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When Marc Jacobs Gifted Her His Perry Ellis Grunge Collection, Courtney Love Burned It

>> Courtney Love, who launched last week, has been gifted many a designer dud over the years, but she's typically given it an unconventional welcome. She's set fire to some of it (“Marc [Jacobs] sent me and Kurt [Cobain] his Perry Ellis grunge collection . . . We burned it. We were punkers — we didn’t like that kind of thing.”); tried to take shears to some of it (“I went to whack [a floral, Empire-waist couture gown given to her by John Galliano in 1997] with scissors because it would be more useful that way . . . Somebody said to me, ‘You aren’t whacking s--t and this is why,’ and explained to me what couture was.") . . . and has even worked out in some of it ("I perform in Rick [Owens], I sleep in Rick and I jog in Rick. I have, like, eight pairs of his harem pants. I’ve been running in Rick Owens for years.")

She credits <nobrand>Karl Lagerfeld</nobrand> with turning her around »

But she's started to turn a new leaf — particularly after the 2007 catastrophe in which she unknowingly wore a faux Chanel couture dress (which had been gifted to her) to Paris Hilton's birthday party. “It was a scandal, the Chanel police were after me,” Love recounts. “But want to know what Karl did? He flew me to Paris, basically forgave me, had me pose for Harper’s [Bazaar] naked and covered in pearls and said to them, ‘The poor thing doesn’t know what couture is.’ This is L.A., I didn’t know!” Lagerfeld ended up giving her the real version of the dress.

She credits Lagerfeld and his muse Lady Amanda Harlech — who Love “worships because she jogs in sweats” — for setting her straight. When they saw her wearing a tutu last year, Love remembers: “[Harlech] said, ‘What are you doing in a tutu?’ and I was like, ‘Um, I have a record coming out.’ And I got this talking-to from the Kaiser and Amanda, and they were like, ‘You’re 45, what are you doing?’ And they were right. So I went and had Sally Hershberger cut all my extensions out.”

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