PARIS — Fashion icon Karl Lagerfeld lambasted Kim Kardashian to the AP for being too flashy with her money following her $10 milllion heist, while Usher brushed away safety concerns around the ordeal that continued to dominate Paris Fashion Week.
LAGERFELD CRITICIZES KARDASHIAN FOR FLAUNTING WEALTH
Chanel’s couturier suggested to the AP that Kardashian was partly to blame for the heist, in which the reality television star was tied up and robbed of millions of dollars of jewelry.
“(She is) too public, too public — we have to see in what time we live. You cannot display your wealth then be surprised that some people want to share it,” Lagerfeld said after the Chanel show.
“I don’t understand why (Kardashian) was in a hotel with no security and things like this. If you are that famous and you put all your jewelry on the net you go to hotels where nobody can come near to the room,” he added.
USHER HAS STAYED AT THE KARDASHIAN HEIST RESIDENCE
The U.S. singer who arrived in Paris hours after Kim Kardashian was tied up and robbed of $10 million worth of jewelry — and is familiar with the residence it occurred in — says he’s defiant in the face of the crime.
“I feel more secure than ever, absolutely (safe),” said the 37-year-old singer, who told the AP he has stayed in the No Address Hotel — where the heist occurred — and thought it was a secure environment.
The No Address Hotel or L’Hotel de Pourtales, is a favourite of A-list celebrities, with past guests reportedly including Leonardo DiCaprio, Prince, Madonna, Jay-Z and Beyonce.
“It’s very unfortunate that that would be the one thing that would represent this incredible week of fashion, so I hope that it doesn’t overshadow,” he said.
“(Gun crime) like that happens all the time. In America people get robbed everywhere, man. Unfortunately it does maybe take a celebrity to shine a light on unfortunate situations,” he added.
COURTNEY LOVE IS UNFAZED DESPITE BEING ATTACKED IN PARIS LAST YEAR
Courtney Love, who sat next to Kardashian at the Givenchy show on the eve of the robbery, spoke of her profound shock.
But she said that it wouldn’t make her reconsider coming back to the City of Light.
“As a friend of hers, I feel very horrified. … I don’t know what went on with security,” she said.
“It was terrible. … (But) I don’t see the underbelly so much. Maybe I should more. It’s a bubble for me,” Love told the AP from the Chanel front row.
But only last year, the former Hole singer wasn’t so unfazed by Paris turmoil, when she had her car attacked by striking taxi drivers.
“The Uber thing, that was terrifying,” she acknowledged at Tuesday’s show.
Last June Love made headlines by tweeting: “They’ve ambushed our car and are holding our driver hostage,” and “They’re beating the cars with metal bats. This is France?? I’m safer in Baghdad.”
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