Choupette est très chic.
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Fashion’s finest feline, Choupette is a lover of shopping (bags in particular), iPads and antique lace, and is the proud pussy of Chanel Creative Director and recent i-D cover star, Karl Lagerfeld. Fast racking up column inches and accumulating a loyal following in the process (see head fan Hudson pictured below), Choupette is the most famous and fabulous pet Paris has ever seen. Here, i-D gets to know Choupette le chat a little better, speaking to King Karl about her loves and hates and scooping a particularly special illustrated insight into her supermodel statistics, penned by Mr Lagerfeld himself. Pictured here taking shelter in a colette bag, lounging in some lace, readying herself for her vacation perched on a Goyard trunk or two, and frolicking on a candy-striped deck chair in sizzling St Tropez, ici la i-Profile du Choupette…
Tell us a bit about Choupette… Her name is Choupette, Princess Choupette or Miss Choupette. She’s snow white with touches of caramel around the eyes, ears and on her endless boa-like feather tail.
How tall is she? It’s difficult to say. She has reached her final size but is kind of tiny.
What are her pet hates? Water and getting wet.
What are her favourite things to do in her free time? Sleeping, hiding, running and jumping like mad around the house. Chasing big fleas in her private garden and making it difficult for me work by jumping on the paper. She loves to destroy paper, that is what she loves to do the most and also driving her beloved maids (Francoise and Marjorie) crazy. With me she is sweet and calm.
Text: Sean Baker
Photography: All images courtesy the Choupette Estate.