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For a second there we thought Karl Lagerfeld was getting soft on us, what with all that public pampering of his kitten he's been doing. But no. British Vogue is reporting that the king of fashion has weighed in on Pippa Middleton's appearance, and not in a good way. To be quite blunt about it, the designer says he doesn't "like her face." Also, she'll never live up to her older sister (you know, just in case she thought maybe there was some way to out-do a big sister who married the Prince of Wales):
"Kate Middleton has a nice silhouette. I like that kind of woman, I like romantic beauties," he said. "On the other hand, her sister struggles. I don't like the sister's face. She should only show her back."
Lagerfeld has already gushed on record about KMid, telling The Hollywood Reporter back in June that he thinks the princess "looks perfect," and that "there's nothing I have to change! I think she looks beautiful."
But he was less complimentary about Adele, if you recall, and those comments about the singer's weight famously landed him in public apology territory. By way of saying sorry, Lagerfeld told the Metro back in February:
"I'd like to say to Adele that 'I am your biggest admirer. Sometimes when you take a sentence out of the article it changes the meaning of the thought. What I said was in relation to Lana Del Rey and the sentence has since been taken out of context from how it was originally published. I actually prefer Adele, she is my favourite singer and I am a great admirer of her. I lost over 30 kilos over 10 years ago and have kept it off. I know how it feels when the press is mean to you with regards to your appearance. Adele is a beautiful girl. She is the best. And I can't wait for her next CD."
Considering how beloved the Middletons are—and the other designers who have backpedaled after daring to say anything negative about their style (ahem, Nicholas Kirkwood)—it's safe to assume a backlash is eminent. Which means with any luck, we're all about to find out what the proper apology etiquette is for a royal-in-law.