The Worst (and Wealthiest) People in Fashion

For an industry that revolves around beauty, the fashion world can be a pretty ugly place. Shade-throwing designers and cat-fighting catwalk models are a dime a dozen in the fashion world and sometimes it’s the biggest egos that make the biggest paychecks. Here are some of the nastiest and sadly, wealthiest people in fashion.

Anna Wintour

It’s no secret that Meryl Streep’s frigid and formidable Miranda Priestly character in The Devil Wears Prada was modeled after real life Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour. The long reigning Queen of fashion is known for her frosty persona and demanding ways which have earned her the nickname “Nuclear Wintour.”

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According to one former personal assistant, “you definitely did not ride the elevator with her, and you definitely couldn’t say anything to her. Not that she’d reply if you did.” Even Project Runway mentor and all around nice guy Tim Gunn likened her to Medusa, saying he once witnessed Wintour being carried by her body guards down five flights of stairs at a fashion show. Despite Wintour’s office demanding he retract his statement, Gunn stuck to his guns, saying, “She’s a history revisionist, in her mind it never happened basically.”

If Wintour was indeed hurt by Gunn’s candor, we’re sure she dried her tears with Hermès scarves; she reportedly earns $2 million a year and is worth more than $35 million.

John Galliano

Designing for the likes of Givenchy and Dior may have earned him fame, accolades and piles of cash; but sadly, money couldn’t buy class for John Galliano. In 2011, at the height of his fashion career, the British designer’s world came crashing down when he was arrested for a drunken, anti-Semitic outburst in a Parisian café. Shortly after his arrest, a video of him going on a similar rant in the same bar the previous year was released in which Galliano could be heard declaring, “I love Hitler” among other heinous things we don’t care to repeat.

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Dior immediately announced that they were suspending Galliano, and Jewish actress and Dior spokesperson Natalie Portman publicly distanced herself from the designer, stating that she was “shocked and disgusted.” Galliano’s career should have been over right then and there, but apparently the fashion industry has a short memory, because Galliano has already returned to the spotlight only two years later after being offered a temporary residency at Oscar de La Renta. The invitation was supposedly arranged by Anna Wintour, who continues to prove why she’s basically the worst.

Karl Lagerfeld

Karl Lagerfeld apparently never heard the saying, “if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing at all.” The stuck up German designer/Regina George of the fashion world has long been known for throwing shade at just about anybody or anything, whether provoked or not.

When Heidi Klum was dismissed as being “too heavy for runway” by German designer Wolfgang Joop, Lagerfeld chimed in with, “I don’t know Heidi Klum. She was never known in France. Claudia Schiffer also doesn’t know who Klum is.”

When Pippa Middleton, sister of the Duchess of Cambridge came on the scene, Lagerfeld made a point of declaring, “I don’t like [her] face. She should only show her back.”

Lagerfeld also dared to dole out a backhanded compliment to beloved songstress Adele, saying “She is a little too fat, but she has a beautiful face.” Fat people are actually one of Lagerfeld’s favourite subjects to talk about.

“No one wants to see curvy women,” he once told Focus Magazine. “You’ve got fat mothers with their bags of chips sitting in front of the television saying that thin models are ugly.” For someone who used to be a little chunky themselves, you’d think he’d be a bit more sympathetic. We say bring back Fat Karl! He seemed a lot nicer.

We don’t know exactly how much Lagerfeld earns but we can only imagine, considering his cat made $3.2 million last year alone. HIS CAT.

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