LONDON, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- German fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld has been accused of insulting British women by saying they are too fat for his clothing.
H&M executive Ann Widdecombe called Lagerfeld "barmy and rude" for throwing a tantrum when the London clothing store chain enlarged his creations to fit size 14 and 16 (U.S. sizes 12-14), the average female size in Britain, the Daily Mirror reported.
Lagerfeld vowed to never again work for H&M, a Swedish chain, which has demanded Lagerfeld apologize. Others called for fuller-figure women to boycott Lagerfeld's designs.
"I don't understand why he said what he said because we've been very clear from the beginning it was to be a full-size range," Widdecombe told the newspaper.
Lagerfeld, who designs for the Chanel label, recently lost weight himself.
"Having lost seven stone (98 pounds) he thinks he's in a position to judge. So much so, he's just released a diet book to share his apparently infinite wisdom," the Mirror said. "We can only assume this new-found knowledge is to blame for his stunning arrogance."