Karl Lagerfeld slams Michelle Obama’s bangs: ‘They were not a good idea’

Karl Lagerfeld has a long history of efficiently and hilariously trash-talking everybody. Personally, I can’t get mad at him because he’s an equal-opportunity offender, and because I don’t think it would occur to Karl that some of the shade he throws is actually mean. In Karl’s mind, he’s just speaking the truth and why would people get made about the truth? Anyway, Karl has always said surprisingly nice things about Michelle Obama in the past. Once he told a magazine that Europeans have an image of what “American women” are like, and “Oprah and Mrs. Obama are really the American women… At least that is the way Europe sees it.” He also said last year that Pres. Obama deserved to be re-elected because of Michelle, saying: “I’m a big fan of Mrs. Obama – and her face, I think, is magical. He would not be there without her. Mrs. Obama is not a fashion statement, but she has other things to do… I want [Barack] Obama to win because there is nothing better anyway, and especially because of her.”

So, it seemed like Karl the Shade-Thrower had finally met a woman he could truly respect, a woman with a “magical face” who is THE reason to support Pres. Obama. So it’s kind of funny that Karl Lagerfeld agrees with me about Michelle’s latest bangsy hairstyle. Hint: Karl HATES bangs.

Karl Lagerfeld has criticized Michelle Obama’s new look.

The legendary fashion designer claimed that her new fringe was “not a good idea”.

Lagerfeld, who made his comments on French television show Le Petit Journal, said: “I don’t understand why she changed her hair.”

“I love Michelle Obama,” he added, before claiming that her new haircut makes her look “like a news anchor”.

Lagerfeld previously caused controversy by describing Adele as “a little too fat”, while he also admitted that he does not like Pippa Middleton’s face, saying: “She should only show her back.”

Meanwhile, Barack Obama recently praised his wife’s new hairdo, saying: “She always looks good.”

[From Digital Spy]

Yeah. I think Karl is right. And it’s not shade if it’s the truth, right? No, I get that some of you like her bangs for some reason, but even you bangs-defenders have to agree that the bangs radically change her whole look and vibe, right? It’s like she’s not even the same Michelle. And I will say this forever: she didn’t need them. She looked beautiful without bangs.

Photos courtesy of the White House Flickr page, Johnny Louis /wenn and WENN.com.

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  1. Vera says:

    I like the bangs, and while he’s certainty entitled to his opinion, not for nothing that he known as “Kunty Karl.”

    • Prettytarheelfan says:

      Thank you! In my head I said that’s just Kunty Karl.

    • MsAubra says:

      LOL…he doesn’t believe in “shading”, he’s just outward with his mouthiness!

    • Hoya_chick says:

      Lol Vera, I was gonna say Kunty Karl strikes again.

      I don’t like the bangs in the first photo. It looks like her hair is taking over her face. At the inauguration though, during the day I didn’t mind it. I think it has to be styled a certain way to look right. I don’t think she has the face for bangs. Still love her though.

    • BooBooLaRue says:

      Thank you! He’s an old fart.

    • Carolyn says:

      Michelle looks great with or without a fringe (we don’t say “bangs” in Australia).

      A lot of women have ugly foreheads…more women should style their hair to cover it.

      I hate Karl’s stooopid gloves and his sunglasses. Even??

  2. Anastasia says:

    I just can’t get behind the general bangs hatred. It’s not like they’re a look that’s universally bad on everyone. Some people can pull them off, some can’t.

    I think MO looks good with or without them. To me, it’s just a different look for her–not better or worse.

    • bluhare says:

      I tend to agree. Although I did think she looked great inauguration night (in that red dress) with her hair flippy and the bangs. They weren’t so curtainy.

  3. carrie says:

    the bangs are never a good idea in my opinion

  4. Suze says:

    The bangs do change her whole look. I like it. Actually, she pulls off many different hair looks, much like Oprah (who herself has gone bangy and bangless)

    I don’t understand the whole “I hate bangs wherever, whenever” school of thought, though. Sometimes they work and sometimes they don’t. They aren’t uniformly hideous.

    It’s like saying “I hate short hair on all women” or “I hate lipstick” or “I hate sleeveless dresses”.

  5. Ranunculus says:

    I wonder what Michelle thinks about Karl’s talcum powdered wig!

  6. Eleonor says:

    He is right, end of story, and he was right about Pippa Middleton. Michelle Obama has a very beautiful face, she doesn’t look good with the bang.
    And yes I hate the bang, you know I still remember the ’80s,the bang glorious era.

    • amanda says:

      I second this. The guy is dead on.

      • DeE says:

        it is okay to be open to experimenting with different hairstyles, but the bangs don’t suit her, in my opinion. I totally agree, though the look at the ball made them more bearable. The historic moment of the President’s second inauguration is most important, but to be petty, I was disappointed in FLOTUS’ bangs and fake eyelashes. Not a good look, but again, petty me.

  7. spugzbunny says:

    Oh I love Karl! He is the most hilarious bitchy queen and he loves his cat. What more could you want?

  8. Smaug says:

    Her hair looks awful in the first picture, but adorable in the second. So yeah…bangs can look good and bad.

  9. Ms Kay says:

    Well, perhaps it isn’t the same timeline news wise, because it’s like old news to me as I saw that interview live about 10 days ago… Karl was hilarious and was also criticizing the upcoming biopic of Yves Saint Laurent, and slammed the actor who is going to portray him, he was like “gosh he’s not pretty he doesn’t even look like me, I didn’t look like that when I was young!!” his bitchiness was so funny.

    Still, he is right, the bangs don’t really suit the FLOTUS.

  10. vava says:

    It’s just hair. Anyone should be able to change their hair from time to time.

    Personally, I like her with bangs.

  11. Amelia says:

    I’ve got an image of a dystopian future in my head where Kaiser and Karl rule the world and have outlawed bangs.
    Karl is Kaiser’s puppet whilst she’s the brains behind the organisation, silently manipulating the hair trends of the Western world from behind her keyboard . . .

    • bluhare says:

      Don’t forget brainwashing Choupette and making Karl watch when she isn’t taken to the vet 20 times a week and is groomed and has her nails cut at home.

  12. dagdag says:

    Actually I like bangs. On Michelle Obama not really. On some pictures she looks great with them, on most pictures not.

  13. Riana says:

    Some of us like her bangs because human beings weren’t programmed to all like and agree on the same things all the time. Sheesh. It’s a hair style. It didn’t radically change anything, it’s not like we realized Michelle is a robot and now were all in horror that we never knew her at all. Saying she looked beautiful without them and didnt need them is like saying she looked beautiful without that dress and didn’t need it. It’s just a style.

    Seriously Kaiser…one of these days you’ve got to explain why bangs traumatized you so.

  14. kibbles says:

    I can’t stand this man, but he’s right. Her bangs do not flatter her face at all. She looked a lot better with her old hairdo. It’s just the truth. I don’t always think bangs look bad either. They look good on some people and others just look better without them. It depends on the shape of your face and your facial features. I wonder how much MO paid her hairdresser to do this to her.

  15. allons-y alonso says:

    I had bangs once….they were awful. Let that be a lesson to you, Mrs Obama.

  16. whybenice says:


    So true. Who wants one hair style for their entire life. And who among us hasn’t made a bad call on their own hair?

  17. Sarah says:

    I like them and I usually don’t like them on people.

  18. booger says:

    You want to know what’s not a good idea? Putting that windback hack in charge of Chanel and Fendi, and giving him a soapbox to espouse on hard hitting issues like bangs on the FLOTUS. Azzedine Alaia says the guy is all talk and never used a pair of scissors in his life, and I’m inclined to agree.

    I bet if someone were to ask him about foreign policy or anything remotely topical he’d drool at the mouth.

  19. Marta says:

    Michelle havae a beatifull en face but very ugle profile( no chin) and You see that more when she cutted bangs:( and trivialized her face.

  20. WendyNerd says:

    When is he NOT slamming someone?

    I think Karl Lagerfeld must be one of the most unhappy people on the planet. All we ever hear about him anymore is him saying something mean about someone. Not about his career or designs, just him spouting his mouth off insulting someone. It seems to be all he is doing these days.

    I feel kind of sorry for him. I bet he cries himself to sleep every night.

  21. Whiskeylove says:

    I’d love to see her work natural hair. THIS is the hairstyle she needs!!


  22. truthful says:

    like he can talk, this is pure comedy, he looks like a dusty corpse from the 1800′s…

    First Lady is not worried what folks approve of, heehee.

    this would have been better coming from anyone BUT him.

    I wouldn’t be sooo cheery about ‘matching minds” with him..I’d be rather embarrassed.

