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Because of the VF reader comments.  Heh.

Vanity Fair

Karl Lagerfeld Does Not Think Michelle Obama’s New Bangs Are a Good Idea

Karl Lagerfeld—Chanel designer, cat coddler, and Pippa Middleton–face detractor—has taken a startling contrarian stance on Michelle Obama’s new, undeniably (we thought!) adorable bangs. Lagerfeld addressed the First Lady’s hairstyle on Le Petit Journal, a French television show where he had been invited to discuss Paris Fashion Week.

As an apparent aside, the ponytailed designer revealed, “I don’t understand the change of hair . . . Frankly, the fringe was a bad idea. It’s not good.” He also noted that Mrs. Obama now resembles “une speakerine de LCI,” or an anchor on the French news network LCI. Although Lagerfeld has made unpopular statements about beloved pop-culture figures in the past, the Michelle Obama–bang harangue is especially surprising considering that the designer has identified himself as “a big fan of Mrs. Obama” in the past. Particularly, he specified, a fan of her face. “I think, [it] is magical,” he told Metro World News last February. “[Barack Obama] would not be there without her.” Remarkably, the statement was not the first time Lagerfeld had marveled at the First Lady’s visage. In 2011, he told USA Today, “I like her face, the cleverness of her face. Her face is stronger than the clothes.” As Pippa Middleton might tell Michelle, a facial compliment from Lagerfeld—even one that backhands one’s sense of style—is still high praise.

» 30 Comments

  1. Diann

    January 31st, 2013

    I loved the Yoda comment! I’m actually pretty surprised that Vanity Fair readers would be so negative about Michelle Obama. I mean, doesn’t everybody simply adore her?!

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  2. Reiuxcat

    January 31st, 2013

    “[Barack Obama] would not be there without her.”

    Of course not! He would still be a lowly state rep if it wasn’t for his beard.

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  3. eternal cracker p

    January 31st, 2013

    “I think, [it] is magical,” .. cleverness of her face.

    It’s also magical how the one pile of dog crap in the yard works it’s way into every single crack and crevice on the bottom of a shoe, with persistent cleverness.

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  4. RosalindJ

    January 31st, 2013

    The Yoda comment was good!

    Liked this one too (I’m suprised it’s still there)
    “She is, in fact, at her most stunningly attractive when she’s rolling her eyes underneath the Shemp wig / Halloween-costume wig, and cramming food in her mouth till her cheeks bulge, without the accompaniment of any other fellow diners whatsoever, at affairs of decorum.”

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  5. hanoverfist

    January 31st, 2013

    “This comment is under review.” Seems to be the most popular thing to post at VF.LOL

    But my favorite is from iOTW itself:
    Nippsy Russell in a Davey Jones wig.

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  6. Unslung Hero

    January 31st, 2013

    And people wonder if obama is gay…… Barney Frank looks better!!!

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  7. kono

    January 31st, 2013

    I thought Shootist nailed it: “Mrs. Obama looks frighteningly like a tanned. Kristy McNichol (c.1977).”

    Hasn’t Kristy McNichol come out?

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  8. KF

    January 31st, 2013

    Someone should ask him what he thinks of b00b belts

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  9. Boobie the Rocket Dog

    January 31st, 2013

    “‘[Barack Obama] would not be there without her.’”
    Yeah, his BEARD.

    “‘I think, [her face] is magical,’”
    Yup, as evidenced by iOTW’s “Lord of the Onion Rings.”

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  10. Stirrin the B.S.

    January 31st, 2013

    And – “somewhere there is a JiffyLube missing a mop.” (snicker, snicker)

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  11. Jerry Manderin

    January 31st, 2013

    @Stirrin’ the B.S

    Nice one! LOL!

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  12. Stranded in Sonoma

    January 31st, 2013

    I think, [it] is magical…

    I think it is tragical.

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  13. 123321123321

    January 31st, 2013

    She should show more forehead… http://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4922587441596260&pid=15.1

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  14. Stranded in Sonoma

    January 31st, 2013

    I like her face, the cleverness of her face.

    clev·er [klev-er] adjective
    superficially skillful, witty, in character or construction: It was an amusing, clever play, but of no lasting value.

    Her face is stronger than the clothes.

    Then obviously, he hasn’t been looking at her clothes. Whoever dresses her must be laughing their ass off every time they suggest another stupid looking outfit and Mooshell beams, Oh! It’s just adorable!

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  15. PAvolley

    January 31st, 2013

    I’m missing something, did they pull comments “Comment (0)”

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  16. thirdtwin

    January 31st, 2013

    Karl, she had to do it for medical reasons; The ingrown-hair pimples she was getting as a result shaving her forehead were always getting infected. This is a common problem for black males. Please be more racially sensitive in the future. I expect more from a eader in the cosmetics and fragrance industry.

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  17. Mrs Compton

    January 31st, 2013

    So you’all didn’t make those comments?

    There is hope for us yet!

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  18. Moxie Man

    January 31st, 2013

    @PAvolley – Some plug-ins, add-ons, extension, etc. prevent comments from loading. Disable them or try the link on a less secure browser (IE, Chrome, Firefox).

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  19. Stirrin the B.S.

    January 31st, 2013

    @Jerry – I wish I could take credit for that comment, but it was from the VF comments section. I should have been more clear in noting that.

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  20. bitterclinger

    January 31st, 2013

    “Her face is stronger than the clothes.”

    Well, hellz yeah! Did you get a look at that mandible?

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  21. Billy Fuster

    January 31st, 2013

    The bangs work. Keep them.

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  22. dries

    January 31st, 2013

    Lagerfeld is on record berating Hollande for raising French tax rates to 75%. They only made country known only for its fashion, food & wine even less competitive in global economy.

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  23. Claudia

    January 31st, 2013

    Billy, I agree. Covers more of her sour face.

    Only thing better would be if they grew from her chin upwards. You know…to cover that foul mouth of hers.

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  24. 99th Squad Leader

    January 31st, 2013

    The bangs are bad – not working as well as expected. Obama Zombies will let her know soon and it will be back to more of that “magical” Mooch mug.

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  25. Walta

    January 31st, 2013

    They removed the comments for this article. Comments are present for the others..

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  26. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    January 31st, 2013

    lololol

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  27. Mary Jane Anklestraps

    January 31st, 2013

    Oh they DID remove them. lol. What cowards!

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  28. Jerry Manderin

    January 31st, 2013

    You can hide the comments Vanity Fair…but you can’t hide the ogre which is Michelle Obama.

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  29. PAvolley

    February 1st, 2013

    Thanks for that Moxie Man. Though after all that they pulled the comments anyway. All hail the Mooch!
    Hey, ya know I’m lookin’ at that hairdo (gack!) and it reminds me of someone’s icon here. Hmmmmmm. Kinda like a square cut out melon on a kitty face, SNOWBALL!!!! Did you recently get an undercover hair stylist job at the Whitehouse? That’s brilliant!!!!

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  30. RosalindJ

    February 1st, 2013

    That they wiped all the comments means something, don’t you think? Guess they couldn’t keep up.

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