Choupette

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Choupette Lagerfeld
Species Felis catus
Breed Birman[1][2]
Sex Female
Born (2011-08-19) 19 August 2011 (age 6)
Owner Karl Lagerfeld

Choupette (born 15 August 2011[3]) is the pet cat of Karl Lagerfeld, head of design and creative director at Chanel. Originally belonging to the French male model Baptiste Giabiconi, Choupette was given as a gift to Lagerfeld around Christmas 2011 following a stay with the designer while Giabiconi was abroad.[4] According to Lagerfeld, he came across the white-haired cat when he spent two weeks with animal, looking after Choupette when one of his friends, reportedly fashion model Baptiste Giabiconi, went traveling. "When he came back I thought I'm sorry Choupette is mine," said Lagerfeld.[5]

Her first media appearance was made via the social networking service Twitter on 16 January 2012,[6] @ChoupettesDiary, when V magazine's Stephen Gan tweeted a photo of her from Lagerfeld's apartment.[7] With the launch of Choupette's own Twitter account (authored by Ashley Tschudin) in June 2012 and multiple 'interviews' in high-end fashion magazines, her celebrity has grown, prompting Lagerfeld to remark "People are stunned by her ... Soon people will talk more about Choupette than about me!"[8] As of March 2015, she has more than 46,000 fans on the Twitter account invented in her honor.[9]

In June 2013, Lagerfeld announced that he wished to marry Choupette. He said in an interview with CNN, "There is no marriage, yet, for human beings and animals… I never thought that I would fall in love like this with a cat."[10]

Online personality and media appearances[edit]

Choupette's supposed personality, constructed primarily through her Twitter and Instagram accounts (@ChoupettesDiary), is one of a fierce, high-maintenance, spoiled madam, presumably an amalgamation of the various stereotypical character traits and eccentricities surrounding individuals in the fashion industry, not least of Lagerfeld himself.[11] Among her particularities is her use of the Apple iPad, her quoted 'choice' to eat at table next to Lagerfeld, and her love of antique lace, Colette shopping bags and Goyard.[12]

She has two "beloved" maids, Françoise and Marjorie,[13] who tend to Choupette (a task that includes taking care of her hair and other beauty jobs) and keep a diary of her activities and moods for the reference of Lagerfeld and an on-call vet. Of the two maids, Choupette is said to prefer Françoise.[14]

Use in fashion[edit]

Karl Lagerfeld store window on Regent Street, London.

Internet rumours of a Choupette-inspired Chanel handbag first appeared in early July 2012 following a tweet by the NY Times Cathy Horyn.[15] It was speculated that the Choupette was the bag carried by models in Lagerfeld's Fall 2012 Couture show,[16] though this was never confirmed. Choupette has also been credited as the inspiration behind Lagerfeld's cornflower blue Spring 2012 Couture collection[17] (he has described her eyes as "blue, blue, blue, blue, blue"[14]), but given the timing of Choupette's adoption by Lagerfeld and the timescale of the design process, this claim is unlikely to be true.

Choupette has appeared in photoshoots (most famously with Laetitia Casta in a 10-page editorial in V magazine in September 2012[18]). Lagerfeld was early to dismiss the possibility of her modelling work extending beyond his own projects, stating simply "I'm commercial; she's not".[19]

As of July 2014, a book, Choupette, was slated for release, as was a capsule makeup collection by Shu Uemura.[20]

In March 2015, Lagerfeld said in an interview with The Cut, that Choupette had earned three million euros ($3.18 million) during 2014 from participating in two projects: one for cars in Germany, and the other for a Shu Uemura's Shupette beauty product in Japan.[21][22]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "10 Ways Choupette Has a Better Life Than You". Elle Malaysia. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  2. ^ "Choupette Lagerfeld's Beauty Line Lands on Shelves Today". Vogue. Retrieved 2016-03-30. 
  3. ^ Dhani Mau (2012-08-20). "A Year in the Life of Choupette". Fashionista. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  4. ^ "Lagerfeld's Love". Vogue. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  5. ^ Bryer, Alexandra Gibbs, Tania (2017-01-13). "Karl Lagerfeld's cat Choupette is 'like a chic lady' with a personal maid, says designer". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-06-24. 
  6. ^ "Karl Lagerfeld's Cat Choupette Launches Her Own Twitter Account". Grazia Daily. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  7. ^ "Karl Lagerfeld Gets A New Kitten". People. Time Inc. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  8. ^ "When Grazia Met King Karl". Grazia Daily. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  9. ^ https://www.nytimes.com/2015/03/05/fashion/karl-lagerfeld-on-fur-yea-selfies-nay-and-keeping-busy.html
  10. ^ O'Brien, Liam (1 June 2013). "Karl Lagerfeld says he wants to get married... to his cat". The Independent. London. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "7 Facts to Know About Karl Lagerfeld's Siamese Cat, Choupette". Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  12. ^ "A rare interview with one of the fashion industry's biggest divas: Karl Lagerfeld's cat Choupette who loves shopping, iPads, antique lace and has TWO maids". Mail Online. London. 2012-08-07. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  13. ^ "i-Profile: Choupette". i-D. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  14. ^ a b "Kat Daddy". Harper's Bazaar. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  15. ^ Sowray, Bibby (2012-07-03). "Have Chanel named a bag after Karl Lagerfeld's cat, Choupette?". Telegraph.co.uk. London. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  16. ^ "Karl Lagerfeld's Cat Choupette Inspires Chanel Couture Bag". Elle. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  17. ^ "Karl Lagerfeld Designed a Collection Inspired by Choupette's Eyes". Fashionista. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  18. ^ "Glamour Puss". V Magazine. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  19. ^ "Karl Lagerfeld talks multiple personalities, being commercial, and of course, little Choupette". myfashionlife.com. Retrieved 2012-09-28. 
  20. ^ Miller, Julie. "Karl Lagerfeld's Cat Choupette Is Getting Her Own Make-Up Collection and Lifestyle Book". Vanityfair.com. 
  21. ^ Bryer, Alexandra Gibbs, Tania (2017-01-13). "Karl Lagerfeld's cat Choupette is 'like a chic lady' with a personal maid, says designer". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-06-24. 
  22. ^ "Karl Lagerfeld on His Mother, €3 Million Cat, and Being a 'Fashion Vampire'". The Cut. Retrieved 2018-06-24.