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Karl Lagerfeld rejected an invite to appear in Zoolander 2

Bad news, fashion fans: the Chanel and Fendi designer turned down a role in the sequel

Zoolander 2 has already lined up cameos from Karlie Kloss and Kanye West, but there's one fashion face you won't see in the film: Karl Lagerfeld. The Chanel and Fendi designer rejected a role in the upcoming sequel to the beloved 2001 comedy, which featured guest appearances from Tom Ford and Donatella Versace.

Lagerfeld was pretty insistent on turning it down, too. “I don't want to be in the movie!” he said forcefully in a recent Hello! interview. “They wanted me to be in the movie!”

Why not? Well, unlike the rest of the world, it turns out that he was not a fan of the film's stunt at the Valentino AW15 show, which saw Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson stage a dramatic runway walk-off in character as Derek Zoolander and Hansel. "I didn't like it," Lagerfeld said, adding, "I'm not an actor."

We're guessing that Valentino designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pierpaolo Piccioli and Anna Wintour (who helped to organise the whole thing) aren't too annoyed at the diss – the surprise appearance turned out to be one of the most talked-about parts of Fashion Week.

Strangely enough, Karl Lagerfeld actually did appear in the Zoolander film. IMDB confirmed him in an uncredited appearance on its official cast list, right next to Melanie Trump and Gavin Rossdale.

It's been a loooooong time since we watched Zoolander in full, but we're guessing that his sly cameo came in the movie's opening scene, in which a shadowy panel of uber-designers forces Mugatu (Will Ferrell) to agree to take out the Malaysian Prime Minister. Lagerfeld has never owned up to his role in the first film, but one of the mysterious designers in the scene has slicked-back white hair and a very familiar-looking fan. Draw your own conclusions.

So is Lagerfeld just being coy about a potential reappearance in Zoolander 2? Maybe someone should get Carine Roitfeld on the case; we hear she's desperate to be in the film. 

Watch Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson close the Valentino show below: