Karl Lagerfeld didn't pull any punches when asked how he felt about a recent Newsweek column suggesting he was "overrated" and spread too thin.
A reporter asked Lagerfeld during a press conference in Tokyo on Friday about his reaction to the Robin Givhan article in Newsweek this January. Lagerfeld downplayed the credibility of the story by calling the publication that printed it a dying news source.
"First of all, Tina Brown's magazine is not doing well at all . . . She is dying," he said. "I'm sorry for Tina Brown, who was such a success at Vanity Fair, to go down with a sh*tty little paper like this. I'm sorry."
In response, Newsweek released a statement to Fashionista which runs through empirical evidence to the contrary, claiming that the magazine is thriving under Brown's leadership.
"In the past year since Tina Brown took over as editor in chief of Newsweek, newsstand sales have increased 30 percent year on year, advertising pages have seen a 27 percent increase for the first quarter of 2012, we have over 2.2 million people engaged in our social media communities and perhaps the most telling indicator of the renewed vitality of Newsweek, subscription renewals, in a consistent state of decline since 2005, rose by 3% last year."
Whether or not those figures will change Lagerfeld's mind about the story is debatable.