Chanel designer Karl Lagerfeld is known for his stoic demeanor, white mane and whimsical fashion shows. Now he’s acquired a reputation as a zany cat lover, setting off a mild frenzy among Internet denizens.
Lagerfeld gushed about his 9-month-old kitten Choupette this week in an interview with Women’s Wear Daily. The proud papa alternately referred to the Siamese cat as “a famous beauty” and “a kept woman.”
The German-born Lagerfeld, who has also designed for H&M and Fendi, baby-sat the kitten during Christmas for model Baptiste Giaconi but then refused to give her back. “I thought she was too cute,” he told WWD.
Now the pampered feline lives the high life. Choupette dines with Lagerfeld for lunch and dinner (“She doesn’t want to eat on the floor,” he noted). She knows her way around an iPad. And she has two “personal maids” who cater to her every whim “both night and day,” he said. “She is beyond spoiled.”
If you’re scratching your head wondering what the two kitten minders do all day, Lagerfeld goes on to explain:
“We do keep a diary. When I am not there, the maids take down, in little books, everything she did, from what she ate, to how she behaved, if she was tired, and if she wasn’t sleeping,” he said. “In the nine months, we already have almost 600 pages.”
“I think it could be funny to make a little book of Choupette’s diary,” he added.
All this material was, well, catnip for the Internet. Almost immediately, someone created a fake Twitter account @ChoupettesDiary, which has racked up more than 4,000 followers.
“Victoria Beckham’s dog knows nothing about how to model clothing,” goes one tweet. “Leave it to the real catwalkers: the felines.”
Another tweet: “Do I look like a feline that would drink LAGER?! It may be the beginning of Daddy’s name but it is not my drink of choice.”
We assume she sips only the finest Champagne-laced milk.
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