Lala Kent is speaking up in defense of Kylie Jenner.
The “Vanderpump Rules” star, 30, called out fashion designer Michael Costello for refusing to make her wedding dress because she is not a “big enough” celebrity.
“What a clown. This dude. I literally blew him up to make my custom wedding dress — he would have gotten all the ‘tags & @’s’ he’s talking about. But I never heard back from him… why? Because I’m not ‘big enough.’ So cool out, Costello-you do the same s—t.”
Kent spoke up in reaction to Costello slamming Kylie Jenner for only tagging high-profile designers on Instagram rather than regularly giving credit to smaller labels.
“It’s sad that designers work so so so so hard on these opportunities to dress these gorgeous popular women and they only tag the major high end designers like Olivier but forget about the other ones,” Costello commented on a recent photo Jenner posted thanking Balmain’s Olivier Rousteing for a bejeweled birthday dress. “Why not tag at least one? Not all the time but maybe once in a while.”
The former Project Runway designer — who regularly creates custom pieces for the likes of Mariah Carey and Jennifer Lopez and sells ready-made wedding gowns that range in price from $2,400 to more than $24,000 — clapped back at Kent, posting a screenshot of text messages with her wedding planner to his Instagram Story.
“You wanted us to dress you and we passed!,” he wrote. “You didn’t want to buy anything we also confirmed an appointment for you and it was a no show! Why are you complaining a whole year later? God bless.”
“You made my point. You passed on me just like Kylie Jenner passes on you,” Kent shot back. “Get over it.”
In an email to Page Six Style, Costello said, “Lala Kent reached out to us in hopes of getting a free wedding dress but we explained to her team that we do not do any custom wedding dresses for free. This has nothing to do with the level of celebrity or fame but everything to do with the fact that we take our bridal work very seriously.”
Continued the designer, “There are many specific details that go into each piece and it takes our team a couple of months to make a piece, from my drawings to the first fitting followed by multiple alterations. I explained all this to Lala and offered her a 20% discount. Her assistant scheduled a consultation with me. I was looking forward to seeing Lala but she flaked. No cancellation. No call. No show.”
Costello said Kent was running with “the false narrative that I rejected her,” and that she and other reality stars and influencers “expect design houses to work with them for free, for their fame, their privilege, and this is wrong. They need to respect our work and value our time.”
Kent was set to wed Randall Emmett on April 28, but the two announced they were postponing due to the coronavirus pandemic; it’s unclear when the couple will tie the knot.