    • FassDaActor says:

      “…dusty corpes from the 1800s” Hahahahaha You mean the 1700s. You all are crackin’ me up today

      He has a right to his opinion but it’s alway negative. He’s sooooo unhappy.

  23. Feebee says:

    The fit of those pants aren’t a good idea either.

  24. Miss Kiki says:

    Karl is hilarious, alwayzand4eva.

  25. Sapphire says:

    Karl the bitch, always love him. I don’t get the bangs hate- depends, right? Anna Winteur and Goldie Hawn have rocked them for years, although in Goldie’s case they may be camo.

    Why don’t we hear more about Chopette?

  26. judyjudy says:

    He’s like the Weird Al of fashion. If he makes fun of your look you should feel proud.

    Kunty Karl hates my hair! I’ve finally made it!

    • booger says:

      The difference is Weird Al doesn’t take anyone or anything seriously, least of all himself. Unlike douchebag, up-his-own-ass Karl.

  27. Walice says:

    Lager-felt, isn’t that some sort of OLD beer feast, where all the females have BANGS.

  28. Jane says:

    Karl…have you looked at YOUR hair lately? You shouldn’t talk, hon. The First Lady cares about the opinion of only one man and that is her husband. If he likes the way she looks with the bangs, then get get off her case. First Adele, now the wife of the President of the United States? Get off your high horse and leave her alone. Are you going to rag on every woman who is successful? Geez!

  29. elceibeno08 says:

    Has anyone ever stood up to this guy?
    Has anyone ever told him how ridiculous he looks with those ill-fitting skinny jeans he always wears? I would love for some of the haters here to gang up and chew him up, and spit him out. Ladies, sharpen your fangs and claws and shred him.

  30. bondbabe says:

    Hair advice coming from someone who’s own hair looks like quilt batting from Jo-Ann’s Fabrics….

  31. FassDaActor says:

    Says who. Oh yeah, he’s the authority. 0-o. He is such a cattie b*tch! Look, I like fashion, but fashion and style are two different things. This lady has her own style. She can do high end and low end with that style. It’s not for everyone. He’s just mad because, for the second time, she didn’t go with HIS design.

    PS I still love his crazy ass

  32. Maddie says:

    Says the man who looks like the drag queen version of Katherine Hepburn.

  33. Crystal says:

    Don’t know why this man is constantly shading other people’ looks when he looks like Gargamel on crack.

    Have a seat ma’am.

  34. looseal says:

    Have you taken a look at the outfit he is wearing? Man…that is some fugly threads. Anyone who dresses himself like that should just STFU regarding anyone else’s appearance.

  35. Paddy says:

    Karl, you’re three months late for Halloween !!

  36. KellyinSeattle says:

    I’d like to invite Karl and Elton John together for coffee; they’d be a hoot.
    I have to agree about the bangs.

  37. Kim says:

    Michelle Obama is a treasure who can do no wrong. If she wants bangs, she shall have all the bangs.

  38. DIANE says:

    Karl is starting to resemble an old lady who’s into B&D.

  39. floretta50 says:

    Karl lagerfeld is right on! He is an authority of fashion been in the business longer than Michelle Obama is alive. The bangs look silly and childish,and comes off as if she is attention seeking, her old hairdo give her the intellect and sophistication she has and needs as a first lady.

  40. Has he seen Karl Lagerfeld lately?

  41. Str8Shooter says:

    Somewhere, a grave is missing its CORPSE!

  42. Loulou says:

    She is NOT a beautiful woman. Period.

  43. Kosmos says:

    At first, I did like her bangs, but then I saw her on TV at the inauguration and the bangs seemed to overshadow her face too much on stage. She’s got that kind of a face where bangs look okay, but not great…definitely not for the cameras though, more for a look to do now and then to change it up a little, but perhaps she should keep it swept back or to a side part most of the time to open up her face more.

  44. F5 says:

    He was being too kind -_-

  45. Flower says:

    This from a man who a few seasons ago had his runway full of models in Anna Wintour Wigs, I’d like to see him say bangs are not a good idea to Anna Wintour’s face.

  46. kim says:

    Agree bangs are outdated. Bangs made their comeback in 2007, if you hadn’t done them don’t.

    You can tell when a woman is in a rut, nowadays, when she busts out the outdated bangs look in a sad attempt to do something “new” with her look.

  47. kim says:

    You can tell when a woman is in a rut, nowadays, when she busts out the outdated bangs look in a sad attempt to do something “new” with her look.