam Labels Of Lust.P.S. You can call me fat anytime. Just make sure the shipping container is STUFFED.

  • Amandaelizp

    Good for Adele!!! He really does not have any right to call anyone fat!!!

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  • Lh

    Why would he apologize,e said the truth. She is very fat like a cow

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