Karl Lagerfeld, the creative director for famed fashion house Chanel, slammed Kim Kardashian West after her terrifying encounter with armed robbers at her Paris hotel earlier this week. After initially expressing his support for the reality TV star, the fashion icon opened up about what he really thought of Kardashian’s ordeal and scolded her for being so open and public with her lifestyle.
The 83-year-old designer took the time to answer reporters’ questions after the Chanel show during Paris Fashion week on Tuesday, E! News reported. Lagerfeld offered his thoughts about why Kim Kardashian was robbed.
“(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,” Karl Lagerfeld told the Associated Press. “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.”
Reality TV star Kim Kardashian West experienced a terrifying ordeal early on Monday morning when she woke up to a robbery that resulted in a jewelry heist, the Inquisitr previously reported. The 35-year-old Keeping Up With the Kardashians star was asleep in her room when a group of five armed men wearing ski masks and dressed as French police broke into her room.
Kardashian reportedly begged for her life after robbers held a gun to her head and reminded them that she is the mother to two small children (she shares 3-year-old North and 9-month-old son Saint who were with her husband, rapper Kanye West, in New York City at the time of the heist). But the men who robbed her only spoke French, and the only English they knew was the word “ring.”
Kim feared for her life and even thought she was going to be raped. The robbers tied her hands and feet and placed duct tape over her mouth before locking her in a bathroom while they made out with the goods.
She was robbed of about $11 million worth of jewelry, her purse, and two smartphones. Included in the items that were stolen was the $4.5 million, 20-carat emerald-cut diamond engagement ring by designer Lorraine Schwartz — an upgrade from her first engagement ring gifted to her from West about a month ago.
The social media starlet showed off her new ring on Snapchat hours before the robbery on her Snapchat, where she had documented her every move during her time at Paris Fashion Week. Kim also posted a photo of her ring on Instagram just one day before she was robbed, sharing a close-up of the diamond with her 84.2 million followers.
Simone Harouche, Kim’s longtime friend and stylist, was downstairs when the robbery occurred, and she hid in a bathroom while she contacted Kim’s bodyguard, Pascal Duvier, who was at a nearby club protecting Kim’s sisters Kourtney Kardashian and Kendall Jenner. Duvier arrived just minutes after the robbers fled.
Kim Kardashian gave a statement to French police about her ordeal before flying back to the United States, where she reunited with West and their two children in New York City. French police are currently investigating the robbery, and Lagerfeld said a security threat this high-profile is not good for Paris — especially since France has experienced two deadly terrorist attacks within the last year.
“It’s a very bad thing for Paris,” Lagerfeld told Reuters. “But I don’t understand why she was in [the] hotel with no security.”
But even though Karl’s word may have seemed a little harsh, he also expressed concern and support for the Keeping Up With the Kardashians star after she was robbed.
Fashion publication V Magazine shared a photo of the Chanel designer on its official Instagram account just shortly after news broke that Kim Kardashian was robbed on Monday. In a black and white photo, Lagerfeld held up a notepad with a handwritten message to Kardashian.
“Dearest Kim, we are all with you,” the note read. “Love, Karl.”
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