When we read in Women’s Wear Daily that Courtney Love had worn a copy of a Chanel Couture dress to Paris Hilton‘s recent birthday party last week, we couldn’t believe our eyes. The industry newspaper reported that the real, one-of-kind, miniscule dress was in Paris, and that Courtney’s — right down to the bogus fingerless gloves — was a complete fashion fake. Would Courtney purposely risk drawing the ire of Lagerfeld? According to her publicist, Alan Nierob, the answer is no. He tells us that Courtney was sent a bunch of dresses from various sources to wear during Oscar weekend. Unbeknownst to her, someone had included the imitation frock amongst the options. She saw the classy mini (sans label) and decided to wear it. The identity of the copycat dress lender is unknown but according to Nierob, Courtney is sorry that Karl is upset and says she would not have worn the dress had she known that it was a knock-off.
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