For $795 you can own a stuffed version of Karl Lagerfeld's cat Choupette
Of all the chic kitties in the fashion industry, and there a few - including Grace Coddington's treasured Pumpkin and Bart - nobody reigns like Karl Lagerfeld's precious Choupette. Such is the life of the fur baby of the Chanel designer (and designer of his eponymous brand) that she has two maids and her own driver.
"She is like a kept woman. She has a strong personality. She has lunch and dinner with me on the table, with her own food. She doesn't touch my food. She doesn't want to eat on the floor. She sleeps under a pillow and she even knows how to use an iPad," Lagerfeld once said of his pride and joy.
Now Lagerfeld has collaborated with a German-based toy company to create a stuffed version of Choupette, featuring her signature white fur (with highlights of brown around her whiskers and tail) and blue eyes. The collaboration was announced in February and is now available for limited-edition pre-order on the designer's website.
Of course a Choupette of one's own, even if inanimate, does not come cheap. Be prepared to pay around $795 (US$545). The upside? Of course she comes with accessories, including a stylish carry case, certificate of authenticity and a tiny mouse.
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The arrival of stuffed Choupette comes at a time when cat lady chic has never been so on-trend. Cat prints and motifs were spied at Gucci Resort 17 and Marc Jacobs, among others.
That said, fashion has always had an affinity with this most stand-offish of animals. As Joy-Anne King wrote in Harper's Bazaar:
"My theory with the feline couture clan is that cats are illusive, while dogs are loyal and loving—traits not always thought of as foremost in the fashion industry. And it is no secret that the fashion industry is famous for wanting what they can't have. Also dogs take time and commitment. Cats, do not. In fact, they flourish being queens or kings of the house and prefer to be left alone. And preen. Sound familiar?"
No word yet on what Choupette herself thinks of her stuffed imitators, but one imagines, they quite pale in comparison to the real deal. Just like anything in fashion, really.
- Sydney Morning Herald