At some point last year, I realized that Karl Lagerfeld is just a full-on Cat Person. I grew up with cat people, so I know the signs. Karl’s princess kitty is Choupette, and she’s a star. She has professional photoshoots, she flies on private jets, she has three maids who tend to her every need and keep an extensive “Choupette Diary” of her activities. She also loves her daddy. I think that’s the real relationship – Karl is the cat daddy and Choupette is his little princess, the daughter he never had. His fur baby, only Karl would never use such a gauche term. Anyway, CNN got a recent interview with Karl and of course he got some questions about Choupette. What’s interesting is that Karl doesn’t really see Choupette as his daughter. Choupette is his partner. HE WANTS TO MARRY CHOUPETTE.
In case you can’t see the video, Alina Cho asks him about his “partner” Choupette, and Karl laughs at the word “partner” and says, “There is no marriage, yet, for human beings and animals . . . I never thought that I would fall in love like this with a cat.” And when asked if he spoils Choupette rotten by flying her on private jets, etc, he says, “Yes. Why not?” But what if Choupette is a famewhore kitty who is just using him to launch her own solo career? No, of course not. Karl isn’t worried about that. As for the marriage thing… I think it’s sweet! Choupette is a spoiled princess, but he thinks of her like a wife, or a high-maintenance mistress.
Also, Karl recently gave an interview to Madame Le Figaro, and he was asked if there was anything he wouldn’t endorse/design. He said:
“Toilet paper? Support stockings? Condoms? But maybe… You know, I am mainstream. This exclusivity, it’s old-fashioned. The product has to defend itself. And it is not because it is cheaper that the design might be neglected. Bad taste for the general public could have been encouraged but it would be very condescending to think that [the masses] are blind. Today, even though you’re not rich, you can afford good furniture for your home, and it’s the same with clothes: a good pair of jeans and a good T-shirt can be perfect.”
In the same interview, Karl also said some bitchy things about people who always complain that they’re “bored” – Karl basically says that “time is so precious and there are so many things to do in life” so he doesn’t spend any time with people who whine about being bored. He slap the boredom right out of you! He also threw some shade at Andy Warhol, especially when asked if he had similar hair to Warhol: “I don’t like it at all. First of all, my hair is mine! I knew him, I even shot for him. He was very nice but not funny at all. I admire what he’s done; he became the king of pop culture whereas he was not a really good fashion artist, but I have nothing to do with him.” Perfect shade. Well-executed. Perfect amount of bitchiness and apathy.
Photos courtesy of Harper’s Bazaar, Choupette’s Twitter.